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MTN GlobalConnect, a digital wholesale and infrastructure services company, is investing in an end-to-end digital ecosystem offering advanced digital solutions to businesses in Africa. Leading the journey is General Manager of Wholesale Mobility Kedar Gupte, who is driven by the market opportunity in a mobile-first economy. Telecom Review Africa had the chance to talk with him and learn what MTN GlobalConnect is planning for the digital wholesale mobility landscape of Africa.

Read more: MTN GlobalConnect: Africa - A mobile-first economy

In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Rania Halimeh, regional business development manager META, Logical Operations & CertNexus at emt Distribution META, gave us valuable insights into the importance of technology learning to empowering women within the ICT industry.

Read more: Rania Halimeh: Women as part of the digital transformation

A veteran at Rohde & Schwarz, Kerstin Jüttner, the focal point of international relations for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), exclusively shared her professional life and personal views to Telecom Review.

Read more: “Being a woman is no barrier to working in ICT,” says Kerstin Jüttner

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s thriving markets with a solid digital strategy that will place the country in a strategic position. H.E. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has a clear vision that puts ICTs and telecommunications at the heart of economic growth and prosperity objectives.

Read more: Liberalization of telecoms in Ethiopia: The dawn of a new era

MTN GlobalConnect, a digital wholesale and infrastructure services company, has set itself a goal to grow the fibre network from an 85,000 km of proprietary fibre to 135,000 km in the coming years and expand African connectivity. Leading the journey is CEO Frédéric Schepens, who is compelled and determined to grow social and economic benefits in Africa. Telecom Review Africa had the chance to talk with him and dig deeper into MTN GlobalConnect’s plans and ambitions.

Read more: MTN GlobalConnect: Unfolding the fibre journey

GSMA recently published its State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money which highlights the latest insights on the state of the mobile industry worldwide. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review Africa, Akinwale Goodluck, head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA delved into the details of the report with a focus on Africa.

Read more: GSMA’s Akinwale Goodluck unpacks latest mobile money trends

Etisalat Misr is ensuring a steady stream of high quality service and is trying to always find creative and new ways to foster sustainable growth within the country. Telecom Review Africa was able to secure an exclusive interview with Hazem Metwally, CEO of Etisalat Misr, to talk more about the company’s growth in different aspects, how they’re leading digital transformation, 5G, and many more topics.

Read more: Hazem Metwally drives Etisalat Misr further to the top

During the MWC Shanghai Exhibition, ZTE and GlobalData officially released the white paper “Precision 5G Transport-The Foundation of Future Mobile Network”. As 5G networks develop, it becomes obvious that the quantum leap in capabilities of radio network also brings significant shift in system-wide architectural requirements. In this context, transport network, connecting 5G radio to the core of the network, needs to evolve in several directions: provide significantly higher capacity and scalability, support varied deployment models, have sophisticated slicing capabilities, in addition to precise, varied, and robust timing and synchronization, and low and controllable latency characteristics, to the point of determinism.

Read more: ZTE: the time for large-scale transformation of Africa’s IP transport network is ripe

Telecoms operators are increasingly aware that to fully monetize their investments around technologies such as cloud, AI, automation and 5G networks they will need to innovate beyond their core connectivity services. However, deciding which opportunities will deliver the best value and sustaining innovation over the long term remain some of the biggest challenges. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review Africa - Alpha Barry, Head of Africa, and Mohammed Saad Miss, Telco Media & Technology - Africa Head share their strategies in building a foundation for greater agility, security, efficiency, and innovation in Africa.

Read more: The Atos approach: Shifting telecom gears from evolution to revolution

You’re reading it here first: The licensing process in Ethiopia is reaching its final stage. Telecom Review Africa has learned from various sources that the Government of Ethiopia has released the final version of the tender documents today. A meeting was held end of last week with the companies that have shown interest to participate in the tender which will allocate two new telecom licenses in Ethiopia. Telecom Review Africa understands that the government, and the organisations supporting it in organising the tender, have provided interested companies with the main changes made to the draft Request for Proposals (RFP), as well as the progress made on the definition of the regulatory framework due to regulate the activities of the newly liberalised telecom sector. They also handled questions from investors.

Read more: Ethiopia: Let the race begin!

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