Africa’s Path to Inclusive Digital Connectivity: Angela Wamola’s Insights

A conversation between Akim Benamara, Founder of TechAfrica News and Angela Wamola from the GSMA on the digital future of Africa

During MWC Kigali, Akim Benamara, Founder of TechAfrica News and Angela Wamola, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at GSMA, discussed the significant progress that has been made in the past decade regarding the transformative impact of mobile connectivity in the region. However, there is a collective recognition that more work needs to be done in the next ten years.

The interview also touched on the commitment of the industry to accelerate the development of the next phase of connectivity. This commitment is evident in various aspects, including the transition to 5G, which is viewed as a revolutionary change. Initiatives are already underway to make the necessary spectrum available and roll out 5G, as well as addressing challenges such as digitizing users on 2G. The conversation highlighted the industry’s focus on stimulating demand and overcoming existing barriers to ensure wider adoption of mobile internet and the multifaceted efforts and commitment within the industry to drive progress and enable digital connectivity for all.

We aim to ensure that we can leverage the efficiencies that new technologies bring and transition our customers seamlessly. Simultaneously, we’re also addressing the challenges tied to stimulating demand and overcoming barriers that currently exist for the adoption of mobile internet by our population. All in all, it’s a complex blend of efforts aimed at driving progress and ensuring that everyone can benefit from the digital age

Angela Wamola, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA

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