Rise of the Digital Citizen
Technology is driving change in Africa and the telecom sector is set to thrive. GSMA Intelligence has shown that since 2014 4G has reached an extra 200 million people, 40 million new social media accounts, and 30,000 active mobile applications developed locally. Now, with the demands of highly influential Millennial and Generation Z consumers, the African Union is aiming to bring the continent on par with the rest of the world as an information society. As tech and entrepreneurship gathers speed across the region, a new age is fast emerging in Africa: the age of the digital citizen.
As the number of active users and investment continues to grow, what do citizens of the future want? In 2018, the conference focused on ‘who was leading the digital revolution’, but in 2019, we looked at who benefits from the digital revolution. What impact will digital have on the job market, content creation, commercial trends, and what are the key stepping-stones for creating a digital society that is inclusive and secure for the future?
Mobile for Development
Mobile for Development, a dedicated global team within the GSMA, presented the Mobile Money Leadership Forum, a variety of workshop sessions, an evening networking reception, and more at Mobile 360 – Africa.
The #BetterFuture Stage welcomed companies to hold discussions and demonstrations on the future of African tech and this age of the digital citizen. This year’s presenters included Access to Finance Rwanda, BICS, GSMA Mobile for Development, Huawei, Intelsat, IrisGuard, MFS Africa, and Telepin.
A few dozen Innovative and influential companies from across Sub-Sahara Africa showcased their products and solutions that offer forward-thinking solutions leading the digitisation of Africa.
Mobile 360 – Africa welcomed an array of senior industry leaders from the mobile ecosystem spanning all of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019, we welcomed 1,000 attendees (53% senior leaders) from 59 countries to celebrate the digital successes in Africa.
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