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Kigali Readies To Host Africa Tech Summit

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Kigali Readies To Host Africa Tech Summit

Members of the Telecom sector in Rwanda are preparing to attend the Africa Tech Summit that will be hosted in Kigali from February 14-15th.

According to organisers the summit is sponsored by Rwanda’s ICT ministry and Liquid telecom among other partners.

The two-day summit scheduled to convene at Kigali Marriot Hotel is expected to attract innovators and influencers from across the African ecosystem meet to discuss connectivity and why `Africa’s Cloud is Liquid’.

The Summit will provide unrivalled insight, networking and business opportunities – and explore latest trends with 90-expert speakers from across the continent delivering keynotes, panels and breakout sessions.

On day one, Ben Roberts, Chief Technical and Innovation Officer for Liquid Telecom, will be participating in a panel discussion themed ‘Connectivity – Unlocking A World Of New Opportunities‘ alongside Kojo Boakye from Facebook and Erik Hersman from BRCK.

Ben will be discussing why ‘Africa’s Cloud is Liquid’ and how Africa will see many ‘cloud first’ ICT systems developed for businesses just as many Africans have experienced ‘mobile first’ in connectivity.

Oswald Jumira, Group Head of Innovation Partnerships for Liquid Telecom, will  take part in a panel discussing The State of Innovation alongside Hannah Clifford from Nairobi Garage, Abdihakim Ainte from iRise Hub, Elton Mutize from Venture Labs and Barbara Birungi from Hive Colab, on day two.

Oswald Jumira leads Liquid Telecom’s African Innovation initiative which is helping African innovation hubs, startups and academic institutions to develop emerging technologies, such as cloud, data science and internet of things leveraging Liquid Telecom’s infrastructure and pan-African presence.

To celebrate its participation in this prestigious event, Liquid Telecom is offering free tickets priced at US$400 to the summit to start-ups based in Rwanda.

Liquid Telecom provides communications services and solutions pacross 13 countries in Eastern, central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services.

It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square meters of rack space.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a central engine to driving Rwanda’s transformation to a knowledge based economy, a fact Rwanda has acknowledged by allocating a budget to ICT – as a percentage of its GDP – that is at part with OECD countries, according to Rwanda Development Board.

According to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) statistics as of October 2017 , the total number of active mobile subscriptions (90-days revenue generating subscribers) in Rwanda was 8,952,544.

In its 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa: Ericsson Mobility Report, Ericsson, the Swedish based multinational networking and telecommunications company, predicted that the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region’s mobile data traffic would increase by 50% (300m subscribers) between 2014 and 2019, to reach 930m.

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