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MTN asks US court to dismiss anti-terrorism case
Connecting Africa News  
4/30/2020   Post a comment
The MTN Group has asked a US court to dismiss an anti-terrorism case filed against it last year.
Sparkle expands to Morocco
Connecting Africa News  
4/30/2020   Post a comment
Italian service provider Sparkle is expanding its reach into North Africa by opening a new point of presence in Casablanca, Morocco.
MTN extends dominance in Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
4/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has extended its dominance in Nigeria, adding more than 4 million subscribers in the past quarter.
M-Pesa still a cash cow for Safaricom, but COVID-19 impact looms
Paula Gilbert  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's M-Pesa continues to be a strong revenue driver for the operator, but it is anticipating a negative short-term impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZTE's African growth plans
Paula Gilbert  
4/28/2020   Post a comment
ZTE has been actively trialing 5G technology in Africa but still sees 3G and 4G as big growth areas for its business on the continent.
Huawei warns of Africa impact to US chip-making restrictions
Paula Gilbert  
4/24/2020   Post a comment
Huawei has warned that proposed US restrictions on chip-making equipment will likely hurt Africa.
Tigo Tanzania opens up mobile money services to East African competitors
Connecting Africa News  
4/23/2020   Post a comment
Tigo Pesa customers in Tanzania can now transact with others using M-Pesa in Kenya, MTN Mobile Money in Uganda and Rwanda, and Airtel Money in Rwanda.
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
Partner Perspectives  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, tells Connecting Africa about the group's strategy for growth on the African continent.
AWS Cape Town data centers officially live
Paula Gilbert  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
Amazon Web Services has officially launched its new AWS Africa Region in Cape Town.
Safaricom to lose $51.5M due to COVID-19 M-Pesa relief
Connecting Africa News  
4/21/2020   Post a comment
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause a $51.5 million decline in Safaricom's M-Pesa revenue for the three months from mid-March, according to a Reuters report.
New CTO heading to Vodacom
Connecting Africa News  
4/20/2020   Post a comment
Dejan Kastelic will join Vodacom as CTO on May 1, 2020.
MTN, Etisalat rated top telco brands in Africa and Middle East
Paula Gilbert  
4/17/2020   Post a comment
Brand Finance has ranked MTN as the most valuable and strongest telecoms brand in Africa, while Etisalat was the leader in the MEA region.
Liquid Telecom announces new CEO in Zambia
Connecting Africa News  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom has appointed Mark Townsend as CEO of its Zambia business.
SA telcos pledge big in COVID-19 battle
Paula Gilbert  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile operators are making sizable pledges toward the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as spending on improving network capacity.
Hot startup of the month: Solar-powered Wi-Fi network provider Tizeti
Connecting Africa News  
4/15/2020   Post a comment
Nigerian startup, Tizeti, is bringing Internet access to West Africa by combining Wi-Fi connectivity and solar power.
Vodacom CEO pledges a third of salary to COVID-19 battle
Paula Gilbert  
4/14/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom Group's CEO, Shameel Joosub, is donating a third of his salary for the next three months to the fight against COVID-19 in South Africa.
MTN dominates market share in over half its operations
Paula Gilbert  
4/9/2020   3 comments
MTN has the biggest market share in 13 out of the 21 countries where it operates mobile networks in Africa and the Middle East.
SA telecoms minister punished for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules
Paula Gilbert  
4/8/2020   Post a comment
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been put on special leave for two months for breaking South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown rules.
SA releases emergency spectrum for COVID-19 broadband demand
Paula Gilbert  
4/7/2020   1 comment
South Africa's telecoms regulator is releasing emergency spectrum to meet the spike in broadband services demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gist Mobile unveils mobile service for African diaspora
Paula Gilbert  
4/6/2020   Post a comment
Gist Mobile has launched a new mobile calling and messaging app for the African diaspora.
Cell C's free data promise disappoints
Paula Gilbert  
4/3/2020   Post a comment
Cell C is offering its customers a quarter of 1MB of free data per day, and some free SMSs.
Vodacom, Discovery launch free online COVID-19 screening platform
Paula Gilbert  
4/2/2020   Post a comment
Discovery and Vodacom have together launched an online healthcare platform to help South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Safaricom CEO takes the helm
Paula Gilbert  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
Peter Ndegwa officially took over as Safaricom CEO on April 1, 2020.
How much MTN execs get paid
Paula Gilbert  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
MTN's Group CEO Rob Shuter made $3.3 million in 2019 while Group CFO Ralph Mupita took home $3.7 million.

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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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