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Content posted in September 2017
The Ghanaian Apps Helping to Improve School Outcomes
Connecting Africa News  
9/29/2017   Post a comment
Tech entrepreneurs and non-profits are harnessing the power of the smartphone in Ghana to prepare high school students for the future.
Africa's Quiet Revolution in Mobile Finance and Commerce
Connecting Africa News  
9/27/2017   Post a comment
Advances in mobile finance across Africa open up opportunities for further value-added service developments.
Embracing the Sharing Economy: Connecting Africa Interviews Uber's Mipe Okunseinde
Rachael McKie  
9/26/2017   Post a comment
Mipe Okunseinde, Partner Engagement Lead (Sub-Saharan Africa) at Uber explains why the company's future is as much in logistics as in basic transportation.
Mauritius Telecom to be Anchor Tenant for IOX Subsea Cable
Ray Le Maistre  
9/25/2017   Post a comment
National operator is to use the subsea network linking Mauritius, La Reunion and Rodrigues Island to South Africa and India that's due to start operations in 2019.
Sowing the Seeds for AgriTech Growth
Stacey Knott  
9/22/2017   Post a comment
Young tech-savvy entrepreneurs are working hard to bring digital tools to Africa's enormous and important agriculture sector.
Taking a Parallel Approach to SDN & NFV
Connecting Africa News  
9/21/2017   Post a comment
It's not too early for Africa's network operators to be thinking about how the implementation of SDN and NFV capabilities can deliver efficiency gains and make them more agile service providers.
Africa Still Trailing in Internet Access, Finds ITU Report
Ray Le Maistre  
9/20/2017   Post a comment
With Internet User Penetration at just 21.8%, Africa is still trailing the rest of the world, according to a new ITU State of Broadband report.
The Economics of Change in African Infrastructure Development
Connecting Africa News  
9/19/2017   Post a comment
There are some tough decisions to be made regarding mobile network infrastructure developments in Africa.
The Developer Economy & How to Increase Customer Retention: Nigeria Com Interview With MTN Nigeria's Adedamola Ibironke
Rachael McKie  
9/18/2017   Post a comment
Adedamola Ibironke, solution development manager at MTN Nigeria, talks about the trend of content co-creation in digital markets, as well as the role of partnerships.
Safaricom to Create Another 300 Customer Care Jobs
Iain Morris  
9/17/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator says investments in customer care will reduce call-waiting times and take pressure off an existing facility.
The Art of Data Structures and Navigating Price Wars: Nigeria Com Interview with Olatokunbo Temenu
Connecting Africa News  
9/15/2017   Post a comment
Nigeria Com speaker Olatokunbo Temenu discusses the impact of data service tariff deregulation in Nigeria.
GE, HPE Team for Digital Solutions Push in AME
Ray Le Maistre  
9/14/2017   Post a comment
Tech giants team up to offer a range of digital solutions to enterprises in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, with an initial focus on cybersecurity.
AfricaCom: The 20th Anniversary
Connecting Africa Video  
9/14/2017   Post a comment
THE PLACE TO SHAPE AFRICA'S DIGITAL FUTURE. Anyone who's anyone in African telecoms and technology will be at AfricaCom 2017, 7-9 November, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. You should be too. Three days of thought-provoking content and amazing tech. It's the place to get deals done.
Nigeria Is 'Most Successful Network Sharing Country' in Africa: Report
Connecting Africa News  
9/13/2017   1 comment
Nigeria is the most successful network sharing country, according to a new report from research house IHS Markit.
Upskilling with Uber: Loic Amado, General Manager East Africa
Connecting Africa Video  
9/13/2017   Post a comment
East Africa Com was proud to welcome Uber's General Manager for East Africa, Loic Amado. We caught up with Loic to chat about how Uber is upskilling their driver-partners, how to successfully launch in Africa and the transformational impact of digital communications.
Digital Transformation and the Evolution of AfricaCom: Connecting Africa’s Tom Cuthell
Connecting Africa Video  
9/12/2017   Post a comment
Connecting Africa’s Portfolio Director talks to us about aligning AfricaCom with Africa's path towards the 4th Industrial Revolution, the LeadersIn Africa Summit and what else visitors can expect from the 20th anniversary event.
Safaricom Spark Fund Backs AgriTech Startup
Ray Le Maistre  
9/12/2017   Post a comment
The Safaricom Spark Fund has announced its sixth investment, with AgriTech startup iProcure gaining the funding.
Vodacom Linked to VAST Networks Investment
Ray Le Maistre  
9/11/2017   Post a comment
Media reports suggest Vodacom is looking to take a stake in South African WiFi access network operator VAST Networks.
Free Wifi and Empowering Africa’s Populace: Moja Wifi’s Segeni Nge’the
Connecting Africa Video  
9/8/2017   Post a comment
Segeni Nge'the, Director of Moja Wifi, joined East Africa Com as a speaker and panelist at the 2017 event. In this in-depth interview, we discussed driving digital inclusion, the Kenyan mobile money revolution and the potential for a 'Facebank.'
South Africa's FibreCo Builds Out Its Backbone With ADVA
Ray Le Maistre  
9/8/2017   Post a comment
South African operator is deploying optical networking gear from ADVA to build a 100 Gbit/s connection between Johannesburg and the undersea cable landing station at Mtunzini.
Kenya's Safaricom Eyes African Expansion
Iain Morris  
9/7/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator eyes launch of e-commerce services in east and west African markets.
The Internet as an African Business Enabler: Google's Luke McKend at the AfricaCom Launch
Connecting Africa Video  
9/6/2017   Post a comment
For Google South Africa's Country Director, driving access to the Internet for emerging African businesses is vital to the continent's economic growth. We caught up with Luke McKend at the AfricaCom 2017 launch to discuss growing connectivity in Africa, providing relevant local continent and how remarkable the AfricaCom attendee audience is.
Connecting Africa Digital Week Kicks Off on Twitter
Amy Turner  
9/5/2017   Post a comment
Connecting Africa's Digital Week began with a Twitter chat on how disruptive technology and future tech can help to bridge the digital divide.
A Partner in a Connected World: Safaricom Wholesale at East Africa Com
Connecting Africa Video  
9/5/2017   Post a comment
At East Africa Com, Head of Wholesale and Roaming at Safaricom Wholesale, Wangeci Kanjama, discusses ecosystem partnerships and the operator's mission.

MTN Demos Cellular IoT with Ericsson, Qualcomm
Ray Le Maistre  
9/4/2017   Post a comment
MTN South Africa conducts demonstration of the cellular IoT technology Cat-M1 with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm.
Safaricom Preps Major M-Pesa Upgrade
Iain Morris  
9/4/2017   Post a comment
Overnight upgrade will take service offline for its 26 million users but will enable additional services and capabilities.
Getting African Digital Transformation Kick-Started: Nokia's Jan Liebenberg at the AfricaCom 2017 Launch
Connecting Africa Video  
9/4/2017   Post a comment
At the recent launch of AfricaCom 2017 in Johannesburg, Connecting Africa caught up with Nokia South Africa's Director to chat about AfricaCom and digital transformation.

Vodacom CEO Joins Safaricom's Board, Raises Questions About M-Pesa Expansion
Ray Le Maistre  
9/1/2017   Post a comment
Safaricom appoints two new directors, including Vodacom CEO and Chairman Shameel Joosub, a move that likely heralds some joint actions involving the M-Pesa mobile money service.




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