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8 - 12 November 2021
Virtual Event

8 - 12 November 2021|Virtual Event

NEWS & INSIGHTS

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is here. Keep up-to-date with the latest reports, news and more as part of AfricaCom South Africa.

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eBook: Closing The Gap - Accelerating Women In STEM

50% of Africa's population are women, but studies show they make up only 30% of Sub-Saharan Africa's tech industry. It's time to close the gender gap.

We're proud to bring you our first-ever Africa Tech Festival & accelerateHER eBook, dedicated to promoting women’s participation and leadership in STEM & amplifying the voices of InspiringFifty winners.

Read the eBook for actionable firsthand career and leadership advice from women across a large variety of STEM fields. This is for the goal chasers, career-changers, home-workers, startup founders, and anybody looking to support the careers of the women in their lives, today on #IWD2021 and every day.

We thank Tinyiko Simbine, Kim Palmer, Lesego Masethe, D.R. Persadh, Rumbidzaishe M., Lauren Kohn, Stella Pickard, Venisha Nayagar, Dr Caroline Pule, PhD, Nerushka Bowan, Neroshnee Raga, Prof. Carolina Ödman Govender, Alinafe Sani-Chimwele, Kimryn Sherwood, Amy Turner, Carolyn Dawson and Laura Stebbing for their contribution.

Protecting critical connectivity in Africa during the COVID 19 pandemic | Steve Chege, Safaricom


Steve Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Safaricom covers the vital role of internet connectivity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch this introduction to the virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020 to find out about working with network providers to sustain critical services: government, e-healthcare,  financial services.

The AfricaCom COVID-19 Impact Report

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on how the telecoms and media stakeholders conduct businesses, interact with their clients and perceive the future of their businesses.

This report analyses the results of Informa Tech September 2020 COVID-19 survey that covered 215 people who registered to attend Informa Tech’s AfricaCom 2020. The survey examines the impact of the COVID-19 on telecoms and media stakeholders.

Huawei GREEN ICT and connectivity


Africa has a population of 1.2 billion people, yet 50% of these have limited access to regular activity electricity. 

When building the foundations of digital connectivity, many telecom sites still need diesel generators. This has an extremely high cost OPEX and is damaging to the environment. 

We heard from Dr Liangzhou, Huawei's CMO of Digital Power, on how Huawei is addressing this issue across the continent and how technological innovations are helping save energy and reduce emissions in various industries.

PRESENTATION: THE AFRICA TELECOMS OUTLOOK


This presentation identifies and analyzes major recent developments in the African telecoms sector and provides strategic recommendations for key players.

The report is presented by Thecla Mbongue, a senior research analyst in Omdia's Middle East and Africa team and provides insight into telecoms, media, and technology.

Africa's space and satellite industry

The latest African Space Industry Annual Report from Space in Africa shows that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are investing more in space and satellite technologies.

The highlight of the report shows over $4 billion has been spent on satellite development in Africa to date, and for 2020, African governments doubled their national space program operating budgets to $490 million compared to $250 million in 2019.

Ahead of Africa Tech Festival, Emily Parrett caught up with Temidayo Oniosun, the founder and managing director of Space in Africa, the authority on news, data and market analysis for the African space and satellite industry.

SES: Exploring the increase in satellite technology in Africa


"Africa will always be a continent where satellite is relevant to the distribution of data, content and the building of networks".

SES broadcast video and content to millions of homes worldwide. They take single and multiple channels and broadcast them to the local community. We discuss the increase in satellite TV in Africa.

Ahead of the virtual Africa Tech Festival, we spoke with their VP, Sales and Market Development, Clint Brown.

Connecting Africa News

Updates and news, brought to you by Connecting Africa.

What African operators are doing to help during COVID-19 outbreak

A number of African operators stepped up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. Including mobile phone operators offering zero-rated access to essential websites, and cancelling fees for mobile money transfers.

Anne Wangalachi on how tech is transforming agriculture

Anne Wangalachi discusses the opportunities that technology is bringing to young farmers in Africa.

GlobalX's Sylvia Mukasa on women in tech

Sylvia Mukasa, founder and CEO of GlobalX Investments, talks about the skills gap in east Africa and what can be done to help women in the region succeed in the tech industry.

Connecting Africa - The community for the architects of Africa's digital future

Keep up-to-date with all the key developments related to Africa's largest festival of technology, as well as all the latest news covering Africa's digital revolution.

Hear from the key influencers who are shaping the technology landscape, to the key opportunities and trends on the horizon. Register for free and access exclusive video interviews and insight, in-depth webinars, podcasts, downloadable resources and more.