Here's what could happen if Africa's top mobile operators and start-ups work together

A Jumia office: In 2016, Jumia became Africa’s first “Unicorn”. Credit: Akinleye

Telecom operators across the African continent continue to face significant risks when it comes to revenue growth. Despite the increase in mobile revenue, annual growth will continue to trend downwards over the next five years, amid increasing competition, currency volatility, and less reliance on texting and voice-based calls.

On the other hand, African start-ups and incubators have continued to champion local innovation, introducing diverse products and services in education, insurance, remittances and health care industry. But most of these startups continue to face challenges like raising investment capital, reaching unconnected users or securing government support for their business models.

Read more: Collaboration is the future to making profit for both Africa’s large mobile operators and smaller start-ups — Quartz