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5G to generate $26 billion for Africa by 2030, GSMA says

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The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) an association that represents the interests of mobile operators and the broader mobile industry globally, has predicted that the 5G network will generate $26 billion for Africa by 2030.

In a report released by the body on Wednesday titled “5G Africa: realising the potential”, the GSMA said 5G-related activities have begun to pick up across Africa, including spectrum auctions, pilots and commercial trials, as well as efforts to develop locally relevant 5G use cases, the report found.

The report signed by Angela Wamola, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at GSMA, said what the projection means is that 5G will account for 20% of mobile connections in Africa by 2030, with the belief that retail, manufacturing and agriculture, will be among the sectors that will see the most impact.

“5G in Africa is a matter of when, not if. The decision on when to launch 5G is often based on a number of factors in the local market that reflect the readiness of operators to roll out 5G networks and readiness of customers (consumers and enterprises) to adopt 5G services and 5G-enabled solutions,” Wamola said.

“Ready or not, the 5G era has already begun in Africa. This will be driven not only by the benefits of the network economics and innovation that this evolutionary broadband technology promises, but also by the region’s digital natives who will be front and centre in fuelling consumer interest in non-connectivity offerings, such as video and music streaming, gaming and metaverse applications,” she added.

The GSMA also predicts that by the end of this decade, there will be more than 340 million 5G connections in Africa, equivalent to a fifth of total mobile connections. Together, 4G and 5G will account for nearly two-thirds of total mobile connections at the end of 2030.

“5G networks bring substantial improvements over previous generations, including higher connection speeds, greater capacity and lower latency.”

“With this increased performance, 5G networks can enable new use cases and applications that will positively impact many industry sectors,” the report said.

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Angola inaugurates new satellite control centre for ANGOSAT-2

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Angola has inaugurated its first satellite control centre with the main task of monitoring the activity of the country’s satellite, ANGOSAT-2.

While inaugurating the Centre on Friday at the Funda area of Luanda, the southern African country’s capital, President João Lourenço said the fully equipped centre with technical and technological means will be maintained by its technical experts with the help of Russia after the launch of the ANGOSAT-2 in October last year.

“With the launch of this satellite and its commissioning, Angola will win in all services, so we will improve our telecommunications and our social communication and will also benefit from this important project,” President João said.

“Therefore, further investments to ensure that our telecommunications contribute to the development of the country and the services of our economy, not just of Angolan society, will continue to be made.

“It has been said here that in terms of fibre optics and therefore cable transmission and investment that we are making today to connect Angola to the neighbouring country, specifically the DRC,” the President added.

The Satellite Mission and Control Center, according to local media, is an intelligent infrastructure with multiple engineering advantages, capable of guaranteeing the tracking, monitoring and operation of satellites.

Angola had, in December 2017, launched its trial satellite ANGOSAT-1 alongside the Russian rocket, but it was soon to be lost after it had lost control as soon as it entered orbit.

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Egyptian e-sports platform, GBarena, buys Tunisia’s Galactech, for $15m

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Egyptian e-sport startup, GBarena, has acquired the Tunisia-based online tech platform, Galactech, in a swap deal worth $15 million.

GBarena which is the leading Middle Eastern e-sports platform, gounded in 2016 by Mustafa Zaza and Bishoy Mesdary, in its bid to create an online gaming community the connects gamers with tournament organisers and customers, said in a statement on Friday that its quest to provide its customers with a platform where they can manage their tournaments through fully automated processes informed its decision to acquire the Tunisian firm.

Galactech, founded in 2019 by Houcem Maiza and Houssem Zouaghi, has over 200,000 active users and with the acquisition,will support GBArena’s plans to expand into the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Tunisia, and the Middle Eastern esports industry.

The acquisition marks a milestone transaction for GBarena in anticipation of closing its Series A later this year, with participation from investors in the US, Singapore and the MENA region.

“Our goal has always been to provide our users with an unparalleled e-sports experience, no matter where they’re located in the world. With our acquisition of Galactech, we can now ensure that our users from North Africa will have access to identical features and content they have come to expect from us while providing them with extensive opportunities for growth and development within the esports community,” CEO Samer Wagdy said.

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