Getting Africa into Service-Orientated Economies – Interview with Mott MacDonald’s Bora Varliyagci

Africa’s commodities boom is coming to a thunderous close. African economies have taken a knock over the last few years, in large part due to their dependence on commodities and finite resources. In this new era of African digital innovation, there have been calls for the continent’s economies to pivot towards more service-orientated commerce – where progress is already evident in countries such as Kenya and South Africa.

Africa’s commodities boom is coming to a thunderous close. African economies have taken a knock over the last few years, in large part due to their dependence on commodities and finite resources.

In this new era of African digital innovation, there have been calls for the continent’s economies to pivot towards more service-orientated commerce – where progress is already evident in countries such as Kenya and South Africa.

After taking part in the AfricaCom panel discussion on economic development through digital connectivity, Mott MacDonald’s Head of Digital Infrastructure, Bora Varliyargci, sat down with AfricaCom TV to talk about African connectivity, spectrum and why automated services are the key to a thriving African economy.

If you’re interested in Africa’s digital evolution, then why not attend one of Connecting Africa’s series of events?
Upcoming events:

East Africa Com, 17 – 18 May, Nairobi – https://goo.gl/rjnuwd
West Africa Com, 11 – 12 July, Dakar – https://goo.gl/202G28
Nigeria Com, 20 – 21 September, Lagos – https://goo.gl/ZMjG1E
AfricaCom, 6 – 10 November, Cape Town – https://goo.gl/rxKHQy

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
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BBC Worldwide and Their Mission in Africa

Increased connectivity and the resultant digital entertainment explosion has given rise to immense opportunities for those at the end of the telecommunications value chain in Africa. The commercial arm to the BBC, BBC Worldwide, is a case in point and they’ve seen their mission in Africa fully realised as connectivity strengthens on the continent.

Increased connectivity and the resultant digital entertainment explosion has given rise to immense opportunities for those at the end of the telecommunications value chain in Africa.

The commercial arm to the BBC, BBC Worldwide, is a case in point and they’ve seen their mission in Africa fully realised as connectivity strengthens on the continent.

At this year’s AfricaCom panel discussion on economic development through digital connectivity, BBC Worldwide’s Vice President and General Manger for Africa, Joel Churcher, sat down with AfricaCom TV to talk about African connectivity and how it is helping to realise their mission as not only a premium content distributor but also as a local skills enabler.

If you’re interested in Africa’s digital evolution, then why not attend one of Connecting Africa’s series of events?
Upcoming events:

East Africa Com, 17 – 18 May, Nairobi – https://goo.gl/M3vhRC
West Africa Com, 11 – 12 July, Dakar – https://goo.gl/I9hQc2
Nigeria Com, 20 – 21 September, Lagos – https://goo.gl/C9meo7
AfricaCom, 6 – 10 November, Cape Town – https://goo.gl/85QKNl

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: https://www.connectingafrica.com
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Discussing ‘Digital Africa’ – Empowerment Through Connectivity

Africa’s economies are, to a large degree, encountering gruelling and complicated times – traditional industries are feeling the squeeze and, for previously very economically comfortable nations, there is a very real threat of recession. That being said, there has been one area where Sub-Saharan Africa is truly rising – telecommunications.

Africa’s economies are, to a large degree, encountering gruelling and complicated times – traditional industries are feeling the squeeze and, for previously very economically comfortable nations, there is a very real threat of recession.

That being said, there has been one area where Sub-Saharan Africa is truly rising – telecommunications. Through the various examples of free public Wi-Fi initiatives, fibre rollouts and sub-sea cable projects, connectivity is taking hold on the continent, albeit at differing degrees of urgency.

Some of the continent’s most prominent players in ICT and connectivity met at the AfricaCom panel discussion to debate the opportunities, challenges and successes in the sector, in a panel entitled: Connecting Africa – Economic Development and Social Empowerment Through Digital Connectivity.

The panel included: Luke McKend (Country Director at Google SA), Riaan Graham (Director of Sub-Saharan Africa at Ruckus Wireless) and Bora Varliyagci (Head of African Digital Infrastructure at Mott MacDonald), and was facilitated by Duncan McLeod, Editor of TechCentral.

If you’re interested in Africa’s telecommunications evolution, then why not attend one of Connecting Africa’s series of events?
Upcoming events:

East Africa Com, 17 – 18 May, Nairobi – https://goo.gl/M3vhRC
West Africa Com, 11 – 12 July, Dakar – https://goo.gl/I9hQc2
Nigeria Com, 20 – 21 September, Lagos – https://goo.gl/4IunCK
AfricaCom, 6 – 10 November, Cape Town – https://goo.gl/nRTXw8

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: https://www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AllAboutCom
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1791545
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comworldseries

Tech Investment in the Silicon Cape: AfricaCom Interview with Wesgro’s Tim Harris

AfricaCom 2016 welcomed Wesgro CEO, former South African Shadow Minister of Finance and Cape Town Director of Trade and Investment, Tim Harris. Tim served as a speaker and panellist at AfricaCom’s AHUB powered by Ericsson, where he discussed where the major tech hub is on the continent of Africa.

AfricaCom 2016 welcomed Wesgro CEO, former South African Shadow Minister of Finance and Cape Town Director of Trade and Investment, Tim Harris.

Tim served as a speaker and panellist at AfricaCom’s AHUB powered by Ericsson, where he discussed where the major tech hub is on the continent of Africa.

We sat down with Tim to chat about Cape Town’s tech hub status, the challenges which still exist in the ecosystem and the major strides Wesgro has made in facilitating investment and tech innovation in the Western Cape.

If you are interested in the transformative power of innovation and investment on the African continent? Why not attend AfricaCom 2017?

Africa’s biggest and most influential tech and telco event will be taking place between the 6-10 November 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. Find out more here: https://goo.gl/oerT2g

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: https://www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AllAboutCom
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1791545
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Celebrating Digital Africa – The AfricaCom Awards 2016

The AfricaCom Awards 2016 celebrated and paid tribute to the industry initiatives that improved connectivity and spearheaded social empowerment on the African continent. This year’s awards took place on the 16 November at the exclusive and picturesque Lookout on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

The AfricaCom Awards 2016 celebrated and paid tribute to the industry initiatives that improved connectivity and spearheaded social empowerment on the African continent.

This year’s awards took place on the 16 November at the exclusive and picturesque Lookout on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

The AfricaCom Awards brought over 400 professionals from Africa’s digital community, recognising and congratulating the companies who have made the biggest strides in connectivity and tech innovation in ‘Digital Africa’.

Take a look at all of this year’s winners, congratulations to all!

Are you interested in how tech and telco can spur economic development and social empowerment in Africa? Why not attend AfricaCom 2017?

Africa’s biggest and most influential tech and telco event will be taking place between the 6-10 November 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. Find out more here: https://goo.gl/PmdZ9s

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: https://www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AllAboutCom
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutCom
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1791545
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comworldseries

Fuelling Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship: AfricaCom Interview with Bisila Bokoko

AfricaCom welcomed pioneering businesswoman, philanthropist and entrepreneur Bisila Bokoko as headline speaker at the 2016 event. Bisila took part in our LeadersIn Africa Headliners Keynotes on the second day of AfricaCom, presenting on: Entrepreneurship in the XXI Century – The Role of Women’s Leadership in Africa.

AfricaCom welcomed pioneering businesswoman, philanthropist and entrepreneur Bisila Bokoko as headline speaker at the 2016 event.

Bisila took part in our LeadersIn Africa Headliners Keynotes on the second day of AfricaCom, presenting on: Entrepreneurship in the XXI Century – The Role of Women’s Leadership in Africa.

Here we sat down with Bisila to chat about her background and experience with the UN, fuelling entrepreneurship and female empowerment on the African continent, as well as her advice to those looking to step into the world of business.

If you are interested in the transformative power of innovation and entrepreneurship on the African continent, why not attend AfricaCom 2017?

Africa’s biggest and most influential tech and telco event will be taking place between the 6-10 November 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. Find out more here: https://goo.gl/QfZYvW

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: https://www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AllAboutCom
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutCom
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1791545
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comworldseries

Radio Technology and Connecting the Last Mile – AfricaCom Interview with Vanu Inc’s Dr Vanu Bose

Day 1 at AfricaCom 2016 with the Visions for Africa keynote addresses and panel discussions that tackled, head on, the barriers to connectivity to accelerate internet access and adoption in Africa. One of our keynote panelists was Founder and CEO of Vanu Inc, Dr Vanu Bose.

Day 1 at AfricaCom 2016 with the Visions for Africa keynote addresses and panel discussions that tackled, head on, the barriers to connectivity to accelerate internet access and adoption in Africa.

One of our keynote panelists was Founder and CEO of Vanu Inc, Dr Vanu Bose. We chatted to Dr Bose about his pioneering software radio technology, how we go connecting the last mile and his involvement at this year’s event.

The bigger, better, bolder AfricaCom is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. Find out more about Africa’s largest tech and telco event here: https://goo.gl/Vf7K1P

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllAboutCom
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What Went on at AfricaCom 2016 – Day 1

The bigger, better, bolder AfricaCom certainly lived up to its name. Day one saw a packed agenda running across 10 streams, spanning everything from start-ups to digital entertainment via mobile finance and commerce. This is just a taste of what went on at the first day of AfricaCom as well as some thoughts from delegates and exhibitors.

The bigger, better, bolder AfricaCom certainly lived up to its name.

Day one saw a packed agenda running across 10 streams, spanning everything from start-ups to digital entertainment via mobile finance and commerce.

This is just a taste of what went on at the first day of AfricaCom as well as some thoughts from delegates and exhibitors.

Africa’s largest tech and telco event, AfricaCom 2016, is taking place at the CTICC, Cape Town, from the 15th – 17th November 2016.

Find out more about AfricaCom here: https://goo.gl/L3fYLh

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllAboutCom
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutCom
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1791545
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comworldseries

Tackling the Innovation Summit – AfricaCom TV Interview with Deshun Deysel

AfricaCom sat down with South African entrepreneur and mountaineer, Deshun Deysel. Deshun is a mentor and business coach and is known the world over for being the first ever black woman to climb Mount Everest.

AfricaCom sat down with South African entrepreneur and mountaineer, Deshun Deysel.

Deshun is a mentor and business coach and is known the world over for being the first ever black woman to climb Mount Everest.

As founder of the leadership and coaching firm, Deshun Deysel and Associates, Deshun served as a highly knowledgeable and insightful presenter and facilitator of AfricaCom’s ASTARS – the programme focused on equipping Africa’s tech leaders of tomorrow.

ASTARS took place at AfricaCom 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa. Find out more about Africa’s largest tech and telco event here: https://goo.gl/Lpkpne

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: https://www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AllAboutCom
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Equipping the Next Generation of Tech Leaders – ASTARS at AfricaCom 2016

This year’s AfricaCom kicked off with the brand new ASTARS programme, an invite-only day-long series of sessions focussing on enabling Africa’s rising stars set to shape the region’s digital future. Topics included the power of social media to mobilise communities, the art of digital story-telling and developing a mountaineer mind-set to embrace disruption and become a more decisive leader in a rapidly shifting digital landscape.

This year’s AfricaCom kicked off with the brand new ASTARS programme, an invite-only day-long series of sessions focussing on enabling Africa’s rising stars set to shape the region’s digital future.

Topics included the power of social media to mobilise communities, the art of digital story-telling and developing a mountaineer mind-set to embrace disruption and become a more decisive leader in a rapidly shifting digital landscape.

Speakers included:
Deshun Deysel – Mountaineer and entrepreneur
Mich Atagana – Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google SA
Lanre Aina – Brand Activation Specialist, Google

Africa’s largest tech and telco event, AfricaCom 2016, is taking place at the CTICC, Cape Town, from the 15th – 17th November 2016.

Find out more about AfricaCom here: https://goo.gl/rDE1du

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation, here:
Connecting Africa: www.connectingafrica.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllAboutCom
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutCom
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1791545
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comworldseries