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Content posted in June 2020
MTN 5G goes live in South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's SynCommerce
Tom Jackson  
6/29/2020   Post a comment
SynCommerce is a cloud-based multichannel inventory and order management platform for online merchants which was born out of an entrepreneurial school in Ghana.
MTN Group now has 100M data users
Connecting Africa News  
6/26/2020   Post a comment
About 40% of the MTN Group customer base are now using data, as the group tops 100 million data customers.
South Africans want free mobile data as COVID-19 ups Internet use
Paula Gilbert  
6/25/2020   Post a comment
SA operators are experiencing increased traffic and demand for free data as the COVID-19 pandemic drives users online, according to data from Upstream's Zero-D.
African operators reinstate mobile money fees
Paula Gilbert  
6/24/2020   1 comment
Some operators have started to reinstate mobile money transfer fees that were waived three months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the continent.
Africa set for mobile data traffic boom
Paula Gilbert  
6/23/2020   Post a comment
Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to multiply by 12 by 2025, according to the June 2020 Ericsson Mobility Report.
Telkom SA's profit falls despite mobile success
Paula Gilbert  
6/22/2020   Post a comment
Despite strong growth in its mobile business, the South African operator saw a major drop in group earnings over the past year.
Cell C may lay off 40% of its staff
Paula Gilbert  
6/19/2020   Post a comment
Financially strained South African mobile operator Cell C says it may cut 960 junior management and semi-skilled staff.
Amazon is creating 3,000 new jobs in SA
Paula Gilbert  
6/19/2020   1 comment
The e-commerce giant is adding 3,000 full-time positions in customer service, bringing its total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000.
Liquid Telecom SA CEO calls it quits
Paula Gilbert  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Reshaad Sha is leaving his role as CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa at the end of August.
Nigerians love feature phones, but COVID-19 begins to bite
Connecting Africa News  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Feature phones remain a major part of Nigeria's mobile phone ecosystem.
Orange sets sights on expansion into Nigeria and SA
Paula Gilbert  
6/17/2020   Post a comment
French mobile operator Orange is eyeing expansion opportunities in Nigeria and South Africa, CEO Stéphane Richard told French newspaper Les Echos.
MTN spends $100M on license renewal in Uganda
Connecting Africa News  
6/15/2020   Post a comment
After two years of negotiations MTN has secured a 12-year license extension in Uganda.
MTN has zero-rated 120M MoMo transactions during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
6/12/2020   1 comment
MTN believes COVID-19 has triggered acceleration toward cashless, digital economies in Africa.
Sudan commits to cashless future
Connecting Africa News  
6/11/2020   Post a comment
Sudan has joined the UN's Better Than Cash Alliance to help accelerate the country's transition from cash to digital payments.
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
Partner Perspectives  
6/11/2020   Post a comment
BICS VP Clémentine Fournier believes enhanced connectivity has an important role to play in bolstering trade and fostering intercontinental expansion across Africa.
Introducing AfricaCom charity partner: CodeSpace Trust
AfricaCom Perspectives  
6/11/2020   2 comments
Founder Emma Dicks shares the origin story of South Africa's CodeSpace, which is helping young people learn the skills to excel in technology careers.
Safaricom is looking for a new CFO
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's Sateesh Kamath is leaving the Kenyan telco to join Vodafone Business as CFO.
COVID-19 puts major dent in Africa's smartphone market
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2020   1 comment
Africa's first-quarter smartphone shipments saw one of the largest dips in five years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ghana regulator wants to reduce MTN market dominance
Connecting Africa News  
6/9/2020   Post a comment
Ghana's National Communications Authority is reportedly planning to implement a set of policies to reduce MTN's dominant market share.
MTN Liberia zero-rates Facebook to help COVID-19 social distancing
Connecting Africa News  
6/8/2020   Post a comment
MTN Liberia customers can now use Facebook Flex even if they have no data or airtime on their phones.
Nigeria's 1GB data price has dropped 75% over five years
Paula Gilbert  
6/5/2020   Post a comment
According to 1GB comparison data from Research ICT Africa, Nigeria's average price of 1GB of mobile data has dropped from $11.15 in mid-2014 to $2.78 at the end of 2019.
SA smartphone numbers jump, but fixed broadband subs drop
Paula Gilbert  
6/4/2020   Post a comment
A report from South Africa's telecoms regulator shows that smartphone subscriptions in the country are now at over 90%, while a drop in DSL subscriptions saw fixed broadband subscriptions decrease by almost 20% in 2019.
Orange Ventures investing $560K in MEA tech startups
Connecting Africa News  
6/3/2020   Post a comment
Orange Ventures' MEA Seed Challenge plans to give startups in Cameroon, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia a cut of $560,000.
Africa is a big growth market for Cloud Credential Council certification programs
Paula Gilbert  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Cloud Credential Council MD Mark O'Loughlin spoke to Connecting Africa about the growth it is seeing with its vendor-neutral certification programs in Africa.
Netflix and Uber face taxation in Kenya
Connecting Africa News  
6/1/2020   Post a comment
Digital services companies like ride-hailing platforms and streaming services look set to face taxation in Kenya.




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MTN has seen some interesting voice, data and fintech trends emerge over the first half of 2020, caused by COVID-19 lockdowns across its markets.
The planned merger between Telkom Kenya and Airtel has been shelved about 18 months since the pair first agreed terms.
MTN has announced an 'orderly exit' out of Middle East operations and is in advanced discussions to sell its 75% stake in MTN Syria.
BICS product manager Damion Rose believes that operators need to better monetize their roaming businesses to enhance customer loyalty and grow their bottom lines.
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has rolled out the first 4G KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in the country.
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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.
Gender-responsive policy is critical for Africa and involves the integration of gender in ICT-related strategies, policies, plans and budgets, with clear gender-equality targets. So says ...
The way in which banking and travel have embraced technology has created a "digital first" approach for people across the world. Whether it is booking flights or transferring money, many ...
Just like the Internet itself many years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was initially viewed as nothing more than a fad that would have little impact on our daily lives. We know now ...
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
By Clémentine Fournier, VP Sales Africa at BICS
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
South Africa Leads the World in Demand for Constant Connectivity
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Webinars
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time

Session One

African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

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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