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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/14/2020
Zimbabweans seem to be making fewer traditional voice calls and using more mobile data for app-based voice and video calling.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/10/2020
Mobile is on the rise in Africa's most populous country, with market research company, Omdia, forecasting that mobile subscriptions in Nigeria will hit 246 million in 2025, rising from 180 million in 2019, and going far above the country's population of around 200 million.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/9/2020
The liberalization of Ethiopia's telecoms market is crucial for the country to achieve its digitization ambitions, according to a new report from emerging market digital infrastructure and services consultancy, HIP Consult.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/8/2020
Balloon-powered 4G is now available in Kenya's rural areas through a project between Loon and Telkom Kenya.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/8/2020
MTN has come out as South Africa's best network during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new report from MyBroadband Insights.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/6/2020
Safaricom is still extremely dominant when it comes to Kenya's mobile money market, with almost 99% market share, but the operator saw a slight decline in overall mobile subscriber market share in the first quarter of 2020.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/3/2020
Econet Wireless is rolling out Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone in an attempt to help more Zimbabweans access the Internet and become digitally included.
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The Staff, 7/1/2020
Telma Madagascar has become the first operator to launch a 5G commercial network in the island country in the Indian Ocean. The 5G network is powered by Ericsson equipment and is now live in Madagascar's capital of Antananarivo and the city of Toamasina.
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The Staff, 7/1/2020
Malawian social enterprise Mbora is joining forces with Liquid Telecom to provide free connectivity to community hubs in the country.
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Africa is one of the fastest growing telecom markets in the world. With a 30% annual increase in mobile connections, it's the second largest mobile market behind Asia.
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Webinars
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
02:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

Session One

African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 2:00 P.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?

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM BREAK

Session Two

Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa
Date 08/18/20 @ 3:30 P.M. SAST
Platinum Sponsor: Huawei

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
02:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

Session One

Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 2:00 P.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

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM BREAK

Session Two

Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
Date 08/20/20 @ 3:30 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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