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Ericsson, UNICEF partner to map school Internet connectivity
Connecting Africa News  
8/28/2020   Post a comment
Ericsson and UNICEF are joining forces to map school connectivity in 35 countries, 13 of which are in Africa.
Cell C recapitalization making good progress
Paula Gilbert  
8/27/2020   Post a comment
Major shareholder Blue Label Telecoms is confident that Cell C's recapitalization will be concluded by the end of 2020.
Women in Tech Interview: GoDaddy regional director Selina Bieber
Paula Gilbert  
8/26/2020   Post a comment
GoDaddy's regional director for MENAT and South Africa, Selina Bieber, talks about working with female entrepreneurs in Africa, and the things that connect us.
Africa's banking industry is experiencing a revolution
Partner Perspectives  
8/25/2020   Post a comment
Wiseasy CTO Riad Laqlach discusses the role digitization is playing in the African mobile banking revolution.
Vodacom has a new group CFO
Connecting Africa News  
8/25/2020   Post a comment
Raisibe Morathi will take over as Vodacom Group CFO in November 2020.
Ties between SA and Huawei remain strong
Paula Gilbert  
8/24/2020   Post a comment
The Western campaign to ban Chinese company Huawei is not making an impact in South Africa.
Cell C planning mass store closures in SA
Paula Gilbert  
8/21/2020   Post a comment
Embattled South Africa operator Cell C is planning to close 128 out of its 240 stores as COVID-19 bites.
MTN Nigeria to help 10,000 SMEs, startups after COVID-19
Connecting Africa News  
8/20/2020   1 comment
Revv Programme for startups and small businesses offers classes by MTN executives and experts, with 200 chosen for Y'ello accelerator.
CFO Ralph Mupita to take over as MTN CEO
Paula Gilbert  
8/19/2020   Post a comment
MTN has announced that group CFO Ralph Mupita will replace current CEO Rob Shuter in September 2020.
Hot startup of the month: Ethiopia's BeBlocky
Tom Jackson  
8/18/2020   Post a comment
Ethiopian startup BeBlocky is trying to make learning to code easier and more accessible for young people, by turning it into a game.
African operators, banks collaborate on mobile money
Connecting Africa News  
8/17/2020   Post a comment
Africa is seeing more mobile money collaborations between operators and banks.
Join us for the AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium
Paula Gilbert  
8/14/2020   Post a comment
On August 18 and 20, Connecting Africa and AfricaCom will run a two-day Digital Symposium covering the 2020 outlook, 5G, mobile money, connectivity and more.
Africa Code Week 2020 focusing on girl coders
Connecting Africa News  
8/14/2020   1 comment
Africa Code Week will be fully online in 2020, aiming to teach millions of children how to code, with a focus on young girls and women teachers.
Spectrum pricing a barrier for 5G in SA
Paula Gilbert  
8/13/2020   Post a comment
A new World Wide Worx report has quoted SA's mobile operators saying high spectrum prices could place a barrier on 5G growth in the country.
Ethiopia bars foreign infrastructure after Ethio letter
Connecting Africa News  
8/12/2020   Post a comment
Media report claims Ethio executives demanded government block infrastructure firms from entering the market, safeguarding plans to remain the sole provider.
MTN reports COVID-19's impact on voice and data growth
Paula Gilbert  
8/11/2020   Post a comment
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.
SA president backs 4IR to assist economic recovery
Connecting Africa News  
8/7/2020   Post a comment
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) can help the country to emerge from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airtel and Telkom Kenya call off merger
Paula Gilbert  
8/7/2020   1 comment
The planned merger between Telkom Kenya and Airtel has been shelved about 18 months since the pair first agreed terms.
MTN planning Middle East exit
Paula Gilbert  
8/6/2020   Post a comment
MTN has announced an 'orderly exit' out of Middle East operations and is in advanced discussions to sell its 75% stake in MTN Syria.
Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
Partner Perspectives  
8/5/2020   Post a comment
BICS product manager Damion Rose believes that operators need to better monetize their roaming businesses to enhance customer loyalty and grow their bottom lines.
MTN unveils API marketplace for developers
Connecting Africa News  
8/5/2020   Post a comment
MTN is launching a pan-African API marketplace for developers called Chenosis.
First KaiOS smart feature phone drops in Malawi
Paula Gilbert  
8/5/2020   Post a comment
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has rolled out the first 4G KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in the country.
Telkom enters SA's mobile financial services race
Paula Gilbert  
8/4/2020   1 comment
Telkom South Africa is offering insurance and lending products with big plans to grow financial services into a significant revenue stream for the group.
Ethio Telecom sees revenue jump ahead of privatization
Paula Gilbert  
8/3/2020   Post a comment
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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Mobile data price drops by MTN in Eswatini are a strong move towards more affordable mobile communications in a country that previously had Africa's most expensive data prices.
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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AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile ...
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The latest African Space Industry Annual Report from Space in Africa shows that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are investing more in space and satellite ...
CodeSpace is a South African organization, based in Cape Town, providing young people with the skills to excel in technology careers. We caught up with the founder Emma Dicks to find out ...
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.
Gender-responsive policy is critical for Africa and involves the integration of gender in ICT-related strategies, policies, plans and budgets, with clear gender-equality targets. So says ...
The way in which banking and travel have embraced technology has created a "digital first" approach for people across the world. Whether it is booking flights or transferring money, many ...
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
By Clémentine Fournier, VP Sales Africa at BICS
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
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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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