The key technology themes at MWC Kigali 2023 that explore how we can drive the digital era forward.

Accelerate Africa

Home to the youngest population in the world, African tech startups broke records in 2022 by raising over USD 3 billion. The digital revolution in the region has brought about a paradigm shift in the way business is conducted, and it is creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers.

With the high rate of entrepreneurship and the eagerness to adopt new technologies, the potential of future tech such as AI, AR/VR, Web3 and Metaverse are limitless in Africa. We have already started seeing successful uses cases, ranging from utilizing blockchain technology to solve local issues, to creating spaces for African NFT Artists to connect with the global digital economy.

While addressing the potential roadblocks at MWC Kigali 2023, we will hear from experts on the impact these future technologies will have across industries and how they will be used to accelerate Africa further on its digital transformation journey.

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FinTech has transformed the financial sector in Africa, driving economic growth and connecting millions within the formal economy, often for the first time. The region has long been home to innovative disruptors in the space, starting with mobile money which has paved the way for a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. Today, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 760 million mobile money registered accounts with transactions valued at over USD 830 billion in 2022.

However, as Africa’s digital economy continues to grow, the sector is once again facing disruption. New products, services, technologies and innovations are driving the evolution of the industry and offering customers access to life changing services while driving financial inclusion. It is imperative to ensure the momentum doesn’t waver and diverse stakeholders work together to enable long-term sustainable growth.

At MWC Kigali 2023, we will examine the evolution of the FinTech industry in Africa, and explore the emerging technologies and trends that will shape the future of the digital economy and FinTech in the region and beyond.

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Health technology innovations are leading the way in transforming Africa's healthcare landscape, reshaping how diseases are diagnosed, treated, and prevented. These innovations create a foundation for sustainable and accessible healthcare for all.

Join us at The Africa HealthTech Summit, hosted in collaboration with Africa CDC and Smart Africa, where we dive into the transformative power of digital innovation within Africa's healthcare sector. Together, we'll explore the policies, partnerships, and platforms driving digital health innovation across the continent.

This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution in Africa. By empowering people, transforming communities, and revolutionizing healthcare delivery, we can build a sustainable and inclusive and healthier future for all.

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Powering Digital

With more than 1.2 billion connections and over 650 million unique mobile users, the mobile ecosystem in Africa is getting stronger day by day. As 4G continues to gain momentum and 5G emerges, we are entering a Digital Era.

Driving socioeconomic growth, advanced mobile technology has proven to be the enabler of innovation across sectors in the region. The next decade in its digital transformation journey needs to deliver a more accessible Africa, which will be shaped by reinforced commitment to 4G and powered by investment in 5G.

Welcoming leaders from across the industry to explore how they are working together to transform networks and deliver next generation services, from Open RAN to FWA and satellite connectivity. We will also be taking a close look at the steps operators are taking to increase the use of renewable energy to power a sustainable, connected future for Africa.

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Date: 18 October 2023


14:00 – 15:00 - 5G state of play: network deployment and adoption trends in Africa.

15:00 - 16:00 - 5G for verticals: emerging 5G enterprise use cases and applications in Africa

16:00 - 17:00 - The 5G showcase: innovative solutions leveraging 5G to benefit society

The 5G summit at MWC Kigali is the foremost platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas on efficient network deployment, innovative applications and use cases, and forward-looking regulations to drive 5G rollout and adoption

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