Ep 95 – African telcos: forge a new path!

This week’s guest

Ali Hussein Kassim

Serial Entrepreneur, Commentator and Contributor Ali Talks Tech

It’s no secret that telcos across the globe are grappling with how to monetize their 5G networks. But in Africa, only 1% of operators have implemented 5G, which puts them in a unique position to take advantage of new technologies like AI and the public cloud, and apply them to old 2G and 3G networks.

I recently appeared as a guest on the Ali Talks Tech podcast, which focuses on Africa’s changing technical landscape. Host Ali Hussein Kassim and I explored how African telcos can capitalize on using the public cloud with mobile networks and how AI and innovative tools are poised to drive real change across the continent. Listen now to hear:

  • How African telcos can benefit from the latest public cloud tech—even on 2G and 3G networks [02:31];
  • Zain Sudan’s groundbreaking work to connect older networks to AI and cloud services [11:02];
  • How cloud-based, pay-as-you-grow models are supercharging MVNOs in Nigeria [17:32]; and
  • How hyperscaler tools, AI and the public cloud can help telcos hyper-personalize offers and bring in new revenue [19:50].

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Guest bio

Ali is a serial entrepreneur and a regular commentator and contributor on all things tech and the policy and regulatory landscape across Africa and beyond. He consults on digital transformation, and serves in leadership roles on public and private sector boards including Africa Fintech Network, Association of Fintechs in Kenya, and Kenya ICT Action Network. He enjoys mentoring and investing in tech entrepreneurs across Africa.

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  • Associate Producer: Kriselda Dionisio
  • Music: Dyami Wilson

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