Africa.com https://www.africa.com Stay Smart About Africa Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:24:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Common Good: 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit Holding In London https://www.africa.com/common-good-5th-annual-commonwealth-africa-summit-holding-london/ https://www.africa.com/common-good-5th-annual-commonwealth-africa-summit-holding-london/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:28:08 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94941 More than 300 global and African thought leaders, eminent and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth, and friends of Africa will converge at the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit on March 12th – 15th 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve Shared Prosperity [...]

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More than 300 global and African thought leaders, eminent and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth, and friends of Africa will converge at the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit on March 12th – 15th 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve Shared Prosperity and Common Good for Africans and how Africa’s growing youth population can transform the continent.

Under the theme: Common Good, the summit conversations seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth.

CAS 2018 Keynote Speaker includes H.E John D Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General rep), Chief Mrs Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair – Famfa Oil and Africa’s richest woman), Ashish Thakkar (founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, and he is a co-founder of Atlas Mara), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment Sudan) and others to be announced soon

The Commonwealth Africa Summit provides an opportunity not just to contribute to reimagining what the continent might be, but an opportunity to network, strategize and mobilise valuable resources so as to bring the Africa Dream to fruition. Vukuzenzele! Let’s Get Up and Do It! says Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley, Chairman Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

The 2018 summit will also feature as panellist a wide array of senior Cabinet Ministers and Chief Executives of corporations from Africa and across the Commonwealth including Henry Sands (SABI Strategy Group), Isha Johansen (President of Sierra Leone Football Association), Muriel Maupoint (CEO Hope for Children), Sally Anne Wilson (CEO Public Media Alliance), Dr. Justina Mutale (Advisory Board Member – World Leaders Forum), Tim Loughton MP, John Penrose MP (UK Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion), Mark Stoleson (Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Legatum), Martin Realey (CEO Build Africa), Debbie Ariyo (CEO AFRUCA), Tim Wainwright (CEO Water Aid), Paul Smith Lomas MBE (CEO of Practical Action), Dr. Babatope Agbeyo (CEO Cornfield Group and Botosoft Inc), Parminder Vir OBE (CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation), Lord Alan Watson of Richmond (Former Chair of Coca Cola Europe Advisory Board), Dayo Israel (Director of Africa Operations at the Commonwealth Africa Initiative) and many others.

Past speakers at the CAS Summit have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Baroness Lynda Chalker of Wallasey; Lord Watson of Richmond; Lord Ahmed of Rotherham; Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green; Simon Walker, Director General of the British Institute of Directors (IOD); Clive Carpenter, Vice Chairman Business Council on Africa; Dr. Caroline Harper CBE – CEO Commonwealth Sightsavers; Sorious Samora; Mr Tonye Cole – CEO Sahara Energy; Ministers of Government, Ambassadors and many other Global Leaders.

“Africa must leverage on its relationship with other parts of the world to enrich and develop her countries. Constituting the highest bloc of the commonwealth member countries undoubtedly provides a strategic advantage with a huge development potential that must be fully explored”, says Chad Blackman, the Co-Chair of the 2018 Summit steering committee. The numbers associated with the Commonwealth are staggering. More than two billion of the world’s seven billion people live within the commonwealth. With many of its member states still developing or yet to develop appreciably, the potential for the future is obvious if the trade and collaboration within the commonwealth is increased and this will be at the forefront of conversations in London”.

The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a high level, multi-stakeholder event that annually brings together government and business leaders from the Commonwealth and allies to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counterterrorism, Energy and Power amongst other relevant issues in Africa. The event, annually hosted as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London, is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative, to provide a veritable platform for the generation of new ideas, trade agreements, business relationships and investments.

The Day 2 of the 2018 CAS Summit on March 14th will feature the CAFI Forum on Africa’s Political Future. “Over 100 key players in the African youth development sector will meet on the side-lines of the Summit to deliberate on reshaping the agenda for youth participation in political leadership on the continent” says Atieno Opondo a senior member of the steering Committee. “The Summit will Feature a CAFI Forum on Africa Political Future. The Forum with the theme: Opening the space, taking the place is hosted as part of a series of conscious efforts and action plans to fulfil the aspirations of the Agenda 2063 of an Africa whose youth shall be socially, economically and politically empowered through the full implementation of the African Youth Charter, An Africa of 2063 that will have full gender parity, with women occupying at least 50% of elected public offices at all levels; an aspiration achievable with the youth”.

The CAFI Forum will provide a high-level platform for dialogue on how African countries can create more space for younger people in elected public offices by formulating recommendations that will culminate into sustainable youth friendly policies and regulations. The forum will also provide a unique opportunity for youth leaders and aspiring young leaders in Africa to network and exchange views on Africa’s political future, while also creating a mentoring platform for the ageing African leaders to inspire a younger and better succession.

Overall, “the CAS summit will include presentations from various leaders and speakers and will feature first-hand experiences and interactions from government and business leaders in the continent, while providing credible opportunities and encouraging foreign investments” says Seeke Adams, CAFI Events Manager.

The Summit will also feature a Gala and Award Dinner to celebrate the contributions of Eminent and Emerging leaders to Africa’s growth story; as well as One to One Business meetings between investors and Entrepreneurs.

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Africa News https://www.africa.com/africa-news/ https://www.africa.com/africa-news/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:03:47 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94923 Originally published at Africa.com

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Africans in the Winter Olympics https://www.africa.com/africans-in-the-winter-olympics/ https://www.africa.com/africans-in-the-winter-olympics/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:21:55 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94893 More African countries are competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics than ever before, with Nigeria and Eritrea making their debuts. African athletes are competing in bobsled, skiing, and varied disciplines across all sports. Follow the results and schedules: See schedule here.  South Korea is nine hours ahead of London and Ghana, eight hours ahead of Nigeria and [...]

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More African countries are competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics than ever before, with Nigeria and Eritrea making their debuts. African athletes are competing in bobsled, skiing, and varied disciplines across all sports.

Follow the results and schedules:

See schedule here.  South Korea is nine hours ahead of London and Ghana, eight hours ahead of Nigeria and six hours ahead of Kenya. You can visit www.olympic.org to watch live.


Ghana features its first skeleton athlete Akwasi Frimpong.

Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana practices during Men's Skeleton training.


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Everything Begins With Water https://www.africa.com/everything-begins-water/ https://www.africa.com/everything-begins-water/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:20:12 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94835 Water, the single greatest power to drive industrialization, health and gender equality across the continent.

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Water, the single greatest power to drive industrialization, health and gender equality across the continent.

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FarEye To Benefit 175 Million Online Shoppers Of Africa With Parcel Shop Technology – ‘Drop&Pick’ https://www.africa.com/fareye-benefit-175-million-online-shoppers-africa-parcel-shop-technology-droppick/ https://www.africa.com/fareye-benefit-175-million-online-shoppers-africa-parcel-shop-technology-droppick/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:42:58 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94900 Key Highlights: • The internet penetration in the African markets is 16% today and is set increase by 50% in 2025. There are 57 million people who have smartphones in Africa and there will be 360 million in 2025. • eCommerce-logistics companies of the region must adapt to new technologies in order to support their [...]

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Key Highlights:

• The internet penetration in the African markets is 16% today and is set increase by 50% in 2025. There are 57 million people who have smartphones in Africa and there will be 360 million in 2025.
• eCommerce-logistics companies of the region must adapt to new technologies in order to support their delivery infrastructure.
• Parcel shops to book, manage, track and deliver to the end customer – making eCommerce convenient for the seller and consumer. Mobile Application enables already established local stores to become pickup and drop points for parcels – saving time, reducing cost and increasing revenue.
• FarEye’s technology is enabling paperless delivery of parcels to companies and homes alike, across the world this holiday season.
• FarEye’s technology is aimed towards major enterprises and logistics firms globally – sees strong enterprise demand.
• Technology has been designed to meet the huge demand for fast parcel facilitation in the logistics sector, as well as for end users – particularly with the growth of eCommerce and online shopping, providing major benefits to e-tailers, and SMEs who demand fast and convenient delivery services.

FarEye

Kushal Nahata, Co-Founder and CEO, responsible for driving the vision, strategy and growth at FarEye

FarEye, a digital logistics platform, is pleased to announce the successful introduction of its new parcel shop technology – ‘Drop&Pick’. Launched in January 2017 the technology is already being incorporated by various large businesses like DHL, DTDC, First Flight and many others to facilitate paperless, high speed and secure dispatch/delivery of parcels through its parcel shop network.

FarEye’s ‘Drop&Pick’- aimed at major enterprises and logistics firms globally is built to fulfil the need for fast and convenient dispatch/delivery of parcels with minimal cost of infrastructure. Its successful roll out is now revolutionizing traditional dispatch/delivery processes into efficient and customer-centric approaches.

‘Drop&Pick’ follows a key three phased – book, manage and deliver process, which is based around a simple to use and intuitive mobile application. The app enables any parcel shop to quickly register a parcel, and the sender’s details (including capturing handwritten information), followed by scanning the shipment and adding recipient name, delivery details and parcel size. It then calculates shipping fees which the sender can pay in multiple ways – prepaid, wallets, cash or card. The parcel shop personnel can also book multiple parcels under one sender ID. In the back end – data entry processes convert images to actual data. The parcel is then handed over to the courier and electronic proof of transfer is collected, who then delivers to the end customer and once again, receives electronic proof of delivery from the customer.

This technology while enables quick and seamless dispatch and receiving of parcels – has two additional benefits:
1. SME Ecosystem development – The technology is providing significant benefits for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro-SMEs who want to sell their products online but cannot build an in-house delivery infrastructure. Their hence need fast and convenient delivery services for their customers. The sellers may easily deposit their parcels at selected parcel shops or they can also raise a parcel booking request online (and prepay it). It generates a ‘parcel label’ which then acts as a unique order ID.

2. Reduced carbon emissions: Door to door delivery can waste a lot of time and fuel in finding home addresses, while if parcel is dropped at a network shop, it saves resources. The customer can later collect the parcel at his or her convenience.
This technology is also targeted towards logistics businesses offering franchise models. While this model has been available since a long time to book parcels, the need now is to add a layer of visibility and efficiency to the processes to help businesses make real-time data backed decisions and in parallel empower the customers with easy deliveries, event alerts & notifications. The customer gets an option of getting parcel delivered to a nearby ‘parcel shop’, both -during the time of order placement as well as before the actual delivery.

Kushal Nahata, Co-Founder and CEO, FarEye says, “The reaction to FarEye’s parcel shop technology – ‘Drop&Pick’ has been exceptional. The product is built to enable fast & convenient delivery/dispatch of parcels which provides logistics companies innovative and value-added services, thus increasing their revenue streams while enhancing their customers’ experience.”

Kushal further adds, “There is a sharp increase in online transactions and both sellers & buyers require smart and efficient dispatch & delivery of goods as quickly as possible. The global ecommerce market is about 2 trillion USD and FarEye with its technology excellence is integrating into the systems of major logistics service providers, helping them capture this market. Our Mobile Application for Parcel Shop Delivery is a key aspect of the technology, which is being used by many of our clients including DHL. We expect to see the use of this technology across many key markets in 2018.”

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Creating a Uniquely African Eyewear Line https://www.africa.com/creating-uniquely-african-eyewear-line/ https://www.africa.com/creating-uniquely-african-eyewear-line/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:40:35 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94751 Studying optometry was not Anthonia Ojo’s first choice. The young Nigerian was initially interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field. She was almost swayed by her parents to study medicine, but was eventually given the option of studying optometry upon applying at the University of Benin City in Nigeria. “I have no regrets,” [...]

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Studying optometry was not Anthonia Ojo’s first choice. The young Nigerian was initially interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field. She was almost swayed by her parents to study medicine, but was eventually given the option of studying optometry upon applying at the University of Benin City in Nigeria.

“I have no regrets,” she says, of the 6-year programme. “It gave me a lot of exposure and was all encompassing, from the business side to the psychology.” But three years after graduating, Ojo felt the urge to try something new.

Unique African Eyewear Line

“I’ve always been fascinated with creating things. I do a lot of DIY projects.” This passion for creation can be traced back to days spent in her father’s workshop. A production engineer, he owned a furniture making factory that Ojo would often visit and watch the workers. She eventually tried her hand at making everything from flip flops to clothing. “So when the idea of making eye wear designs with African facial dimensions, I started to do my research and I found out about 3D printing technology.”

The immersive, four-week programme is designed for Nigerian entrepreneurs to receive hands-on training, particularly in the areas of advanced manufacturing and business development. Participants learn how to create innovative products using front-line manufacturing technology along with rapid prototyping.
“The main highlights of my participation at the garage was using the 3D printers, laser cutters and building a mold with the CNC machine.” Ojo adds that watching her idea and design of an African inspired eyewear line come to life was the ultimate highlight.

Explaining the design process, Ojo says it starts with an inspiration followed by a 2D sketch on paper with all the dimensions of the eyewear. Then a 3D sketch using CAD software is done before it goes through slicing, and then it’s ready for printing. She says she then selected her printing material, set up her printer and started to print. Once her printed glasses is ready, she picks it up, cleans, and polishes. The parts are then assembled and a minimum viable product is ready.

“It’s one of the best feelings in the world to see your thoughts or ideas through actions come to life. It was not easy and I actually started to think maybe my idea was too cumbersome, but with the support from the engineers at the GE garage, I was able to come up with my prototypes.”

Now that she has the prototype, the next step for Ojo is to identify how to manufacture it in Africa. The eyewear industry isn’t cheap, she says. She is however hoping to avoid the China route. “I want something indigenous that I can say from start to end is African, from the raw materials to the production – everything made in Africa.”

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Statement Of SEEG https://www.africa.com/statement-of-seeg/ https://www.africa.com/statement-of-seeg/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:21:13 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94910 SEEG regrets the sudden decision taken today by Gabon’s Ministry of Water and Energy to terminate the concession agreement and the brutal use of Gabonese forces, who requisitioned the company. Our thoughts are with our employees, our teams who are permanently working to provide the most efficient supply of water and electricity to the Gabonese [...]

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SEEG regrets the sudden decision taken today by Gabon’s Ministry of Water and Energy to terminate the concession agreement and the brutal use of Gabonese forces, who requisitioned the company.

Our thoughts are with our employees, our teams who are permanently working to provide the most efficient supply of water and electricity to the Gabonese population. SEEG has always been a responsible partner of the Gabonese state, conscious of its missions. The company has been helping and supporting Gabon’s growth for more than 20 years. Proof of this is the fact that:

the number of clients supplied with water and electricity has tripled, amounting to a 200% increase in 20 years;
* The supply rate is currently 89.3% for electricity and 92.2% for water, making Gabon one of Africa’s leading providers since 2012;
366 billion CFA francs have been invested in areas including maintenance, production capacity and networks.

In a country facing intense population growth, water production capacity is stretched to the maximum.  We are now waiting for the Gabonese state to comply with applicable legislation. And we hope that the people of Gabon will continue to enjoy quality, healthy drinking water that meets international standards, and the highest quality of electricity with regard to working conditions in the country.

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Gabon: Serious Breach Of The Rule Of Law https://www.africa.com/gabon-serious-breach-rule-law/ https://www.africa.com/gabon-serious-breach-rule-law/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:58:47 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94906 Today, armed men commandeered the SEEG – Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon, Gabon’s Energy and Water Company, acting on a decision of the Gabon’s Water and Energy Ministry. The Veolia Group strongly protests against this brutal action taken entirely contrary to the rule of law, and is doing everything it can to support its [...]

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Today, armed men commandeered the SEEG – Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon, Gabon’s Energy and Water Company, acting on a decision of the Gabon’s Water and Energy Ministry.

The Veolia Group strongly protests against this brutal action taken entirely contrary to the rule of law, and is doing everything it can to support its employees in Gabon, who for two decades have been committed to providing the best public water and electricity service to the country’s citizens.

Veolia won Gabon’s public water and electricity concession in June 1997, under the terms of a 20-year contract with the Gabonese Republic whereby the company became the majority shareholder of the SEEG.

Veolia has been established in Gabon for more than 20 years and is one of the country’s largest foreign employers and investors, having invested FCFA 366 billion, or about €558 million, since 1997. Veolia owns 51% of its subsidiary the SEEG, and manages the production and distribution of drinking water and electricity throughout Gabonese territory. Among other things, the Group’s investments in terms of human resources, training and financing have enabled Gabon to triple the number of people with a water and electricity supply, making the country one of the African continent’s leaders in this area by 2012.

Veolia and its directors and employees in Gabon have done everything possible to establish a constructive and responsible dialogue with the authorities. Having now been the victim of a brutal expropriation on the part of the Gabonese State, Veolia is examining the legal consequences of this situation and expects Gabon to comply with the rule of law and with its obligations.

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Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award Returns For A Second Year https://www.africa.com/discovery-channel-dont-stop-wondering-award-returns-second-year/ https://www.africa.com/discovery-channel-dont-stop-wondering-award-returns-second-year/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:40:41 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94878 Following the success of 2017, the ‘Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ is back for a second consecutive year. After receiving over 200 entries from all over the continent in 2017, Discovery is renewing its partnership with the Jozi Film Festival once again to find its next great African filmmaker.  Submissions for the ‘Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ open on Monday, [...]

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Following the success of 2017, the ‘Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ is back for a second consecutive year. After receiving over 200 entries from all over the continent in 2017, Discovery is renewing its partnership with the Jozi Film Festival once again to find its next great African filmmaker. Discovery Channel

Submissions for the ‘Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ open on Monday, 19 February and close on Monday 28 May, calling for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery Channel’s ethos of sparking curiosity.

“Last year’s entries blew us away, with their creative, emotive and thought-provoking portrayals of the diversity of Africa’s culture and people,” said Amanda Turnbull, VP & Country Manager for Discovery Networks Middle East and Africa. “This year, alongside the Jozi Film Festival, we are excited to once again to recognize and reward Africa’s talented filmmakers, and showcase even more creative stories that fulfill Discovery Channel’s ethos of sparking curiosity.”

“Partnering with Discovery Channel was a wonderful success and thanks to this award we were able to showcase some amazing African talent. This year we look forward to the entries we will be receiving”, said Lisa Henry, Jozi Film Festival Founder and Organiser.

This year’s prize from Discovery Channel will include a Canon XF-405 video camera with Singer Photographic camera accessories worth over $5,800 in order for the winner to use for their next filming project. “We are so pleased to be able to contribute to such an incredible initiative and provide aspiring filmmakers with our equipment which is specifically designed to help them create more of their memorable stories,” said Roger Machin, Canon Product Manager – Professional Imaging Products.

“We believe that given the correct tools and production equipment, these innovative and determined individuals will be able to create even more amazing work and ensure that the continent gets to see high quality story telling”, said Kevin Singer, Singer Photographic Managing Director.

The Top 10 films, as selected by a Discovery and Jozi Film Festival jury, will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August and later at the seventh annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards to be held on Sunday, 30 September 2018.

Entrants must be 18+ and be an African resident. Submitted films must be in English or include English subtitles. To enter go to discoveryafrica.com, terms and conditions apply. The closing date is the 28th of May 2018 at 19:00 CAT.

In 2017 Discovery Channel launched its partnership with the Jozi Film Festival with its Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering award. After over 200 entries and over 2000 votes received from across the continent, the inaugural award went to Dusty Van Niekerk’s The Tragedy of Africa, which depicted the sad reality of rhino poaching across Southern Africa, and encouraged viewers to take action to help save our rhinos.

Originally published at Africa.com

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Disrupt Or Be Disrupted: It’s Do-Or-Die For African Telcos In 2018 https://www.africa.com/disrupt-disrupted-die-african-telcos-2018/ https://www.africa.com/disrupt-disrupted-die-african-telcos-2018/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:24:54 +0000 https://www.africa.com/?p=94874 by Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa Mariam Abdullahi No industry will remain undisrupted in 2018 and the years to come. But for African telco providers, who have feasted on near-uninterrupted subscriber and revenue growth over the past two decades, the need to adapt is paramount. In a market where the [...]

Originally published at Africa.com

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by Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa

Emerging Technologies

Mariam Abdullahi

No industry will remain undisrupted in 2018 and the years to come. But for African telco providers, who have feasted on near-uninterrupted subscriber and revenue growth over the past two decades, the need to adapt is paramount. In a market where the average business lifespan is 12 years (compared to 25 years in the last two decades) the objective is not to simply improve that which is already working. African telcos need radical transformation of entire business models in order to become digital supply networks and re-imagine work, resources management, and contingent worker management.

Since the advent of the Internet and the more recent emergence of technologies that include machine learning, IoT, cloud computing, and predictive analytics, businesses with exponential growth models such as Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and MPESA have entirely transformed their industry sectors almost overnight.

Thanks at least in part to these companies, customer expectations have ballooned, with modern consumers demanding personalised, efficient service at low cost and with added convenience. Talented employees have also increasingly gravitated toward these companies, putting further pressure on incumbents who suddenly are outperformed and out-innovated at every turn. “Too big to fail” in today’s market is a near-certain recipe for decline and eventual disaster.

Telco execs heeding the call

Telco executives across Africa and other emerging markets have scrambled to reinvent their business models in the face of shifting customer demands and the arrival of agile, customer-centric competitors. Airtel Africa merged its Ghana operations with Tigo Ghana and sold off operations in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. South Africa’s Cell-C is seeking investments into fibre-to-the-home providers to enable its diversification into new service offerings including insurance and media.

Further afield in India, LTE and Voice-over-LTE operator Jio acquired 100 million subscribers in only six months by offering free voice services for life to its customers, prompting a sudden merger between Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group’s Idea operations to form India’s largest telecoms company.

Kenya’s Safaricom is building on its much-lauded MPESA platform by diversifying into new revenue streams, including Uber competitor Little and e-commerce portal Ma Soko to claim a greater share of its customers’ wallets.

These companies have already felt the effects of declining traditional revenue streams as disruption from the likes of OTT players such as WhatsApp, Skype and YouTube put pressure on what was until recently primary (and highly dependable) sources of revenue. According to PwC, many telco operators globally are seeing revenue drop-offs of as much as 30% in SMS, 20% in international voice, and 15% in international roaming. Incremental improvements and operational changes are no longer enough. Those that can adapt to take advantage of technology megatrends such as hyper connectivity, cloud computing, and IoT are far better placed to reinvent their business models and can further incorporate Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualisation to speed up the innovation cycle.

The nature of transformation in 2018

Digital transformation in 2018 is not about cutting costs or optimising existing processes. It is a relook of the entire telco business model. It is asking the hard questions: Am I serving my customers in the right way? Are my operations efficient? Is cost-cutting adequate and sustainable? Am I able to hire the correct staff, attract the best talent, and empower them to contribute to an inclusive and innovation-focused workplace?

Telco executives must ensure their companies’ day-to-day culture drives innovation across the entire business. The aim should be on developing personalised services and to deliver such services in a way to meets the demands of an empowered customer base. The only way to do that is to have access to the correct customer insights – such as data usage and consumption habits, call volumes, area of residence – and to act on such insights in a humane and personalised manner. For this, analytics and data are key, especially when matched to an in-memory computing platform that enables real-time actionable insights.

At a time when telco offerings are highly commoditised and there’s not too much distinguishing one operator from the other, telcos need to simplify their core business operations to allow for the development of a clear unique value proposition for sustainable growth that takes local conditions into account. For example, with so many African countries not yet fully adopting 4G technology, does it truly make sense to invest heavily in emerging 5G technology?

The African telco market has moved away from improvement to large-scale disruption and transformation. Telcos who embark on a process of total business model change underpinned by powerful exponential technologies will be far better placed to withstand and overcome the challenge posed by the new breed of disruptors.

2018 will determine who adapts, maximises on operational efficiencies, leverages innovation for new revenue streams and who relies on old ways of doing businesses that negatively impacts their Go To Market offerings.

Originally published at Africa.com

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