IEC Telecom, Osta Tech host forum on digital transformation in Africa




Digitalisation ensures a more sustainable and affordable option for continuity of operations. With Kenya quickly becoming a tech hub for East Africa, connectivity is crucial to empower business owners with increased opportunities for entrepreneurship and advanced hybrid technologies.

Ostatech, a Kenyan ICT services firm, in partnership with IEC Telecom, an international satellite telecommunications provider, held a forum in Kenya that was attended by prominent stakeholders from the government, business community, and satcom industry.

(TOP: Alaa Alsadi, Business Development Director for Middle East and Africa, IEC Telecom and Oscar Mwai, the CEO, Osta Tech).

The session was preceeded by the formal signing of a partnership deal between Osta Tech and IEC Telecom to offer comprehensive connectivity options to businesses in Kenya and East Africa.

The forum centered on digital transformation opportunities in Africa and potential collaborations between the government and business community.

As an increasing number of countries in Africa are emerging as digital economies, the continent is poised to become the next great manufacturing center of the world. While high labour intensity, higher productivity, lower costs, and exportability are attracting industries such as agriculture, information technology, tourism, and renewable energy to Africa, it has become even more apparent just how critical a communication infrastructure is to optimise these industrial processes.

Kenya is one of the fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. With heavy investments in ICT and telecom infrastructure, businesses and government bodies are expected to save over Kshs 5 billion in capital with such partnerships between local and global technology companies.

“Connectivity is crucial for efficient, affordable, and safe business processes. Digitalisation can empower business owners with substantially reduced infrastructure investments and state-of-the-art hybrid technologies. It is almost a virtuous circle to see innovations in technology creating opportunities for increased entrepreneurship, and increased incentives for doing business in Kenya creating the demand for more connectivity,” shared Oscar Mwai, the CEO, Osta Tech.

Satellite connectivity solutions enable integration of the latest technologies with existing government infrastructure, thus, allowing for the provision of e-government services based on big data, AI, and advanced cybersecurity. “Besides optimising e-government services and offering reliable back-up for the GSM network, this partnership aims to provide a wide portfolio of satcom solutions that ensure continuity of operations for election infrastructure as well as portability to support military missions. Our specialised teams offer customisation, technical support, and 24/7 consultancy to empower government services across the whole spectrum of operations they handle on a day-to-day basis,” said Mwai.

The reception unfolded into in-depth discussions centered on the digital transformation of Africa and unlocking the business opportunities arising from an increasingly connected continent. According to the African Space Industry Annual Report 2019, satellite communications generate approximately $ 6.5 billion in Africa annually.

Dr. Olufunso Somorin, Regional Principal Officer, African Development Bank, said: “This partnership is key since it creates economic opportunities and incentives for entrepreneurship in Kenya and Africa as a result of investments in innovative infrastructure technologies and satellite communications by these two companies. We’re looking forward to more events such as these to keep the momentum for economic growth up with increased collaborations between the government and business community.”

56% of Kenya’s population is young, lending itself to tech-savvy opportunities in e-learning, remote work, and e-health services. “Satellite connectivity enables educators to teach via videoconferencing and offers children in, otherwise, isolated communities with access to learning materials. It allows remote offices or workers even in areas with no GSM coverage with the ability to access employment opportunities as well as the flexibility of continuing operations no matter where they’re located. And, satellite connectivity also allows field missions, mobile telemedicine hubs, real-time consultations, and accurate healthcare records to be available in communities that may be otherwise unreachable. “ shared Alaa Alsadi, Business Development Director for Middle East and Africa, IEC Telecom.

Digitalisation is the gateway to high yields, profitability, and sustainability in the oil and gas as well as agriculture sector with IoT, M2M, and tracking solutions. “We create a dedicated virtual environment for digital operations to ensure the safety of workers and efficient management of resources. We’ve partnered with Ostatech Limited in Kenya to offer such customised functions for optimised business processes,” said Alsadi.

“We offer comprehensive connectivity options over GSM and satellite communications to ensure the safety, security, and continuity of businesses in Kenya. Our tracking and monitoring solutions are designed for a variety of functions as per the needs of our customers so that they can fully benefit from digitalisation.Whether it is high-value asset transport applications or health equipment, we have witnessed amazing transformations in the way our customers operate due to truly innovative technologies and affordable connectivity,” he added.

In an unpredictable and ever-evolving global business environment, digitalisation ensures a more sustainable, efficient, and affordable option for continuity of operations. With Kenya’s expected 5% economic growth annually, digital technologies are sure to empower the entrepreneurial spirit of Africa.

With more than 25 years’ experience, today IEC Telecom is a provider of satellite communications services. It enables digitalisation for the maritime industry as well as remote units on land. For urban networks, the firm provides a powerful satellite back up to ensure the business continuity of customer enterprises.

IEC Telcom has long-standing business relationships with all the key satellite operators including Inmarsat, Iridium, Thuraya, and Yahsat.

The firm’s portfolio includes a wide range of satellite products (from handset to VSAT services), solutions, and value-added services. In addition, it offers 24/7 support for satellite-based solutions during their full lifecycle.

IEC Telecom Group has offices across 8 countries: Denmark, France, Kazakhstan, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, and UAE.

Osta Tech is a Kenyan Security and Technology firm that provides technological solutions based on market dynamic, changes and requirements.

It’s products include Professional Drone Services such as survey, mapping, crop scouting, volumetrics, photos and videos. Fleet Management such as fuel management, advanced video tracking, speed governors, and axle load tracking.  Its Security Solutions include access control, security gates and connectivity solutions such as Thuraya Handsets and Thuraya IP+ Thuraya WE and Thuraya Voyager.

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