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Digital innovation is driving transformation within the local mining sector. This shift, according to leading converged ICT solutions provider, iWayAfrica, is driving growth and becoming a key differentiator within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With over 25 international mining groups active in the region, the mining sector has become significant as it is also widely known for the world’s production of cobalt, copper, diamond, tantalum, tin and gold.

Ali Bofulo GM iWayAfricaAli Bofulo, MD of iWayAfrica, says mining accounts for the DRC’s largest source of export income and is an important and growing sector. “While the region is ripe with opportunity, reliable, adaptable and ubiquitous connectivity is a critical enabler for a digital innovation roadmap. This is especially relevant to the mining sector, where connectivity requirements are more than just linking a remote site to a regional or global head office.”

If the DRC is to evolve, embrace digital innovation and increase its mining production, technology issues such as connectivity need to be addressed. This is becoming more relevant, according to Bofulo, as organisations look to technology as a means to differentiate. “Internet of Things, among other digital technologies, have started driving increased automation and system reporting for performance and yield management. All of which requires real connectivity in remote areas to succeed.”

He says the quest for improved productivity is driving the mining industry to implement more automated systems and seek greater IT integration. “Real-time monitoring, health and safety systems, security services, online customs clearance and access to ERP applications are among the key mining issues being addressed through digital innovation.”

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