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Content posted in May 2019
African Towers Company Eaton Sells for $1.85B
Ray Le Maistre  
5/31/2019   Post a comment
Having postponed plans for an IPO last year, Eaton Towers has agreed a sale to American Tower in a deal valued at $1.85 billion.
Ethiopia On MTN's Expansion Roadmap, Hints CEO
Wei Shi  
5/30/2019   Post a comment
MTN is looking for new markets to conquer.
MTN Uganda CEO is Safe to Return
Connecting Africa News  
5/30/2019   Post a comment
MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte has been given the all clear by the country's President to return to the country.
MTN Is Most Admired African Brand, Survey Finds
Wei Shi  
5/29/2019   Post a comment
The telco, up against the likes of Nike and Samsung, was also rated one of the most admired global brands.
Airtel Africa Plans London Listing
Wei Shi  
5/28/2019   Post a comment
Africa's second-largest mobile operator hopes the move will help tackle its debt pile.
Telkom Reports 5.3% Hike in Full Year Revenues
Connecting Africa News  
5/27/2019   Post a comment
South African operator reports an increase in revenues, earnings and mobile subscribers for the 12 months to the end of March 2019.
Safaricom & Vodacom Form Joint Venture to Buy M-Pesa Platform From Vodafone
Wei Shi  
5/24/2019   Post a comment
Pair hope deal will lead to new mobile-money products and expansion into new markets.
Collymore Extends His Stay at Safaricom
Ray Le Maistre  
5/23/2019   Post a comment
CEO signs up for another year.
Kenya Provides Expats With Best Digital Life in Africa, Finds Survey
Wei Shi  
5/23/2019   Post a comment
Cashless payments and mobile number access scored highly for Kenya.
Africa Will Not Miss the Digital Revolution, Vow Presidents
Wei Shi  
5/22/2019   Post a comment
Africa was well represented at the recent VivaTech startup event in Paris.
Rival Smartphone Vendors Could Gain from Huawei's Pain in Africa
Wei Shi  
5/21/2019   Post a comment
If Google does cut Huawei off from Android updates in the future, there are other device suppliers ready to step into Huawei's shoes in Africa.
MTN Lists & Leaps in Nigeria
Ray Le Maistre  
5/17/2019   Post a comment
Long-awaited IPO finally executed, with dramatic effect.
Africa50 Launches Its Innovation Challenge to Help Increase Access to Internet in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
5/17/2019   Post a comment
Through this initiative, Africa50 will crowdsource innovative solutions to help increase access to high-speed Internet in under-served areas in Africa.
Liquid Telecom Wins East AfricaCom Award for IoT Service
Connecting Africa News  
5/16/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom won the Most Innovative Service category at East AfricaCom's annual awards for its work in Kenya with Code for Africa (CfA).
Liquid Telecom Launches Azure Stack in East Africa
Connecting Africa News  
5/16/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom's Kenya operation has launched a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa.
Zambia Preps 5G Upgrade With Huawei
Wei Shi  
5/15/2019   Post a comment
Zambia's telecom minister says Huawei will be upgrading state-owned towers with 5G mobile broadband capabilities.
Vodacom to Acquire Majority Stake in IoT.nxt
Connecting Africa News  
5/14/2019   Post a comment
The operator says the move will accelerate its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and transform its dedicated IoT business unit.
Vodacom Boosts Annual Revenues, Subs Numbers
Wei Shi  
5/13/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom has reported a decent financial year, supported by strong international business.
AMN to Connect Rural Africa with Vanu Tech
Wei Shi  
5/10/2019   Post a comment
Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) is aiming to connect more people in rural Africa to the communications grid by rolling out more cellular base stations developed by Vanu.
Major Markets Help MTN Deliver a Strong Q1
Wei Shi  
5/9/2019   Post a comment
The operator reported 10% growth in revenue and added 4 million subscribers, though its digital division suffered a decline.
MTN Wins First Round of Nigerian Tax Fight
Wei Shi  
5/8/2019   Post a comment
Nigeria's federal high court dismisses the attorney general's attempt to exert temporary power over MTN's business in an ongoing tax dispute.
Canon Heads to East Africa Com
Connecting Africa News  
5/8/2019   Post a comment
Canon's participation in East Africa Com (May 14 - 15) is part of its strategy to support its customers in their digital transformation while keeping security at the heart of its concerns.
Midsummer, Karaszi Foundation Team Up on Schools Project
Connecting Africa News  
5/7/2019   Post a comment
Swedish solar energy specialist Midsummer has teamed up with the Karaszi Foundation to bring renewable energy and computing to schoolchildren in Zimbabwe.
MTN Files for IPO in Nigeria – Report
Wei Shi  
5/7/2019   Post a comment
But Nigeria isn't making life easy for the South African telco.
Safaricom Delivers Solid Growth in FY19
Wei Shi  
5/3/2019   Post a comment
Kenya's leading operator reported a 7% increase in revenue and a 10% EBITDA hike for its full financial year that ended in March.
Election Means South African Operators Must Play a Waiting Game on Spectrum
Wei Shi  
5/2/2019   Post a comment
A new government could completely change the spectrum allocation process.
Cell C Zero-Rates Media Streaming Data
Wei Shi  
5/1/2019   Post a comment
South African mobile operator tempts customers with zero-rated streaming media, but users will need to watch their dat consumption limits carefully.




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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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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.
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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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