This week the telecoms world is converging in Cape Town for Africacom.
The theme this year is “Innovation, Transformation & Leadership For Digital Africa” which is a mouthful but clearly points to the speed and scale of telecoms innovation and the vision of 5G. From the big names everyone’s eyes are on updates from Google on the Loon front and Facebook on Internet.org.
But the real action is at the infrastructure and app stands. No longer Africacom is a forum focussing on connecting the unconnected, it’s all about local innovation and developing a roadmap to 5G. Ultra-speed broadband networks, NFV and SDN solutions and m-commerce are the stars. Africa has long shown the world exactly how innovation in mobile money can make a real difference to people’s lives and these lessons are sparking further innovation across Asia and LatAm. Long may it continue!