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Capacity Africa 2017 Agenda
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PRE-EVENT: Monday 4 September 2017

Welcome to Capacity Africa 2017 Drinks Reception

Start your Capacity Africa experience in style at the Official Welcome Drinks Reception, giving you the perfect opportunity to meet many new faces in the industry and catch up with your colleagues in a beautiful outside setting. More details to follow soon!

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DAY ONE: Tuesday 5 September 2017

Registration & networking breakfast

Capacity Media Welcome

Official opening of Capacity Africa 2017

Keynote address

Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director, UGANDA COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION


[Panel discussion]
Embracing the spirit of the musketeers – The importance of supporting infrastructure sharing for industry growth

Whether it be long-haul or metro fibre, Wi-Fi or LTE spectrums, towers or data centres, the phrase “infrastructure sharing” has become the new buzz word of the industry. Many acknowledge the benefits of the practice, yet real-life shared access projects are still sparse in the ground and in the air. What is stopping these collaborative approaches? What is the role of the regulator when it comes to infrastructure sharing? Which approaches have been tested and what are the positive and negative implications?

Moderator: Dobek Pater, Director and Telecoms Analyst, AFRICA ANALYSIS
Suzan Kitariko, Country Manager, Uganda, CSQUARED

Coffee break & Networking Break

Take a break from your business meetings and conference sessions, and grab a coffee and snack to recharge for the rest of the day.

[Panel discussion]
Terrestrial vs. submarine – Who wins the data race across the continent?

When transferring data from Cape Town to Djibouti or Lagos, after a phase of new submarine cable launches, going undersea seemed the obvious solution for fast and reliable connectivity services. Yet, recent terrestrial fibre projects might mean that land-based services could be giving them some serious competition. In a hypothetical race from south to north, which route provides currently the best latency and price? How do uptime statistics compare? Will political instability always make terrestrial the more volatile and therefore less favourable option?

Moderator: Dobek Pater, Director and Telecoms Analyst, AFRICA ANALYSIS
Byron Clatterbuck, CEO, SEACOM


Lunch & networking

Join all attendees at lunch for a chance to catch up with colleagues and plan for the afternoon ahead.

[Panel discussion]
To invest or not to invest? Analysing the growth potential of the African data centre market

After years of problems around power supplies and connectivity issues, Africa is seeing an insurgence of Tier III data centres across the continent. Yet, with even more companies looking to invest into the market, how much growth potential is there really for data centres? Where is the demand for data storage coming from when many African enterprises have digitalised only tiny fractions of their business? What is the state of national data protection and privacy laws? Are they hindering or supporting the growth of the industry? Where are the current greatest risks and opportunities within data centre investment?

Moderator: Phil Collerton, Managing Director, EMEA, UPTIME INSTITUTE
Dan Kwach, General Manager, EAST AFRICA DATA CENTRE
Ranjith Cherickel, CEO, ICOLO.IO
Vremudia Oghene-Ruemu, Data Centre Product Manager, MAINONE
Bejoy Nettikadan, CEO, NETONE
Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, RACK CENTRE

Afternoon coffee & networking break

Take a break from your business meetings and conference sessions, and grab a coffee to recharge for the rest of the afternoon

Orbiting back to satellite services – Will fibreless technology still have a role to play in the future of African connectivity?

Satellite technology appears to divide the telecoms community. While by some it is seen as an antiquated connectivity solution, others are hailing the transformation of satellite as the future key to unlocking the continent’s full potential. What are the new trends for usage of satellite services? How does satellite and terrestrial pricing compare these days? What do experts predict for the future of satellite? Will it manage to emerge from its corner of rural and backup connectivity?

Brian Jakins, Regional VP, Africa, INTELSAT


[Panel discussion]
Getting the African consumer online and keeping him there

Forward thinking carriers are looking into consumer-related projects with the aim of connecting more people online and ensuring that the internet becomes an essential part of their lives. This session will deliberate ways of encouraging more internet usage among the private customer. Which collaborations are in place to educate and engage the consumer with the digital world? How are telcos and regulators encouraging the uptake of smartphone technology? What is being done to encourage relevant local content? And do we really know what the consumer wants?

Regis Rugemanshuro, CEO, BK TECHOUSE
Simon Kaheru, Lead Analyst/Board Member, MEDIA ANALYST/ ICTAU

Evening drinks reception

Toast the successes of Day One and newly found business partners at the official Capacity Africa 2017 drink reception. More details on food and entertainment to follow!

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DAY TWO: Wednesday 6 September 2017

Networking & breakfast


[Panel discussion]
From traditional broadcasting to video-on-demand – How the digital future of TV will impact carriers

Globally the way the consumer watches TV is changing. Live streaming and video-on-demand is becoming the daily norm. While IPTV is still considered to be in its infancy in Africa, the fairly recent market entries of international online movie providers is certainly kick-starting a move into a digital and consumer-driven era. What developments are experts predicting for the African TV market and how will carriers benefit? What kind of support do content providers require from their telco partners?

Mike van den Bergh, CMO, PCCW GLOBAL

[Panel discussion]
The ongoing reinvention of voice – Adding value to the core commodity of wholesale telecoms

Voice, it is the technology that refuses to die. Voice is still going strong in 2017 mainly due to efforts to reinvent the service. This session will go back to the carrier’s roots and debate what has to be done to ensure that voice will still be an integral part of service offerings for many years to come. Which voice technologies are carriers currently investing in? What role do VoIP providers play in the wider ecosystem and how are they monetising their services? What can be done to add further value to voice?

Purumedh Gupta, VP & Business Head for Airtel Business, Africa, BHARTI AIRTEL
Nitin Raj Gupta, Founder & CEO, NEXGE TECHNOLOGIES

Morning coffee & networking break

Take a break from your business meetings and conference sessions, and grab a coffee to recharge for the rest of the day


[Panel discussion]
The potential and pitfalls of emerging markets – How attractive is investment in African telecoms in 2017/18

Emerging markets have grown in importance over the last couple of years, especially for international investors looking to grow their profits within telecoms. However, as recent political, social and economic upheavals have once again been gripping parts of Africa, international investment is slowing in many areas. Bringing together a panel of financial experts, this session will look at the current state of telecoms financing. How can small and large telcos make the best of the current situation?

Moderator: Enda Hardiman, Managing Partner, HARDIMAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
German Cufre, Regional Head TMT Investments Africa, IFC (WORLD BANK GROUP)
Nina Triantis, Global Head of TMT, STANDARD BANK

Lunch & networking

Join all attendees at the Day Two lunch for a chance to catch up with colleagues and plan for the final afternoon ahead.

End of Capacity Africa 2017

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