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AfricaCom 2018 Schedule

Broadcasting live from Cape Town, South Africa - AfricaCom.
9am - 5pm CAT, 13 - 15 November 2018

Schedule for Day 3, November 15
Innovating business models and fuelling entrepreneurship
09.20 Chair's welcome
Chair: Abe Wakama, CEO, IT News Africa
09.30 Creating a global hub of innovation and entrepreneurship
09.50 PANEL
How is blockchain technology disrupting Africa?
Moderator: Lorien Gamaroff, CEO and Founder, Bankymoon
Monica Singer, Creator of Opportunities, ConsenSys
Tanya Knowles, Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, Strate
Kreaan Singh, Founding Partner, Blockstarters
Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chairman of the Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Government of Kenya
10.30 ICT challenges: Africa's opportunity
Terry Waghorn, Founder and CEO, Katerva
Ben Wielgus, Head of Sustainability, Informa
10.50 PANEL
Big brands and tech start-ups: developing a blueprint for win-win collaboration and partnerships in Africa
Moderator: Ian Merrington, CEO, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative
Abdou Karim Mbengue, Director of Communication and External Relations, Sonatel
Herman Singh, Executive for Innovation Strategy, MTN
Abe Wakama, CEO, IT News Africa
11.20 Close of AfricaCom Headliners day three
Chair: Abe Wakama, CEO, IT News Africa

Schedule for Day 1, November 13
Digital connectivity to drive socio-economic development
09.00 KNect365 welcome
09.10 Chair's welcome
Aubrey Hruby, Africa Investment Advisor, Senior Fellow, the Africa Center, The Atlantic Council
ROADS to a better future
Fernando Gordo, Director Chief Transformation Office, Carrier Business Group, Huawei
The evolving role of the African telco in a new age of data and digital services
Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO, MTN Group
Enabling digital Nigeria: how can policymakers and regulators facilitate an information-based society in Sub Saharan Africa?
Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission
10.20 PANEL
Re-calibrating African telco strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Moderator: De Wet Bisschoff, Managing Director for Communications, Media & Technology, South Africa, Accenture
Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO, MTN Group
Mohamed Dabbour, CEO, Africa, Millicom
Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom
Hind Elbashir, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Sudatel
Nicolas Blixell, Vice President, Ericsson Middle East & Africa
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Alioune Ndiaye, CEO, Middle East and Africa Orange
ICT investment to accelerate progress towards the UN SDGs
Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Republic of Ghana
11.30 Embracing digital transformation to strengthen African economies: the critical role of policymakers and regulators
Moderator: Aubrey Hruby, Africa Investment Advisor, Senior Fellow, the Africa Center, The Atlantic Council
Elisabeth Medou Badang, SVP, Africa and Indian Ocean, Orange
Siyabonga Mahlangu, Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Telkom
Emilar Gandhi, Public Policy Manager, SADC Region, Facebook
Meir Moalem, CEO, Sky and Space Global
Stella Wawira, Head of Public Policy, Telkom Kenya
12.00 Close of AfricaCom Headliners day one
Aubrey Hruby, Africa Investment Advisor, Senior Fellow, the Africa Center, The Atlantic Council

Schedule for Day 2, November 14
Accelerating digital transformation: the path towards Africa 4.0
09.10 Chair's welcome
Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-Large, MyBroadband
Customer experience in the digital frontier
Indranil Das, VP and Head of Digital Services, Ericsson Middle East & Africa
09.40 PANEL
Realising the African smart city vision
Moderator: Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-Large, MyBroadband
Lawrence Boya, Director: Smart City Unit, Group Strategy, Policy, Coordination & Relations, City of Johannesburg
Omeshnee Naidoo, Director of Information Systems, City of Cape Town
Craig Price, Senior Vice President, International Projects, PCCW Global
Creating a web of connectivity on the edge of space to connect the unconnected
Alastair Westgarth, CEO, Loon
Building a fully connected Africa Walter Wang (Zhongtao), President, Wireless Network Marketing & Solution Sales, Huawei
Sino-Africa hand-in-hand pushing for innovation development to build up a glorious digitalised world
Huidi Li, Executive Vice President, China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd
11.10 PANEL
Developing a winning ICT strategy for your enterprise
Moderator: Harry Hare, Publisher & Chairman, CIO East Africa
Prasanna Burri, Group CIO, Dangote Group
Priya Thakoor, Chief Digital Officer, Coca Cola South Africa
Palesa Sepanya, CIO, PetroSA
Rebatho Madiba, Group CIO, Transnet SOC Ltd
11.40 Close of AfricaCom Headliners day two
Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-Large, MyBroadband
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Vodacom wants to extend successes with its nano-lending products in Kenya and Tanzania to its other markets.
Vanu has been selected by MTN to extend mobile connectivity to Zambia's off-grid communities.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. London / 11:00 a.m. Johannesburg

With the trend to extreme cellular capacities, new generations of advanced antennas have evolved, adding new possibilities and claiming crucial roles in building efficient 5G networks.

This webinar looks at the key network infrastructure decisions that mobile operators will need to make as they place their 5G plans, with a particular focus on the latest antenna technology and the benefits of beamforming.

It looks at:

  • How spectrum, land topography and traffic affect your 5G RAN designs.
  • The rise of beamforming antennas: why, which, when and where?
  • Under the hood: building a Massive MIMO beamforming antenna.
  • Innovative CommScope 5G beamformers designs.

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Upcoming Live Events
September 14-15, 2020, Radisson Blu, Nairobi, Kenya
September 30 - October 1, 2020, Radisson Blu, Dakar, Senegal
November 10-12, 2020, CTICC, Cape Town
November 10-12, 2020, CTICC2, Cape Town
All Upcoming Live Events
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert chats about key topics from day two at AfricaCom 2019, including 4G vs. 5G, Liquid Telecom's new fiber link ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum ...
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital ...
AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile ...
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Partner Perspectives - from our sponsors
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
South Africa Leads the World in Demand for Constant Connectivity
By Steve McCaffery, President, International Sales & Managing Director IBO, Arris
Connecting Africa to the Digital World
By António Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables
Innovation Key to Fan Engagement
By Robert Klein, CEO, Bundesliga International
Success Factors for Digital Transformation
By Dr. Volker Rieger, for Detecon
All Partner Perspectives
AfricaCom Perspectives
The largest population growth globally is happening in Africa and innovation in agriculture is, without a doubt, an important tool to tackle food security for the rapidly growing population.
Gender-responsive policy is critical for Africa and involves the integration of gender in ICT-related strategies, policies, plans and budgets, with clear gender-equality targets. So says ...
The way in which banking and travel have embraced technology has created a "digital first" approach for people across the world. Whether it is booking flights or transferring money, many ...
Just like the Internet itself many years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was initially viewed as nothing more than a fad that would have little impact on our daily lives. We know now ...
The possibilities that the Internet of Things (IoT) and its millions of connected devices create are infinite and can bring many benefits to consumers and society as a whole. However, they ...
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