IEC Telecom group and Kenyan tech company Ostatech discuss digital transformation in Africa

Digitization ensures a more sustainable and affordable option for business continuity. With Kenya quickly becoming a technology hub for East Africa, connectivity is crucial in giving business owners increased opportunities for entrepreneurship and cutting-edge hybrid technologies.

Ostatech Limited, an information and technology company in Kenya, in partnership with IEC Telecom Group, an international satellite telecommunications provider, recently hosted a reception in Kenya attended by prominent actors from government, the world of business and satcom industry. This was preceded by the formal signing of a partnership agreement between Ostatech Limited and IEC Telecom Group to offer comprehensive connectivity options to businesses in Kenya and East Africa. The reception focused on digital transformation opportunities in Africa and potential collaborations between government and the business community.

As a growing number of African countries emerge as digital economies, the continent is poised to become the next major manufacturing hub in the world. While high labor intensity, higher productivity, lower costs and exportability attract industries such as agriculture, information technology, tourism and renewable energy to Africa, it has become even more evident how essential a communications infrastructure is to optimize these industrial processes.

Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. With heavy investments in ICT and telecommunications infrastructure, businesses and government agencies are expected to save over 5 billion Kenyan shillings (US $ 44.5 million) in capital through such partnerships between local technology companies and global.

“Connectivity is crucial for efficient, affordable and secure business processes. Digitization can allow business owners to significantly reduce their investment in infrastructure and benefit from advanced hybrid technologies. It is almost a virtuous circle to see technological innovations creating opportunities for increased entrepreneurship and increased incentives to do business in Kenya creating demand for more connectivity, ”said Oscar Mwai, CEO of Ostatech Limited.

Satellite connectivity solutions enable the integration of the latest technologies with existing government infrastructure, enabling the delivery of e-government services based on Big Data, AI and advanced cybersecurity. “In addition to optimizing e-government services and offering reliable backup for the GSM network, this partnership aims to provide a broad portfolio of satcom solutions that ensure business continuity for electoral infrastructure as well as portability. to support military missions. Our dedicated teams provide 24/7 customization, technical support and advisory services to strengthen government departments across the operations they manage on a day-to-day basis, ”said Mwai.

The reception was held in in-depth discussions focused on Africa’s digital transformation and opening up business opportunities arising from an increasingly connected continent.

According to the African Space Industry Annual Report 2019, satellite communications generate approximately US $ 6.5 billion in Africa each year.

Dr Olufunso Somorin, Regional Manager of the African Development Bank, said: “This partnership is essential as it creates economic opportunities and incentives for entrepreneurship in Kenya and Africa through investments in innovative infrastructure technologies. and satellite communications by these two companies. We look forward to more events like these to maintain the momentum of economic growth with increased collaborations between government and the business community.

According to recent statistics, 56% of Kenya’s population is young, lending themselves to technological opportunities in e-learning, distance-working and e-health services. “Satellite connectivity allows educators to teach via videoconference and provides children in isolated communities with access to learning materials. It allows remote offices or workers, even in areas without GSM coverage, to access employment opportunities as well as the flexibility of continuous operations, no matter where they are located. And, satellite connectivity also allows field missions, mobile telemedicine centers, real-time consultations and accurate health records to be available in communities that might otherwise be inaccessible, ”explained Ala Alsadi, Director of Business Development – Middle East and Africa, IEC Telecom Group.

Digitization is the gateway to high yields, profitability and sustainability in the oil and gas sector as well as in the agricultural sector with IoT, M2M and tracking solutions. “We are creating a virtual environment dedicated to digital operations to ensure worker safety and efficient management of resources. We have partnered with Ostatech Limited in Kenya to offer such custom features for optimized business processes, ”said Alsadi. “We offer comprehensive connectivity options over GSM and satellite communications to ensure safety, security and business continuity in Kenya. Our tracking and monitoring solutions are designed for a variety of functions according to the needs of our customers so that they can take full advantage of digitization. From high-value asset transport applications to healthcare equipment, we’ve seen amazing transformations in the way our customers operate thanks to truly innovative technologies and affordable connectivity. “, he added.

In an unpredictable and ever-changing global business environment, digitization guarantees a more sustainable, efficient and affordable option for business continuity. With Kenya’s expected 5% annual economic growth, digital technologies are sure to boost Africa’s entrepreneurship.

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