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African telecom giants out in force in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress

By Quentin Velluet

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Posted on March 9, 2022 17:03

Firefox_Screenshot_2022-03-03T10-24-48.170Z At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on 1 March 2022. © Josep Lago/AFP
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on 1 March 2022. © Josep Lago/AFP

Titans of industry, continental politicians and global heavyweights are attending the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. We go behind the scenes of this tech and telecoms mega-event.

The biggest event of the telecoms industry is back on track. After the 2020 edition was cancelled and the 2021 version was slimmed down due to the health crisis, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona opened its doors on 28 February to over 60,000 visitors. Even though this figure is still far from the usual capacity of around 100,000 people, the world fair still attracted all the big names in tech and telecoms, including a significant number of African representatives.

Major players

In the telecoms sector, Senegal’s Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Africa and the Middle East (OMEA), travelled from Casablanca – as did almost the French group’s executive committee – to participate in several closed-door meetings. A delegation of his compatriots from Sonatel, including Sékou Dramé, the company’s managing director, was also present.

By contrast, MTN’s chief executive officer Ralph Mupita

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