Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 86

INTELLIGENT VERTICAL: TELECOMMUNICATIONS VOLTE, 5G enabling technologies; MEC, NFV, SDN, Network Slicing; 5G trial case studies; Spectrum and RAN developments on the road to 5G and 5G fixed wireless broadband. Accelerating the spread of digital connectivity – Connecting Africa Connecting Africa is a top track at AfricaCom 2018 focusing on accelerating the spread of digital connectivity throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Connectivity champions will unite to discuss how favourable policy and the right technologies and business models will enable MNOs and ISPs to expand their networks to bridge Africa’s digital divide. Hot topics include strengthening broadband networks, expanding satellite connectivity, innovative rural connectivity solutions, fibre deployment and establishing new partnerships to close connectivity gaps. Wholesale telecoms If it’s fibre infrastructure you’re interested in, AfricaCom 2018 will facilitate discussions around how to engage stakeholders to create win-win solutions; use existing metro infrastructure to reach new customers and overcome interconnectivity challenges across borders. AfricaCom 2018 will also provide visitors with insights on how to access the satellite market, along with debates focusing on how high-throughput satellites will change the wholesale market and answer the question, is satellite data the answer to staying ahead? 86 INTELLIGENTCIO Open access is a disruptor and one that will ultimately lead to better business and value for end-users. You can listen to top-notch speakers discuss what compulsory open access networks need to succeed, as well as how 5G will impact open access strategies across Africa. Disruptive factors have forced dramatic changes in the data centre (DC) market. At AfricaCom, learn how to navigate the need for consumer proximity when location costs are high, how regulatory frameworks can balance protection concerns with storage imperatives, whether capacity outweighs convenience and how cloud services will impact the DC market in Africa. Developing wholesale services to increase revenues is another hot topic. Speakers will also discuss how market strength can be leveraged to expand across the wholesale value chain; creating new revenue streams through B2B offerings. At AfricaCom, there will also be an opportunity to learn how MVNOs present a win-win opportunity, what the network requirements are to become an international MVNO, and the importance of investing in operating system separation. Powering Telecoms – on the Connectivity Stage The consolidation of the African towerco market is a key topic at AfricaCom 2018. Learn how they are leveraging economies of scale to strengthen current market presence and which African markets present the best case for towerco expansion. Also up for discussion is how to construct and manage infrastructure efficiently. Subjects include keeping pace with operator network upgrades; partnerships with OEMs to reduce time and cost; ethics of location; navigating community environmental concerns and maximising investment through a proactive maintenance culture. Other tower operation related themes will focus on how to adopt flexible approaches to meet QoS demands in high density areas; overcoming the power challenge to drive digital inclusion; and identifying additional revenue streams. “We made a decision to open up a number of key conference areas, as we recognis e the importance and significance of the conversations taking place around a multitude of topics all connected by the backbone of technology,” said Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of KNect365, organisers of AfricaCom. “The more people involved in these discussions, the quicker Africa will advance towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” AfricaCom 2018 will bring together 14,000 attendees, 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors showcasing technologies and solutions covering everything from 5G, AI, IoT, Fintech and Blockchain, with a host of new content and exciting developments. To register for a free visitor ticket, purchase a delegate pass or find out more about AfricaCom 2018 visit tmt.knect365. com/africacom n