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

Huawei's consumer unit, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), unveiled the first Middle East 'Experience Store' at Dubai Mall. The new store - unveiled by Gene Jiao, president of Huawei CBG, Middle East & Africa - offers consumers a full retail experience, which includes access to Huawei's latest products and services under one roof.

Read more: Huawei unveils first Dubai-based store at Dubai Mall

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

South African wireless solutions provider Comsol has caught many off guard within the telecommunications sector in the country by formally announcing plans to deploy South Africa's first 5G wireless network using bandwidth it has access to in high-frequency spectrum.

Read more: South Africa set to launch its first 5G wireless network

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum witnessed the signing of agreements between Smart Dubai and a number of government entities to implement the Dubai Digital Certificates initiative.

Read more: Smart Dubai inks MoUs with government arms to implement digital certificates

The European Union has pledged its support behind the rural electrification of Tanzania by signing a program worth €50m to support the ambitious project aimed at providing local residents with access to modern energy.

Read more: EU signs €50m program in bid to accelerate rural electrification of African country

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized the Africa Global Business Forum (AGBF) on November 1 and 2, gathering high-level government officials and business leaders from across the African continent to convene at Madinat Jumeirah. Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, HE Majid Saif Al Ghurair, said Africa's tech-savvy entrepreneurs will bring "positive change and usher in a new era of economic and social progress."

Read more: Entrepreneurs descend on Dubai to discuss Africa’s digital future

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