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

The lockdown imposed by the coronavirus has introduced a new lifestyle. We find ourselves obliged to abide by new terms, notably to work remotely: video call meetings with customers and the team, offsite management, remote performance, etc.

Covid-19 caught everyone off guard at a time when industries and governments were not ready. The only sector that was well prepared for such a crisis was the telecom sector.

Can you imagine if the epidemic had hit us when no infrastructure of VoIP or data existed? Can you imagine people staying home without internet services and video call options to chat with families and friends?

Can you imagine what it would have been like if doctors around the world weren’t capable of sharing their experiences about the virus? Or if researchers weren’t capable of sharing any updates about promised vaccines or the best medicine to use?

These responses and platforms would not be possible without the ICT sector, which has been achieving goals and paying back to society through CSR initiatives.

When this epidemic is over, governments must continue with developments in the health sector - without forgetting the ICT sector, because under any circumstances, telecommunications supports all other sectors and helps governments spread awareness quickly and whenever they want.

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