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New Virtual Africa Tech Festival launched
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7/15/2020   Post a comment
AfricaCom and AfricaTech will go ahead as virtual events, as part of the new Virtual Africa Tech Festival.
Nokia and Djezzy implement ultra-high network capacity technology in Algeria
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7/1/2020   Post a comment
As mobile traffic demand ramps up in Algeria, Nokia and operator Djezzy have implemented ultra-high network capacity technology.
Vodacom Business and Microsoft SA partner to deliver a Digital Education Platform
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6/23/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom Business and Microsoft are partnering to deliver a Digital Education Platform in South Africa.
Safaricom launches an M-Pesa for business app
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6/18/2020   Post a comment
The new Lipa Na M-Pesa Business app aims to empower over 170,000 merchants in Kenya
African Telecommunications Union and Ericsson sign MoU to accelerate growth of ICT in Africa
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6/17/2020   Post a comment
The partnership aims to promote global and regional coordination and harmonization of spectrum usage to decrease cost of technology by increasing economies of scale and maximizing the affordability for all users in Africa.
Registrations open for fully virtual West Africa Com 2020 event
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6/5/2020   Post a comment
Informa Tech has decided to move West Africa Com to a fully virtual event this year from September 30 to October 1, 2020.
The 17th Annual East Africa Com is going virtual for 2020
Industry Announcements  
6/4/2020   Post a comment
Informa Tech has decided to move East Africa Com to a fully virtual event for 2020 on September 14-15.
Orange Money opens remittance corridors from France to Burkina Faso and Morocco
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5/26/2020   Post a comment
Orange has extended its international money transfer service to Burkina Faso and Morocco.
Business expectations for ICT in East Africa at a new high
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5/12/2020   Post a comment
New research from Omdia shows that business expectations for ICT are at a new high in East Africa.
SatADSL and YahClick join forces to provide satellite connectivity to Sub-Saharan Africa
Industry Announcements  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
Belgian SatADSL and Emirati YahClick are partnering to enhance their connectivity offerings across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Facebook launches Coronavirus Information Center in 17 African countries
Industry Announcements  
4/14/2020   Post a comment
The social network is expanding its Coronavirus Information Center to 17 more countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mauritania's CSS and Forsway Scandinavia to boost West African broadband connectivity
Industry Announcements  
4/7/2020   Post a comment
Mauritanian satellite services provider CSS and Forsway Scandinavia join forces.
Vodacom and Safaricom officially acquire the M-Pesa brand
Industry Announcements  
4/6/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom and Safaricom announce that they have completed the acquisition of the M-Pesa brand.
Telkom launches COVID-19 track and trace solution
Industry Announcements  
4/3/2020   Post a comment
Telkom has been working with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to develop a track and trace solution to identify people who may have contracted COVID-19 in South Africa.
New dates for Connecting Africa event series
Industry Announcements  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
Informa Tech has announced new dates for East Africa Com and West Africa Com.
Competition Tribunal confirms Vodacom, CompCom data settlement as an order
Industry Announcements  
3/26/2020   Post a comment
The Competition Tribunal has confirmed the consent agreement between the Competition Commission and Vodacom on the reduction of data prices.
Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 medical equipment to African Union
Industry Announcements  
3/23/2020   Post a comment
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has donated 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits for COVID-19 to the African Union.
Google to train 20,000 African women in 2020
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3/12/2020   Post a comment
Google has announced plans to train 20,000 women in Africa this year.
Orange Digital Ventures leads $1.5m investment round in Nigeria's Youverify
Industry Announcements  
3/10/2020   Post a comment
Lagos-based digital identity and address verification startup, Youverify, gets $1.5 million seed investment.
Orange and SES team up on O3b mPower Communications System
Industry Announcements  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
Orange will be the first global telecom operator to integrate satellite-based terabit-scale O3b mPower communications system in its network, to support the growing demand for connectivity in Africa.
South Africa's international connectivity fully restored
Industry Announcements  
2/20/2020   Post a comment
The dual fault on two undersea cable systems has been repaired, fully restoring Internet connectivity in South Africa
Cisco Appoints Reem Asaad to Lead Middle East & Africa Region
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2/5/2020   Post a comment
Reem Asaad will lead Cisco's Middle East and Africa region.
Liquid Telecom to Launch First 5G Wholesale Roaming Network Service in SA
Industry Announcements  
1/20/2020   Post a comment
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom plans to launch a 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa in early 2020.
Angola Cables Trials Nokia's PSE-3
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1/20/2020   Post a comment
Angola Cables is trialing an optical interconnect platform based on Nokia's Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset as part of its plans to offer a direct data link between Africa and the US, via Brazil.
Facebook Appoints Regional Director for Middle East, Africa & Turkey
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1/14/2020   Post a comment
Derya Matraş has been appointed as Facebook's lead for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
MTN Nigeria Dodges $2B Tax Demand
Industry Announcements  
1/13/2020   Post a comment
The Attorney General of Nigeria has withdrawn a US$2 billion tax demand against MTN Nigeria and has referred the matter to other authorities.
Angola Cables, CTM Seek Ways to Connect the World
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1/8/2020   Post a comment
Angola Cables and CTM are exploring ways to enhance connectivity between Macau, mainland China, African Portuguese-speaking countries and Brazil.
MTN Cameroon Boasts GSMA Mobile Money Certification
Industry Announcements  
1/6/2020   Post a comment
The certification followed a rigorous assessment of MTN Cameroon's Mobile Money (MoMo) services by the GSMA.
MTN Raises R14B From Asset Sales in 2019
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1/3/2020   Post a comment
Under its Asset Realisation Programme, MTN raised R14 billion (US$980 million) from asset sales during 2019.
MTN Named in Violation of Anti-Terrorism Complaint
Industry Announcements  
12/30/2019   Post a comment
MTN has been named in a complaint for violation of the anti-terrorism act filed in the US in relation to the company's business in Afghanistan.
South Africa Set For Fleet Management System Growth — Berg Insight
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12/30/2019   Post a comment
The installed base of fleet management systems in South Africa is set to reach 3.2 million units by 2023, according to market research firm Berg Insight.
European Union Pumps €30M into AfricaConnect
Industry Announcements  
12/20/2019   Post a comment
The €30 million contribution from the EU will provide support to three African Regional Research and Education Networks -- UbuntuNet Alliance, WACREN and ASREN.
Sparkle Adds New Point of Presence in Nigeria
Industry Announcements  
12/19/2019   Post a comment
Located in Lagos, Sparkle's new PoP will provide high-speed Internet connectivity to local and international providers.
Orange, GIZ Team Up on Digital Skills Development
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12/17/2019   Post a comment
Orange and GIZ have formed a strategic alliance to enhance the digital employability of 20,000 young people in Africa and the Middle East.
Vodacom Launches VodaLend Business Advance for SMEs
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11/22/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom has launched a new business financing product for small to midsized businesses, called VodaLend Business Advance.
Orange Builds New African Backbone
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11/13/2019   Post a comment
Orange accelerates the development of connectivity in Africa with a new secure international network – comprising terrestrial and subsea links – connecting eight countries in West Africa.
AfricaCom: MTN Launches 5G Trial With Huawei on Golden Band
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11/13/2019   Post a comment
MTN & Huawei Trial C-band 5G Technology at AfricaCom 2019.
Ovum Unveils Its Africa Digital Outlook 2020
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11/11/2019   Post a comment
The Ovum analyst team finds that rising connectivity, driven by mobile broadband, is laying the foundations for the digital economy in Africa.
Seacom Partners With Vodacom to Expand Reach Across Africa
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10/16/2019   Post a comment
Seacom and Vodacom Business Africa are partnering to spread enterprise solutions across the continent.
Airtel Africa & Mastercard Partner to Connect 100M Africans With Virtual Card
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10/11/2019   Post a comment
Airtel Money customers, even those without a bank account, can now make online payments globally using an Airtel Money Mastercard virtual card.
Vodacom Foundation & Google Partnership to Accelerate Africa's Digital Skills Development
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10/7/2019   Post a comment
The Vodacom Foundation has partnered with Google to accelerate the empowerment of youth in South Africa with digital skills required for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Kenyan e-Logistics Startup Expands to Nigerian market
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10/1/2019   Post a comment
Lori is expanding its e-Logistics service from Kenya to Nigeria.
Siemens Supports Young African Innovators
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9/26/2019   Post a comment
Siemens extends its Eskom Expo partnership to schools in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Cell C Provides Financial Updates
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9/26/2019   Post a comment
South African mobile operator publishes financial details of its full fiscal year to the end of May 2019 and provides financial details for the quarter that closed at the end of August 2019.
Angola Cables, TM Global Explore New Subsea Route
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9/17/2019   Post a comment
Angola Cables and TM Global, the global and wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia, are exploring the potential of a new subsea route connecting Asia to Latin America via Africa.
Vodacom Tanzania & Smart Lab Partner to Support Business Startups
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9/11/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom Tanzania and Smart Lab have launched the Vodacom Digital Accelerator, a program aimed at helping technology startups become profitable and revenue generating businesses.
Airtel Africa Boasts 100M+ Customers
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8/28/2019   Post a comment
Airtel Africa says it has more than 100 million customers across its 14 markets.
Cell C Responds to S&P Downgrade
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8/23/2019   Post a comment
South African mobile operator Cell C reacts to rating agency S&P Global downgrading it to Default.
VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa Programme Expands to Enhance Digital Skills in Africa
Industry Announcements  
8/20/2019   Post a comment
VMware has announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Strathmore University in Kenya to help address the skills gap and support innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent.
Two Years Until Infrastructure-as-a-Service Boom Hits SA
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7/30/2019   Post a comment
According to South African cloud provider, Routed, the predicted growth of Infrastructure-as-a-Service is in line with growth forecasts for cloud computing in 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

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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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