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Content posted in September 2019
Afrimax's Vodafone Zambia Gets Its Marching Orders
Connecting Africa News  
9/30/2019   Post a comment
As of October 20, 2019 the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority is cancelling the license linked to the Vodafone Zambia brand.
South African Investment Fund Eyes Stake in Liquid Telecom – Report
Iain Morris  
9/27/2019   Post a comment
PIC will reportedly guarantee a loan by Deutsche Telekom and acquire stock at a discount during a potential forthcoming IPO, said Bloomberg's sources.
AI & Automation Key to Telecom's Progress
Connecting Africa News  
9/27/2019   Post a comment
The introduction of automated processes and artificial intelligence looks set to transform the operations of telecom operators of all sizes and in all markets.
UK Unveils Aid Program to Boost Africa Financial Services Sector
Connecting Africa News  
9/27/2019   Post a comment
The UK government has announced a £90 million aid package designed to spur private investments in Africa's financial services sector.
Cell C Puts Brave Face on Massive Loss
Connecting Africa News  
9/26/2019   Post a comment
South African operator reports a massive loss for its full financial year but insists it's set up for long-term success.
Safaricom Finds Success With Affordable Smartphone
Paula Gilbert  
9/25/2019   1 comment
Kenya's Safaricom has sold more than 600,000 of its low-cost Neon smartphones in 2019.
Rain Brings 5G FWA to South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
9/23/2019   Post a comment
Competitive South African operator has launched a commercial 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband service in Johannesburg and Tshwane, with further locations to follow.
GSMA Calls for End to Spectrum Cash Cows
Paula Gilbert  
9/19/2019   Post a comment
High spectrum prices are having negative impacts on consumers, according to a new report from the GSM Association.
Oracle Planning Cloud Region in South Africa
Connecting Africa News  
9/18/2019   Post a comment
Oracle has put South Africa on the list of new Oracle Cloud regions to be launched by the end of 2020.
Safaricom Teaches Old Dogs New Tricks
Iain Morris  
9/17/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan operator is trying to equip in-house staff with the skills it will need to thrive in a digital age.
ITU & Cisco to Tackle Africa's Skills Gap
Connecting Africa News  
9/16/2019   Post a comment
The ITU and Cisco plan to launch four Digital Transformation Centers in Africa to start providing digital skills from January 2020.
Africa to Embrace Hybrid Cloud
Paula Gilbert  
9/16/2019   Post a comment
Cloud services in Africa will run on both public and private cloud platforms and be provided by a mix of global players and local or regional players, finds industry analyst.
Cloud Services a Game Changer for Digital Transformation
Paula Gilbert  
9/13/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa's 'Cloud Evolution in Africa' webinar revealed that cloud services are a game changer for Africa and without adequate access to these services, digital transformation loses some of its depth and meaning.
Helios Towers Reignites IPO Plans, Eyes Expansion
Ray Le Maistre  
9/12/2019   Post a comment
With mobile tower valuations making global headlines, African operator Helios Towers dusts off its IPO papers with a planned listing on the London Stock exchange and talk of expansion.
New Leadership for MTN Zambia, Rwanda & Cote d'Ivoire
Connecting Africa News  
9/11/2019   Post a comment
The MTN Group has announced a number of leadership changes in its African operations.
MTN SA Heading to Court to Fight R5M Fine
Paula Gilbert  
9/10/2019   Post a comment
MTN South Africa plans to head to the High Court to fight a R5 million ($340,000) penalty from ICASA for raising the price of a WhatsApp bundle without the proper regulatory approval.
SA Minister Calls for Universal Broadband
Paula Gilbert  
9/9/2019   Post a comment
South African finance minister Tito Mboweni says economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurial activity are inextricably linked to broadband access.
Intelsat & AMN Take Mobile Coverage to 1.7M Africans
Paula Gilbert  
9/6/2019   Post a comment
The two companies have exceeded their goal of activating 500 remote cell sites in Africa by July 2019.
Ian Ferrao to Head up Airtel in East Africa
Paula Gilbert  
9/5/2019   Post a comment
The former Vodacom exec is joining Airtel Africa as regional director of its East Africa business.
Flickswitch & Vodacom Partner on SIM Management Service in Tanzania
Paula Gilbert  
9/5/2019   Post a comment
The two are teaming up to provide what they claim is a first-of-its-kind type of solution for Tanzania.
Safaricom Sets Out Objections to Airtel-Telkom Merger
Iain Morris  
9/4/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan market leader wants to see debts repaid and spectrum rebalanced before the regulator approves a merger between its rivals.
MTN Closes Stores in Nigeria & SA Following Xenophobic Attacks
Paula Gilbert  
9/4/2019   1 comment
The MTN Group says it stands against xenophobia and damage to property as it closes stores across Nigeria and some in Johannesburg as a precaution.
Vodacom & MTN Enjoy Highest ARPUs in Southern Africa
Paula Gilbert  
9/3/2019   Post a comment
Both mobile operators' highest average revenue per user (ARPU) predominantly came from their Southern African operations.
MTN Has Over 50% Market Share in 10 African Countries
Paula Gilbert  
9/2/2019   Post a comment
According to MTN statistics the telco dominates when it comes to market share in many of its operations across the continent.




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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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