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Comment: Africa's - huawei - 1/20/2021
The state of funding for Africa's tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.
Africa Tech Festival 2020: Beyond M-Pesa
  • Connecting Africa Video
During a fireside chat at the 2020 Africa Tech Festival, experts spoke about Africa's payment ecosystem and moving beyond M-Pesa to payments as a frictionless mobile infrastructure.
Pandemic propels mobile money growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Pan-African telcos MTN, Vodacom, Orange and Airtel have all seen a boost in mobile money users during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Data demand boosts Vodacom H1 revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't dampen Vodacom's interim revenue growth by much as the SA-based telco saw a big surge in data traffic and growth in data and financial services customers.
Vodacom's focus on 'bite size' products
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom is finding success in providing what it calls 'bite size' products like nano-loans, nano-investment and cheaper short-term entertainment offerings and data bundles.
COVID-19 bites into Safaricom profit
  • Paula Gilbert
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic saw Safaricom's first-half net profit drop 6%, but the Kenyan telco said it plans to get 4G to 100% of the population by the end of 2020.
API marketplace Chenosis is gaining traction
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, shared his ambitious plans for API marketplace Chenosis which has already signed up over 250 developers in just two months.
Tech gamechangers?
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Which technology will impact Africa the most in the next five years?
Comment: Smart phone Access - UberDOST8022 - 10/10/2020
Airtel, Samsung in smartphone financing deal
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Africa is partnering with Mastercard, Samsung and Asante Financial Services to launch a smartphone financing project as a way to entice users to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones.
M-Tiba puts Safaricom on Fortune's Change the World List
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2020 Fortune Change the World List has ranked Kenya's Safaricom in seventh place because of the positive impact of M-Pesa and healthcare-focused service M-Tiba, which helps Kenyans pay for medical bills with mobile money.
MTN Eswatini drops mobile data prices
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile data price drops by MTN in Eswatini are a strong move towards more affordable mobile communications in a country that previously had Africa's most expensive data prices.
Comment: mobile money - kalba - 9/18/2020
Safaricom to launch M-Pesa 'super-app'
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Comment: Good information - Astin - 8/5/2020
Comment: Right Step - CEO28808 - 7/24/2020
Comment: Tech & Support - janewood321 - 7/23/2020
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Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
  • Connecting Africa News
Paula Gilbert joins Light Reading's 'What's the Story?' podcast to discuss current trends around mobile data in Africa and their broader impact on the region and industry at large.
M-Pesa has almost 99% market share in Kenya
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom is still extremely dominant when it comes to Kenya's mobile money market, but its overall mobile customer market share declined slightly in the first quarter of 2020.
Sudan commits to cashless future
  • Connecting Africa News
Sudan has joined the UN's Better Than Cash Alliance to help accelerate the country's transition from cash to digital payments.
Comment: Welldone Crop2Cash - Ayoade - 5/26/2020
African operations boost Vodacom revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom's operations outside of SA continued to show strong growth over the past financial year, while the domestic market recovered in the second half.
SA telcos pledge big in COVID-19 battle
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's mobile operators are making sizable pledges toward the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as spending on improving network capacity.
Comment: Agriculture - Uche eva - 3/21/2020
Bank cards still beat mobile payments in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
A new research report from Omdia and OpenWay has found that consumer demand for debit and credit cards still outweighs that for mobile money, according to African banks.
MWC 2020 officially canceled
  • Paula Gilbert
The GSMA has pulled the plug on this year's Mobile World Congress due to the impact of reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
Comment: Interesting Read - Humphrey - 2/12/2020
MTN Mobile Money returns to SA
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has relaunched its Mobile Money offering in South Africa after previously pulling the service due to poor performance.
Airtel Africa Boasts Strong 9-Month Growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Africa gained 9.2 million new customers during the past year and its revenue increased by 9.9% for the nine months of its fiscal year to December 31, 2019.
New Telecoms Licensing Regime in Uganda
  • Paula Gilbert
Ugandan telecoms operators only have until a January 30 to meet the Uganda Communications Commission's deadline for a new licensing regime in the country.
Comment: Hot Startup - UberDOST8022 - 1/26/2020


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