Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, Chief Executive Officer at South Africa's converged regulator ICASA, will join a Regulatory Panel at AfricaCom on Tuersday 17th November. The panel discussion, hosted by Internet Society, will examine the role of regulators and governments in boosting connectivity across Africa. Among the topics to be addressed will be the importance of national broadband plans, infrastructure sharing, last mile access, taxation, spectrum, universal service funds and investment. Pakamile joined ICASA as CEO in November 2013. Prior to this, he has held roles in the South African National Defence Force, the Department of Communications, and Vodacom. For more information on the AfricaCom programme, click here.
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
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