This year's East Africa Com was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who took part. Senior executives and VIPs from the telecoms, ICT & digital communities throughout East Africa came together to network, share ideas, collaborate and do business.
This is how day 2 unfolded in the best quotes of the day:
“Safaricom has no direct plans to enter the banking industry”
You heard it here first. This is what Safaricom’s Ken Okwero assured all attendees from the banking and financial sectors today. This telecommunications heavy-weight is doing some major business where their KCB partnered loans are concerned though, with one loan being processed every second by their 23.6 million customers.
“Every Kenyan has a right to information – this drives innovation within our youth”
“People who call their mothers often are more likely to pay back their loans”
I bet you weren’t expecting a quote like this in an East Africa Com round-up. During the m-commerce panel this afternoon, Airpesa founder Segeni Ng’ethe explained to attendees how mobile finance companies such as Branch are using call data and behaviours to ascertain whether their customers are good for a loan.
“Telco is the backbone of M2M”
Saim Afzal of MTN Congo summed up how IoT can be effectively enabled during our Industry Insight session. In essence, without telco and its role in building sufficient infrastructure and capacity, M2M will never be able to be successful in Africa.
“We are no longer living in an isolated ecosystem”
During our Finance Leaders Roundtable, Kenya Commercial Bank CIO Avi Mitra stated that rather than seeing M-Pesa as the competition, commercial banks should forge partnerships with mobile money firms, in order to drive financial inclusion in East Africa.
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Topics such as expanding infrastructure sharing to the radio access network (RAN) and opening up the market to open source-based network infrastructure are far more relevant to Africa than 5G, argues Bradley Shaw.