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Connecting Africa is the premier online community dedicated to tackling the immense scope of the African digital landscape. Connecting Africa offers a comprehensive, informed and nuanced understanding of the region's communications networking and ICT sector and the commercial opportunities such insight can afford. Connecting Africa's readers include decision makers from across the entire communications technology ecosystem that are either based in Africa, conducting business with African enterprises or seeking to learn more about one of the communications industry's growth hot-spots.

Connecting Africa is produced in association with Informa Tech's hugely successful and market-leading AfricaCom event (tmt.knect365.com/africacom/), the continent's most important and best-attended communications networking and ICT event, which takes place in Cape Town each November. Connecting Africa brings AfricaCom delegates, and those from the wider tech and telco industries, together in a dedicated online environment that is 'always on'.

Key topics covered by the Connecting Africa editorial team and its contributors include:

  • The evolution of mobile networking, including developments in 3G and 4G as well as the emergence of 5G

  • The growth of cloud services and introduction of virtualization

  • The impact of emerging technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, enhanced analytics, blockchain and cybersecurity

  • Cutting-edge developments in the fintech sector

  • The introduction and business case for digital entertainment

  • Digital inclusion and gender equality

    Meet the Editor
    Paula Gilbert joined Connecting Africa as Editor on June 1, 2019. The Johannesburg-based journalist previously worked as a TV producer and reporter for business television channels Bloomberg TV Africa and CNBC Africa, and started her career at a small radio news agency in Cape Town. She has been reporting on key developments in Africa's telecoms and ICT sectors for more than five years and prior to joining Connecting Africa was the telecoms editor at online publication, ITWeb. She can be reached at gilbert@connectingafrica.com

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    Each month, Connecting Africa will focus on a particular topic as part of its editorial coverage. For further information, contact gilbert@connectingafrica.com

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    AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 2

    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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