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Content posted in June 2018
MTN, Ericsson Take 5G on the Road
  • Ray Le Maistre
MTN South Africa has teamed up with Ericsson on the first automotive use case demonstrating 5G mobility in Africa.
Another Tower Operator Shelves IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
Now three planned mobile tower operator IPOs have been abandoned this year as IHS Towers mothballs its plan, according to reports.
Spectrum License Fracas in Nigeria
  • Connecting Africa News
The prospective transfer of 800MHz spectrum license from Visafone to MTN Nigeria has Airtel and 9mobile up in arms.
Streaming Video-on-Demand to Boom in Africa: Report
  • Connecting Africa News
Fuelled by growth in South Africa and Nigeria, streaming video-on-demand subscriber numbers are set to grow rapidly during the next six years but revenue per user numbers will not get any pulses racing.
Ethiopia to Split National Telco, Sell Stakes
  • Connecting Africa News
EthioTelecom is to be carved up into two separate companies and stakes will slowly be sold to international investors, the government has announced.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
  • Ray Le Maistre
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Africa's Mobile Market Remains Flat in Q1: IDC
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa's mobile market remained flat in the first quarter as smartphone shipments declined for the second successive quarter, according to analyst house IDC.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 2
  • Connecting Africa News
In the second part of this special Connecting Africa feature, we look at how drones are being used in farming and in the treatment of HIV in children.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 1
  • Connecting Africa News
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, are a controversial subject across the world: Are they are potentially dangerous, or do they have real developmental value? Part 1 of a two-part feature special to Connecting Africa.
Vodafone Brings IoT to the Fight Against Malnutrition
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile operator will help Sanku (Project Healthy Children) to reach 100 million people across Africa by installing Internet of Things (IoT) technology at small flour mills across the continent.
Intelsat Joins Smart Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Intelsat recently joined the Smart Africa initiative, a move it believes can 'help accelerate Africa's digital transformation.'


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AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 2

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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