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Content posted in August 2019
Airtel & Telkom Kenya Merger Suspended by Anti-Corruption Body
Paula Gilbert  
8/30/2019   Post a comment
Kenya's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has halted the planned merger as it probes alleged misappropriation of public funds at partly state-owned Telkom.
Nomanini Raises $4m for Fintech Expansion
Connecting Africa News  
8/29/2019   Post a comment
The fintech company that targets the informal retail ecosystem in Africa has raised $4 million through a funding round led by Standard Bank.
Fiber Connectivity Key for SA Enterprises
Paula Gilbert  
8/28/2019   Post a comment
A new study from World Wide Worx and Syspro has found that fiber connectivity is being embraced by many sectors in South Africa, but manufacturing is lagging behind other industries.
Bolt Food to Be Served Up in Kenya & SA
Paula Gilbert  
8/27/2019   Post a comment
Rideshare platform Bolt is launching its food delivery service in Africa later this year and is targeting Kenya and South Africa first.
Mobile Malware Attacks on the Rise in SA
Paula Gilbert  
8/26/2019   Post a comment
According to Kaspersky research, South Africa saw a 6% rise in mobile malware attacks in the first quarter of 2019.
Safaricom Contributed $5.8B to Kenya's Economy
Paula Gilbert  
8/23/2019   Post a comment
According to Safaricom's 2019 Sustainable Business Report, the value to Kenyan society created by Safaricom hit KES 601 billion – US$5.8 billion at current exchange rates – in the most recent full financial year.
Huawei & SA Government Pledge to Train Thousands in 5G & 4IR
Paula Gilbert  
8/22/2019   1 comment
Huawei and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies have announced plans to train 6,000 South African youth in 5G and fourth industrial revolution technologies.
Ericsson Announces New MEA Leader
Paula Gilbert  
8/22/2019   Post a comment
Ericsson has appointed Fadi Pharaon as its new senior VP and head of market area Middle East and Africa.
Vodacom Mobile Tech Empowering SA Women Farmers
Paula Gilbert  
8/21/2019   Post a comment
A digital literacy program from the Vodacom Foundation, UN Women and South African Women in Farming is empowering female farmers through the use of mobile technology.
MTN Winning 4G Race in SA
Paula Gilbert  
8/20/2019   Post a comment
South African operator MTN is leading in terms of 4G availability in the country, according to a new report from Opensignal.
University of Pretoria Benefits From e-Learning in the Cloud
Paula Gilbert  
8/19/2019   Post a comment
South Africa's University of Pretoria has moved its e-Learning platform into the cloud and has seen a big bump in usage, with mobile playing an important part.
Severe Damage & Vandalism Sees Dozens of MTN SA Basestations Shut Down
Connecting Africa News  
8/16/2019   Post a comment
MTN South Africa says that 89 cell towers are currently on hold and 53 have been permanently shut due to theft and vandalism.
KaiOS' African Rollout Continues With Tecno Tie-up
Paula Gilbert  
8/15/2019   Post a comment
KaiOS Technologies and Tecno are rolling out a new smart feature phone across sub-Saharan Africa.
Vodacom & IoT.nxt Deal Moves Forward
Connecting Africa News  
8/14/2019   Post a comment
South Africa's Competition Commission has approved Vodacom's plans to to acquire a controlling stake in IoT.nxt, with conditions.
Who Will Lead Ericsson MEA?
Paula Gilbert  
8/13/2019   Post a comment
With two and a half weeks to go before the current head of Middle East and Africa steps down, there is still no news from Ericsson about a replacement.
MTN Is Launching a $20 Smartphone
Paula Gilbert  
8/12/2019   Post a comment
MTN plans to roll out an ultra low-cost smartphone across its operations in Africa by the end of 2019.
MTN Group Adds 7.7M Customers in H1
Paula Gilbert  
8/8/2019   Post a comment
Despite tough trading conditions, MTN added 7.7 million group subscribers and grew service revenues almost 10% in the first half of the financial year.
Mobile Money Takes Off in South Sudan
Paula Gilbert  
8/7/2019   Post a comment
South Sudan's digital inclusion aspirations are being boosted by the rollout of mobile money services in the country.
Jury's Out on 5G Efforts: Poll Result
Ray Le Maistre  
8/7/2019   Post a comment
We asked you if you thought it was too early to put time and effort into 5G in Africa — and the slight majority believe Africa needs to be involved in 5G right now.
Mauritius Is the Most Mature African Telecoms Market: BuddeComm
Connecting Africa News  
8/6/2019   Post a comment
The 2019 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by BuddeComm ranks Mauritius as Africa's most mature market followed by Algeria and South Africa.
MTN Ghana Sees Huge Earnings Jump
Paula Gilbert  
8/6/2019   Post a comment
MTN's Ghanaian operation grew its earnings for the six months to the end of June by more than 50%.
Safaricom Pumps Up Its FTTH Plans
Ray Le Maistre  
8/5/2019   Post a comment
Uptake for Safaricom's fiber broadband service has been impressive, but the company is still looking to attract new customers and has outlined a short-term discount to tempt new customers.
Ooredoo Appoints New CEO for Algeria
Connecting Africa News  
8/5/2019   Post a comment
Nikolai Beckers has joined as CEO of Ooredoo Algeria as of August 3, 2019.
Mobile Operator Quartet Dominate African Market
Paula Gilbert  
8/2/2019   Post a comment
One in ten Africans is an Orange customer, says the French giant -- that makes it one of the top four mobile operators on the continent by subscriber numbers, with MTN, Airtel and Vodacom the other big hitters.
Connecting Africa's Editor on Key Market Trends
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8/2/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital inclusion.
Telkom is Killing its Copper Business
Paula Gilbert  
8/1/2019   Post a comment
As of today Telkom’s copper-based fixed line prepaid service platform has been decommissioned.




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Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has rolled out the first 4G KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in the country.
Telkom South Africa is offering insurance and lending products with big plans to grow financial services into a significant revenue stream for the group.
Ethiopian operator Ethio Telecom has reported a 31.4% YoY revenue bump ahead of plans to sell a major stake in the state-owned company to private business.
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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?

12:15 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. BREAK

Session Two

Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa
Date 08/18/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.

  • How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
  • Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
  • What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
  • Africa’s 5G readiness: infrastructure lag, transition from 2, 3 & 4G
  • Which development strategies are being implemented to bring 5G to the African enterprise markets?


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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