Register to receive our Connecting Africa Insights Newsletter
News & Views
Content posted in March 2020
WACS cable break slows SA Internet, again
Paula Gilbert  
3/31/2020   Post a comment
South Africa is once again experiencing slow Internet as the West Africa Cable System (WACS) suffered its third major fault in 2020.
Sub-Saharan Africa adds 50M mobile money accounts in 2019
Paula Gilbert  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa added 50 million new mobile money accounts in 2019, and global mobile money accounts surpassed 1 billion for the first time.
Hot startup of the month: Mini-Internet network provider NodeOne
Connecting Africa News  
3/27/2020   Post a comment
Rwandan-founded NodeOne has developed a hardware and software package that enables anyone, anywhere to create small, affordable Internet networks.
Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
Paula Gilbert  
3/26/2020   1 comment
Telkom has come to an agreement with the SA Competition Commission to address concerns over IP Connect pricing and reducing the digital divide.
Cell C planning to give customers free 'lifeline' data
Paula Gilbert  
3/24/2020   1 comment
Cell C's CEO says the telco is planning to give its customers a 'lifeline package' of free data, in response to the South African Competition Commissions call for operators to do so.
Cell C narrows loss, but loses customers
Paula Gilbert  
3/23/2020   Post a comment
South African telecom operator Cell C managed to reduce net losses in 2019 and is seeing some success from a turnaround strategy introduced from March 2019 onwards.
MTN to give SA users 20MB free data every day
Paula Gilbert  
3/20/2020   1 comment
MTN SA has promised to reduce its smaller data bundle prices by between 25% and 50% and is offering 20MB daily free data to users.
Huawei's path forward without Google
Paula Gilbert  
3/19/2020   Post a comment
Huawei's CTO in SA speaks to Connecting Africa about what consumers can expect from a Huawei phone without Google apps.
What African operators are doing to help during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
3/18/2020   Post a comment
African operators are stepping up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak which is now affecting at least 30 African nations.
COVID-19 to slow East African smartphone shipments
Paula Gilbert  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
East Africa can expect a slowdown in its smartphone market over the coming quarters as the global COVID-19 outbreak continues to severely impact economies and supply chains worldwide, according to IDC.
MTN's MusicTime expands African footprint
Connecting Africa News  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
MusicTime has reached over 500,000 downloads and is now available in six African countries.
Telkom job cuts to cost $90M
Paula Gilbert  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
Telkom's plan to shed around 3,000 jobs is going to cost the telecoms operator about R1.5 billion (US$90 million) and will have a negative impact on its earnings for the 2020 financial year.
SA tech stock bloodbath
Paula Gilbert  
3/13/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's tech and telecoms stocks plummeted on Thursday as worries over the spread of the coronavirus caused massive equity sell-offs.
MTN prepared for coronavirus supply chain woes
Paula Gilbert  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter says the company is prepared for possible supply chain issues as a result of the spreading coronavirus.
Nigeria, Ghana shine for MTN but SA struggles
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Strong performances in Nigeria and Ghana helped push up MTN's profitability in 2019 as the South African business struggled to grow.
Rob Shuter to step down as MTN CEO in 2021
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group President and CEO Rob Shuter will be leaving the telco when his contract ends at the end of March 2021.
Vodacom to slash SA data prices by 30%
Paula Gilbert  
3/10/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom has promised to reduce its data bundle prices by between 30% and 40% and is launching a range of other free data services for South Africans.
Africell to become Angola's fourth telecoms operator – reports
Connecting Africa News  
3/9/2020   Post a comment
Lebanon-headquartered Africell looks likely to get a telecoms license in Angola, according to local media reports.
Telkom selling 53 properties in SA
Paula Gilbert  
3/6/2020   Post a comment
The operator is auctioning off 53 properties in South Africa as it moves forward with plans to modernize its network and improve efficiency.
Sub-Saharan Africa still struggling with mobile gender gap
Paula Gilbert  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa remains the second-worst region in the world when it comes to the mobile gender gap, according to a new GSMA report.
MTN battles battery theft in SA
Connecting Africa News  
3/4/2020   Post a comment
MTN South Africa says it is making progress in its battle against battery theft syndicates.
BICS commits to free roaming initiative in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Global communications enabler BICS has joined the Smart Africa Alliance, which is working to reduce roaming charges among the 30 participating African countries.
MTN Nigeria's data customer base grows 35%
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
MTN Nigeria added 6.5 million new active data users in 2019.
Cell C is being courted by multiple suitors
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
Cell C's CFO, Zaf Mahomed, has confirmed that the group has received multiple offers to sell the business.

Latest Articles
Kenya and Ghana have the second and third highest mobile payment rates after global leader China, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group.
Vodafone is not ready to call it quits on plans to sell its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Communications Authority of Kenya's Mercy Wanjau told East Africa Com digital economies must have progressive policy and regulation on spectrum, data protection and digital taxation.
Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert chats about key topics from day two at AfricaCom 2019, including 4G vs. 5G, Liquid Telecom's new fiber link ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum ...
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital ...
AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile ...
All Videos
AfricaCom Perspectives
The latest African Space Industry Annual Report from Space in Africa shows that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are investing more in space and satellite ...
CodeSpace is a South African organization, based in Cape Town, providing young people with the skills to excel in technology careers. We caught up with the founder Emma Dicks to find out ...
The largest population growth globally is happening in Africa and innovation in agriculture is, without a doubt, an important tool to tackle food security for the rapidly growing population.
Gender-responsive policy is critical for Africa and involves the integration of gender in ICT-related strategies, policies, plans and budgets, with clear gender-equality targets. So says ...
The way in which banking and travel have embraced technology has created a "digital first" approach for people across the world. Whether it is booking flights or transferring money, many ...
All AfricaCom Perspectives
Partner Perspectives - from our sponsors
Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
By Clémentine Fournier, VP Sales Africa at BICS
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
All Partner Perspectives
Thursday, August 20, 2020
11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time

Session One

Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.

  • From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
  • Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
  • MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
  • Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
  • The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms

12:15 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. BREAK

Session Two

Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
Date 08/20/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.

  • Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
  • Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
  • Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
  • Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent

Upcoming Live Events
September 29, 2020, Virtual Event
September 30 - October 1, 2020, Virtual Event
November 9-13, 2020, Virtual Event
November 10-12, 2020, Virtual Event
November 10-12, 2020, Virtual Event
All Upcoming Live Events
Information Resources
All resources
Sponsored Video
At the recent AfricaCom event in Cape Town we spoke to Chafic Traboulsi, head of networks for Ericsson, Middle East and Africa, about the ...
Avanti Country Manager and Sales Director for Southern Africa, Brenden Pronk, discusses the latest development at Avanti and calls for the ...
Parallel Wireless's Christoph Fitih shared how the company's 2G/3G/4G/5G software-enabled Open Network solution is helping telcos in Africa deploy ...
This new video will inspire companies to reimagine their business for success in a world where connectivity is more than a commodity. Sponsored Video
SPONSORED VIDEO: Kontron's Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette discusses software-defined networking (SDN) in developing markets and how Kontron is ...
All Videos
Flash Poll
like us on facebook
Connecting Africa
About Us     Contact Us     Help     Register     Twitter     Facebook     RSS
Copyright © 2020 Light Reading, part of Informa Tech,
a division of Informa PLC. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms of Use
in partnership with