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Content posted in July 2020
MTN Nigeria boosted by customer gains
Paula Gilbert  
7/31/2020   Post a comment
MTN Nigeria added 6.8 million customers in the first half of 2020, with more people using mobile technologies during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Outgoing MTN CEO joining BT Group
Paula Gilbert  
7/31/2020   Post a comment
Rob Shuter will take over as CEO of BT Enterprise when he leaves MTN next year.
Former CEO Michael Joseph back as Safaricom chairman
Paula Gilbert  
7/30/2020   Post a comment
Michael Joseph will return to Safaricom, this time as board chairman, when long-serving chairman Nicholas Nganga retires at end of July.
Orange sees strong 4G growth in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
7/30/2020   Post a comment
French operator Orange is making strides in its 4G rollout in Africa and the Middle East with 4G customers growing 40% in the region over the past year.
Somalia has Africa's cheapest data prices
Paula Gilbert  
7/29/2020   Post a comment
The price of 1GB data in Somalia is the cheapest in Africa and the seventh cheapest globally, says Cable.co.uk study.
Safaricom, Google partner on Kenyan smartphone financing
Paula Gilbert  
7/28/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom and Google are joining forces in a mobile financing project to get more 4G-enabled smartphones into the hands of Kenyans.
Hot startup of the month: Zimbabwe's Dr CADx
Tom Jackson  
7/27/2020   Post a comment
Zimbabwean startup Dr CADx has developed a diagnostics system that is harnessing the power of AI to help doctors remotely diagnose medical images.
Airtel Africa gains customers despite COVID-19 challenges
Paula Gilbert  
7/24/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Africa recorded decent growth in the quarter ended June 30, 2020, despite challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Orange launching digital bank in West Africa
Connecting Africa News  
7/23/2020   1 comment
French telecoms provider Orange is launching Orange Bank Africa in Côte d’Ivoire with plans to expand into Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.
African lockdowns boost Vodacom data traffic
Paula Gilbert  
7/23/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom recorded major data traffic growth over the past three months with COVID-19 lockdowns forcing Africans to work and study from home.
Telkom SA pushing customers from DSL to fiber
Connecting Africa News  
7/22/2020   Post a comment
Telkom is moving forward with plans to kill off its copper-based fixed-line offerings and shift customers to new-generation technologies.
Vodacom launching fintech 'super-app' with Alipay
Paula Gilbert  
7/21/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom will next year roll out a financial services 'super-app' in partnership with Chinese digital payment provider Alipay.
Rain debuts standalone 5G network in Cape Town
Connecting Africa News  
7/20/2020   Post a comment
Rain and Huawei have launched what they are calling Africa's first commercial standalone 5G network.
Crosscall eyes African expansion for 'rugged devices'
Paula Gilbert  
7/17/2020   Post a comment
French brand Crosscall is looking to launch its 'rugged devices' in ten more African countries in the next six months.
Africa Tech Festival aims to virtually unite tech and talent
Connecting Africa News  
7/16/2020   1 comment
The Virtual Africa Tech Festival is on a mission to unite tech and talent in Africa and drive digital transformation by bringing the continent's tech industry together in a fully virtual event.
Follow Me Talk launching new MVNO in Kenya
Paula Gilbert  
7/15/2020   Post a comment
A Kenyan smartphone financing company, Follow Me Talk, is now launching an app-based mobile virtual network operator.
Zimbabweans are trading traditional voice calls for app-based services
Paula Gilbert  
7/14/2020   Post a comment
Zimbabweans are making fewer voice calls and using more mobile data for app-based voice and video calling, according to the latest report from the telecoms regulator.
Saudi Telecom postpones Vodafone Egypt acquisition, again
Connecting Africa News  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
The Saudi Arabian operator has for the second time pushed back plans to buy a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt.
Nigeria will have 246M mobile subs by 2025 – Omdia
Paula Gilbert  
7/10/2020   Post a comment
Market research firm forecasting that mobile subscriptions in Nigeria will hit 246 million in 2025, rising from 180 million in 2019.
Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
Connecting Africa News  
7/9/2020   Post a comment
Paula Gilbert joins Light Reading's 'What's the Story?' podcast to discuss current trends around mobile data in Africa and their broader impact on the region and industry at large.
Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization is critical for digitization – report
Paula Gilbert  
7/9/2020   Post a comment
The planned opening up of Ethiopia's telecoms sector will go a long way toward improving the affordability, coverage and quality of Internet services, says a new report from HIP Consult.
Balloon-powered 4G takes flight in Kenya
Paula Gilbert  
7/8/2020   Post a comment
Balloon-powered 4G is now available in Kenya's rural areas through a project between Loon and Telkom Kenya.
MTN named SA's best mobile network during lockdown
Paula Gilbert  
7/8/2020   Post a comment
MTN has been ranked as South Africa's best network during the COVID-19 lockdown in the country, according to a new report from MyBroadband Insights.
COVID-19 store closures hurt SA's Blue Label Telecoms
Paula Gilbert  
7/7/2020   Post a comment
SA's Blue Label Telecoms is expecting to bounce back from last year's losses related to its investment in Cell C but is now predicting an earnings knock from its WiConnect business.
M-Pesa has almost 99% market share in Kenya
Paula Gilbert  
7/6/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom is still extremely dominant when it comes to Kenya's mobile money market, but its overall mobile customer market share declined slightly in the first quarter of 2020.
Econet launches Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone
Paula Gilbert  
7/3/2020   Post a comment
Econet Wireless is rolling out Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone, powered by the KaiOS mobile operating system.
Leadership changes for MTN in Cameroon, Benin and Liberia
Paula Gilbert  
7/3/2020   Post a comment
MTN is once again shuffling around its CEOs with leadership changes at its operations in Cameroon, Benin and Liberia.
Africa is experiencing a health-tech startup boom
Connecting Africa News  
7/2/2020   Post a comment
The number of e-health startups active in Africa has increased by 56.5% over the last three years and investment continues to grow, according to a new report from Disrupt Africa.
Telma launches commercial 5G in Madagascar
Connecting Africa News  
7/1/2020   Post a comment
Telma has become the first operator to launch a 5G commercial network in Madagascar, powered by Ericsson.
Malawi gets community Wi-Fi boost from Liquid Telecom and Mbora
Connecting Africa News  
7/1/2020   Post a comment
Social enterprise Mbora is joining forces with Liquid Telecom to provide free connectivity to community hubs in Malawi.




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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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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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