Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 85

////////////////////////////////////////////////// INTELLIGENT VERTICAL: TELECOMMUNICATIONS TELCOS CREATING VALUE IN NEW, UNPRECEDENTED WAYS The evolving role of the telco in the digital realm. W hether your focus is on 5G, policy and regulatory frameworks that are going to enable communications, ICT investment, new revenue streams or accelerating the spread of digital connectivity throughout sub-Saharan Africa, AfricaCom 2018 – which takes place at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa, from November 13 to 15 – will be the place to be to shape Africa’s telco future. The need for speed – 5G Africa With the expansion of the digital realm, AfricaCom also continues to grow and evolve. And the agenda for this year’s event reflects this with a raft of highly relevant, stimulating and thought-provoking topics, business critical programmes, a world class speaker line-up and unmissable show features. Several major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Africa have already embarked on their 5G journeys and will share their learnings with visitors. It is also the ideal opportunity to explore 5G use cases, learn about next generation services enabled by 5G and build a detailed roadmap for 5G deployments in Africa. Here are some of the key features Telcos can look forward to at the 21st edition of the world’s largest Africa-focused TMT event: This year, LTE Africa is being re-launched as 5G Africa. Reflecting the shift in focus towards these next steps in LTE advancement and 5G strategy definition and development, 5G Africa is working to ensure that African countries and businesses are equipped and positioned to benefit from 5G innovation. Hot topics will include transitioning from 4G to 5G, next generation services; AR/VR, AI, “ WE RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CONVERSATIONS TAKING PLACE AROUND A MULTITUDE OF TOPICS ALL CONNECTED BY THE BACKBONE OF TECHNOLOGY. INTELLIGENTCIO 85