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Content posted in July 2017
Millicom Signs New Sales Deal for Tigo Senegal
Connecting Africa News  
7/31/2017   Post a comment
Millicom has torn up an agreement with Wari Group and is instead pursuing one with Xavier Niel.
Becoming the Global Leader We Need Africa to Be – AfricaCom Interview With Rapelang Rabana
Amy Turner  
7/31/2017   Post a comment
Rapelang Rabana believes the gap between tech innovation and execution in Africa needs to be bridged if that innovation is going to bring real economic progress.
MTN Predicts Return to Profit for H1 2017
Connecting Africa News  
7/28/2017   Post a comment
South African operator expects to return to profitability but still has much to prove.
Orange Trumpets Africa Boost in Q2
Connecting Africa News  
7/27/2017   Post a comment
French telco sees better growth at its Africa business in the second quarter but is still in danger of missing earlier targets.
Airtel Africa Provides Some Solace for Bharti in Q1
Connecting Africa News  
7/26/2017   1 comment
A steady performance in Africa gave India's Bharti Airtel something to be happy about when reporting its first-quarter results.
African Smartphone Demand to Boost Growth in MEA in 2017 – GfK
Connecting Africa News  
7/25/2017   Post a comment
Smartphone markets in the Middle East and Africa have been sluggish, but the outlook remains bright in parts of Africa.
Virgin Mobile, Vodacom Emerge as Potential 9mobile Investors – Reports
Connecting Africa News  
7/24/2017   1 comment
Several potential buyers have emerged for 9mobile since it was first reported to be looking for new investors.
Nigeria's 9mobile Open to New Investors
Ray Le Maistre  
7/20/2017   Post a comment
Troubled mobile operator issues an invite to potential acquirers, investors.
Somalia's Subsea Link Finally Repaired
Connecting Africa News  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
After an outage lasting weeks, central and southern Somalia is back online following the repair of the country's subsea cable connection.
African Data Centers & the Power Supply Challenge
Guy Zibi  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Power supply challenges are such that a reliable, uninterrupted power supply is a critical selling point in the African data center market, but there have been marked improvements across the board in recent times, notes Guy Zibi of Xalam Analytics.
What's Next for Nigeria's Mobile Market?
Ray Le Maistre  
7/19/2017   2 comments
As the 9mobile brand replaces Etisalat Nigeria, speculation links Airtel to a possible market consolidation move.
Vumatel Snaps Up FTTH Assets
Ray Le Maistre  
7/18/2017   Post a comment
South African FTTH network builder is acquiring a large chunk of Link Africa's fiber access business.
AfricaCom to Add Technology Arena as it Turns 20
Connecting Africa News  
7/17/2017   1 comment
As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the giant annual conference and exhibition is adding a Technology Arena to highlight technology innovation.
Etisalat Nigeria to Become 9Mobile
Ray Le Maistre  
7/14/2017   1 comment
Troubled operator decides on a new name as it seeks to start afresh.
AWS Looks Set to Follow Microsoft With SA Data Center
Ray Le Maistre  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
Amazon Web Services is planning to follow in the footsteps of rival Microsoft by opening a data center in South Africa, according to local reports.
Sub-Saharan Mobile Economy Worth $110B – GSMA
Connecting Africa News  
7/13/2017   1 comment
Mobile technologies and services generated $110 billion of economic value in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, according to a new report from the GSM Association.
South African IT Spending to Grow 2.4% in 2017 – Gartner
Connecting Africa News  
7/12/2017   1 comment
Total IT spending in South Africa to reach 266 billion Rand this year, a year-on-year increase of 2.4%, according to Gartner forecasts.
Angola Cables Adds Euro Connections
Ray Le Maistre  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Wholesale operator has hooked up to three Interxion facilities in Europe.
Intelsat Offers 2G Service for Remote Areas
Connecting Africa News  
7/12/2017   1 comment
Satellite operator and partners launch a service that enables mobile operators to extend their 2G coverage into remote areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
Huawei, WorldRemit Team on Mobile Money in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
New partnership adds international remittances to Huawei's mobile money service platform.
Etisalat Sets Brand Deadline for Nigeria Operator
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
Nigeria's number four operator may be forced to change its name as part of its restructuring program.
Somalia Counts Cost of Subsea Cable Cut
Ray Le Maistre  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
Economy hit to the tune of $10 million per day while submarine cable remains out of action.
The Future of Public Service Broadcasting in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
7/7/2017   Post a comment
Slowly but surely, a sub-Saharan Africa public service broadcast (PSB) network is taking root, reports Adrian Pennington.
Kenya's Mobile Cash Market Hits Sh627B in Q1
Connecting Africa News  
7/6/2017   Post a comment
The value of payments made through mobile money platforms in Kenya reached 627.4 billion shillings during the first three months of 2017, according to data from the country's regulator.
Safaricom Digs In Its Heels Over Deployment of 'Snooping' Device
Ray Le Maistre  
7/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is resisting attempts by the country's regulator to install a device management system on its network.
Telkom Broadens Its Broadband Options With G.fast Trial
Ray Le Maistre  
7/4/2017   Post a comment
Openserve, the wholesale division of South Africa's Telkom, and Nokia have successfully tested G.fast broadband technology in Cape Town.
Orange, Vodafone Eye Stake in Etisalat Nigeria – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2017   4 comments
The restructuring of debt-laden mobile operator Etisalat Nigeria may lead to a takeover by a major international player, according to local reports.




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On August 18 and 20, Connecting Africa and AfricaCom will run a two-day Digital Symposium covering the 2020 outlook, 5G, mobile money, connectivity and more.
A new World Wide Worx report has quoted SA's mobile operators saying high spectrum prices could place a barrier on 5G growth in the country.
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.
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Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital ...
AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile ...
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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 ...
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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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