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  • A delegate checks a blackberry handset at an exhibition stand during the West & Central Africa Com conference in Nigeria's capital Abuja, June 18, 2009. Nigeria's mobile subscriber base is growing at around the fastest pace since the advent of GSM technology at the start of the decade, but average revenue per user is tailing off, industry analysts said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA BUSINESS SCI TECH).

    A delegate checks a blackberry handset at an exhibition stand during the West & Central Africa Com conference in Nigeria's capital Abuja, June 18, 2009. Nigeria's mobile subscriber base is growing at around the fastest pace since the advent of GSM technology at the start of the decade, but average revenue per user is tailing off, industry analysts said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA BUSINESS SCI TECH). | Photo: Reuters file

Published 13 November 2018
Opinion

AfricaCom, South Africa's forum to display the leading develpments on techonology and communications kicks off Tuesday in Cape Town.

Cape Town, South Africa, will host the three day AfricaCom Tuesday, which is the continent’s leading media and technology forum.


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The event is the biggest technology conference to display the most recently developments in the African technology industry and is attended by some of the world’s biggest tech and communications companies in the world. This year, the events boasts 400 exhibitors, bringing technology from 5G, loT, TV, and Fintech.

Amongst the event highlights will be the Mobile Health Bus, by Glasshouse, MST Group. The vehicle, which works on solar energy, and satellite location, amongst other features, is an example of the rapid advances on “how data is gathered, processed and harnessed in hard to reach areas,” according to Bizcommunity.

Several network operators such as MTN, Vodafone, Orange, Airtel, A1 Telekom Austria, the Telenor Group, China Communications Corp and more, and China Mobile will be present at AfricaCom. Also at the event, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, KaIOS, will bring to the fore their latest operating systems for smartphones.

Satellite technology will also be represented by companies such as SAS, Avanti, Amos by Spacecom, Leosat, SES, ABS, ARABSAT, YAHSAT, Telesat, and SatADSL.

Internet connectivity will be provided by the company Loon, through floating cell phone towers attached to stratospheric balloons, whose function is to “provide internet connectivity to unserved and under-served areas around the world,” according to Bizcommunity.

AfricaCom is unique in its kind, but it isn’t the only technology-oriented forum taking place in an African country this month. From November to 26 to November 30, Rwanda will host the Africa Green Growth Forum, an event which gathers 1,000 delegates from the Continent to “share experiences in green growth and climate resilient development,” according to the New Times.

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