2017 marks the 20th anniversary of AfricaCom, one of Africa's largest technology, media and telecommunications events. This year the event kicked off in Cape Town, South Africa on November 8, at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC). During the keynote sessions, delegates discussed digital transformation and traded ideas about how technology can boost development in Africa.

Read more: #AfricaCom2017 kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has completed the smart transformation process of the frequency spectrum services as part of its strategy to enhance smart transformation in the UAE. Customers can now receive frequency spectrum services from their location without the need to visit TRA or its service centers, starting by applying for the service, until transaction is completed.

Read more: TRA issues the last manually signed spectrum authorization

Mobile data will be the main driver of growth in the African telecoms market, with the number of mobile broadband connections on the continent set to more than double over the coming five years, and rise from 419 million at the end of 2017, to 1.07 billion at the end of 2022, according to analysis and consultancy firm Ovum.

Read more: Africa will have over 1 billion broadband connections by 2022

The Telecom Review Summit returns to Dubai in 2017 bigger and better than ever. Taking place from 6-7 December at the Meydan Hotel, the Summit is targeting 600+ attendees from all corners of the globe in the converging telecoms and IT industries. Due to the growing success of the Summit, this year it will be extended to cover two days instead of one. Day 2 of the event will host an ITU CXO meeting.

Read more: Don't miss out! Register for the Telecom Review Summit 2017

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