Various African organizations have been increasing the number of strategic agreements to accelerate the digital development of the continent since last year. The African Telecommunications Union, one of the most important, has just added one more to its repertoire.
The African Telecommunications Union and the Finnish telecommunications equipment supplier Nokia announced on Wednesday September 15 the signing of a collaboration agreement on the digital transformation of the continent. Six key points have been identified to carry out this mission. These include, among other things, the sharing of good practices on trends and developments in telecom technologies; the identification of innovative industrial use cases towards the fourth industrial revolution; the implementation of emerging technologies and economic models.
The two partners will also work on promoting the connection of the unconnected to broadband; the development of emerging talents for digital innovation, the promotion of inclusion and diversity.
John Omo, Secretary General of ATU, explained that the vision of the continental organization is ” to make Africa a full and active participant in the global information and knowledge society by enabling a universal access to ICT systems and services. Collaboration with a world industry leader such as Nokia is therefore crucial in this regard ”.
Since last year, the UAT has been increasing its partnerships with renowned international companies in order to prepare as best as possible for Africa’s entry into the fourth industrial revolution, the advent of which was accelerated by the global coronavirus pandemic. In June 2020, it joined forces with Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson, then with Chinese Huawei last June.
The UAT has somehow appropriated the call launched by the World Bank to African countries in 2020 – when the Digital Economy for Africa Initiative (DE4A) was launched – to commit collectively to increase massively the various resources needed to build the foundations of a flourishing digital economy.
Rajiv Aggarwal, Head of Central, East and West Africa Markets at Nokia, said the company will leverage its technological expertise and knowledge on policy issues to positively impact the socio-economic development of the continent. The World Bank believes in its Digital Economy for Africa Initiative that beyond the telecoms infrastructure, the regulatory ecosystem is also an essential element for Africa’s success in digital transformation.