Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Digital Entertainment

The Countdown to East Africa Com 2017: What to Expect on Day 1

Article Image
There's a little over a week to go until East Africa Com 2017 kicks off in the Silicon Savannah, with more than 600 attendees expected to descend upon Nairobi for the 14th annual event. Joining them will be over 50 expert speakers and 20 solutions-focused exhibitors from the telecommunications, media and technology sectors, making East Africa Com the leading strategic event for executives working in the region.

This year's East Africa Com, which takes place at the Radisson Blu, Upper Hill, Nairobi on May 17 and 18, will focus on the transformational impact of digital communication on business, in not only the telecoms industry but also in East Africa's burgeoning digital TV sector.

Day 1 of the event sees a selection of Africa's leading mobile network operators address delegates in two separate keynotes focused on bridging the connectivity divide in East Africa and beyond. Safaricom's Corporate Affairs Director Steve Chege will be speaking on The socioeconomic benefits of NBN and the key rollout strategies in Eastern Africa, while Christian De Faria, Airtel's Executive Chairman, will be discussing how policymakers and regulators can create an enabling environment for operators to improve connectivity to underserved segments of the population.

Joining Chege and De Faria will be Telkom Kenya's CEO Aldo Mareuse, whose presentation on how mobile network operator strategies are evolving to meet the demands of a shifting digital landscape, will be kicking off the Creating East Africa's Connected Society stream, also on day 1.

It's not only the major MNOs that will be attending this year's event, though -- day 1 will also see presentations and panel discussions involving research analysts and experts from the likes of Ovum, Data Networks, UROS Group and Calix, who will be speaking on a range of topics from SDN and NFV deployments, infrastructure sharing, investment opportunities and more.

Last year saw the establishment of the first ever Digital Broadcasting stream at East Africa Com and, due to last year's success and high levels of interest, is back for its second year. This year, East Africa Com welcomes, among others, General Manager for Digital at Bamba TV, Danny Mucira, Senior Manager for TV and Media Content Catherine Wanjiku Njari, and Kana Television's Co-Founder and Managing Director Elias Schulze, who will be debating and analysing digital migration, OTT TV models, and the deployment of new and disruptive technologies in the space.

Day 1 will conclude with a not-to-be-missed panel discussion focused on Examining IoT's practical applications to stimulating markets and the central role of the MNO, featuring leading minds in both African technology and communications. Sizing up the IoT opportunities for telcos will be Safricom's Head of Strategy Ken Okwero, Mauritius Telecom's Claire Papponeau, The Internet Society's Antony Otieno, the GSM Association's Angela Wamola and Ovum Research Analyst Danson Njue.

In addition, throughout the day there are also many opportunities to meet and forge meaningful business relationships through networking sessions, private meeting opportunities, poolside networking drinks and the extensive solutions-focused exhibition.

Tomorrow we'll look at what to expect on day 2 of this year's East Africa Com.

There's still time to purchase your delegate pass to East Africa Com here. If you're a regional operator or regulator, you can attend the event for free -- sign up here. If you can't be there in person, follow all the discussions and breaking news on Connecting Africa and on our social media channels using the hashtag #EastAfricaCom.

Be part of the African tech and telco conversation here:

— Amy Turner, Digital Content Marketer, KNect365

Innovation hub


Hot startup of the month: Pan-African fintech KamaPay

This month's hot startup is pan-African fintech KamaPay, which helps individuals and businesses make cross-border payments on the continent.


Afretec awards $3.3M in grants to African research teams

The African Engineering and Technology Network (Afretec) has awarded grants worth $300,000 each to 11 university research teams across Africa to advance digital technologies.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Flash poll

All polls

Africa Tech Perspectives


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.


Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.


Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Upcoming events

London Tech Week
June 13-16, 2023
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE
Cybertech Africa 2023
August 1-2, 2023
Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa Tech Festival, Home of AfricaCom and AfricaTech
November 13-16, 2023
CTICC, Cape Town
More Upcoming events

Guest Perspectives


Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.


Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign Up