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DCA Digital Digest: The Impact of Disruptive Technological Innovation on Africa

1. The Impact of Disruptive Technological Innovation on Africa

Africa can be thought of as having a blank canvas. It is not marred by legacy systems which inhibit the adoption of new technologies. This invariably necessitates the creation of a robust infrastructure across Africa to allow for the construction and development of telecommunications systems, mobile payment systems, and other disruptive technologies.

2. 5G will drive Industry 4.0 in the Middle East and Africa

Key drivers for immediate 5G deployment include increased network capacity, lower cost per gigabyte and new use case requirements. The majority of the 5G subscriptions in the MEA are expected to come from advanced ICT markets like Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar while in Africa.


3. Don’t underestimate the power of the fintech revolution

History is replete with people’s failures to anticipate the impact of technological change. Are we making the same mistake with financial technology (fintech)? Could it, in fact, be the next revolutionary technology to boost economic growth?

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