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Content posted in July 2019
Releasing 5G mmWave Spectrum Could Give Sub-Saharan Africa $5.2B Boost: GSMA
Paula Gilbert  
7/31/2019   Post a comment
A new GSMA report suggests that releasing 5G millimeter-wave spectrum capacity could contribute $5.2 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa's GDP by 2034, but the space industry is getting in the way.
MTN Broadens Its Financial Services Reach in Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
7/30/2019   Post a comment
MTN plans to expand its fintech business in Nigeria after one of its subsidiaries was granted a 'super-agent license' to provide financial services.
South Africa Finally Publishes Spectrum Policy Direction
Paula Gilbert  
7/29/2019   Post a comment
SA's long-awaited spectrum policy direction has been published and the government's wireless open access network (WOAN) is getting preferential treatment.
African Operators, Governments Show Faith in Huawei
Paula Gilbert  
7/26/2019   Post a comment
Analysts agree Huawei has had a very cordial working relationship with most African governments, which don't seem to be bowing to global pressure to blacklist the Chinese company.
Africa & Middle East the Key 'Growth Driver' for Orange
Ray Le Maistre  
7/25/2019   Post a comment
Major telco's second quarter growth driven by ongoing success across Africa and the Middle East.
Lower Out-Of-Bundle Revenue Hits Vodacom's South Africa Sales
Paula Gilbert  
7/25/2019   Post a comment
Lower out-of-bundle tariffs and new data regulations negatively impacted Vodacom's quarterly service revenue in South Africa but international growth helped group revenues increase.
4IR More of a Security Opportunity Than a Threat
Paula Gilbert  
7/24/2019   Post a comment
A new study from World Wide Worx found that fourth industrial revolution technologies offer more security opportunities than security risks, but many companies still don't perceive it that way.
MTN Targets Enterprises With SD-WAN, NB-IoT Push
Connecting Africa News  
7/23/2019   Post a comment
Operator is ramping up its enterprise service portfolio with the addition of SD-WAN and narrowband IoT capabilities.
Key Trends & Takeaways From West Africa Com 2019
Paula Gilbert  
7/22/2019   Post a comment
Satellite technology, fintech, mobile data prices and how to get better inclusion for women in tech were among the key topics discussed at the 2019 West Africa Com event in Senegal.
AWS Aims to Upskill Developers Ahead of Regional Cloud Launch
Paula Gilbert  
7/19/2019   Post a comment
As Amazon Web Services prepares to open its Cape Town infrastructure region in 2020, the group is looking to educate local developers.
Johannesburg, Nairobi Among Top 50 cities Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
Paula Gilbert  
7/19/2019   Post a comment
The two cities are Africa's only representatives in the Dell Technologies Women Entrepreneur Cities Index.
Former Vodafone Ghana CEO Joins MTN
Paula Gilbert  
7/18/2019   Post a comment
Yolanda Cuba is joining MTN as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer.
Safaricom Planning E-Commerce Expansion in 2020
Paula Gilbert  
7/17/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan telecoms operator wants to expand its e-commerce proposition, Masoko, to other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by next year.
EOH Admits to 'Serious Governance Failings & Wrongdoing'
Paula Gilbert  
7/16/2019   Post a comment
The South African IT services firm has confirmed that an investigation has found evidence of unsubstantiated payments, tender irregularities and other unethical business dealings that could add up to $87 million.
Angola Cables Joins Africa's Cloud Services Club
Connecting Africa News  
7/15/2019   Post a comment
Angola Cables has announced a new cloud service for the African market following strong demand from companies operating across the continent.
Cell C Opens Up About Financial Challenges
Paula Gilbert  
7/12/2019   Post a comment
Cell C interim CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson has published an open letter speaking about the 'financial and other challenges' that the South African operator faces.
SA Minister Promises Swift Action on Spectrum & Digital Migration
Paula Gilbert  
7/11/2019   Post a comment
South African Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has given herself short deadlines for big moves when it comes to spectrum and the extremely delayed digital migration process.
Spotify Lite Launches in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
7/10/2019   Post a comment
Music streaming service Spotify has launched a 'Lite' version for emerging markets which uses less storage, data and battery.
South Africa Leads the Continent in Mobile Download Speeds
Paula Gilbert  
7/9/2019   Post a comment
South Africa has the fastest mobile download speeds of ten African countries monitored by mobile analytics company Opensignal.
Ethiopia to Award New Telecoms Licenses in Early 2020
Paula Gilbert  
7/8/2019   Post a comment
Early next year Ethiopia plans to award two new telecoms licenses and sell a minority stake in state-owned Ethio Telecom.
Vodacom Shows Off 5G's Potential
Connecting Africa News  
7/8/2019   Post a comment
At the Durban July horse racing event, Vodacom teamed up with LG Electronics and Nokia to demonstrate Africa's first 5G data session on a commercially ready 5G mobile phone and network.
Corporate SA Not Yet Sold on 4IR
Connecting Africa News  
7/5/2019   Post a comment
A new study by World Wide Worx has found that a number of key fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies have yet to be adopted with any enthusiasm by South African enterprises.
Mahanyele-Dabengwa to Lead Naspers South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
7/4/2019   Post a comment
Naspers has announced a new executive position, with Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa to lead the company's activities in South Africa.
EOH Offloads CCS Stake for $31M
Paula Gilbert  
7/3/2019   Post a comment
The South African IT services company has sold a 70% stake in Construction Computer Software (CCS) to help reduce the group's debt.
South Sudan Gets Hooked Up to Liquid Telecom's Pan-African Backbone
Connecting Africa News  
7/2/2019   Post a comment
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom will implement and operate a transmission network that will connect South Sudan to the rest of Africa.
Michael Joseph Returns to Lead Safaricom
Paula Gilbert  
7/2/2019   Post a comment
Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph will be stepping back into the role in an interim capacity after the death of CEO Bob Collymore.
Bob Collymore Loses His Battle With Cancer
Paula Gilbert  
7/1/2019   Post a comment
The Safaricom CEO passed away on Monday morning at his home in Nairobi at the age of 61.




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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

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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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