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Articles from our in-house editorial team providing in-depth research, insight and analysis about key telecom topics for emerging markets.
How can AI benefit Africa?

How can AI benefit Africa?

AI is being touted as the most transformative technology since personal computers and the internet. The technology also shows promise to transform lives on the African continent which has struggled with multiple challenges that developed markets have made a distant memory. 
Vodafone CTO details gen AI plan

Vodafone CTO details gen AI plan

Vodafone Group CTO Scott Petty (third, from right) laid out how AI has the potential to fundamentally change the economic landscape of the internet, but developing markets will be slow to see this change, due to challenges such as low smartphone uptake and lack of fundamental infrastructure to...
Asian operators look to AI for growth

Asian operators look to AI for growth

The chief executives of Axiata Group, Jio Platforms and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison expressed great confidence in AI and digitalisation for delivery of growth for emerging market operators and economies.   
DTW TM Forum chief sees light for industry

TM Forum chief sees light for industry

TM Forum CEO Nik Willets was buoyed by a resurgence in the telecoms industry saying it is climbing out of its “code red moment” by leveraging key technologies such as AI, despite admitting returns from AI being disappointing across the board.
Interview: Nokia MEA SVP Mikko Lavanti

Interview: Nokia MEA SVP Mikko Lavanti

Nokia Mobile Networks SVP of Middle East and Africa, Mikko Lavanti, sat down with Developing Telecoms to discuss a range of topics affecting markets under his remit. Here the executive explored markets he believed will be opportunities for growth, his ambitions and what operators need to keep...
What now for operators in Nigeria?

What now for operators in Nigeria?

Volatile foreign exchange rates across Africa are currently hamstringing operators, with notable names such as MTN and Airtel revealing how badly their coffers were hit in recent financial results.
Damage to Submarine Cables: Claims and Remedies

Damage to submarine cables: claims and remedies

Transmitting about 99% of the world’s telecommunications, submarine cables have emerged as critical infrastructure necessary for systems to function. In recent months, there have been two “extraordinary” outages that have brought submarine cable damage and protection issues to the fore.
AI: An arms race in the making

AI: An arms race in the making

Huawei Analyst Summit (HAS) 2024 may have been a closed event for media this year but Developing Telecoms was still in Shenzhen to soak in new developments from Huawei and scope out the vendor’s almost mythical Ox Horn Campus, a fairy-tale project from Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.
Sub-Saharan Africa operators call for government alliance

Sub-Saharan Africa operators call for government alliance

Africa is reaching a tipping point as take up of connectivity services has surged year-on-year and it is not slowing down anytime soon. Its population is huge at 1.1 billion and young, a perfect combination for a surge in data usage and opportunities for operators. But now is the...
Vodacom CTO talks up hydrogen power and 4G cloud phone

Vodacom CTO talks up hydrogen power and 4G cloud phone

Vodacom Group CTO (pictured) Dejan Kastelic said the operator is exploring a range of strategies to tackle rising opex costs and reduce its carbon footprint through innovative new technologies, including harnessing the power of hydrogen to power base stations.
Has mobile money had its day in Africa?

Has mobile money had its day in Africa?

Mobile money is one of the great success stories in Africa – or at least, this is the popular narrative around the technology. In this two-part series of Features, we will examine mobile money’s impact in Africa, and the extent to which it really has revolutionised financial inclusion in the...
TM Forum president and CEO Nik Willetts opened Digital Transformation World 2023 with a stark message for the telecoms industry, claiming it is at a “crisis point” where it faces being left behind by the “very revolution we’ve created”. 

Key takeaways from Digital Transformation World 2023

TM Forum president and CEO Nik Willetts (pictured) opened Digital Transformation World 2023 with a stark message for the telecoms industry, claiming it is at a “crisis point” where it faces being left behind by the “very revolution we’ve created”. 
E-waste: Emerging markets must lead by example

E-waste: Emerging markets must lead by example

In the final instalment of our recent series focusing on e-waste in emerging markets, we reached out to a major Asian operator to learn more about how they plan to achieve a major sustainability pledge - Thailand’s True Corp, which has announced that it aims to achieve zero e-waste to landfill...
E-waste: How big is the problem?

E-waste: How big is the problem?

In this new series of features, Developing Telecoms will explore the under-reported issue of electronic waste. We will explore possible solutions for addressing the issue as well as examining a case study with a leading Asian operator, but to begin, this article aims to examine the scale of the...
Interview: Helios Towers CEO Tom Greenwood

Interview: Helios Towers CEO Tom Greenwood

Helios Towers is one the biggest towercos in Africa, and since its IPO four years ago the firm has dramatically expanded its footprint and portfolio. It has also strongly pushed a sustainability agenda while continuing to drive increased coverage across some of the most challenging markets in...
How can smart cities benefit emerging countries?

How can smart cities benefit emerging countries?

The over-arching purpose of smart cities is to improve the living standards of their people through multiple pathways, be it waste management, transportation or energy efficiency, to name a few. All of this can lead to making citizens more productive and delivering what all countries desire -...
Mobile World Congress 2023: Our Impressions

Mobile World Congress 2023: Our Impressions

Mobile World Congress 2023 may be done and dusted, but the agenda that emerges from the show tends to impact the industry’s focus across the following year. I’ve felt in the past that these trends have been more tangible than they were in 2023; we’re perhaps in a year of evolution rather than...

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