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09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

Launching AfricaCom 2017

09:10 09:30 (20 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

The building blocks of Africa’s digital economy

09:30 09:50 (20 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

A blueprint for Africa 4.0

09:50 10:30 (40 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

Mapping Africa’s journey towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for Africa?
  • How can Africa capitalise on the potential of disruptive technology?
  • What organisations are best placed to pave the way towards Africa 4.0?
  • Mobile as a platform for expanding Africa’s digital economy
  • Financing Africa’s digital economy
  • How can digital skills development keep up with the pace of digital transformation?

10:30 10:50 (20 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

From hype to reality: how is IoT shaping digital strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa?

10:50 11:30 (40 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

Creating an enabling environment to support disruptive innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • How can policymakers and regulators create an enabling environment to support digital transformation and leverage ICT innovations?
  • What are the critical features of such an enabling environment?
  • Developing ICT policy to facilitate and accelerate the spread of internet connectivity
  • Aligning public policy and private sector development in the ICT space
  • The role of governments in fostering a Pan-African culture of entrepreneurship and innovation

11:30 11:40 (10 mins)

Visions for Africa Keynotes

Close of Visions for Africa Keynotes day one

11:00 11:10 (10 mins)

AHUB

Launch of AHUB 2017

11:10 11:30 (20 mins)

AHUB

The critical role of entrepreneurship in accelerating the growth of Africa’s digital economy

11:30 11:50 (20 mins)

AHUB

Creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to thrive in digital Africa

11:50 12:10 (20 mins)

AHUB

Analyst briefing: A whirlwind tour of the African tech start-up funding landscape

  • Investor and entrepreneur profiles
  • What are the hottest sectors?
  • Where are the best growth prospects?

12:10 12:40 (30 mins)

AHUB

Start with a problem, not a solution – what keeps your target market awake at night?

  • Thinking outside the box and spotting new opportunities in an age of digital disruption
  • Tips on uncovering new opportunities to innovate
  • Understanding investor mentalities and priorities
  • Transforming ideas into tangible solutions with disruptive impact
  • Scalability and internationalisation

12:40 13:10 (30 mins)

AHUB

How is FinTech disrupting financial services and shaping the future of banking in Africa?

  • The FinTech opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Exploring key themes in FinTech investment
  • Opportunities around providing financial services to the unbanked
  • How can regulators support FinTech expansion in Africa?

13:10 14:10 (60 mins)

AHUB

Lunch break

14:10 15:10 (60 mins)

AHUB

Live pitch session: The World Bank presents XL Africa sneak peek pitches

15:10 15:40 (30 mins)

AHUB

Sector snapshot: Disrupting healthcare in Africa: the rise of digital health

15:30 15:50 (20 mins)

AHUB

Sector snapshot: Sizing up the African agri-tech opportunity

15:50 16:10 (20 mins)

AHUB

African tech solutions with global application: where do the greatest opportunities lie?

16:10 16:20 (10 mins)

AHUB

Close of AHUB stage

11:25 11:30 (5 mins)

SDN & NFV Conference

Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Chair George Debbo - Independent Telecommunications Consultant , George Debbo Telecom (Pty) Ltd

11:30 12:10 (40 mins)

SDN & NFV Conference

Panel Discussion: Understanding the Business Case and Key Drivers for NFV & SDN

  • Why should African operators invest in SDN and NFV?
  • Understanding the investment required and the possible ROI
  • When does it make sense to virtualise?
  • How SDN and NFV can help to meet the changing needs of the customer
  • Moderator Dobek Pater - Managing Director, Africa Analysis
  • Panellist Bhavin Shah - Regional Director, EMEA, Telekom Malaysia
  • Panellist Malcolm Ramsay - Owner, Pixellife

12:10 12:30 (20 mins)

SDN & NFV Conference

Case Study from the international market: How SDN and NFV revolutionised our mobile network

  • How SDN and NFV is already driving value for operators internationally
  • What are the key long term benefits of SDN and NFV: Reduced complexity, increased flexibility and service assurance
  • Understanding the virtualisation process and what is required
  • Lessons learnt: How can we learn from international success stories?

12:30 12:50 (20 mins)

SDN & NFV Conference

Developing a business plan for virtualising your network

  • What are the essential phases, goals and metrics for migration to NFV?
  • SDN and NFV to help operators meet basic connectivity requirements
  • Deploying virtualized services over legacy networks
  • Analysing the key use cases for SDN and NFV in Africa
  • How can we get started? What parts of the network should be virtualised first?

12:50 14:00 (70 mins)

SDN & NFV Conference

Lunch and close of SDN & NFV Conference day one

14:00 17:00 (180 mins)

SDN & NFV Conference

Visit the SDN & NFV PoC Zone on the show floor for live demos

11:30 11:35 (5 mins)

IoT Africa

Launch of IoT Africa

11:30 11:50 (20 mins)

IoT Africa

Keynote Solo - Gaining A Competitive advantage with IoT Technology

  • Service providers as the facilitators and engine room of the super connected world
  • Low Power Networks boosting lot deployment plans
  • The challenge of IoT security and harnessing IoT data analytics for intelligent decision making
  • Ensuring there is a robust cloud infrastructure to derive real value

11:50 12:30 (40 mins)

IoT Africa

Keynote panel: IoT Enabling Africa and Transforming lives

  • IoT and businesses working to solve societal challenges
  • IoT driving operational efficiency to produce new revenue streams
  • Digital transformation across all verticals and public services
  • Information as the new currency in an era of data
  • Tim Genders - Development Executive, Project Isizwe
  • Wayne Hull - Managing Director, Accenture
  • Ian Merrington - CEO, The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi)
  • Nvalaye Kourouma - Chief Digital Officer, Barclays RoA
  • Adam White - Founder, Digital Matatus

12:30 12:50 (20 mins)

IoT Africa

IoT in Action - the Kenyan Interswitch

  • Accepting and tracking payments across multiple bank from different locations
  • Facilitating the electronic circulation of money through different channels
  • Michael Mbuthia - CIO, Kenya Bankers (IPSL)

12:50 13:10 (20 mins)

IoT Africa

Case study: IoT making a difference to rural Africans – a product designed to save lives "the world's first networked heat-detector designed specifically for a slum environment"

  • Paul Mesarcik - Director, Lumkani

13:30 15:00 (90 mins)

IoT Africa

Lunch featuring industry mindshare hosted tables

Lunch tables are situated outside the IoT Africa conference room. Expert speakers lead informal discussions and delegates are encouraged to join one table of their choice to support networking in the break.

15:00 15:40 (40 mins)

IoT Africa

Panel discussion: The third offering - opportunities and challenges presented to MNOs by the IoT revolution

  • The very substantial business opportunity offered by realising the benefits of mobile enabled IoT solutions.
  • Adding socio-economic value to the IoT offerings
  • Interoperability, digitalisation and innovation assisting in change
  • Connecting the M to M system through cloud technologies
  • Melao Mashale - Senior Manager, MTN Business IoT Solutions

15:40 16:00 (20 mins)

IoT Africa

IoT transforming the future of food and farming

  • Improving production output with smart farming
  • Maximising efficiency with smart device installations
  • Harnessing the IoT data to monitor water and crop levels
  • Raj Wanniappa - CEO and Founder, Future Horizon Technologies

16:00 16:20 (20 mins)

IoT Africa

Lighting up Africa with IoT

  • Connecting over 500,000 homes to affordable solar power
  • A powerful combination of accounting, CRM and inventory tracking in one complete system
  • Processing huge volumes of data daily and improving the proposition, customer service and security
  • Andreas Fruhen - CEO, M Kopa

16:20 16:40 (20 mins)

IoT Africa

IoT and educating the children of Africa

  • Providing a virtual classroom to over 2 million children
  • Making Africa smarter with technology
  • Andrew Rudge - CEO, The Reach Trust

16:40 16:45 (5 mins)

IoT Africa

Close of IoT Africa day one

11:30 11:35 (5 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Launch of Mobile Finance & Commerce

11:35 12:10 (35 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Keynote panel discussion: Building a digital society to increase economic inclusion

  • Creating a digital society boosting micro and macro economies
  • Increasing digital fluency to bring jobs to Africa’s youth
  • The role of fintech in moving Africa forward
  • Is Data becoming the new oil?
  • Edmund Higenbottam - CEO, Verdant Capital
  • Daniel Asare-Kyei - Managing Director, ESOKO
  • Moussa Dao - Director, Orange Money
  • Daddy Mukadi - Chief Regulatory Officer Africa, Airtel

12:10 12:30 (20 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Keynote presentation: the growth of mobile financial services

  • Creating a path to accelerate revenue growth
  • Using more advanced data analytics to better inform decision making, particularly around customers
  • Accelerating the diversification of revenue streams
  • Focusing on the customer experience
  • Hanlie Smuts - Group Executive, aYo Holdings

12:30 13:10 (40 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Keynote panel discussion: Enhancing interoperability to provide greater financial access

  • Strategies to increase security and market take up
  • Exploring the role of payments innovation and new technologies
  • Developing mergers and partnerships between telcos, banks and merchants
  • Driving financial inclusion and allowing seamless interaction between mobile money transfer platforms

13:10 13:30 (20 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Aspiring to full interoperability in East Africa

  • Driving financial inclusion
  • Creating fair competition

13:30 15:00 (90 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Lunch featuring industry mindshare hosted tables

Lunch tables are situated outside the Mobile Finance and Commerce conference room. Expert speakers lead informal discussions and delegates are encouraged to join one table of their choice to support networking in the break.

15:00 15:40 (40 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Panel discussion: m-commerce: the growth in transacting through digital technology

  • Increasing adoption of wearable devices, nfc and M-PoS driving the global mobile payment market
  • New mobile trends, multichannel concepts and new technology
  • Rewards and redemption
  • Manuel Koser - Founding Partner, Silvertree Capital
  • Johan Meyer - CEO, Wallettec
  • Marek Zmyslowski - CEO and Founder, HotelOga
  • Mark Bradshaw - CEO, SnapNSave
  • Andreas Demleitner - Co Founder, Peach Payments
  • Peter Miller - Head of Retail, wiGroup

15:40 16:00 (20 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

The realities and challenges of cross boarder expansion

  • Remittance fuelled by branchless banking
  • Facilitating connectivity between providers
  • Building customer trust

16:00 16:40 (40 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Panel discussion: Positioning e-commerce as a central strategy for retailers

  • Creating digital imprints offering businesses greater insights into profiles and preferences
  • Is the consumer driving their own experience?
  • Meeting the demands of the unbanked consumers
  • Frans Van der Colff - Director, Fruit and City Africa
  • Nicholas Bednall - CMO, wiGroup
  • Simon Hartley - Founder, WumDrop

16:40 16:45 (5 mins)

Mobile Finance & Commerce

Close of Mobile Finance & Commerce day one

12:00 12:10 (10 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Welcome and Introduction

12:05 12:25 (20 mins)

Connectivity Stage

5G - What does the future look like?

  • Developing a roadmap for deployment
  • Expected costs for rollout
  • Standardisation

12:25 13:00 (35 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Providing broadband connectivity over satellite

  • New infrastructure services
  • Providing high-speed broadband connectivity across Africa
  • Delivering connectivity beyond big cities,
  • Providing faster, more reliable broadband to support business growth

13:00 14:00 (60 mins)

Connectivity Stage

How Will Future Networks Impact the Towerco Model?

13:30 15:00 (90 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Networking Lunch

14:00 14:25 (25 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Disrupt Africa: Networking Strategies for Serving Rapid Growth

  • Clint Collins - Regional Sales Director, Epsilon

14:25 14:50 (25 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Sim registration into the future

  • How effective is sim registration at digital security and physical safety?
  • Effects on connectivity
  • Wider social and political impacts
  • Christopher Baker-Brown - CTO and Co-Founder, BBOXX

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Dealing with declining DSL subscribers


  • How fast is the deterioration of the DSL market?
  • How is it going to be replaced?
  • The fibre race is on


15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Breaking down the DNS market in Africa

Outlining the results of the Africa Domain Names System Market Study Report

  • Loren Braithwaite-Kabosha - Chairperson, South African Communications Forum (SACF)

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Analyst Clinic: 3G vs 4G vs 5G – where is the money in reality?

16:00 16:00 (0 mins)

Connectivity Stage

Close of Connectivity Stage Day 1

12:00 12:10 (10 mins)

Connecting Africa

Chairman's Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Ellie Hagopian - CEO, Nomosphere South Africa

12:10 13:00 (50 mins)

Connecting Africa

Using Connectivity as a Tool for Economic Development

  • Moderator Alison Gillwald - Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

13:00 13:20 (20 mins)

Connecting Africa

Making the Most out of Spectrum to Meet Exponential Demand

13:20 14:10 (50 mins)

Connecting Africa

Government Initiatives to Roll Out National Networks

  • Moderator Dobek Pater - Managing Director, Africa Analysis
  • Bora Varliyagci - CEO, digitalthings
  • Alison Gillwald - Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

14:10 15:10 (60 mins)

Connecting Africa

Exhibition Visit & Lunch

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

Connecting Africa

Opening up Larger Markets with Increased Device Penetration

15:30 16:20 (50 mins)

Connecting Africa

Doing More with Less – New Operator strategies

  • Moderator Ellie Hagopian - CEO, Nomosphere South Africa

16:20 16:25 (5 mins)

Connecting Africa

Chairman's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

  • Ellie Hagopian - CEO, Nomosphere South Africa

12:00 12:10 (10 mins)

TV Connect Africa

Chairman's Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:10 12:30 (20 mins)

TV Connect Africa

Keynote Address: New Thinking, Respect and Vision for Professional Broadcasting

  • John Momoh (OON) - Chairman / CEO, Channels Media Group

12:30 12:50 (20 mins)

TV Connect Africa

Building Capacity for Media Development in Africa

  • Legal frameworks to encourage change and development
  • Addressing expensive internet in a low income market
  • Increasing penetration of digital devices?
  • What is the scope for white labelling data on paid for media services?

12:50 13:30 (40 mins)

TV Connect Africa

The Role and Challenges of Public Broadcasting in an Evolving Digital African Landscape

  • Creating a vibrant public service offering
  • Strategies for a long term sustainability model
  • The responsibility of nurturing creative talent
  • Strategies to encourage, protect and truly cooperate with TV stations
  • Is'haq Modibbo Kawu - Director General, National Broadcasting Commission
  • John Momoh (OON) - Chairman / CEO, Channels Media Group
  • Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow - Director General, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

13:30 14:30 (60 mins)

TV Connect Africa

Speed Networking, Exhibition Visit & Lunch

14:30 14:50 (20 mins)

TV Connect Africa

Where is the Pay-TV Industry Headed?

  • Beyond OTT to “Smart IP-fication”
  • Securing the digital ecosystem
  • Creating value from the TV technology landscape
  • Guillaume Hallez - Head of Africa, Nagra

14:50 16:45 (115 mins)

TV Connect Africa

Broadcast Media Workshop

13:30 13:40 (10 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Facilitator introduction

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.

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Live 'thought thermometer' poll: How can Africa capitalise on the potential of disruptive technology?

14:20 16:00 (100 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Ministerial Think Tank: How can policymakers and regulators create an enabling environment to accelerate the pace of digital connectivity in Africa?

Participants will join a Think Tank to explore their topic of choice in an informal discussion format.

14:20 16:00 (100 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Think Tank 1: Innovating business models to stay ahead of the game in an age of digital disruption and transformation

Participants will join a Think Tank to explore their topic of choice in an informal discussion format.

14:20 16:00 (100 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Think Tank 2: Building and sustaining a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in large organisations

Participants will join a Think Tank to explore their topic of choice in an informal discussion format.

14:20 16:00 (100 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Think Tank 3: The CIO Forum: Developing a winning ICT strategy

Participants will join a Think Tank to explore their topic of choice in an informal discussion format.

14:20 16:00 (100 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Think Tank 4: Creating a vibrant and self-sustaining broadcast industry in Africa

16:00 16:20 (20 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Takeaways and action points

16:20 16:25 (5 mins)

LeadersIn Africa Summit

Close of LeadersIn Africa Summit

14:00 15:00 (60 mins)

SDN & NFV PoC Zone

SDN & NFV PoC Demo One

15:00 16:00 (60 mins)

SDN & NFV PoC Zone

SDN & NFV PoC Demo Two

16:00 17:00 (60 mins)

SDN & NFV PoC Zone

SDN & NFV PoC Demo Three