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Content posted in July 2018
DR Congo: Is Reaganomics Coming to the Rescue?
Wei Shi  
7/31/2018   Post a comment
The GSMA has recommended the Democratic Republic of Congo lower taxes on the mobile industry to provide a boost for the industry as well as the government's coffers.
Orange Boosted by Data Demand
Iain Morris  
7/26/2018   Post a comment
Orange reports strong growth in sales and earnings, thanks to consumer appetite for mobile data services.
Most of Sub-Saharan Africa Will Be on Mobile Grid by 2025: GSMA
Wei Shi  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
New GSMA report predicts that 52% of the sub-Saharan population will be connected to mobile networks by 2025.
GSMA on the Impact of Spectrum License Fees: Is It Really That Simple?
Wei Shi  
7/24/2018   Post a comment
The GSMA believes high spectrum prices are responsible for the low adoption of mobile communication, in particular mobile data usage, in developing countries, but we think there's more to it than that.
MTN's van Coller Jumps Ship to Become EOH Holdings' CEO
Connecting Africa News  
7/21/2018   Post a comment
Stephen van Coller, a senior executive at MTN Group, is to become the new CEO at South African IT services and consultancy EOH Holdings.
Smart Cities, 5G & IoT Take Center Stage at AfricaCom 2018
Amy Turner  
7/20/2018   1 comment
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
Telkom Kenya Strikes Commercial Service Deal With Google's Loon
Ray Le Maistre  
7/20/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator will work with Google's Loon to launch a 4G mobile broadband service in rural and suburban areas starting next year.
MTN Could Exit 3 West African Markets – Report
Wei Shi  
7/19/2018   Post a comment
Mobile operator MTN may be considering pulling out of Liberia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, but may enter long coveted Angola and Ethiopia.
Is M-Pesa Heading to Ethiopia?
Ray Le Maistre  
7/18/2018   Post a comment
Speculation suggests Safaricom is about to strike a deal with Ethiopia's government to help introduce the M-Pesa mobile money and banking service to the country's 100 million-plus population and compete with existing player M-BIRR.
Kirusa Unveils Roaming Solutions for African Operators
Connecting Africa News  
7/18/2018   Post a comment
Kirusa has an app-based roaming solution that, it says, can enable carriers to offer cost-effective roaming packages to their subscribers.
Chad to Auction New Mobile License
Wei Shi  
7/17/2018   Post a comment
The telecom regulator of Chad has issued an invitation for tender to auction out a new mobile licence covering 2G, 3G and 4G.
Oracle Boasts International Demand for Blockchain Service
Connecting Africa News  
7/17/2018   Post a comment
Arab Jordan Investment Bank, CargoSmart, Intelipost and Nigeria Customs are among early adopters of Oracle's enterprise-class general ledger service.
Liquid Telecom, Telecom Egypt to Complete 'One Africa' Network
Ray Le Maistre  
7/16/2018   Post a comment
An interconnection between the networks of the two operators will complete a 60,000-km data network that runs from Cairo to Cape Town.
Vodafone, Tunisie Telecom Strike Partnership Agreement
Connecting Africa News  
7/13/2018   Post a comment
Vodafone and Tunisie Telecom have struck a Partner Market agreement for Tunisia.
MTN Units Join TM Forum to Advance Digital Transformation
Connecting Africa News  
7/13/2018   Post a comment
MTN Uganda and MTN South Sudan, along with Kenya's Jamii Telecommunications, are among the 30 organizations to have joined the TM Forum in recent weeks.
Nigeria Courts US Media, Tech Investment
Connecting Africa News  
7/13/2018   Post a comment
Representatives of the US media, tech and investment sectors have been meeting in Silicon Valley with Nigerian government ministers about potential business and investment opportunities.
Namibia's MTC Helps Polar Power Switch On Its Africa Operation
Ray Le Maistre  
7/12/2018   Post a comment
Polar Power has launched operations in Africa and has a deal to provide power and cooling products to Namibia's leading mobile operator.
Vodacom Preps 200 Mbit/s Fiber Broadband Service
Connecting Africa News  
7/11/2018   Post a comment
South African operator is set to double the speed of its fiber-based broadband service in the coming weeks.
Orange Money Offers Ivory Coast Users a Payment Card
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2018   Post a comment
Orange Money Ivory Coast has teamed with Visa and Banque Atlantique to offer its users a payment card.
Small Businesses In South Africa Critical to 4th Industrial Revolution
Connecting Africa News  
7/11/2018   Post a comment
One of the major impacts industry 4.0 will have on the country remains its effects on the country’s workforce and industry.
French President Macron Unveils Vision For Franco-African Future
Connecting Africa News  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
At an exclusive session hosted by the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed 2,000 young African entrepreneurs and offered his vision of France's relationship with Africa.
Yahsat to Launch in New West African Markets
Connecting Africa News  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
Yahsat sponsors the West Africa Com event ahead of the launch of its YahClick service across the region.
Vodacom Joins Race to Prove 5G's Value
Ray Le Maistre  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
South African operator used 5G and virtual reality technology at the 2018 Vodacom Durban July horse race over the weekend.
Smart City in Mauritius Gets $10M Funding
Connecting Africa News  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
Vantage Capital is providing $10 million of funding for Cap Tamarin Ltée, a smart city property development in Mauritius.
Liquid Telecom & AfriLabs Promote Sustainable Innovation Across Africa
Connecting Africa News  
7/4/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will deliver connectivity and provide access to cloud-based tools to AfriLabs innovation centers located within its fiber footprint.
SatADSL, CETel Team Up for Satellite Services Across Africa, Middle East
Connecting Africa News  
7/3/2018   Post a comment
Latest partnership will deliver cost-effective virtual network operator flex services across Africa and the Middle East.
Sudatel Checks Out 5G, FTTH With Nokia
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2018   Post a comment
Sudanese operator is to trial enhanced 4G, 5G and fixed fiber broadband access technologies as it considers services evolution.




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Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
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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
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Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
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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.

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