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North Africa Com
11 - 12 July 2023
Live Event

11 - 12 July 2023
Live Event

North Africa Com Tech & Telco News

The latest tech & telecoms updates and resources from across North Africa, brought to you in partnership with Connecting Africa.

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The Global Women in Tech 2023 Report

A deep dive into challenges & opportunities for women’s tech careers and women-led enterprises across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

  • The state of women's work situation in the tech sector
  • The factors that influence the careers of women in tech
  • Barriers and opportunities for women in tech
  • Evolution of the gender pay gap and gender discrimination

Closing the Gap: Accelerating Women in STEM [eBook]

We've gathered a selection of inspiring women from leading organisations, including Netcampus, GirlCodeZA, Digital Council Africa, CSIR, The AI Review, Procter & Gamble, life.file, and more!

Hear their stories and gain practical advice on an array of topics, including:

- How to start working in the tech sector
- how the tech sector has evolved in recent years
- The current barriers to overcome to make the tech sector more gender inclusive
- Practical tips to overcome challenges and fast-track careers 

The State of Connectivity in Africa in 2022 Report

Discover the challenges and disruptions to connectivity in Africa, the latest connectivity trends and opportunities in each region, as well as current connection speeds and adoption rates in each country in this interactive, free-to-download report.

North Africa Com 2022 Award Ceremony

The North Africa Com Awards returned in July 2022 to celebrate the best in business across the region, hosted by Paula Gilbert, Editor of Connecting Africa. 

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists!

5G is lighting up the future of North Africa

The ICT industry never stops moving forward. Every ten years, on average, mobile communication technologies will evolve toward a new generation, where more new services will emerge to enrich the lives of people and society.

Uniting North Africa's Digital Ecosystems to Drive Sustainable, Inclusive Growth

North Africa Com 2022 promises two days of networking and learning from expert speakers from leading organisations, including NTRA, Huawei, Orange Money Maroc, Sofrecom, Ooredoo Algeria, ITU, and Inwi.

Watch this short video to learn more about what to expect from the event.

5 top sessions & what you'll learn from them

The two-day event will explore how disruptive technology, burgeoning investment, and the COVID-19 pandemic are driving a renewed urgency for accelerated innovation and digital transformation, as well as how the region’s telcos are evolving to keep pace with changing markets and customer demands.

Here are five of the top sessions on this year's agenda you won't want to miss.

21 finalists announced in the 2022 North Africa Com Awards

21 exceptional leaders and organisations have been selected as finalists across the six categories.

Who will win? That's up to you, the public, to decide. The finalists with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winner.

Telecom Egypt, Aqua Comms partner on EMIC-1 cable landing

Telecom Egypt and Aqua Comms have signed an agreement for the Europe Middle East India Connect 1 (EMIC-1) subsea cable in Egypt.

Orange MEA gets new CEO

Orange's Middle East and Africa (OMEA) division has a new leader, with Jérôme Hénique taking over as CEO on July 1, 2022.

Hénique is currently director of operations and deputy CEO of the MEA region and will now take over from Alioune Ndiaye, who the French operator says wishes to concentrate on his role as chairman of the board of directors.

Vodacom targets enterprise, fintech growth with Egypt purchase

Vodacom sees huge growth opportunity in both mobile financial services and the enterprise market in adding Egypt to its portfolio through acquisition of a controlling stake in Vodafone Egypt.

Omdia View: April 2022

In April 2022, a key highlight in the Middle East and Africa was the announcement of new digital payment partnerships by Visa and Mastercard in Egypt and Kenya with Orange Egypt and PesaLink, respectively. In Cameroon, an important national network roaming agreement was signed, while Millicom announced its African exit by selling its operations in Tanzania.

The must-attend event for tech & telecoms professionals in North Africa

Learn more about what to expect from North Africa Com, the leading event for technology, telecommunications and business leaders across the region.

Mobile tech helping Africa's farmers face climate change

Driving inclusive access to digital technology, especially mobile-based technology, will help Africa's agricultural sector mitigate the impact of climate change, according to a new report from Vodacom, Vodafone, Safaricom, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund called: Towards a Connected Climate: Leveraging digital technologies to break the cycle of food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa accelerated mobile money growth in 2021

Mobile money transaction values grew 39% in 2021 in Africa to US$701.4 billion – making up about 70% of global transaction values which hit over $1 trillion for the first time in 2021, according to GSMA's 2022 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money.

Telecom Egypt gets $167M from EIB for 4G expansion

Telecom Egypt has secured a medium-term loan of €150 million (US$167 million) from the European Investment Bank (EIB), which it will use to expand its 4G network.

Pandemic made mobile gender gap worse – GSMA

The mobile gender gap increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and women in Africa are still hugely impacted. That's according to stats from the GSMA as part of a preview of its Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022 which is due to be released in June 2022.

Five Award Winners Crowned in 2021

The North Africa Com Awards is an annual award show dedicated to recognising technology, media, and telecommunications innovations and exceptional leaders from across the region. Five winners were crowned by the public in 2021.

Leadership changes for MTN Nigeria, Iran & Sudan

MTN Group has announced new leadership appointments for its businesses in Nigeria, Iran and Sudan – all of them internal candidates.

Omdia View: February 2022

In Middle East and Africa in February 2022, key highlights included Botswana and Zimbabwe joining South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles as the only countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have launched commercial 5G services while Kenya joined Zambia in developing a 5G roadmap.

Africa's developer pool strong and growing – Google

Africa's pool of professional developers grew by 3.8% in 2021, to around 716,000, and local developers are being paid more, despite the contraction of the global economy and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

What to expect: North Africa Com 2021

New for 2021, North Africa Com puts the spotlight on telecommunications and technology across Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara.

Building a Green Africa and Bridging the Energy Gap

We sat down with James Li, member of the supervisory board and president of global marketing, sales and services for Huawei Digital Power to talk about how green ICT can profoundly impact African markets.

Jumia Group Tunisia CEO discusses eCommerce in North Africa

We sat down with Elyes Jeribi, CEO of Jumia Tunisia to understand his perspectives on how consumers will respond to e-commerce opportunities in a post-COVID era.

Which Rules Should Rule in the Digital Age?

James Wiliams sat down with MTN Sudan's CEO, Malik Melamu, to chat about connectivity in Sudan. Hear about Malik's journey to his career, challenges of connectivity in Sudan, and the books he recommends in 2020.

Security risks amid digital transformation in emerging economies

We sat down with Nir Kshetri, a Professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro to learn about cybersecurity risk, digital transformation, and emerging markets.

Connecting North Africa: The Startup Scene

The North Africa startups ecosystem is gaining momentum, with new ventures springing up every month, and more investor interest.

Jumia Spotlight: The Future of E-Commerce in North Africa

We sat down with Elyes Jeribi, CEO of Jumia Tunisia to understand his perspectives on how consumers will respond to e-commerce opportunities in a post-COVID era.

Supporting North Africa's Women in Tech

When it comes to the role of African women in the world of technology, there are few countries where women are as strongly represented as Tunisia. However, there's still a long way to go. Read the latest insights on how we create a level playing field for women in technology.

Telecom Egypt to launch new African subsea cable

Telecom Egypt has announced it will roll out a new subsea cable system around Africa by 2023, called Hybrid African Ring Path (HARP).