Register to receive our newsletter and join in the conversation on our message boards!
Paula Gilbert
Latest Content
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Kenya Leads Africa in Mobile Financial Services Opportunities – Mazars
Paula Gilbert  
10/16/2019   Post a comment
The Mazars Mobile Payments Index ranks Kenya highest out of four African countries according to the mobile financial services opportunities in the country, while South Africa ranks lowest.
EOH Goes After Corrupt Employees & Business Partners
Paula Gilbert  
10/15/2019   Post a comment
South African IT services firm EOH has blacklisted 50 enterprise development business partners implicated in suspect payments.
M-Pesa One of 10 Most Influential Projects of Last 50 Years, Says PMI
Paula Gilbert  
10/11/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan mobile money service has been ranked the ninth most influential project in the world over the last five decades by the Project Management Institute.
Bolt's Big African Expansion Plans
Paula Gilbert  
10/10/2019   Post a comment
Ride-hailing app Bolt plans to increase its reach from over 40 African cities to 75 by the end of 2019.
Jury Still Out on Viability of Rural Fiber
Paula Gilbert  
10/9/2019   Post a comment
Frogfoot Networks CEO Abraham van der Merwe questions how financially viable it is to rollout fiber to townships and rural areas in South Africa.
SA Minister Pledges Support for Fiber Industry
Paula Gilbert  
10/8/2019   Post a comment
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says all South Africans should have access to fiber and has promised to support industry players to help make this happen.
Women in Tech Interview: Microsoft SA's Lillian Barnard
Paula Gilbert  
10/4/2019   Post a comment
Microsoft SA managing director Lillian Barnard spoke to Connecting Africa about the rise of cloud in Africa and how she feels flying the flag for women in ICT.
eSIM Tech Trending Upward in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
10/3/2019   Post a comment
According to analysts the adoption of eSIM technology is slowly rising in Africa, and South Africa is the front runner in the region.
Africans Suffer Poor Voice App Experience
Paula Gilbert  
10/2/2019   Post a comment
A new report from Opensignal shows that Africa is trailing when it comes to voice app call quality of experience.
Safaricom Is Losing Market Share to Airtel
Paula Gilbert  
10/1/2019   Post a comment
Safaricom's slice of the Kenyan market is slowly declining and has dropped to levels last seen in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
Releasing 5G mmWave Spectrum Could Give Sub-Saharan Africa $5.2B Boost: GSMA
Paula Gilbert  
7/31/2019   Post a comment
A new GSMA report suggests that releasing 5G millimeter-wave spectrum capacity could contribute $5.2 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa's GDP by 2034, but the space industry is getting in the way.
MTN Broadens Its Financial Services Reach in Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
7/30/2019   Post a comment
MTN plans to expand its fintech business in Nigeria after one of its subsidiaries was granted a 'super-agent license' to provide financial services.
South Africa Finally Publishes Spectrum Policy Direction
Paula Gilbert  
7/29/2019   Post a comment
SA's long-awaited spectrum policy direction has been published and the government's wireless open access network (WOAN) is getting preferential treatment.
African Operators, Governments Show Faith in Huawei
Paula Gilbert  
7/26/2019   Post a comment
Analysts agree Huawei has had a very cordial working relationship with most African governments, which don't seem to be bowing to global pressure to blacklist the Chinese company.
Lower Out-Of-Bundle Revenue Hits Vodacom's South Africa Sales
Paula Gilbert  
7/25/2019   Post a comment
Lower out-of-bundle tariffs and new data regulations negatively impacted Vodacom's quarterly service revenue in South Africa but international growth helped group revenues increase.
4IR More of a Security Opportunity Than a Threat
Paula Gilbert  
7/24/2019   Post a comment
A new study from World Wide Worx found that fourth industrial revolution technologies offer more security opportunities than security risks, but many companies still don't perceive it that way.
Key Trends & Takeaways From West Africa Com 2019
Paula Gilbert  
7/22/2019   Post a comment
Satellite technology, fintech, mobile data prices and how to get better inclusion for women in tech were among the key topics discussed at the 2019 West Africa Com event in Senegal.
AWS Aims to Upskill Developers Ahead of Regional Cloud Launch
Paula Gilbert  
7/19/2019   Post a comment
As Amazon Web Services prepares to open its Cape Town infrastructure region in 2020, the group is looking to educate local developers.
Johannesburg, Nairobi Among Top 50 cities Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
Paula Gilbert  
7/19/2019   Post a comment
The two cities are Africa's only representatives in the Dell Technologies Women Entrepreneur Cities Index.
Former Vodafone Ghana CEO Joins MTN
Paula Gilbert  
7/18/2019   Post a comment
Yolanda Cuba is joining MTN as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>

Latest Articles
The Mazars Mobile Payments Index ranks Kenya highest out of four African countries according to the mobile financial services opportunities in the country, while South Africa ranks lowest.
South African IT services firm EOH has blacklisted 50 enterprise development business partners implicated in suspect payments.
The Kenyan mobile money service has been ranked the ninth most influential project in the world over the last five decades by the Project Management Institute.
Ride-hailing app Bolt plans to increase its reach from over 40 African cities to 75 by the end of 2019.
The shortlist of the startups in the running for AfricaCom's AHUB Pitch & Win competition.
AfricaCom Perspectives
The shortlist has been announced of five innovative companies which are in the running for the AfricaCom's AHUB Pitch & Win 2019 competition, in partnership with GSMA.
Given the size of the contribution the mobile industry makes to the sub-Saharan African economy, it could be argued that the region's businesses and enterprises have more at stake in the ...
Underpinned by its socio-economic transformation, Africa is narrowing the gap in technological and digital divides. This, for the most part, will be driven by its highly-adaptive and ...
All AfricaCom Perspectives
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
01:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

The introduction of 4G mobile broadband services across Africa has been transformative for individual users, businesses and economies, as well as the continent's mobile operators, but now the world is getting excited about the potential of 5G.

This webinar looks at the evolving role of 4G across Africa and how 5G will play a role in the development of digital, connected economies.

This webinar is part of the Connecting Africa Digital Series, which is produced in association with AfricaCom.


Information Resources
All resources
Upcoming Live Events
November 12-14, 2019, CTICC, South Africa
All Upcoming Live Events
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 ...
What are the hallmarks of a successful African broadcaster, how can the industry remain sustainable in the long term and what does the future hold ...
A top class panel of industry specialists gathered at the 20th anniversary launch of AfricaCom in July to discuss the impact of mobile ...
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 ...
All Videos
Partner Perspectives - from our sponsors
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
Innovation Key to Fan Engagement
By Robert Klein, CEO, Bundesliga International
Success Factors for Digital Transformation
By Dr. Volker Rieger, for Detecon
All Partner Perspectives
Flash Poll
Sponsored Video
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 ...
All Videos
like us on facebook
Connecting Africa
About Us     Contact Us     Help     Register     Twitter     Facebook     RSS
Copyright © 2019 Light Reading, part of Informa Tech,
a division of Informa PLC. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms of Use
in partnership with