AfricaCom and AfricaTech 2020: Digital Playground - a key to Connecting the Next Billion in Africa

08 September 2020

Africans aren’t always looking to connect to the digital world for work or health reasons; a significant motivator is leisure, or ‘timepass’, says Aubrey Hruby, who will chair a number of sessions at this year’s virtual Africa Tech Festival.

Central to this year’s AfricaCom and AfricaTech events (anchors of the new virtual Africa Tech Festival), taking place 10 – 12 November, is how to connect the next billion Africans to the Internet. Several sessions over two days, will focus on how to include the currently disconnected, whether through the deployment of satellite, balloon or standard infrastructure roll out, as well as the motivating factors that are driving Africans to get connected.

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New virtual Africa Tech festival launched

15 July 2020

Africa-focused technology and digital connectivity events – AfricaCom and AfricaTech – will take place in 2020 as fully-virtual events, under the umbrella of the new Virtual Africa Tech Festival.

The events will run simultaneously from 09 – 13 November 2020. Being virtual and providing access to  content for free, the events hope to welcome an even greater number and range of participants.

“After an extensive period of review and consultation, we have decided to proactively transform our events into fully-virtual events in 2020 with AfricaCom, AfricaTech and all our co-located conferences now forming the virtual Africa Tech Festival,” said Event Director and the Portfolio Director of Connecting Africa at Informa Tech, Tom Cuthell. 

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East Africa Com and West Africa Com updates

10 June 2020

Announcement: the 17th Annual East Africa Com is virtual for 2020! Registrations are now open.

The Connecting Africa series of events team has been closely monitoring global developments, alongside those in Kenya and East Africa. As the situation and impact of the coronavirus continues to develop, they have decided to move East Africa Com to a fully virtual event for 2020 on 14 - 15 September.

For two days, world-leaders in East African technology, media and telecommunications will meet online, as they map the journey towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The two-day conference agenda covers telecommunications and digital enterprise opportunities and challenges. More than 40 expert industry speakers will be presenting from across the telco and tech space, as well as government ministers - a brand new feature for 2020.

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Rajant steps up amid crisis

21 April 2020

Rajant Corporation and its global distribution and integration partners have made a private wireless network for mobile field hospitals and pop-up health treatment shelters immediately available, in light of the Covid-19 worldwide health crisis.

The US- based firm’s “Emergency Response Rapid Deployment Kit” is the connectivity solution for facility- strapped healthcare, running out of medical space and patient beds to care for the seriously ill, to expand operations.

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