Mumbai – February 27, 2019
The Interconnectivity Report reviewed the digital infrastructure requirements of Africa and proposed building next-generation, future-ready infrastructure – Digital Super Information Gateway – that facilitates connectivity, e-governance, and performance within Africa.
Commenting on the report, Harkirit Singh, Head of Smart Africa initiatives, Tata Communications Transformation Services, said, "The Interconnectivity Report, in partnership with Smart Africa Alliance and Republic of Guinea, will serve as a platform to collate, calibrate and integrate information that will enable Africa in its journey to build an integrated digital economy for the continent. The report acts as a blueprint for communities across the length and breadth of Africa to take advantage of the key pillars of knowledge, information and connectivity that have been clearly articulated in 'The Smart Africa Manifesto'."
With partners like Tata Communications Transformation Services actively participating in the Smart Africa Alliance mission and helping individual countries like Republic of Guinea to build infrastructure for inter connectivity, the journey to build our dream of One Africa Digital Market will certainly accelerate”, said Lacina Kone, Director General of Smart Africa Alliance
Africa is all set to unleash the 4th industrial revolution embracing ICT to usher in the digital economy1 The inter Africa connectivity will play a pivotal role in this journey to build an integrated digital economy for the continent
The report is a first in the series of pan Africa Interconnectivity Study. In the next phase, TCTS, will bring its global infrastructure deployment and operations expertise to deploy digital information gateways along with the local partner eco-system, Smart Africa Alliance & member states that will allow Africa to leapfrog into the digital economy.
About the Interconnectivity Report
With Smart Africa Alliance and Republic of Guinea, Tata Communications Transformation Services has collected, synthesized and analysed the information available across countries on the national backbone network & interconnection points across borders. Based on the analysis of both the primary and derived data, Tata Communications Transformation Services has designed a network architecture supported by local & regional data centres to enable the vision of Africa’s Single Digital Market. With the initial feasibility study in the Interconnectivity report, Tata Communications Transformation Services has identified the challenges and the underlying infrastructure that needs to be built over the next few years, delivering growth and productivity across Africa, driving the continent towards 4th Industrial revolution. Digital Super Information Gateway will be the digital economic backbone connecting the unconnected to reducing the digital divide. The IP/MPLS based backbone network is designed to carry Voice, Video and Data traffic pan Africa, and will enable the connected countries to offer seamless & ubiquitous access to E-Govt services and build a digital future with introduction of IoT, Cyber security, digital payments, etc.
About Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)
Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, provides leading business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecommunication companies around the world. TCTS delivers operational efficiency, cost transformation and revenue acceleration solutions for all the stages of the carrier process lifecycle including but not limited to network engineering and design, implementation and operations functions.
TCTS is a part of the USD $100+ billion Tata group. Tata group comprises of over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors.
TCTS leverages the market expertise of Tata group's global telecom operation capabilities and globally established IT, process and consulting skills. It carries the rich traditions and business ethics of the Tata companies.
TCTS is headquartered in Mumbai, India with global offices in Europe, North America and Middle East. TCTS has two world class India delivery centres in Pune and Chennai. These facilities operate completely independent from its parent affiliate, preserving full confidentiality in managing all customers' business processes.
About Smart Africa
The Smart Africa Alliance is a Public-Private platform dedicated to shaping and driving Africa’s Digital Transformation. Launched in 2013 by seven African Heads of State, the Alliance has grown to 22-member countries and dozens of private sector and academia members. Its founding members include the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the GSM Association (GSMA) and ICANN.
Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.
Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance has grown to 24 Member Countries and dozens of Private Sector and Academia members including Inmarsat, Ericsson, Econet Wireless, Huawei, CIB, MTN, Microsoft, Orange, Facebook, Intel, Rohde & Schwarz, Intelsat and Carnegie Mellon University Africa to name a few. Its founding members include the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the GSM Association (GSMA) and ICANN.
For more Information:
Smart Africa Secretariat
Communications Website: www.smartafrica.org
Twitter: @RealSmartAfrica Facebook: RealSmartAfrica TAS2019: www.transformafricasummit.org
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