S02E03 Head of C4IR on acceleration and adoption of digital technologies

Posted On: October 5, 2022

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S02E03 Head of C4IR on acceleration and adoption of digital technologies

In this episode, we explore the challenges that developing countries may face in the acceleration and adoption of digital technologies, and the Head of C4IR helps us to understand the complexities of the implementation of the strategy from the Presidential Commission for 4IR.

We discuss:

  • Interest in telecommunications and frequency spectrum
  • World Economic Forum and C4IR
  • Connecting industry to a network of players
  • Understanding ownership and control of the network infrastructure
  • Leaders in the development of innovative technologies
  • And much more…



Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa has devoted more than 20 years to the research of technology development and we uncovered why it’s important for you to be involved in 4IR. He is the head of C4IR, a South African government initiative, which has entered into an affiliation agreement with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to focus on accelerating the adoption of transformative technologies and effective regulation in the 4IR era.


01:14 – Introduction to Dr Ntlatlapa

03:28 – Research career at the CSIR

04:04 – World Economic Forum & involvement with C4IR

08:44 – The South African Presidential commission for 4IR

11:37 – Status on the implementation of the strategy from Presidential commission

19:12 – Involving South Africans in digital technologies

26:50 – The difference in European markets vs African markets

40:38 – Telecommunications and electro-spectrum frequencies

46:13 – The difference between digital and analogue telecommunications

49:05 – Ownership and control of countries’ network infrastructures

58:37 – C4IR’s mission and legacy