MWC Africa 2022: Intertwining Technology and Leadership

In an in-person premiere, over 120 expert speakers share their vision of how digital transformation can drive economic growth for people and businesses across Africa.

From 25 to 27 October 2022,  the Who’s Who of Africa’s connectivity industry, including business leaders and policymakers, will be gathering in Rwanda’s capital Kigali for the in-person premiere of MWC Africa. The 3-day event explores current technology trends and innovative ideas in four key areas: Leadership for Connectivity, One people, One Purpose, Accelerate Africa, and Fintech. As per the organizers, attendees can expect over 120 expert speakers and 60-plus hours of curated content.

Connectivity’s voices at MWC Africa 2022 

MWC Africa intends to bring stakeholders from the mobile industry and adjacent sectors together to explore the opportunities and challenges involved in advancing the digital economy in Africa. The four key areas involve a variety of topics around leadership vision, sustainability and inclusion, new technologies, and mobile payment:

The area Leadership for Connectivity embraces industry leaders’ visions about digital transformation and technology innovation around 5G and beyond. One people, One Purpose intends to look into ways to build sustainable digital societies and pave the way for the Fourth Industrial revolution. Accelerate Africa, a space for startups and inspiring entrepreneurial ideas, with rising technologies like Web3 and the Metaverse. Fintech explores how to advance Africa’s fintech ecosystem with the aid of emerging technologies and new partnerships.

MWC Africa 2022 Showfloor Highlights

Both global and local industry players from the telco industry and adjacent sectors will showcase their latest products and solutions for the African markets. Make sure you stop by and see these unique and interesting solutions during MWC Africa.

MwareTV and their OTT/IPTV Platform
Stand 8 at MWC Africa
MwareTV, a leading cloud-based multi-tenant platform provider is going to show just how simple it is for telcos to move into television, and how to evaluate profitability.

PortaOne and their MVNO solutions
Stand 5 at MWC Africa
Flexible BSS, cloud PBX, OCS, billing, and an Add-on Mart for telcos operating with on-premise systems or in the cloud.

Conference Highlights

How can connectivity shape the future and what is needed to include all people in this digital journey? The conference keynotes and presentations take a look at topics as varied as network connectivity, inclusive payment systems or regulatory challenges. Some of the highlights include:

Keynote: Building a Digital Future Together
Tue, 25 Oct: 10:30 – 11:45 CAT
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Moderator: Angela Walmola, GSMA
H.E Paul Kagame, President of Republic of Rwanda
Hon.Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT & Innovation
John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA
John Omo, Secretary General, ATU
Lacina Kone, Smart Africa
Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
Nompilo Morafo, MTN
Sanda Ojiambo, UN Global Compact

The keynote explores what economic and political leaders and stakeholders in Africa can do to shape Africa’s digital future in terms of network connectivity and smartphone adoption. What’s more, it also discusses the role and impact of TechHubs in the region.

Launch of the State of Instant and Inclusive Payment Systems in Africa
Tue, 25 Oct: 11:45 – 13:15 CAT
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Archie Hesse, Ghana Interbank
Gituku Kirika, Integrated Payment Services Limited, Kenya
Olufemi Sojinrin, NIBSS Plc
Ruhling Herbst, Bankserv Africa
Sabine Mensah, AfricaNenda

The session looks at instant payment systems and their level of inclusiveness. To this end, AfricaNenda, the World Bank and UNECA produced a report on the role of instant and inclusive payment systems (IIPS). It looks at trends, markets and demand for IIPS in Africa.

Keynote: Leveraging Tech to Transform Africa
Wed, 26 Oct: 09:30 – 10:45 CAT
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Samiya Abdulkadir Godu (Ethiopian Youth Entrepreneurs Association), Brelotte Ba (Orange) and Ye Xiaohan (ZTN) will talk about the opportunities that come along with digital transformation and the regulatory challenges that need to be overcome. The keynote is hosted by Jane Munga (Fellow Africa Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).

Summit Highlights

The 2022 edition of MWCA Africa also includes several partner programs and summits. Two of them will explore 5G technology advancements and the fintech market.

5G Summit
Tue, 25 Oct: 14:30 – 17:30 CAT
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The 5G journey in Africa has only just begun; yet, 5G technology is considered one of the most vital game changers for connectivity on the continent in the next few years. The 5G summit at MWC Africa gathers inspiring leaders and visionaries from the mobile industry and adjacent sectors to discuss the potential of commercial 5G services and their implementation. The session will also see the launch of the GSMA-ITU study on the outlook and opportunities for 5G in Africa.

Session Moderator: Kenechi Okeleke, GSMA
Abdul Kamara, Syniverse
Angela Wamola, GSMA
Anne-Rachel Inné, International Telecommunications Union
Brelotte BA, Orange
Elizabeth Migwalla, Qualcom
Engr. Ubale Ahmed Shehu Maska, NCC
Femi Oshiga, CommScope
John Omo, ATU
Mazen Mroue, MTN Group
Olufemi Arosanyin, IHS Nigeria
Peter Riedel, Rohde & Schwarz
Stephen Ozoigbo, Arm
Sudeepto Roy, Qualcomm Technology

Fintech Summit: The Vision and Strategy for Fintech
Thu, 27 Oct: 11:30 – 12:45 CAT
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The session hosted by Angela Wamola (GSMA)  focuses on Africa’s mobile money market. The panelists Mariam Cassim (Vodacom), Serigne Dioum (MTN), and Sitoyo Lopokoiyit (Safaricom) explore current projects, visions and strategies to evolve the fintech market in the future.

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