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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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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
2:00 PM SAST

Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting operations across multiple industry verticals, but how can it be put to good use by communications network operators across Africa?

This webinar cuts through the hype surrounding AI to look at how it is already being used by mobile and fixed line network operators and the impact it can have an operational and business strategies.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
01:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

The introduction of 4G mobile broadband services across Africa has been transformative for individual users, businesses and economies, as well as the continent's mobile operators, but now the world is getting excited about the potential of 5G.

This webinar looks at the evolving role of 4G across Africa and how 5G will play a role in the development of digital, connected economies.

This webinar is part of the Connecting Africa Digital Series, which is produced in association with AfricaCom.


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