THE 2017 edition of AfricaCom, the continent’s largest technology, telecoms and media event, will be a milestone as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in November. Taking place from November 7-9 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in South Africa, the event has over the past two decades grown from being a purely telecommunications-focused event, to a broader, digital communications show now hosting the foremost group of influencers involved in every aspect of the African digital ecosystem.
“2017 is a landmark for AfricaCom,” explained Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of KNect365, the organiser of the event, “As the digi-sphere continues to expand and impact every aspect of our personal and professional lives, AfricaCom has grown in scope to create a broad platform for everybody involved in powering the digital economy in Africa.”
Some notable Tech landmarks in the continent are:-
The 1st AfricaCom was launched in Cape Town as GSM Africa.
The 1st proposal for a regional internet registry for Africa was launched.
The 1st major sub-sea cable connecting Africa was launched.
SAT3/WASC/SAFE cable system was inaugurated in Senegal.
Mpesa, the mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and micro-financing service, was launched in Kenya and Tanzania and now reaches over 25 million customers.
Wireless broadband subscribers overtook that of fixed-line broadband subscribers in South Africa.
The 1st mobile payment linked to a credit card, performed by the WIGROUP in South Africa.
The 1st iPhone was launched on the continent.
AfricaCom welcomed 8,000 delegates through its doors.
Namibia became the first African country to terminate analogue TV signals, with more than
3.8 million jobs being directly or indirectly attributed to the mobile industry by 2015.
Over 167-million Africans have access to the internet with around 300 technology hubs on
the continent and AfricaCom prepares to welcome over 13 000 delegates from all corners of