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Content posted in August 2018
MTN Ghana Boasts IPO Success
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
But MTN didn't raise as much as hoped.
MTN Hits Back at Repatriation Funds Claims
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
MTN says it has done nothing wrong as the Central Bank of Nigeria demands that US$8.1 billion be 'refunded.'
Communications Authority of Kenya Tackles QoS Measurement
Connecting Africa News  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
The Communications Authority of Kenya has unveiled a new framework for the assessment of mobile quality of service.
Will Vodacom Strike Roaming Deal With Telkom?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/29/2018   Post a comment
With Cell C now roaming buddies with MTN, will Vodacom strike a deal with Telkom?
Vodacom Boasts Africa's First 5G Service
Ray Le Maistre  
8/28/2018   Post a comment
Don't get too excited… the operator has connected just two customers in Lesotho.
Cash for Data: Fintech Startup Playing a Long Game
Wei Shi  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria's Thank U Cash has a different approach for its loyalty program.
Ethio Telecom Deploys Argela's OSS, BSS
Connecting Africa News  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
Ethio Telecom has selected Argela's Network Performance Monitoring and Customer Experience Management systems.
Telkom Slams ICASA's Termination Rate Ruling
Connecting Africa News  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
Telkom condemns the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA)'s termination rate decision as a move that will "entrench the duopoly of the largest mobile operators and reduce competition."
Telkom, Airtel Boost Their 4G Networks in Kenya
Connecting Africa News  
8/24/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom's rivals are investing in their 4G networks in an effort to bolster market share and improve customer experience.
Safaricom Recognized For Social Impact
Connecting Africa News  
8/24/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom is recognized in Fortune Magazine's 2018 Change the World list of companies.
Cell C Boosts Subs & Sales but Not Everyone's Happy
Ray Le Maistre  
8/22/2018   Post a comment
South African mobile operator is growing its revenues and subscriber numbers but investors of its main shareholder, Blue Label Telecoms, are not happy.
Mobile Number Portability Is Finally Coming to Côte d'Ivoire – Hopefully
Wei Shi  
8/21/2018   Post a comment
Ivorian mobile users will be able to switch operators without losing their numbers from September.
Developing the Sustainable Enterprise in an Era of Technology Disruption
Connecting Africa News  
8/21/2018   Post a comment
As technologies such as AI and IoT impact operations and processes, companies and organizations need a fundamental rethink of how they build sustainability into their business models, says Mehmood Khan, Chief Operating Officer at SAP Africa.
Liquid Telecom Plans Expansive IoT Coverage in Kenya With Sigfox
Ray Le Maistre  
8/20/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will add about 800 Sigfox IoT base stations to its existing data network in Kenya to achieve speedy coverage of 85% of Kenya's population and create a foundation for many potential services.
AirtelTigo Revamps Its Management Team
Connecting Africa News  
8/17/2018   Post a comment
Ghanaian operator shakes up its management team by appointing three new senior executives.
Most African Countries Have Some 4G Service: Report
Ray Le Maistre  
8/16/2018   1 comment
More than three quarters of Africa's nations will have some 4G mobile services by the end of this year, according to research house GlobalData.
Cameroon’s Nexttel Taps Gilat Telecom for Fiber Capacity
Connecting Africa News  
8/15/2018   1 comment
Gilat Telecom is providing fiber capacity in Cameroon and beyond that will support the 4G services rollout of network operator Nexttel.
Alibaba Founder Launches $10M African Entrepreneur Fund
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has launched the Netpreneur Prize, which will allocate US$10 million to African entrepreneurs in the coming years.
Is South Africa Close to a 4G Spectrum Breakthrough?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
The uncertainty is crushing the market…
Temenos, AUC Venture Lab Collaborate on Fintech Innovation in Egypt
Connecting Africa News  
8/13/2018   Post a comment
Banking software specialist Temenos is to support participants of Egypt's AUC Venture Lab FinTech Accelerator.
AFDB President Calls for Tech Revolution in African Agriculture
Connecting Africa News  
8/9/2018   Post a comment
AFDB President Akinwumi Adesina wants African farmers to have greater access to game-changing technologies such as drones, artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain.
Enterprise Digital Transformation in Sharp Focus at AfricaCom 2018
Amy Turner  
8/8/2018   1 comment
The addition of the AI Summit, IoT World Africa and an Enterprise Digital Transformation track at this year's AfricaCom event will highlight the opportunities that new technologies can bring to corporates.
Mixed Bag for MTN in H1
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2018   Post a comment
The operator added subscribers and improved margins but its debts and challenges in Iran and other markets are making investors nervous.
Safaricom CEO Slams Kenya Market Study
Connecting Africa News  
8/7/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has criticized a report into Kenya's telecoms market, saying that its recommendations would punish its customers and stifle innovation.
Bharti Airtel, Telecom Egypt Team Up on Subsea Networks
Connecting Africa News  
8/6/2018   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel and Telecom Egypt have announced a strategic partnership for global submarine cable systems.
Millicom May Be Smaller, but It's Growing
Ray Le Maistre  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
Millicom is now only active in two markets in Africa, but that approach is paying off.
Congolese Minister Eyes 5G Opportunity
Wei Shi  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
A partnership between Spanish technology company Applus+ and the Congolese telecom incumbent could provide a spur to 5G in the central African country.
Google & Partners Are Connecting Nigeria to Free WiFi Hotspots
Wei Shi  
8/2/2018   Post a comment
Google is to offer free Internet connectivity in Nigeria, and not as part of its Project Loon service.




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Kenya and Ghana have the second and third highest mobile payment rates after global leader China, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group.
Vodafone is not ready to call it quits on plans to sell its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Communications Authority of Kenya's Mercy Wanjau told East Africa Com digital economies must have progressive policy and regulation on spectrum, data protection and digital taxation.
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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.
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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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