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Content posted in June 2019
What Dell, Microsoft, VMware Partnership Means for Africa
Paula Gilbert  
6/28/2019   Post a comment
Execs believe the collaboration can help boost African economies and bring multi-cloud to the continent in a tangible way.
Airtel Africa Tanks on London Stock Exchange Debut
Connecting Africa News  
6/28/2019   Post a comment
Even though the shares were priced at low end of range for London IPO, Airtel Africa's stock took an early haircut on its first day of trading.
S&P Downgrades Cell C Amid 'Liquidity Stress'
Paula Gilbert  
6/27/2019   Post a comment
S&P Global Ratings has downgraded South Africa's Cell C for the second time this year citing a realistic possibility of a default.
African Agriculture Has $2B Untapped Digital Services Market
Connecting Africa News  
6/25/2019   Post a comment
A new report has found that the digitalization-for-agriculture market in Africa could be worth more than $2.26 billion, with over 90% sill untapped.
Women in Focus at East Africa Com
Paula Gilbert  
6/25/2019   Post a comment
The recent conference in Kenya included a focus on unleashing the economic potential of women in technology.
Orange in Talks to Enter Ethiopia
Iain Morris  
6/24/2019   1 comment
French telecom incumbent may expand its African footprint by acquiring a stake in Ethio Telecom or snapping up a new license, says company's CFO.
Vodacom Selling Enterprise Operations in 5 African Markets
Paula Gilbert  
6/21/2019   Post a comment
The South African mobile operator is offloading its enterprise businesses in Nigeria, Zambia, Angola, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire.
Orange Keeps MEA Sales Growth Target at 5% as Focus Shifts
Iain Morris  
6/21/2019   Post a comment
French operator is pushing into new data, money and business opportunities as the mainstream voice business shows signs of exhaustion.
SA President Promises Spectrum Policy Direction Within 30 Days
Paula Gilbert  
6/21/2019   Post a comment
Cyril Ramaphosa said that within the next month, the communications minister will issue the policy direction to commence South Africa's long-awaited spectrum licensing process.
The Cloud in Africa: Part 2
Connecting Africa News  
6/20/2019   Post a comment
In part two of our special report on cloud in Africa, we look at why Amazon and Microsoft are betting big on African cloud.
Court Rules Against Vodacom in DRC 2G License Battle
Connecting Africa News  
6/19/2019   Post a comment
A Democratic Republic of the Congo court has upheld a recent government suspension of Vodacom's 2G license in the country.
SA Intros New Comms & Digital Tech Department
Paula Gilbert  
6/18/2019   Post a comment
South Africa's new merged communications and telecoms departments will be known as the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
IPO Will Value Airtel Africa at Up To £3.6B
Connecting Africa News  
6/17/2019   Post a comment
Airtel Africa reveals its IPO price range as its moves closer to a listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Ooredoo Algeria Using Cloud to Transform Core Network
Paula Gilbert  
6/14/2019   Post a comment
The telco becomes the first operator in North Africa to deploy a virtualized telco application, Nokia's Cloud Mobile Gateway.
IBM Expands Quantum Computing Program to Africa
Connecting Africa News  
6/13/2019   Post a comment
The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa has become the first African partner for the IBM Q Network.
Naspers-owned PayU Buys Iyzico for $165M
Paula Gilbert  
6/12/2019   Post a comment
PayU has added the Turkish fintech startup to its payments basket as it aims to become the world's number one fintech investor.
Huawei Commits to 5G in South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
6/11/2019   Post a comment
Huawei South Africa says it will not leave any of its local telco customers vulnerable and is ready to provide 5G products and solutions in the key African market.
MTN Adds AI to Mobile Money Services
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2019   Post a comment
The telco giant now has a chatbot to help users navigate its Mobile Money services.
AI Spending in MEA Set to Top $290M in 2019
Connecting Africa News  
6/7/2019   Post a comment
Research house IDC forecasts that spending on artificial intelligence in the Middle East and Africa will top $530 million by 2022.
The Cloud in Africa: Part 1
Connecting Africa News  
6/6/2019   Post a comment
In the first of a two-part feature, we look at why cloud service uptake is growing in Africa and the factors still holding it back.
Bharti Airtel Boasts Further African Growth
Paula Gilbert  
6/5/2019   Post a comment
The Indian-headquartered company has reported a 10%+ rise in both subscribers and revenue in Africa during its most recent full financial year.
Why I'm Excited for a Connected Africa
Paula Gilbert  
6/5/2019   1 comment
My new role as editor of the Connecting Africa community offers great opportunities to track the development of the continent's comms and IT sectors, highlight gender equality progress and share coffee/wine tips.




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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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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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Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
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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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