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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 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
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11/18/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a summary of the conference in general, including how Africa is embracing the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and the rise of smart feature phones in Africa.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 2: Key Takeaways
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11/14/2019   Post a comment
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 between East and West Africa, and the rise of the super-app.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 1: Key Takeaways
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11/13/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum availability and digital inclusion from the first day of AfricaCom 2019.
Connecting Africa's Editor on Key Market Trends
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8/2/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital inclusion.
Avanti Talks About Satellite's Roll in Connecting Africa at AfricaCom 2018
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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.
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
The Role of Mobile in Expanding the Digital Economy: AfricaCom TV Interview with MTN's Herman Singh
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12/6/2017   Post a comment
AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile as a platform for expanding the African digital economy and mapping Africa's journey through the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Future of African Broadcasting: AfricaCom TV Interview with John Momoh, Channels Media
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12/4/2017   Post a comment
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 for African media? AfricaCom TV sat down with CEO and Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh.
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.
Digital Africa, the Impact of Mobile, and Regulatory Issues: An AfricaCom Panel Debate
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10/25/2017   1 comment
A top class panel of industry specialists gathered at the 20th anniversary launch of AfricaCom in July to discuss the impact of mobile connectivity and digital services on the the personal and business lives of Africans.
AfricaCom: The 20th Anniversary
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9/14/2017   Post a comment
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 Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. You should be too. Three days of thought-provoking content and amazing tech. It's the place to get deals done.
Upskilling with Uber: Loic Amado, General Manager East Africa
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
East Africa Com was proud to welcome Uber's General Manager for East Africa, Loic Amado. We caught up with Loic to chat about how Uber is upskilling their driver-partners, how to successfully launch in Africa and the transformational impact of digital communications.
Digital Transformation and the Evolution of AfricaCom: Connecting Africa’s Tom Cuthell
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
Connecting Africa’s Portfolio Director talks to us about aligning AfricaCom with Africa's path towards the 4th Industrial Revolution, the LeadersIn Africa Summit and what else visitors can expect from the 20th anniversary event.
Free Wifi and Empowering Africa’s Populace: Moja Wifi’s Segeni Nge’the
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9/8/2017   Post a comment
Segeni Nge'the, Director of Moja Wifi, joined East Africa Com as a speaker and panelist at the 2017 event. In this in-depth interview, we discussed driving digital inclusion, the Kenyan mobile money revolution and the potential for a 'Facebank.'
The Internet as an African Business Enabler: Google's Luke McKend at the AfricaCom Launch
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
For Google South Africa's Country Director, driving access to the Internet for emerging African businesses is vital to the continent's economic growth. We caught up with Luke McKend at the AfricaCom 2017 launch to discuss growing connectivity in Africa, providing relevant local continent and how remarkable the AfricaCom attendee audience is.
A Partner in a Connected World: Safaricom Wholesale at East Africa Com
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
At East Africa Com, Head of Wholesale and Roaming at Safaricom Wholesale, Wangeci Kanjama, discusses ecosystem partnerships and the operator's mission.

Getting African Digital Transformation Kick-Started: Nokia's Jan Liebenberg at the AfricaCom 2017 Launch
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9/4/2017   Post a comment
At the recent launch of AfricaCom 2017 in Johannesburg, Connecting Africa caught up with Nokia South Africa's Director to chat about AfricaCom and digital transformation.

Live Stream from AfricaCom 2016
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
AfricaCom is the largest and most influential Africa-focused tech event in the world – the meeting place for those driving Africa’s digital transformation. The event is now a week-long festival of thought-provoking content, immersive satellite events, and unique networking experiences. Join us for live streaming of speakers at Africa Com! The live stream will start at 9:00 am Cape Town/2:00 am New York.
AHUB powered by Ericsson | AfricaCom News - Episode 2
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11/6/2016   Post a comment
In this AHUB episode of AfricaCom TV, we showcase the startups that are actively shaping the African tech landscape.
AfricaCom 2016 - Economic development and social empowerment through digital connectivity
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11/5/2016   Post a comment
The bigger, better, bolder AfricaCom is here: AfricaCom has now evolved into a week-long festival of tech, telco and digital events.
WIOCC's CEO on Africa's Traffic Growth & Somalia's Digital Transformation
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11/4/2016   Post a comment
Chris Wood, CEO of wholesale network operator WIOCC, talks about the network capacity drivers in Africa and the digital transformation underway in Somalia.
"Smart cities in Africa are inevitable" - Full interview with Nigel Bruin, Huawei
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Huawei Principal Consultant Nigel Bruin talks about how National Broadband Networks are going to be the major linchpin for connectivity development on the African continent, providing high-quality access to key cloud and IoT services.
Black Coffee, Freshlyground & Mi Casa - The AFEST
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10/19/2016   1 comment
In this episode of AfricaCom TV, the home of all things African tech and telco, we take a look at the AfricaCom's newest feature - The AFEST.




Latest Articles
MTN has announced an 'orderly exit' out of Middle East operations and is in advanced discussions to sell its 75% stake in MTN Syria.
BICS product manager Damion Rose believes that operators need to better monetize their roaming businesses to enhance customer loyalty and grow their bottom lines.
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has rolled out the first 4G KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in the country.
Telkom South Africa is offering insurance and lending products with big plans to grow financial services into a significant revenue stream for the group.
Ethiopian operator Ethio Telecom has reported a 31.4% YoY revenue bump ahead of plans to sell a major stake in the state-owned company to private business.
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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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How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
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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
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Connecting Africa to the Digital World
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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?

12:15 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. BREAK

Session Two

Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa
Date 08/18/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.

  • How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
  • Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
  • What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
  • Africa’s 5G readiness: infrastructure lag, transition from 2, 3 & 4G
  • Which development strategies are being implemented to bring 5G to the African enterprise markets?


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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