21st Century Technologies: digitally connecting Africa
Wale Ajisebutu, the founder and CEO of 21st Century Technologies, has an ambitious goal - to achieve the extraordinary. Fuelled by a passion for technology and guided by the firm belief that Africa can be better connected to the digital world, he founded the company to use state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide world-class solutions. The vision is to become the foremost integrated ICT solutions provider in Africa.
21st Century Technologies has formed a beneficial partnership with Centili, borne out of the desire to rewrite the history of technology in Africa.
“Our combined experiences and knowledge of technology is legendary,” says Ajisebutu. “I have always believed that one of the key elements of success is partnering with esteemed organisations such as Centili, principally to leverage on both companies’ core competencies to build the most advanced digital services in Africa.”
Ajisebutu believes 21st Century Technologies and Centili are similar in many ways. He says they both started out from humble beginnings, have experienced rapid growth, and are now having significant impact on the region and beyond.
“21st Century Technologies is a regional powerhouse with huge infrastructure and a mission to provide world-class solutions to our valued customers through highly motivated talent and strategic alliances,” says Ajisebutu.
“Our partnership with Centili will bring digital transformation to Africa which many economic sectors deserve. More importantly, it helps create a sense of focus and determination to succeed.”
There is an African saying that goes ‘If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. 21st Century Technologies has chosen Centili to go far enough to transform business in Africa.
Partnership with Centili
Working with Centili has allowed 21st Century Technologies to build the most compelling aggregator platform in Nigeria. This solution will propel 21st Century Technologies to become the number-one aggregator VAS business operator on the continent.
The partnership sees both companies creating digital services that will revolutionise everything from online retail to gaming, logistics to financial services, e-commerce to entertainment.
As well as creating affordable access to technology and information, they are building new products and services that are deeply relevant to Africa. Together, they are using technology to solve complex problems for key industries as diverse as healthcare and aviation, as well as empowering people to use technology as a resource for liberty.
As the world adapts to the new normal, 21st Century Technologies is accelerating digital transformation.
“We aim to position 21st Century Technologies as a company with operations across Africa to take advantage of emerging opportunities,” says Ajisebutu. “We sincerely believe our activities will move Africa’s digital economy towards a new era, with the internet and data at its heart.”
Ajisebutu believes the time is right for tech companies to grasp these opportunities, and building on infrastructure is key. Over the years, 21st Century Technologies has invested heavily in holistic infrastructure with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities. The current infrastructure includes:
- 36MW data centre across Nigeria
- Technology park
- Innovation centres
- Cybersecurity centre
- An Academy
- Software Development Centre
- Fibre Optics network
- Green energy buildings
21st Century Technologies is building the most compelling ecosystem and infrastructure that will change lives, empower customers, and deliver the future.
Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites
The Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, Thales Alenia, which specialises in the space industry is set to supply the world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) with its industry-leading technology. More specifically, the Optical Inter-Satellite Links ─ which is hailed as the ‘best technology for the next generation of the Galileo Navigation System’, by the European Space Agency. Through the implementation of Thales Alenia’s optical systems, the satellite network will be able to provide global, fine-scale coverage, overland, oceans, and both poles, without compromising the security of data communications.
Telesat, a Canadian satellite services company, is currently developing the network and has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build its broadband constellation. The network, which will be named Lightspeed, will apparently comprise 298 individual satellites, each weighing roughly 700 kilograms. These satellites will be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second worldwide for secure broadband professional services with low latency and high levels of performance. Ergo, it’ll be incredibly fast.
‘The Optical Inter Satellite Links technology is based on Thales Alenia Space’s product line Space Optical Communications, i.e., OPTEL-C. The more compact OPTEL-µ is another optical communications product from this line. This is particularly good for downloading data from small LEO satellites’, according to Innovation Origins.
Thales Alenia Space Background
Thales Alenia Space is the largest satellite manufacturer in Europe ─ the Swiss branch, which has been commissioned in this particular announcement, opened up five years ago in Zurich, where the company primarily specialises in the development and manufacture of instruments for scientific satellites, but also on optical communication terminals for space applications.
The Swiss Space Sector
When it comes to the European and international space industry, the Swiss sector is becoming increasingly important. Approximately 100 Swiss companies already produce incredibly sophisticated pieces of kit and technologies for space missions, and Switzerland also plays host to the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, which was established back in 2016 in an effort to help entrepreneurs ‘realise their innovative ideas and transfer technologies from space to Earth and from Earth to space.’