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Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m Cape Town / 1:00 p.m London / 8:00 a.m New York
Speakers
Ray Le Maistre, Connecting Africa

Guy Zibi, Managing Director, Xalam Analytics

While Africa remains a predominantly mobile broadband market, the reach of fixed broadband alternatives has been expanding. FTTH rollout has accelerated across the region, driven by increased availability and consumption of bandwidth-hungry content, from video streaming services to cloud-based enterprise applications. This webinar will provide an overview of key trends in this burgeoning sector, along with some perspective on the status of deployments, economic feasibility and competition with alternative broadband access technologies (mobile broadband in particular).

Topics will include:

  • An overview and a status report of African FTTH deployments;;
  • An assessment of market structure and deployment models across African markets;
  • A review of economic feasibility challenges;
  • FTTH vs. 4G in Africa: friends or foes?
  • A broad outlook for African FTTH.



Ray Le Maistre, Connecting Africa
Ray Le Maistre joined Light Reading in 2002, having previously held senior editorial roles at Total Telecom, Communications Week International, Communications International and Computer Weekly. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Light Reading in March 2013. Ray has written extensively about the broadband technology and services sector for the past 15 years, and has tracked the evolution of fixed and wireless networks from ISDN/DSL and GSM to FTTx, 4G+ and Carrier WiFi. He has also been at the forefront of Light Readingís coverage of the service provider IT sector, which in recent years has heralded the emergence of SDN and NFV into the marketís vocabulary and which is now embracing open source developments.

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Guy Zibi, Managing Director, Xalam Analytics
Guy Zibi is Founder and Managing Director with Xalam Analytics, a boutique Research and Data Analytics firm focused on digital infrastructure and services markets in Africa and Middle East (AME), and part of the Light Reading Research Network. Guy has more than a decade-long experience in researching and analyzing the business of technology around the world, and is recognized as a foremost expert in the economics of technology in the African market. He was previously Co-Founder AfricaNext Investment Research, an Africa-focused telecom equity research firm, and a Global Consulting Director with Pyramid Research.

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Nicolas St. Pierre, Vice President, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Sandvine
Nicolas St-Pierre is Vice President in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Sandvine, and currently focuses on thought leadership as well as Sandvineís forthcoming products and solutions strategy in the Service Provider space, including virtualization and software-defined networking.

Nick has over 15 years of industry experience. In his previous role at Sandvine, Nicolas was the Director of Sales Engineering.

Previously, Nick has worked as Chief Technology Officer and founder of Bering Media, a hyperlocal advertising data company, and has also worked at various networking firms including Shasta Networks and Nortel Networks after attending Montrealís …cole Polytechnique.

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Jorge Salinger, VP, Access Architecture, Comcast
Mr. Salinger is responsible for Comcast Cableís high-speed data, voice, and video access network strategy and architecture. Prior to joining Comcast, he was president of the consulting division at YAS Broadband and served as executive consultant for CableLabs. Jorge served as VP of engineering for high-speed access at Adelphia Communications, director of telecommunications for FSU, and VP of engineering for Systems Engineering Consultants. He has authored more than 25 technical publications and presentations and has co-authored a book on advanced micro-processor design.

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