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Title: AfricaCom 2020 Symposium Day 1

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM South Africa Standard Time

Duration: 3 hoursSummary

Join AfricaCom and Connecting Africa for a special two-day digital symposium that will discuss the most impactful issues driving the continent’s tech and innovation ecosystems.

DAY ONE – Session 1 @ 11:00 AM SAST

African Telecoms Outlook 2020

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?


11:00 am: Introduction: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa
11.05 am: Telecoms Outlook Keynote: Thecla Mbongue, Senior Analyst, Omdia
11.15 am:
 Sponsor Keynote TBC
11.25 am: Operator Keynote: Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom
11.35 am: Panel Discussion and Q&A 

  • Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa
  • Guy Zibi, Founder & Managing Director, Xalam Analytics 
  • Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom 

12.15 pm: Closing Remarks


12:15 PM – 12:30 PM  BREAK


DAY ONE – Session 2 @ 12.30 PM SAST

Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa

The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.

  • How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
  • Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
  • What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
  • Africa’s 5G readiness: infrastructure lag, the transition from 2, 3 & 4G
  • Which development strategies are being implemented to bring 5G to the African enterprise markets?


12:30 am: Introduction: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa
12.35 am: Operator Keynote TBC
12.50 am: Sponsor Keynote TBC
13.05 am: Panel Discussion and Q&A:

  • Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa
  • Adrian Ho, Practice Leader, Advanced Digital Services at Ovum

13.45 pm: Closing Remarks

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