Time for long-term strategic thinking! The move to digital is shaping Africa’s economy, enabling it to become a world leader in tech and service innovation. This year the Vision for Africa keynotes are looking at the future of digital Africa, from technology evolution to new services, investment, business transformation and sustainable strategies. In a bid to compare and contrast differing visions, industry heavyweights will swap ideas with market shakers and up-and-coming innovators.
The objective: to give you the most forward-thinking perspectives on the potential of digital Africa, so you can seize the opportunities in the world’s most exciting market.
YOUR KEYNOTE LINE-UP THIS YEAR INCLUDES:
Christian de Faria CEO Airtel Africa OPERATOR
Luke Mckend Country Director, SA Google OTT
Elisabeth Medou CEO Orange Cameroun OPERATOR
Bright Simons President mPedigree ENTREPRENEUR
Nina Triantis Global Head Telecoms & Media Standard Bank BANK
Ime Archibong Director of Product Partnerships Facebook OTT
Diego Camberos General Manager Tigo Senegal OPERATOR
Suraya Hamdulay Executive Head: Group Sustainability Vodacom OPERATOR
Day 1 - Tuesday 17th November
Innovating for Africa's Digital Future
8.50 Welcome by Informa Telecoms & Media
9.00 Innovation Leadership Panel: How to support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in digital Africa?
Building an African way of promoting innovation: what best practice can be learnt from the Silicon Valley and other entrepreneur cultures and how to adapt them to local culture and needs?
Operators & Innovation: Is a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship possible in a large historic company? What should relations between operators and tech start-ups look like?
How to support the start-up ecosystem in Africa? Examining the role of incubator hub, investors and other stakeholders
Moderator: Larry Madowo, Technology Editor & Anchor, NTV Kenya Panellists: Dr Jackie Chimhanzi, Senior Strategist, Industrial Development Corporation (wp_idC) Christian de Faria, CEO, Airtel Africa Markku Mäkeläinen, Director, Global Operator Partnerships, Facebook Marc Rennard, EVP Africa Middle East & Asia, Orange Group Bright Simons, President, mPedigree
9.30 What does Digital Africa mean? Technology evolution for a connected world Fredrik Jejdling, President of Sub Saharan Africa Ericsson
9.50 Vision for Digital Africa panel: How will new technology transform Africa?
What new technologies will have the biggest impact on African consumers and enterprises in the years to come?
How will new technologies affect the telecoms, media & ICT ecosystem?
How can operators use technology for competitive advantage?
Moderator: Abe Wakama, Founder &MD, IT News Africa Panellists: Paolo Campoli, Head of MEA Global SP Sales and SP CTO, EMEA, Cisco Jose Henriques, CEO, Movicel, Angola Luke Mckend, Country Director, South Africa, Google Elisabeth Medou, CEO, Orange Cameroun 10.20 What will Africa’s path towards 5G look like? Li Peng, President of Eastern and Southern Africa, Huawei
Day 2 – Wednesday 18th November
New Digital Models
9.00 From hardware to software: a shift in how operators can view their networks Paolo Campoli, Head of Middle East & Africa Global SP Sales and SP CTO, EMEA, Cisco
9.20 Services, data and the digital transition: How is LTE changing the digital landscape?
Assessing the state of LTE rollout in Africa: how have the models worked and what level of coverage is needed?
Solving the spectrum issue: what is available and what remains to be done for telcos to access sufficient spectrum for LTE?
How will LTE access change digital service offerings: data, content, broadcasting
Moderator: Alex B. Dadson, Managing Director, Blue Management Group Panellists: Tony Dolton, CEO, Unitel, Angola Miguel Geraldes, CEO, MTC, Namibia Jannie Van Zyl, Executive Head: Innovation, Vodacom 9.50 Future-proofing networks & services for the digital economy Willem Hendrickx, President for Europe, Middle-East & Africa, Alcatel-Lucent
10.10 Transforming operators’ models to succeed in the digital economy
The big debate: should operators focus on being providers of connectivity or of digital services?
Exploring new revenue streams outside core services (IoT, enterprise services, financial services etc.): what services are most promising and how can operators make the shift successfully?
Assessing triple play opportunities: what does it mean for African markets?
Evolving partnerships for the new digital economy: finding a sustainable win-win situation with content, OTT and other partners
Panellists; Asif Aziz, Group Marketing Director, Expresso Telecom Group Richard Bell, Chief Executive Officer, East Africa Capital Partners, and Vice Chairman, Wananchi Group Arnauld Blondet, Innovation director for AMEA, Orange Group Diego Camberos , General Manager, Tigo Senegal Dr. Harry Gombachika, Chief Executive Officer, Malawi Telecommunications Limited Farhad Khan, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Africa
Day 3 – Thursday 19th November
9.00 Ministerial Keynote: Supporting growth in the telecommunications, media and ICT industry
9.20 Investment, consolidation and profitability: Changing the continent’s telecom landscape
Investing in telcos: what are operators’ investment priorities and what are investors looking for?
Addressing the need for consolidation in African markets: which markets, how to make it work?
Funding ICT infrastructure: what are the pros and cons of the various investment models?
Moderator: Siki Mgabadeli, Radio & TV Financial Journalist Panellists: Mike Peo, Head: Infrastructure, Energy, Telecoms, Nedbank Limited Christophe Soulet, Executive Operations Director, Airtel Africa Aniko Szigetvari, Head, Africa & Latin America TMT Group, International Finance Corporation Nina Triantis, Global Head Telecoms & Media, Standard Bank Keith Webb, Investment Banking Infrastructure Finance, Rand Merchant Bank
9.50 Communications with a difference: services for sustainable growth in the community Speaker to be announced soon
10.10 Targeting underserved communities: strategies to deliver digital communications across Africa
Examining which segments are still underserved: geographic segments (e.g. rural areas), customer segments (e.g. women)
Is there a commercial case to address low-end market & underserved customers with specific services?
How to build CSR strategies with a view to sustainable commercial objective?
What handsets and devices will help target new segments?
Moderator: Spiwe Chireka, Independent Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Consultant Panellists: Ime Archibong, Director of Product Partnerships, Facebook Patrick Benon, CEO, Orange Botswana John Bernard, Global Marketing Director, Mozilla Aboubakar Haman, Legal & Regulatory Director Atlantique Telecom Suraya Hamdulay, Executive Head: Group Sustainability, Vodacom
Chinese vendor Huawei has facilitated a US$200 million loan deal from Chinese financial institutions to help fund Telecom Egypt's 4G network rollout, including core and transport network technology deployments.