Andrew Kossowski Chief Information Officer Airtel Africa

On Episode 269 of The Waves of Tech, we dive into the telecommunications industry with the newly appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Airtel Africa.  Africa continues to experience exponential growth in the technology field, include mobile communication, infrastructure construction, and application development.  A key element to the technological growth includes social responsibility and demonstrating the improvements to quality of life.  We hope you enjoy learning about the international components of the developing African continent.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…the waves of tech.

Central to this podcast was the technological growth in Africa. As a guest we had Andrew Kossowski, newly appointed CIO of Airtel Africa.  Andrew first placed in context globally where we are in mobile phones ownership at 6.8 billion while the world population stands at a little over 7 billion. When looking at Africa, numerous countries there make up a significant amount of the growth in the mobile space, with Nigeria as an example ranking at #7 in the world with over 130 million mobile phones.

The telecom opportunities chiefly reside in mobile money as typical banking accounts are not as prevalent as it is in the developed world markets. Additionally the availability of broadband provides access for the African population to new opportunities in the use e-commerce, m-health, and educational access not previously available or as easily accessed as it can be through a connected device.

A large part of Africa at an individual level is not connected to the Internet, however, many local corporate programs have been initiated to introduce the value of being “connected” to the populous. The great benefit here is for those people in Africa that are not at an economic level to afford the “latest” gadgets, will be benefiting from the technology through the use of less expensive devices and subsequently learning how it can improve their quality of life.

Lastly, we can see that Africa will also benefit from years of R&D done by the more developed world markets, and in turn applying it appropriately to the needs of the African people. Andrew expects this to change the face of Africa in the next 3 to 5 years considering the current growth rate of the mobile market there.

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