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US-Africa Tech Challenge to take place in 2021
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MTN Launches Connected Car Usage-Based Insurance Service
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Airtel, Samsung in smartphone financing deal
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WorldRemit Sets Up Shop in South Africa, Eyes IPO
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Kenya, Ghana dominate mobile payment utilization rates
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How telcos can monetise the value of big data assets
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Nigeria sees mobile subs boom – Ericsson
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Mobile airtime theft rife in Africa, say experts
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Econet launches Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone
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MTN Nigeria to help 10,000 SMEs, startups after COVID-19
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Africa Code Week 2020 focusing on girl coders
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How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
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Amazon is creating 3,000 new jobs in SA
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Introducing AfricaCom charity partner: CodeSpace Trust
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Airtel and Telkom Kenya call off merger
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Telkom enters SA's mobile financial services race
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Orange launching digital bank in West Africa
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MTN Ghana boasts double-digit Q1 growth
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MTN Group Grows, SA Struggles
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African operators reinstate mobile money fees
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COVID-19 puts major dent in Africa's smartphone market
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MTN to give SA users 20MB free data every day
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MTN dominates market share in over half its operations
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Cell C planning to give customers free 'lifeline' data
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Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
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SA Companies Back Away From Public Cloud
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Ghana Lands Africa's First Google AI Lab
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New Telecoms Licensing Regime in Uganda
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Hot Startup of the Month: Nigerian Fintech Innovator OneFi
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African Fintech Startups Rake in $107M in 2019
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Free Data for All: SA Competition Watchdog
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Five Innovative Startups Looking to Transform Africa
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Safaricom Finds Success With Affordable Smartphone
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Highlights from West Africa Com 2019
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Orange in Talks to Enter Ethiopia
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Why I'm Excited for a Connected Africa
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Zimbabweans Blocked From Social Media, Public Internet
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MTN Group Has a New CTIO & a New CIO
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5G Will Roll Out in Nigeria by 2020, Says Regulator
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MTN Set to Cover 90% of South African Population With 4G
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Nearly half of the global adult population has never used the Internet, and the majority live in Africa and South Asia, according to a recent ITU report.
The digital gender gap stands at almost 43% in Uganda and 5.8% in Ghana, according to the World Wide Web Foundation's new Women's Rights Online Report.
The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.
Nigerian startup VNTS manufactures network devices that solve last-mile connectivity and last-inch Wi-Fi signal issues using existing electrical cabling.
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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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