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Connecting Africa: Connecting the next billion

Smartphone and data affordability as a key connectivity driver:
Register – Thursday – 15 April – 11:00 CAT 

Connectivity remains fundamentally linked to affordability in Africa.

Kenechi Okeleke, Director of Regional and Social Research at GSMA Intelligence, will join  Africa Tech’s Digital Symposium to give an update on the state of connectivity on the continent.

Topics include: 

  • Status check: the current state of smartphone coverage in Africa, tracking the migration to 3G, 4G and 5G, and  the impact of COVID -19
  • Industry initiatives: Exploring how new telco-led schemes are leading to more affordable smartphones and data access
  • Digital skills & literacy: Addressing the biggest barrier to connectivity for low- and middle- income Africans and exploring strategies for building a tech savvy workforce
  • Regulatory impact: What regulatory interventions are happening on the continent to bring data prices down, and the role regulators have to play


  • Kenechi Okeleke, Director, Social and Regional Research, GSMA Intelligence
  • Onica Makwakwa, Head of Africa, Alliance for Affordable Internet
  • Agnes Kinga, Senior Manager – Terminals, Safaricom

Smartphone and data affordability as a key connectivity driver:
Register – Thursday – 15 April – 11:00 CAT 


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