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Connecting Africa is a trusted online news source, 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 brings readers editorial content on mobile innovations, fintech, emerging technologies, and the biggest news from Africa's tech and telecoms sector at large.

Our readers include decision makers from across the 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 biggest growth hotspots.

Connecting Africa is produced in association with Informa Tech's hugely successful and market-leading Africa Tech Festival.

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

  • The evolution of mobile networking, including 4G expansion and the rising uptake of 5G
  • Cutting-edge developments in fintech and mobile financial services
  • The impact of emerging technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, enhanced analytics and blockchain
  • The growth of cloud services and rising needs for cybersecurity
  • Digital inclusion, financial inclusion and gender equality

    Meet the Team

    Paula Gilbert has been the Editor of Connecting Africa since June 2019. The South Africa-based journalist previously worked as a TV producer and reporter for business television channels Bloomberg TV Africa and CNBC Africa, and started her career in radio news.

    She has been reporting on key developments in Africa's telecoms and ICT sectors for most of her journalistic career and prior to joining Connecting Africa was the telecoms editor at online publication, ITWeb. She has an Honors degree in Journalism from Rhodes University.

    Travel is always on Paula's mind, she has visited 38 countries so far and is currently researching her next adventure.

    She can be reached at [email protected]

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    Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert.
    Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert.

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    Matshepo Sehloho joined Connecting Africa as Associate Editor in May 2022. The South Africa-based journalist has over 10 years' experience and previously worked as a digital content producer for talk radio 702 and started her career as a community journalist for Caxton.

    She has been reporting on breaking news for most of her career, however, she has always had a love for tech news.

    With an Honors degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Wits University, she has aspirations to study further.

    She can be reached at [email protected]

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    Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho.
    Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho.

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    Editorial Calendar

    Each month, Connecting Africa will focus on a particular topic as part of its editorial coverage. For further information, contact [email protected]

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  • Innovation hub


    Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Zoie Health

    This month's hot startup is South African digital women's health clinic Zoie Health – a digital app that focuses on family planning, fertility and maternity care.


    Orange Côte d'Ivoire launches 5G lab in Abidjan

    Pan-African telecoms operator, Orange, has launched a 5G lab in Côte d'Ivoire in anticipation of its 5G network rollout in 2023.

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    Partner perspectives

    5G is lighting up the future of North Africa
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    The moving target that is telecoms fraud
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    How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
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    Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

    Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.


    Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

    Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.


    Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

    Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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    Omdia View: July 2022

    By Omdia Analysts

    Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.


    Omdia View: June 2022

    By Omdia Analysts

    5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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    November 7-11, 2022
    CTICC, Cape Town
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    The ICT industry is the leading industry in the commitment to carbon neutrality, whose focus has shifted from setting ambitious targets to taking initiatives. The push for zero-carbon and for green energy development, it isn't just about CSR – it's also good for sustainable business.

    The path to sustainable development requires green energy. Governments are looking at potential policy approaches to make green energy more widely available and affordable. Without sustainable energy, there will be no digital transformation and no chance of making Africa more economically competitive in the post-pandemic era.

    Africa Green ICT Webinar 2022 will bring together ICT industry leaders and senior industrial analysts to provide insight, best practices and key learnings on how to achieve zero-carbon targets and practice green development in Africa.

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