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Reflections on Africa.com: how mobile-first Africa is putting itself in the picture

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Last week MEF and its African membership arrived in Cape Town for the 20th Africa.com conference. Here, MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter, reflects on a week of uniquely African energy and optimism.

On the Cape Town waterfront is the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. This spectacular building – a converted grain silo overlooking the Atlantic – has been open just a few weeks. Inside, the gallery offers a showcase of the very best of contemporary African art. The project is a clear testament to the growing confidence of the African continent and its uniquely diverse and powerful voices.

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The AppsAfrica Awards 2017 Finalists – Part 3

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MEF is proud to be a supporting partner of the annual AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2017, celebrating the best in mobile and tech from across Africa and held tonight in Cape Town.
Now in their third year, the awards supported by Boomplay Music, Basebone, BBM, Content Connect Africa and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries, and are judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts from across the ecosystem.

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The AppsAfrica Awards 2017 Finalists – Part 2

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In the second part of our overview of the finalists, we take a look at three more categories: the Enterprise Solution Award, News and Entertainment Award and the Educational Award. Check out part 1 for details of the other categories’ finalists.

MEF is proud to be a supporting partner of the annual AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2017, celebrating the best in mobile and tech from across Africa.

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The AppsAfrica Awards 2017 Finalists – Part 1

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MEF is proud to be a supporting partner of the annual AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2017, celebrating the best in mobile and tech from across Africa.

Now in their third year, the awards supported by Boomplay Music, Basebone, BBM, Content Connect Africa and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries, and are judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts from across the ecosystem.

For the full list of finalists check out the AppasAfrica website – but now lets take a closer look at the finalists from three of the categories, Best Social Messaging, Disruptive Innovation and Best African App awards

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10 facts and stats on mobile content and services in Sub-Saharan Africa

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MEF Board Director, James McNab, Chief Liaison Officer, Basebone Group and Managing Director for Basebone Connects, here outlines 10 market stats and facts that explore the growth of the mobile ecosystem in the African continent.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly a tenth of the global mobile subscriber base and is expected to grow faster than every other region over the next five years. There will be 942 million SIM connections by 2020 (up from 742 million in 2016) representing an 85% penetration rate according to the GSMA.

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13 essential stats that frame the mobile market in Sub-Saharan Africa

By | 10 things, Featured Post, MEF Africa, Mobile First Markets

As a mobile first region, the growth in Africa is relentless.

Landmarks like registering its billionth mobile subscriber have already been passed and the systematic upgrading of mobile networks to 3G and 4G LTE is enabling a flourishing mobile ecosystem that, coupled with the declining cost of smartphones is helping to galvanise the African mobile economy.

Here we take a look at the recent market trends, analysis and forecasts that show how growth in the region is taking shape.

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WeChat’s African Adventure

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Tencent’s WeChat has already conquered China. Can it do the same in South Africa?. Brett Loubser, CEO of Tencent Africa Services talked to MEF’s Tim Green about rising to the challenge…

Fans of South African radio DJ Gareth Cliff have an interesting way of engaging with their favourite shock jock. Basically, they can ‘add’ him. In 2014, Cliff decided to do something different with his popular show CliffCentral. He was frustrated with broadcasting rules that limited what he could say. And he was exasperated that he couldn’t engage more directly with his listeners. So he migrated the show over to WeChat.

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Game of Phones, Deloitte’s African consumer survey

By | Analytics, Featured Post, MEF Africa

Smartphones are not just a part of our lives, they are our lives.

That’s just one of the conclusions reached in Deloitte Africa’s recent consumer survey, Game of Phones.

Here Arun Babu, Partner in the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting in Africa and Telecommunications Leader looks more deeply at the survey results which indicate the primacy of smartphones in one of the world’s most interesting and dynamic markets.

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Unlocking mobile content in Africa, the Basebone imperative

By | Country Focus, Featured Content, Featured Post, MEF Africa

MEF member Basebone is now 10 years old. The company has built a business on providing mobile entertainment and value-added services through paid subscription portals across 10 countries in four continents. Its focus is on high growth, mobile first regions.

The model works. In South Africa alone the company has over 30 million paid subscriptions achieved since market entry.

Yet delivering content isn’t straightforward. Ericsson’s 2016 Global Mobility Report suggests that there is an 85 per cent mobile subscription rate in Sub-Saharan Africa (expected to reach 105 per cent by 2022, with over 1 billion mobile subscriptions). Typically there is complexity at the network level where there is a mix of devices and low to high bandwidth connectivity options.

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Free download – regional eBulletin: Africa edition – out now

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As a mobile first region, the growth in Africa is relentless. Milestones like registering its billionth mobile subscriber; the systematic upgrading of mobile networks and the declining cost of smartphones continue to stimulate a dynamic pan African mobile ecosystem.

MEF’s new African regional eBulletin highlights the key trends, challenges and opportunities and showcases the business models and companies that are driving the African mobile economy.

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