At the 2023 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), the global tech company Huawei, in collaboration with du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), unveiled the ground-breaking world’s first 5G Advanced (5G-A) demonstration villa, an archetype for the future smart home living powered by a staggering10Gbps networks.

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Across Africa, young innovators are spearheading local solutions to pressing issues, directly contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent showcases at the SDG Digital event in New York, organized by ITU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), highlighted how digital technologies are propelling progress towards these global goals.

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In a groundbreaking development, the global robotics technology market is on the precipice of an unprecedented surge. The robotics sector in Africa is experiencing a strong expansion, with a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.46% between 2020 and 2025. This swift rise is propelled by a multitude of factors contributing to the continent's growing reliance on this transformative technology.

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Huawei and GSMA Intelligence held the Africa Mobile Broadband Summit 2023 in Dubai. The event brought together African telecom regulators, industry organizations, carriers, think tanks and industry partners to discuss a wide range of topics, including expanding mobile coverage, increasing 4G uptake, and managing the region's evolution towards 5G.

Read more: Empowering Africa: Insights from the Africa Mobile Broadband Summit 2023

Ericsson and MTN Benin have collaborated to recycle MTN Benin’s end-of-life electronic and electrical equipment as part of the Ericsson Product Take-Back Program. The collaboration has resulted in the collection, decommissioning, transportation and recycling of over 123 metric tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) since 2021.

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The adoption of 5G technology in Africa is surging significantly, with a 47-fold increase in subscriptions projected over the next five years. Excluding North Africa, this forecast paints a dynamic picture of the continent's digital transformation. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report for 2023, 5G subscriptions are anticipated to jump from 3 million in December of the previous year to an estimated 140 million by 2028. This remarkable growth, while demonstrating Africa's technological leap forward, conceals a relevant detail: the pace of 5G deployment in North Africa has lagged behind, presenting a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the region's pursuit of cutting-edge connectivity.

Read more: Empowering North Africa: Insights on 5G Deployment From Telecom Experts

Ghada Labib, representing H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, the Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), was an esteemed attendee at the inaugural Metaverse and AI Week in Egypt. This event was a collaborative effort between Meta, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt’s University of Informatics (EUI) and the American University in Cairo (AUC).

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This business use case showcases how B-yond deployed their innovative solution, "Continuous Assurance" (CA), to transform the Security Operations Center (SOC) operations of Ooredoo Qatar. CA utilizes advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to monitor Ooredoo's network health and customer experience in real-time. The solution's unique capabilities include early anomaly detection, root cause analysis and identification of impacted customers, resulting in quicker incident response times and improved troubleshooting.

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ESCWA organized a workshop on building trust in digital government services in collaboration with the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Union (AICTU), the Internet Society and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The workshop took place over two days, on September 11 and 12, 2023. The opening session on the first day was attended by Rola Dashti, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCWA; Engineer Mohamed Ben Omar, the Director-General of the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization; and Dr. Najla El Riachi, the Minister of Administrative Development in Lebanon.

Read more: ESCWA Workshop: The Importance of Cybersecurity and Building Trust in Government Services

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