By Mthulisi Sibanda in Sun City, North West
Sun City — NEC XON is exploring methods for harnessing the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) innovations and technologies to overcome Africa's socio-economic challenges.
The seventh NEC XON opened at Sun City, in the North West Province in South Africa on Thursday.
The summit traditionally attracts 300 to 400 invitation-only delegates from the continent's largest and most respected organisations.
These include mobile operators, enterprises, internet service providers, public sector and cross border fibre wholesale carriers which traverses across Sub-Saharan Africa and include the Indian Ocean Islands.
"Industry 4.0 levels the playing field and eliminates barriers to entry," said Carel Coetzee, Chief Executive Officer of NEC XON.
"That's exactly what Africa is looking for as we increasingly collaboratively, through various trade and other regional agreements, overcome inhibitors to growth, prosperity and greater equality," Coetzee said.
Vendors supporting the summit include Juniper Networks, Fortinet, Symantec, ADVA Optical, Trend Micro, Raytheon. Schneider Electric, Veritas, Apache Optics, Red Hat and Force Point.
NEC XON is the combination of XON, a systems integrator providing custom ICT and security services and solutions in Southern Africa since 1996, and NEC Africa, the African business of the global technology giant NEC Corporation.
NEC XON maintains its head offices in Gauteng, South Africa with a footprint that covers all nine provinces in South Africa and 16 countries in sub-Sahara Africa.