Tata Communications Transformation Services and Smart Africa Alliance set to bridge the skills gap for next-generation technologies in Africa
150 engineers from Africa to be trained on Next-gen technologies
Mumbai and Kigali, 15 July 2019 – Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a global leader in transformative business operations and managed network services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Limited, today announced the launch of its pioneering Skill Africa Program, in association with the Smart Africa Alliance. The revolutionary program will address the skills shortage in the technological industry and chart the way for the future of telecoms and IT infrastructure in Africa.
The intensive training program will cover a range of next-generation technologies and help future-proof the telecoms and IT infrastructure in Africa. The Skill Africa program will see approximately 150 engineers from across Africa being trained on a variety of next-generation technologies including Cyber-security, Internet of Things, Cloud, Big data, Robotics and Smart Cities.
“We are committed to accelerate Africa’s journey to the 4th Industrial Revolution through enabling ICT infrastructure across the continent,” said Madhusudhan Mysore, Executive Chairman and CEO, Tata Communications Transformation Services. “To ensure long term sustainability and growth in ICT services we need to address the skills gap. TCTS has launched this program to provide hands on experience in technology and operations of ICT networks.”
“In order for Africa to be ready for the jobs of the future, our engineers and professionals need to be equipped with the requisite skill sets. The Skill Africa Program is about more than just training 150 African people but also about starting a skills transfer chain where the initial 150 can exponentially impart these skills to thousands across Africa,” said Mr Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.
“We launched the initiative as a way to give back to the community,” said Harkirit Singh, Business Head – Africa, Tata Communications Transformation Services. “At TCTS we are committed to developing the skills crucial for the future of telecoms and IT industry, through our high-quality training programs. The Skill Africa Program will give the people of Africa an opportunity to develop the essential skills needed to help build Africa’s next-generation communications infrastructure.”
Through this skills development program, each of the 25 Smart Africa Alliance member states will designate six engineering professionals to take part in the Skill Africa Program, therefore providing the opportunity to up to 150 African engineers to benefit from this program. Once selected, the engineers will attend the program at TCTS Renaissance Training Centre in India. Each 30-member cohort will be trained for an intensive one-week period with the first group expected to start in October 2019. Each training period will begin at the beginning of every month for a week-long training session, with the final group expected to complete the training before the Transform Africa Summit 2020.
Singh added: “TCTS is proud to partner with the Smart Africa Alliance on this exciting project. I am positive that our collective vision and training will transform Africa into the dynamic knowledge economy it is meant to be.”
About Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)
Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, provides business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecommunication companies around the world. TCTS is a global leader in delivering operational efficiency, cost transformation and revenue acceleration solutions for all stages of the carrier process lifecycle including but not limited to network engineering and design, implementation and operations functions.
TCTS is a part of the US$100+ billion Tata group, which comprises over 100 operating companies across seven business sectors. TCTS leverages the market expertise of the group’s global telecom capabilities and globally established IT, process and consulting skills.
TCTS is headquartered in Mumbai, India, with offices in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Through its two world-class India delivery centres in Pune and Chennai, TCTS preserves the independent functioning and full confidentiality of its customers’ business processes.
About Smart Africa
Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from the African Heads of State and the government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, through information and communications technologies (ICT) and their affordable access.
The initiative is geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming the African continent into a knowledge and information economy, thereby boosting global competitiveness and job creation. It aims to enable member states to become competitive, agile, open and innovative smart economies with the most favourable business climates. Attracting large-scale investments, rewarding entrepreneurship, and enabling fast growth and exports by leveraging ICT innovations are how African nations can evolve into thriving smart societies.
The Smart Africa Alliance is a public-private platform dedicated to shaping and driving Africa’s digital transformation. Launched in 2013 by seven African Heads of State, the alliance has grown to include 24 countries and several prominent private sector and academia members. Its founding members include the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the GSM Association (GSMA) and ICANN.