AFRIWAVE partners with Smart Africa to drive digital transformation

Afriwave Telecom and Smart Africa will be collaborating on the One Africa Network and Interconnect Clearinghouse initiative, the data center, and cloud project, and also the Intra-Africa Connectivity project.

The collaborative force will see to proper training for decision-makers across the African continent through Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) vehicle.

Smart Africa has a loyal alliance of 32 African countries, international organizations, and global private sector players who are tasked with the definitive process for Africa’s digitalization agenda. The alliance is a strong force with absolute commitment from its heads of state which helps accelerate socio-economic development on the continent and thereby usher Africa into a knowledgeable economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

The Smart Africa alliance unifies the various Heads of State to accelerate the continent’s digitalization and a single digital market in Africa by the year 2030

“It is important that we keep Africa’s data within the borders of Africa. In order to achieve that, we must build the capacity to manage and store data on the continent. This partnership with Afriwave will use African skills to advance Africa’s capacity and digital transformation,” said Mr. Lacina Koné, CEO/Director General, Smart Africa Secretariat.

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Afriwave is a Ghanaian-owned company that was established in 1998 with the aim of providing telecommunications solutions to the country and beyond. It is the only licensed Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) in Ghana and provides telecom interconnect clearinghouse service to the various licensed Mobile Network Operators; MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo, and Glo. They also provide services to International Wholesale Carriers who route international telecom traffic into the country. With the benefits they are reaping in the country, Afriwave is now ready to expand its territories to other parts of Africa and is willing to collaborate with other stakeholders in the field.


Afriwave is the first private sector entity to have joined Smart Africa.

“We have often wondered when traffic within Africa will be routed within the borders of the continent. The establishment of intra-African cross-border links and interconnections will create an enabling environment aimed towards achieving the ultimate objective of keeping all African traffic within Africa.” – Mr. Francis Poku, Deputy CEO, Afriwave Telecom.

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ICH services provide a simple, cost-effective, and reliable point of interconnection and interconnection links leading to a reduction in interconnect OPEX and CAPEX; efficient handling of new and traditional interconnect requirements; provides a point of interconnection and reduces the entry barrier to other service providers into the telecom interconnect ecosystem; provides independent verification and reconciliation of interconnect billing records to enhance quick clearing and settlements among connecting entities.

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