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Interview: Orange's Brelotte Ba on digital inclusion
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Orange's Middle East and Africa Deputy CEO, Brelotte Ba, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the operator's work across Africa to improve digital inclusion. He shared how Orange is focused on expanding beyond just connectivity solutions, to provide digital services that are relevant to the communities it serves, including key areas like mobile money and energy services.
Interview: Bayobab's Mohammed Aliyu on bridging Africa's digital gaps
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Mohammed Aliyu, Chief FibreCo Officer at Bayobab spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Bayobab's presence in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes access to 18 subsea cables around Africa – six of which it is a major investor in – and 112,000 kilometers of fiber.
Interview: Hans Geldenhuys on Intelsat's mission to connect Africa
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Hans Geldenhuys, Director of Sales at Intelsat, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023. As a featured sponsor of the Changing Lives category for the Africa Tech Festival Awards, Geldenhuys spoke about Intelsat's dedication to connecting people across the globe, especially in Africa.
Interview: Huawei's Chang Yong on connectivity, cloud & sustainability
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Chang Yong, CMO of Huawei sub-Saharan Africa sat down with Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 to talk about Huawei's strategy to support digital transformation across the continent, focusing on three core areas: connectivity, cloud computing, and sustainable development.
Interview: Vodacom's Mariam Cassim on the evolution of MFS
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Vodacom's CEO of Financial and Digital Services, Mariam Cassim, joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a video interview to talk about the evolution of Vodacom's mobile financial services (MFS) portfolio.
ATF 2023: Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on women in tech
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Uber's Country Manager for Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Pakistan, Marjorie Saint-Lot, spoke to Connecting Africa's Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at the Africa Tech Festival about her experience navigating a male-dominated industry on the continent.
ATF 2023: GrindTea founder Wandile Mthiyane on workplace diversity
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GrindTea Founder and CEO Wandile Mthiyane spoke to Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at Africa Tech Festival about how the startup is shaking up job search by connecting women and people of color with workplaces that are diverse and inclusive.
ATF 2023: ACT CEO Nomvuyiso Batyi on telecom collaboration
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Nomvuyiso Batyi, CEO of South Africa's Association of Comms and Technology (ACT), sat down with Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at Africa Tech Festival to talk about the organization's work with South Africa's telecommunications industry.
ATF 2023: Accenture's Nitesh Singh on harnessing AI for African business
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Nitesh Singh, MD for communications, media and technology at Accenture Africa, joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa, for a video interview to talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and how African businesses can embrace the good of AI and avoid the bad.
ATF 2023: Vodacom SA CEO Sitho Mdlalose on 5G, fintech & fiber
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Vodacom South Africa CEO Sitho Mdlalose spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the telecoms market in South Africa and Vodacom's strategy for growth in 5G, fintech and fiber.
ATF 2023: Google's Alex Okosi on AI, cloud & digital skills
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Google's Managing Director for Africa, Alex Okosi, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Google's strategy for growth in 2024 including key focus areas like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and digital skills development.
MWC Kigali: GSMA's Caroline Mbugua on mobile taxes in Africa
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GSMA Director of Public Policy for sub-Saharan Africa, Caroline Mbugua, spoke to Connecting Africa at MWC Kigali 2023 about how high taxation on Africa's mobile sector is impacting device and service affordability for consumers.
MWC Kigali: Rosemary Kimaku on Ericsson's fintech business
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Rosemary Kimaku, business development manager for mobile financial services (MFS) at Ericsson spoke to Connecting Africa at MWC Kigali 2023 about Ericsson's MFS business and how fintech is aiding financial and digital inclusion.
MWC Kigali: GSMA's Mats Granryd on Africa's mobile economy
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GSMA Director General Mats Granryd sat down with Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 to talk about the growth of Africa's mobile economy and the major trends making waves in the industry.
MWC Kigali: Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa on connectivity in Kenya
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Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 for a video interview about the telecoms market in Kenya – the growth of 4G and 5G, M-Pesa and the telco's venture into Ethiopia.
Interview: Pedro Rabacal on building Safaricom's network in Ethiopia
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Pedro Rabacal, ex-CTIO of Safaricom Ethiopia, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor, Paula Gilbert, at the NOVACOM Digital Transformation Strategy Summit in Franschhoek, South Africa about how he and his team built Safaricom's greenfield network in Ethiopia.
Podcast: What's the Story? SA regulator cracks down on Big Tech
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Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert joined the podcast to discuss why global online platform giants Google, Apple, Booking.com and Uber Eats as well as local online retailers and classifieds are in trouble with South Africa's Competition Commission.
Podcast: Blessing Abeng on digital skills for Africa's youth
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Africa Tech Radio Host Anthony Ibe joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a crossover podcast episode with Ingressive for Good Co-Founder Blessing Abeng about digital skills development in Africa.
Interview: Airtel Business Africa's Luc Serviant on agritech trends
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Airtel Business Africa's Group Enterprise Director, Luc Serviant, joined Connecting Africa for a video interview in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about agritech trends in Africa and how operators are partnering with startups to help the agricultural value chain to flourish.
Interview: TESPOK's Fiona Asonga on digital telco strategies in East Africa
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Fiona Asonga, CEO of the Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK), joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at East Africa Com in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about digital strategies that telecoms operators and service providers are implementing in East Africa.
Podcast: SES CTO on software-defined satellites
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CTO Ruy Pinto met up with Light Reading on site at Boeing Satellite in El Segundo, California, earlier this month with an update on the scheduled O3b mPower satellite launch.
Interview: Fadi Pharaon on Ericsson's 5G rollout in Africa
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President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, spoke to Connecting Africa at the Africa Tech Festival about trends that Ericsson is seeing in the industry and the status of 5G on the continent.
East Africa Com 2022: 5G in focus
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GSMA director of social and regional research, Kenechi Okeleke, discusses the status of 5G in East Africa during a fireside chat at East Africa Com 2022.
East Africa Com 2022: AfCFTA's value for tech
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A panel discussion at East Africa Com 2022 about what value the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) holds and what opportunities East African tech and telecoms companies can expect.
ATF 2021: Fintech futures and redefining banking
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During a panel discussion at 2021 Africa Tech Festival experts spoke about Africa's fintech future and how financial institutions and fintech startups can reframe competition as collaboration to redefine banking.
ATF 2021: New models for African telecoms
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During a panel discussion at the 2021 Africa Tech Festival, experts spoke about how African telecoms operators are diversifying and finding new models for success.
ATF 2021: The rise of African super apps
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This panel discussion at Africa Tech Festival 2021 covers the rise in popularity of super apps in Africa with representatives from Safaricom, Gozem and Vodacom.


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