Sekou Amadou BAH, CEO of Orange Sierra Leone, gave an exclusive interview with Telecom Review Africa, with a focus on exploring the significance of digital data centers within the telecom sector and how Orange Sierra Leone seamlessly integrates them into its operations. During the discussion, Sekou detailed the hurdles encountered by Orange Sierra Leone during the establishment and upkeep of its digital data centers, along with the strategies it employs to surmount these obstacles. He gave his perspective on the coming years, identifying the most influential emerging technologies or trends he feels will shape the landscape of digital data centers moving forward.

Read more: Sekou Amadou BAH: Navigating the Digital Data Center Landscape in Sierra Leone and Beyond

Telecom Review conducted an exclusive interview with Reine Mbang Essobmadje, co-founder of Digital Coalition, CEO of Evolving Consulting and vice president of GICAM, to delve into the issue of the lack of women in engineering globally. During the interview, Reine discussed the key factors contributing to the underrepresentation of women in engineering professions and the challenges they face. She highlighted the importance of addressing these barriers to encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Read more: Reine Mbang Essobmadje: Empowering Women in Engineering and Technology

Telecom Review conducted an exclusive interview with Rajiv Dhand, the regional vice president for Asia Pacific & Africa at TELUS International, to delve into the factors that played a significant role in the expansion of TELUS International's global operations into Africa. During the interview, Dhand discussed the specific opportunities and market potential that TELUS International perceives in Africa. Furthermore, he shed light on the steps that TELUS International is taking to ensure a seamless and prosperous expansion into the African market.

Read more: Targeting Africa: TELUS International's Opportunities and Steps Toward Success

Notes from the Chief Editor

WiFi is everywhere, so why not have it when we fly as well? The trend began more than 10 years ago, but timidly, led by just a few airline companies such as Emirates Airlines, Delta Airlines, to name a few. Now, most companies offer the service: over 35 airlines provide WiFi onboard - some paid, some affordable and some complimentary for frequent travelers (Emirates even offers it for Skywards members).  

Connectivity is made via satellite, which creates competition between satellite companies who are then forced to strive for better quality and capacity, and improve connectivity for airlines.

Satellites are delivering enhanced connectivity to the airline industry, but satellite broadband still needs to be improved.

Connectivity exists today, but limited in bandwidth which does not facilitate the required level of functionality that the industry is expecting. In addition, some countries do not allow WiFi connectivity over their territories or their airspace, such as India. Therefore, regulations need to be put in place to ensure full-time flight connectivity.

Airlines are going to invest not only in connectivity bandwidth but also in CAPEX such as installation of equipment on aircraft, onboard devices, ground-based equipment and others.

The crews are also adapting to the use of enhanced broadband and are able to keep connected via electronic devices, and in some cases, better able to answer passengers’ questions about connectivity.

The aviation industry is another area that will create opportunities for all involved.

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