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Content posted in April 2018
Orange's AME Recovery Continues in Q1
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Revenue and customer numbers continue to climb as Orange invests in 4G.
Africa's Talking Raises $8.6M From IFC & Others
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Distributor of mobile communication and payment APIs to developers raises significant funding from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC), Orange Digital Ventures and Social Capital.
Orange, Vivendi Team With CanalOlympia to Boost Cinema in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
4/27/2018   1 comment
Orange and Vivendi sign a partnership deal with the CanalOlympia network to make the big screen more accessible to all in Africa.
Ex-Vivendi Chairman Held By French Police Investigating Bribery Allegations
Iain Morris  
4/25/2018   1 comment
Vincent Bolloré is detained by police in France over allegations that one of his companies bribed African officials.
Africa the Bright Spot for Bharti Airtel
Ray Le Maistre  
4/25/2018   1 comment
While Indian operator faces major challenges in its domestic market, its operations in Africa continued to grow and thrive during the first three months of this year, underpinned by investments in mobile broadband.
Orange Social Venture Prize: Only 5 Weeks Left to Enter
Connecting Africa News  
4/25/2018   Post a comment
The deadline for entries to the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East is May 31.
Ecobank Launches Fintech Challenge Competition for African Startups
Connecting Africa News  
4/23/2018   2 comments
Top 10 finalists to be selected as Ecobank Fintech Fellows.
Is Safaricom's Dominance in Kenya Under Threat?
Ray Le Maistre  
4/19/2018   1 comment
There's talk of a complex merger in Kenya between Safaricom's two main rivals but warning bells should sound for the regulator.
Africa Data Centres Expands Nairobi Facility
Connecting Africa News  
4/19/2018   Post a comment
Additional rack space now available at East Africa Data Centre to host more business-critical data in Africa.
Vodacom Preps Azure Cloud Services Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
4/18/2018   Post a comment
South African operator has teamed up with Microsoft to offer the tech giant's Azure cloud services starting in June.
MFS Africa Raises $4.5M Series B Round
Ray Le Maistre  
4/18/2018   Post a comment
Fintech startup is the first African fintech company to attract investment from a Chinese venture capital firm.
From 5G to 2G: What Is Relevant Depends on Where You Are
Bradley Shaw  
4/17/2018   Post a comment
Topics such as expanding infrastructure sharing to the radio access network (RAN) and opening up the market to open source-based network infrastructure are far more relevant to Africa than 5G, argues Bradley Shaw.
Four African Operators Gain GSMA Mobile Money Certification
Ray Le Maistre  
4/13/2018   Post a comment
GSMA launches global mobile money certification scheme and four of the first five operators to be certified are from Africa.
Tigo Tanzania Achieves GSMA Global Mobile Money Certification
Connecting Africa News  
4/13/2018   1 comment
Tigo Tanzania's mobile financial services business, Tigo Pesa, becomes one of the first to receive Mobile Money Certification under the new scheme from the GSMA.
Mobile Ecosystem To Be Worth $50B+ to West Africa By 2022 – GSMA
Connecting Africa News  
4/12/2018   1 comment
The mobile ecosystem is set to be worth more than US$50 billion to the West African economy by 2022, according to a new study from the GSM Association (GSMA), which points to strong subscriber and mobile broadband growth.
M-PESA Awarded GSMA Mobile Money Certification for Operational Excellence
Connecting Africa News  
4/12/2018   Post a comment
M-PESA passes independent assessment in offering safer, more transparent and more resilient financial services.
Liquid Telecom South Africa Appoints New CEO
Connecting Africa News  
4/12/2018   1 comment
Reshaad Sha, the former head of IoT specialist SqwidNet, is the new CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa.
Vodacom Business Nigeria, Intelsat Team Up to Boost Broadband Coverage in West Africa
Connecting Africa News  
4/11/2018   1 comment
Vodacom Business Nigeria has signed an agreement with Intelsat for satellite services that will expand its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and enhanced services throughout West Africa.
ONEm Offers Internet-like Service Technology to African Businesses
Connecting Africa News  
4/11/2018   Post a comment
ONEm has also developed a blockchain technology accessible over SMS to support unique applications and plans expansion in Africa through licensing and local partnerships.
Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland Now Open for Applications
Connecting Africa News  
4/9/2018   Post a comment
Building on last year's success, this year's program will accept 12 startups and will invest up to $30,000 in the teams with the greatest potential.
Price Controls Would Harm Kenya Telecom Market, Says Think Tank
Iain Morris  
4/5/2018   Post a comment
Institute of Economic Affairs slams regulator's proposals as a 'major policy reversal' that could damage the market.
Cambridge Analytica Fallout Could Hit Facebook in Africa
Iain Morris  
4/4/2018   Post a comment
The social network's task of bringing African users online may just have become even harder.




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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.
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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


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