AfricaCom and AfricaTech have become synonymous with industry change in the digital infrastructure and emerging technology space, their evolution, as well as robust debate over the years.  In 2020, that tradition continues.  One such innovation that is sure to attract its share of controversy and attention, will be the second ‘Women in Tech Takeover’, that returns to the AfricaTech Centre Stage and the AHUB as part of the new AccelerateHER programme of content.

Read more: Women in Technology - Negating the ‘Bro-Culture’

SES announced Gilat and ST Engineering iDirect as its latest technology partners who will be developing the core infrastructure modem platforms for O3b mPOWER, SES’s ground-breaking non-geostationary-satellite orbit (NGSO) communications system.

Read more: SES seals new partnerships to expand their NGSO communications system

“Potential”, “digital growth” and “new revenues” are three keywords characterizing Nigeria’s telecom market. That’s according to mobile technology company, Upstream, who helped kick off the first virtual NigeriaCom 2020. During the event, Upstream Deputy CEO, Kostas Kastanis, shared his thoughts on the future of Nigerian telecoms and how to accelerate digital growth in the region.

Read more: “MNOs need new revenue streams to safeguard their future” – Upstream Deputy CEO, Kostas Kastanis

The RIPE NCC recently organised a special webinar on Internet governance and its impact on the economy. The RIPE NCC offered the free virtual session to the Internet community as part of its move to increase awareness about Internet governance – a topic that is proving to be important and timely as the COVID-19 pandemic highlights even further how essential the Internet has become to our societies, economies and public and private lives.

Read more: Ripe NCC increases awareness about Internet governance in a virtual session

The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA (https://ASECNAonline.asecna.aero), has started to broadcast a SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) region, providing the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite managed and operated by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd under Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria.

Read more: First African SBAS open service: a new era of satellite navigation performance augmentation in the...

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that during its first quarter of fiscal 2021, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., which is part of Comtech's Commercial Solutions segment, received a $1.0 million order for satellite ground station equipment from the largest telecommunications company in Africa.

Read more: Africa’s largest MNO contributes in $1mn satellite equipment order