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Africa Tech News & Insights

The latest African tech news, updates & resources.

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COVID-19 RECOVERY PLAYBOOK

South Africa had one of the most severe COVID-19 lockdowns globally, starting in late March and launching most of the economy into an almost total standstill for five weeks, followed by a gradual reopening.

This led to a sharp deterioration in macroeconomic conditions, with unemployment and consumer confidence experiencing a severe slump. Many enterprises have been diminished by the pandemic, and will be fighting hard for the next 12–24 months to thrive again.

This report is based on a survey carried out in June/July 2020 with South African enterprises about the impact of COVID-19 on their business and IT spending.

AFRICA TECH STARTUPS

Tech is being used by entrepreneurial startups across the continent. Each month, Connecting Africa features one to watch. Catch up on our Africa Tech Hot Startups here.

INTRODUCING CODESPACE: THE CAPE TOWN CHARITY HELPING GROW THE DIGITAL SKILLS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN AFRICA

CodeSpace is addressing the gender, racial and socio-economic divide in the tech industry. Learn more about the Cape Town-based educational institution below.

We're proud to partner with CodeSpace Trust in 2020.

Accelerating Enterprise Digital Transformation in Africa

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

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Anne Wangalachi on how tech is transforming agriculture
Anne Wangalachi on how tech is transforming agriculture

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

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GlobalX's Sylvia Mukasa on women in tech
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.

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LATEST REPORTS & MORE

GET THE AFRICA DIGITAL OUTLOOK 2020

Discover the growth prospects in digital services as well as in data connectivity

There will be more than 1 billion mobile broadband connections on the continent within a few years, according to forecasts by Omdia. Get the Africa Digital Outlook for 2020.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE USE CASES IN AFRICA

The emergence of telecom AI use cases will vary greatly in application and scale across the globe

Omdia estimates that spending on AI-driven software for telecom use cases in Africa will grow from $4.4 million in 2018 to more than $265 million in 2025. Read the report on telecom AI uses cases in Africa.

African Digital Skills

The essential skills for a 21st century Africa

For Africa’s tech scene to truly thrive in the 21st century, it needs to quickly develop local digital skills and expertise. Find out how Liquid Telecom and its partners are helping Africa’s young population to learn, experiment and master emerging technologies.

AFRICACOM TV INTERVIEW WITH UNATHI MTYA, GRINDROD BANK


Unathi Mtya, Chief Technology Officer, Grindrod Bank discusses digital transformation and disruption at AfricaCom 2019.

AfricaCom TV Interview With Warren Hero, Webber Wentzel


Warren Hero, CDO at Webber Wentzel discusses AI and beyond at AfricaCom 2019.

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AfricaCom & AfricaTech 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
AfricaCom & AfricaTech 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week

Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaTech 2019 and a summary of the conference in general, including how Africa is embracing the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and the rise of smart feature phones in Africa.

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The Best of the AI Summit at AfricaCom 2019
The Best of the AI Summit at AfricaCom 2019

African Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts came together at the recent 2019 AI Summit at AfricaCom in Cape Town to debate and discuss how AI is addressing the most urgent challenges on the African continent.

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CATCH UP ON AFRICA DIGITAL WEEK 2019

THE LARGEST ONLINE EVENT DEDICATED TO AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMS

Catch up on the 2019 digital event bringing together the converging industries and innovations shaping Africa's digital future.

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.