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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.
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
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6/11/2020   Post a comment
BICS VP Clémentine Fournier believes enhanced connectivity has an important role to play in bolstering trade and fostering intercontinental expansion across Africa.
Introducing AfricaCom charity partner: CodeSpace Trust
AfricaCom Perspectives  
6/11/2020   2 comments
Founder Emma Dicks shares the origin story of South Africa's CodeSpace, which is helping young people learn the skills to excel in technology careers.
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
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4/22/2020   Post a comment
President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, tells Connecting Africa about the group's strategy for growth on the African continent.
East Africa Com Interview: Anne Wangalachi on how tech is transforming agriculture
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/25/2020   1 comment
Anne Wangalachi, an agribusiness specialist at the World Bank Group, spoke to Connecting Africa about technology can transform agriculture in East Africa.
East Africa Com Interview: GlobalX's Sylvia Mukasa on women in tech
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2/19/2020   Post a comment
GlobalX Investments CEO, Sylvia Mukasa, talks to Connecting Africa about the skills gap in east Africa and what can be done to help women in the region succeed in the tech industry.
How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
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2/12/2020   Post a comment
Frank Hester, founder and CEO of healthcare technology company TPP, believes the healthcare industry is not embracing technology as it should, but that the digital revolution is coming.
RSAWEB's Rudy van Staden says connectivity is lighting the fuse of an IoT boom
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12/24/2019   Post a comment
RSAWEB CEO Rudy van Staden believes that IoT has moved far beyond the fad some originally thought it to be.
Ericsson, 5G & Africa: The AfricaCom Interview
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11/26/2019   Post a comment
At the recent AfricaCom event in Cape Town we spoke to Chafic Traboulsi, head of networks for Ericsson, Middle East and Africa, about the challenges and opportunities associated with the rollout of 5G across the African continent.
AfricaCom Interview: Irdeto's Jim Phillipoff on Smart Home Security
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11/11/2019   Post a comment
Ahead of AfricaCom 2019, Irdeto's Jim Phillipoff discusses the security threats facing smart home devices and where the responsibility for securing IoT devices lies.
Five Innovative Startups Looking to Transform Africa
AfricaCom Perspectives  
10/10/2019   1 comment
The shortlist of the startups in the running for AfricaCom's AHUB Pitch & Win competition.
AfricaCom Survey: 5G Investment Should Be Operators' Top Priority
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10/9/2019   Post a comment
AfricaCom's annual Insights Survey showed that 29% of respondents believe that 5G should be operators' biggest investment priority over the next 12 months.
AfricaCom Insights: Ecobank's Simon B. Rey on Africa's Digital-Adaptive Population
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10/2/2019   Post a comment
Simon B. Rey from Ecobank believes the world's digital-adaptive population lives in Africa -- and it's not just about the Millennials.
South Africa Leads the World in Demand for Constant Connectivity
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1/3/2019   Post a comment
ARRIS's eighth annual study of global consumer technology trends, the ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI), found that no fewer than 95% of South Africans demand 'constant connectivity.'
Connecting Africa to the Digital World
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12/6/2018   Post a comment
Investments are being made that will benefit the citizens of Africa, improve economies and perhaps most importantly give the people of Africa the opportunity to play their part in the Fourth Industrial revolution.
Avanti Talks About Satellite's Roll in Connecting Africa at AfricaCom 2018
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11/28/2018   Post a comment
Avanti Country Manager and Sales Director for Southern Africa, Brenden Pronk, discusses the latest development at Avanti and calls for the telecoms industry to work together to create a truly connected continent.
Parallel Wireless 2G/3G/4G/5G Open Network Solution Connects 12 Countries in Africa
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11/28/2018   Post a comment
Parallel Wireless's Christoph Fitih shared how the company's 2G/3G/4G/5G software-enabled Open Network solution is helping telcos in Africa deploy new coverage throughout the continent at much lower cost and on an accelerated timeline.
Innovation Key to Fan Engagement
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11/12/2018   Post a comment
Technological advances bringing sport closer to African fans.
Success Factors for Digital Transformation
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11/9/2018   Post a comment
A study at the University of Oldenburg has identified the success factors for digital transformation in midsize enterprises.
Innovation Without Information is Destined to Fail
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11/1/2018   Post a comment
The implications of processing large amounts of data are enormous.
Learning from India's Smart Feature Phone Revolution
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10/31/2018   Post a comment
Why the Reliance Jio model can provide a blueprint for broader mobile internet adoption in Africa.
A World Made Possible by the Promise of the Pervasive Network
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2/13/2018   Post a comment
This new video will inspire companies to reimagine their business for success in a world where connectivity is more than a commodity. Sponsored Video
Kontron on SDN in Developing Markets
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
SPONSORED VIDEO: Kontron’s Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette discusses software-defined networking (SDN) in developing markets and how Kontron is facilitating a fast transformation to SDN/NFV for service providers in Africa.




Latest Articles
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.
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.
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.
The planned merger between Telkom Kenya and Airtel has been shelved about 18 months since the pair first agreed terms.
MTN has announced an 'orderly exit' out of Middle East operations and is in advanced discussions to sell its 75% stake in MTN Syria.
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Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert chats about key topics from day two at AfricaCom 2019, including 4G vs. 5G, Liquid Telecom's new fiber link ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum ...
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital ...
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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AfricaCom Perspectives
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 ...
Just like the Internet itself many years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was initially viewed as nothing more than a fad that would have little impact on our daily lives. We know now ...
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Partner Perspectives - from our sponsors
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
South Africa Leads the World in Demand for Constant Connectivity
By Steve McCaffery, President, International Sales & Managing Director IBO, Arris
Connecting Africa to the Digital World
By António Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables
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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?

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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September 30 - October 1, 2020, Virtual Event
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At the recent AfricaCom event in Cape Town we spoke to Chafic Traboulsi, head of networks for Ericsson, Middle East and Africa, about the ...
Avanti Country Manager and Sales Director for Southern Africa, Brenden Pronk, discusses the latest development at Avanti and calls for the ...
Parallel Wireless's Christoph Fitih shared how the company's 2G/3G/4G/5G software-enabled Open Network solution is helping telcos in Africa deploy ...
This new video will inspire companies to reimagine their business for success in a world where connectivity is more than a commodity. Sponsored Video
SPONSORED VIDEO: Kontron's Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette discusses software-defined networking (SDN) in developing markets and how Kontron is ...
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