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Key Sessions

An introduction to the game changer – AI’s impact across industries

Nov 13
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09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
AfricaCom Headliners
KNect365 Welcome
09:10 - 09:20 10 mins
AfricaCom Headliners
Launching AfricaCom 2018
09:20 - 09:40 20 mins
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AfricaCom Headliners
The South African 5G countdown
09:40 - 10:00 20 mins
AfricaCom Headliners
The evolving role of the African telco in a new age of data and digital services
  • Rob Shuter - Group President and CEO, MTN
10:00 - 10:20 20 mins
AfricaCom Headliners
Enabling digital Nigeria: how can policymakers and regulators facilitate an information-based society in Sub Saharan Africa?
  • Olabiyi Durojaiye - Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission
10:20 - 10:50 30 mins
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AfricaCom Headliners
Re-calibrating African telco strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Rob Shuter - Group President and CEO, MTN
  • Mohamed Dabbour - CEO, Africa, Millicom
  • New business models for a new era of communications
  • Capturing the value of digital transformation
  • Developing and implementing a growth strategy around data and digital
  • Mapping Africa’s journey towards 5G
  • Connecting the next billion
10:50 - 11:10 20 mins
AfricaCom Headliners
ICT investment to accelerate progress towards the UN SDGs
  • Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful - Minister of Communications, Republic of Ghana
11:10 - 11:40 30 mins
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AfricaCom Headliners
Embracing digital transformation to strengthen African economies: the critical role of policymakers and regulators
  • Siyabonga Mahlangu - Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Telkom
  • Securing Africa’s place at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Maximising the socio-economic benefits of digital transformation
  • Developing ICT policy to facilitate and accelerate the spread of internet connectivity
  • Beyond the hype: identifying the immediate practical benefits of new technologies
  • Creating an environment more conducive to investment, innovation and entrepreneurship
11:40 - 11:40 0 mins
AfricaCom Headliners
Close of AfricaCom Headliners day one
11:00 - 16:00 300 mins
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AfricaCom 20/20
AfricaCom 20/20

AfricaCom 20/20, the centrepiece of the Technology Arena, is a buzzing show floor feature dedicated to accelerating Africa’s digital transformation.

Expect a vibrant showcase of new digital solutions presented by AfricaCom’s top innovators, thought-provoking conference content built around the theme ‘providing clarity of vision on future tech trends’, and special demo pods enabling attendees to interact with next generation technologies.

Key themes include mapping Africa's journey towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Blockchain, e-health, Digital Skills, and more.

11:00 - 16:00 300 mins
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AHUB
AHUB

The AHUB programme is designed to highlight the critical role of entrepreneurship in fuelling Africa’s digital economy and connect African tech start-ups and scale-ups to investors and corporate partners.

The programme will feature briefings for both start-ups and investors as well as live pitch sessions, new AHUB start-up academy skills workshops, sector snapshots covering FinTech, digital health, agri-tech, clean energy and ICT4D, and lively panel discussions covering topics ranging from understanding investor mentalities to developing a disruptive mindset.

11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
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Fintech Africa
Enriching and enhancing revenue stream potential of MNOs
  • Bassim Haidar - Founder & Group CEO, Channel IT

•    Replacing lost mobile revenue with financial services revenue
•    Monetizing untapped opportunities
•    Providing end to end solutions
•    Radically changing the way businesses and people interact


11:20 - 11:40 20 mins
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Fintech Africa
Building the largest Pan-African Digital Commerce Platform
  • Herman Singh - Group Chief Digital Officer, MTN
  • Enabling inclusion for merchants and providing choice to consumers
  • Addressing logistic challenges in 100 African cities
  • Enabling payments for Online to Offline
  • Turning Platforms into a competitive strategy



11:40 - 12:20 40 mins
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Fintech Africa
The scaling up of the financial ecosystem
  • Barry Cooper - Technical Director, Centre of Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri)
  • Daniel Goldfarb - CEO and Co-founder, Lendable Inc
  • Yves Laurent Soumelong - System Manager - MFS Projects, MTN Cameroon
  • Raul Martinez - CCO, Africa, Millicom
  • Rostan Schwab - Africa Head, Fintech Investments, International Finance Corporation

•    Optimising revenue through innovative tech
•    Increasing customer activity rates via a strong network
•    Creating a regulatory environment
•    Achieving interoperability among MNOs


12:20 - 12:40 20 mins
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Fintech Africa
Expanding financial services to the last mile of the remittance journey

•    Investing in merchant and agent networks
•    Innovating long agricultural value chains
•    Launching products to a broader variety of users (entrepreneurs, merchants, smallholders, farmers, youth and women


12:40 - 13:30 50 mins
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Fintech Africa
Remittances as a gateway to financial inclusion
  • Raphael Grojnowski - CEO, Mama Money

•    Offering convenience, privacy and reach
•    The rise of remittance hubs
•    Moving from cash to digital
•    Striving for low cost, fast and simple remittance products


13:30 - 15:00 90 mins
Fintech Africa
Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
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Fintech Africa
Changing consumer lifestyles with multiple payment sources
  • Frans van der Colff - VDC Consulting, VDC Consulting

•    Beyond payments, wallets and transfers
•    Securing essential investment for the last mile of financial inclusion


15:20 - 15:40 20 mins
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Fintech Africa
African Tech Platforms - New pathways for Digital Finance
  • Renee Hunter - Senior Research Analyst, Cenfri/ insight2impact.
  • Overview of the landscape of multi-sided tech platforms on the African continent
  • Main trends in African multi-sided tech platforms providing or distributing financial services
  • Case study: digital insurance and tech platforms


15:40 - 16:30 50 mins
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Fintech Africa
Remittance culture driving M Commerce expansion
  • Daniel Guasco - Founder, Click2Sure
  • Tina Fisher - Managing Director, SnapNSave

•    Offering a cost effective, instant and secure platform
•    Adopting an omni channel strategy
•    Integrating regulation between MNOs and financial service providers
•    Providing infotainment, microinsurance, gaming and cloud opportunities
•    Blurring the line between digital and the offline world


16:30 - 16:30 0 mins
Fintech Africa
Close of Day 1
12:00 - 12:20 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
An introduction to the game changer – AI’s impact across industries
12:20 - 12:40 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Going beyond business – how can AI help to digitise Africa’s communities?
12:40 - 13:00 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Building a business fit for AI – what do you need to do to make AI a reality?
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Lunch break and opportunity to visit the exhibition
14:00 - 14:40 40 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Invest in a team or outsource? How should you approach AI?
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
How AI can revolutionise your business model and create new revenue streams
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Upskilling your workforce – can everyone be a top performing employee?
15:20 - 15:50 30 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Afternoon break and opportunity to visit the exhibition
15:50 - 16:10 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
The great future of work debate – should AI replace or support workers?
16:10 - 16:30 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
Building an autonomous workforce: AI in mining
16:30 - 16:50 20 mins
AI Summit Cape Town
MIIA: Building a foundation of innovation to fuel Africa’s AI community
12:00 - 12:10 10 mins
5G Africa
Chair’s Opening Remarks
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
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5G Africa
MTN’s experience launching the first 5G trial in Africa
  • Babak Fouladi - Group CTIO, MTN
  • Addressing untapped value changes with 5G for Operators
  • Ensuring customer applications and high customer experiences with the next generation of connectivity
  • Overcoming standards and spectrum obstacles to unleash 5G
  • The role of 5G for the African development and innovation
12:30 - 12:50 20 mins
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5G Africa
Evolving to a dynamic 5G network
  • Finding innovative ways to meet the demand of connectivity
  • Overview of the 5G technology capabilities in Africa
  • Identifying use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals
12:50 - 13:00 10 mins
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5G Africa
Ask the trials experts

A dedicated session and unique opportunity to ask your burning questions to the team who first trialled 5G in Africa. The team experts will stay on stage following their presentations and answer they whys and hows of the trial, as well as discuss what’s next.

13:00 - 13:20 20 mins
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5G Africa
Preparing for 5G deployment and commercialisation

• Evolution from 4G, to 4G+, and path to 5G
• 5G readiness
• Milestones and key achievements in network technology updates and trials
• Potential deployment scenarios

13:20 - 13:40 20 mins
5G Africa
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13:40 - 14:40 60 mins
5G Africa
Lunch and networking break
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
5G Africa
Using VR to showcase 5G capabilities – A Vodacom use case
  • Nicholas Naidu - Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
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5G Africa
Accelerating a digital future with 5G
  • 5G is happening – are we ready?
  • A digital future lies in the hands of end-users
  • Ultra-broadband and vertical services in 5G
  • 5G use cases: changing the speed of technology
15:20 - 15:30 10 mins
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5G Africa
Ask the trials experts

A dedicated session and unique opportunity to ask your burning questions to the team who delivered the truly immersive VR experience. The team experts will stay on stage following their presentations and answer they whys and hows of the trial, as well as discuss what’s next.

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
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5G Africa
Panel Discussion: Overcoming the unique deployment challenges for the next generation of connectivity in Africa
  • Network densification
  • Higher spectrum
  • Standards
  • Fiber installation
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
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5G Africa
From 4G to 5G – Test, measurement and analytics for network optimisation
  • Continuity of legacy services testing and new testing scenarios
  • Getting the most out of 4G and 4.5G with the help of network analytics
  • Testing and analytics solutions
  • AI assisted network operation and maintenance
  • The network testing and analytics strategy on the road to 5G
16:20 - 16:40 20 mins
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5G Africa
Investing in fixed-data network to respond to the market need for more data
  • Value-added services and smart home technologies to encourage customers to use more data
  • The economics of investment in fibre and projected ROI
  • Content as the driving force for more data
16:40 - 17:10 30 mins
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5G Africa
Panel Discussion: Optimal spectrum scenarios for 4G and 5G networks
  • Analysing the Wireless Open Access Network case studies and scenarios
  • The role of governments in driving connectivity reach - innovative initiatives
  • Standards and regulations ‘outside’ of the network
  • Spectrum requirements for different services and use cases
12:00 - 12:10 10 mins
IoT World Africa
Chair's Opening Remarks
  • Mark Walker - Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey, IDC
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
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IoT World Africa
The Transformative Impact of IoT on Africa's Social and Economic Development
  • IoT as an enabler of trade
  • IoT as an enabler of yield 
  • IoT as an enabler of safety control 
12:30 - 12:50 20 mins
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IoT World Africa
Making a Business Case for IoT
  • Prasanna Burri - CIO, Dangote
  • Underlining the value of IoT implementation across the organisation and most importantly, the C-suite.
  • Understanding the value connected innovation will create.
  • Understanding skill requirements IoT creates within the business.
  • Understanding who the lead partners and internal stakeholders are for IoT projects.
  • Curating a new ideology within the business that is amenable to IoT implementation.
12:50 - 13:20 30 mins
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IoT World Africa
Panel Discussion: Why - and How - IoT Will Bridge the Digital Divide in Africa
  • Chair Mark Walker - Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey, IDC
  • Markus Thill - President, Africa Region, Bosch
  • Vimbai Muzofa - Head: Interbank & RTGS, SBG
  • Bora Varliyagci - CEO, digitalthings
  • Diksha Somai Pillay - Head of Innovation, Exxaro Resources
  • Safeguarding Africa’s economic future through ecosystem collaboration and an open culture of innovation.
  • Cross-Continent Collaboration: The key to a connected and prosperous Africa?
  • How can regional, national, and continental ecosystem players work towards sharing infrastructure and optimising Africa’s resources.
  • What key ecosystem players can do with IoT projects to disrupt traditional market patterns.
  • Identifying and working with key stakeholders who will be at the vanguard of positive disruption in Africa.
  • Ensuring corporate and public investment into IoT infrastructure across Africa.
13:20 - 13:40 20 mins
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IoT World Africa
IoT’s Transformative Impact on The Smart City
  • Shinya Kukita - Chief Engineer, NEC Corporation

Demonstration of how a leading municipality is deploying and integrating a sensor network into their data management and analytics processes to enhance the city’s efficiency, and improve the safety and mobility of its citizens.

13:40 - 15:00 80 mins
IoT World Africa
Exhibition Visit and Networking Lunch
15:00 - 15:10 10 mins
IoT World Africa
Chair's Opening Remarks
  • Mark Walker - Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey, IDC
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
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IoT World Africa
Building an IoT Partnership Model
  • Theven Naicker - Head of IT, Scania
  • Identifying and leveraging high priority partners for IoT initiatives.
  • Defining partnership requirements with integrators around defined business critical needs, and not the other way around.
  • Defining a partnership model.
  • Choosing which part of the ecosystem to partner with, dependent on the nature of the project (Platform Partners vs Go-To-Market Partners - vs. Solution Partners).
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
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IoT World Africa
Exploring IoT’s Potential and Defining Your Business’ IoT Proposition
  • Retesh Dhawakieram - CIO, Mango Airlines
  • Auditing current business processes to prepare for IoT projects.
  • Defining your target markets “connected” requirements prior to implementation.
  • Building a widescreen view of business processes and systems prior to serious technology implementation.
  • Uncovering the processes, people, and lines of business that will be affected through IoT implementation, and ensuring that this facilitates connected innovation in the business; and doesn’t impede it. 
15:50 - 16:20 30 mins
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IoT World Africa
Panel Discussion: Will The African IoT Ecosystem Evolve Differently to Other Markets? Will Africa-Specific IoT Business Models Need to Emerge?
  • Chair Mark Walker - Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey, IDC
  • Prasanna Burri - CIO, Dangote
  • Neebashnee Kristnasamy - Head of Projects and Digital Transformation Programme, Sanlam Private Wealth
  • Will the IoT Ecosystem look different in Africa? Will cloud providers take on a greater role?
  • How can we use The West’s experience with IoT as a sandbox for Africa’s IoT implementation?
  • Will Telcos player a greater or smaller role in the African IoT Ecosystem?
  • What can businesses already looking at IoT do to accelerate best practice in IoT implementation
16:20 - 16:40 20 mins
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IoT World Africa
Preparing Africans for IoT & The Future of Work
  • Sharron McPherson - Co-Founder, The Centre for Disruptive Technologies & women in Infrastructure Development and Energy Consortium
  • Who’s preparing African Youth for the Future of Work?
  • How do you create enabling R&D experiences for young Africans to invent African solutions for African problems?
  • Who’s adapting global hardware, software, and connected devices solutions in relevant ways for African workers?
16:40 - 16:50 10 mins
IoT World Africa
End of IoT World Day One and Closing Remarks
12:00 - 12:10 10 mins
Africa Video Forum Content Hub
Welcome and Introduction
12:10 - 12:50 40 mins
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Africa Video Forum Content Hub
Africa goes Global: Content Distribution across the world
  • Giving Africans a voice to portray true Africa to the rest of the world
  • Producing African content to international standards for the global market
  • Exporting African content in the digital age
  • Viable OTT services for the African diaspora
12:50 - 13:30 40 mins
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Africa Video Forum Content Hub
How do VoD services impact the buying and selling of content?
  • How will more competition from streaming video on demand (SVOD) impact the cost of content?
  • What’s the key to success for dealmakers in the ‘experience economy’?
  •  How does the race for the rights to stream sports events change the game?
13:30 - 13:50 20 mins
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Africa Video Forum Content Hub
How rights owners are adjusting strategies for exploitation of the economic value in their content
  • How best to organize the sequential roll out of content for maximum return
  • How to build audience demand while avoiding overlaps
13:50 - 14:40 50 mins
Africa Video Forum Content Hub
Exhibition Visit & Networking Lunch
14:40 - 15:20 40 mins
Info
Africa Video Forum Content Hub
Devising a mobile first content strategy
  • Is it all about short form video?
  • What role does and should advertising play?
  • Making sure content is protected
15:20 - 16:00 40 mins
Africa Video Forum Content Hub
How do we support young content creators?
16:00 - 16:00 0 mins
Africa Video Forum Content Hub
Closing Remarks & End of Day 1
12:00 - 12:10 10 mins
Connecting Africa
Welcome and Introductions
12:10 - 12:50 40 mins
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Connecting Africa
Building policy around connectivity as an enabler for Economic Development
  • Keeping up with the pace of digital transformation on the continent
  • Challenges of financing new connectivity projects
  • Is spectrum auctioning undermining the long term agenda of affordable connectivity?
  • The merits of governments investing to become regional hubs for internet traffic
12:50 - 13:10 20 mins
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Connecting Africa
Fireside Chat: Providing enhanced coverage over high-demand markets
  • Managing the trade-off between providing enhanced coverage nationally vs. focusing on high-demand markets?
13:10 - 13:50 40 mins
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Connecting Africa
Panel Discussion: Improving access to spectrum to drive network growth on the continent
  • Making licensed spectrum more readily available
  • Spectrum constraints (as a resource) vs. most efficient spectrum allocation to generate greatest value in terms of connectivity / coverage
  • Can we improve transparency when assigning licenses without auction?
  • How can regulators diversify their strategy moving forward?
13:50 - 14:10 20 mins
Connecting Africa
How integral is satellite to bridging the digital divide in Africa?
14:10 - 15:00 50 mins
Connecting Africa
Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
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Connecting Africa
Networks of the future: How should operators strategise in terms of coverage and quality of service?
  • Improving bandwidth: What technologies are best suited to this?
  • Dealing with spectrum allocation and cost issues for a longer term perspective
  • Can satellite ever stack up in rural areas given the reliability and capacity limitations?
15:20 - 16:00 40 mins
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Connecting Africa
Satellite Technology - The Key to Connecting Africa?
  • Market differentiation: Where does the greatest opportunity for satellite lie?
  • What is the impact of 4G infrastructure deployment in sub 1GHz spectrum on satellite providers?
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
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Connecting Africa
Strategies to manage network densification
  • Exploring passive and active network sharing models
  • Considering a National Wireless Open Access Network
  • How do operators with lack of sufficient / adequate spectrum handle network densification?
  • Ensuring investor certainty and facilitating further infrastructure investment and inclusive ICT sector growth
16:20 - 16:20 0 mins
Connecting Africa
Close of Connecting Africa Day 1
12:00 - 12:10 10 mins
Africa Video Forum
Welcome and Introduction
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
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Africa Video Forum
Show me the money! Identifying new revenue models for Video in Africa
  • Is there a ceiling on pay-TV households revenues?
  • Managing pushback from consumers on SVOD services
  • Subscription / advertising revenues or both?
  • Can AVoD, or TVoD work in Africa?
  • In the battle for eyeballs, how big a role will advertising play?
12:30 - 13:10 40 mins
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Africa Video Forum
Next generation pay-TV services in Africa
  • Reaching more consumers with a wider range of services
  • Best practice in innovative offers, and high quality entertainment
  • Addressing the new challenges of broadband-driven content sharing piracy
  • What are the latest technologies and services to protect the value of our content?
13:10 - 13:50 40 mins
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Africa Video Forum
What is the future of FTA Broadcasting in Africa?
  • How are FTA broadcasters remaining relevant in the digital world?
  • Will the digital switch over solve the challenges for public broadcasters?
  • How much protection should regulators be giving?
  • What initiatives are there for public / private broadcasting collaboration?
13:50 - 14:40 50 mins
Africa Video Forum
Speed Networking, Exhibition Visit & Lunch
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
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Africa Video Forum
Investing in New Media Services
  • Who is funding these developments and what are they looking for?
  • What are the core services consumers demand?
  • How should we be thinking about mobile, broadband and IoT when upgrading technologies?
  • How is policy likely to be impacted by industry developments
  • How and when should I update my VoD platform?
15:00 - 15:40 40 mins
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Africa Video Forum
Launching OTT Video Services in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Seamless content delivery across multiple devices
  • Differentiated marketing in an increasingly crowded market
  • How to process, secure, distribute and monetize premium video on any consumer device
  • Ensuring high quality of broadcast service without breaking the bank
15:40 - 16:00 20 mins
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Africa Video Forum
How can telcos build significant online and video advertising capabilities?
  • Combining fixed and mobile “multi-play” services to gain a more in-depth view of customers’ behaviours
  • Digital content and media habits for enhanced visibility into consumers lives

 Providing more accurate ways to help advertisers access particular audiences

13:30 - 16:00 150 mins
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LeadersIn Africa
LeadersIn Africa Summit

The LeadersIn Africa Summit will tackle the most challenging and controversial issues addressed at AfricaCom in an informal and intimate setting. The Chatham House Rule applies so all exchanges are strictly off the record to encourage frank and productive dialogue. This exclusive, invite-only event provides a unique opportunity to engage with industry leaders, policymakers and regulators.

LeadersIn Africa Boardroom 1: Re-calibrating African telco strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

LeadersIn Africa Boardroom 2: Embracing digital transformation to strengthen African economies: the critical role of policymakers and regulators

LeadersIn Africa Boardroom 3: From hype to reality: how is IoT shaping Africa’s digital future?

LeadersIn Africa Boardroom 4: Blockchain technology adoption in Africa: impact, implications, challenges and opportunities

LeadersIn Africa Boardroom 5: Artificial Intelligence as a digital disruptor of tomorrow: how will AI disrupt your business model?