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Key Sessions

Mercy Ndegwa

Industry keynote: The socioeconomic benefits of NBN and the key rollout strategies in Eastern Africa

Safaricom

Aldo Mareuse

How are mobile network operator strategies evolving to meet the demands of a shifting digital landscape?

Telkom Kenya

08:00 09:00 (60 mins)

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Registration and Exhibition Open

09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

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KNect365 welcome

09:10 09:20 (10 mins)

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Chairman's Welcome and opening remarks

  • Danson Njue - Research Analyst, Ovum

09:30 09:50 (20 mins)

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Industry keynote: The socioeconomic benefits of NBN and the key rollout strategies in Eastern Africa

  • Mercy Ndegwa - Head of Department, Regulatory and Public Policy, Safaricom

09:50 10:10 (20 mins)

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How can policymakers and regulators create an enabling environment for operators to improve connectivity to underserved segments of the population?

  • Nixon M. Gecheo - Governance and ICT4D expert, Universal Service Advisory Council, Communications Authority of Kenya

10:10 10:30 (20 mins)

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How are mobile network operator strategies evolving to meet the demands of a shifting digital landscape?

  • Aldo Mareuse - CEO, Telkom Kenya

10:30 11:30 (60 mins)

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Coffee and exhibition visit + speed networking

11:30 12:10 (40 mins)

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To invest or not to invest – what the future indicates for data centres and the role of cloud computing in Africa

  • Assessing the outlook for investment in Cloud Data Centres and services expertise in Africa?
  • Should Africa invest more in domestic data centres?
  • What are the trends in cloud computing that should drive your investment decisions?
  • Muhalia Allan - Senior Manager Wholesale Service, Safaricom
  • Craig Thomas - Senior Director, International Marketing, Calix
  • Moderator Danson Njue - Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Geoffrey Shimanyula - General Manager, SimbaNET

12:10 12:30 (20 mins)

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Building foundations of successful SDN and NFV deployments

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) networking technology on the ground

  • Ishkhan Martirosyan - Chief Technical Officer, BringCom

12:30 13:50 (80 mins)

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Lunch and exhibition visit

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

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Social development through satellite broadband

  • How satellite broadband is key player in driving economic and social growth
  • Combining connectivity and innovation to promote and incentivise education to children and young adults
  • Enabling entrepreneurs access to the digital tools required to start and grow their businesses
  • ECO – sustainable Wi-Fi for schools and community centres
  • Srinath Logasubramanian - Senior Government Manager, Avanti Communications Group

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

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Converging your network to one single fiber investment for residential, business and mobile backhaul

Deploying fiber is the largest investment you make so use it as wisely as possible. Recognize the opportunity to converge your network to one single fiber investment for residential, business and mobile backhaul. However, you need the tools to ensure fiber delivers the best subscriber experience, the lowest OPEX, plus analytics on where fiber should be deployed first.

  • Craig Thomas - Senior Director, International Marketing, Calix

14:40 15:10 (30 mins)

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New broadcasting models for the digital era: What will the new world of digital broadcasting will look like post DTT?

  • Has digital migration achieved what it was intended to?
  • Have perceived gaps been filled and new opportunities sufficiently created?
  • What actions should be put in place now from regulators and private sector to help the industry flourish?
  • Ms Catherine Wanjiku Njari - Senior Manager - TV & Media Content, Safaricom
  • Danny Mucira - General Manager Digital, Bamba TV, Radio Africa Group
  • Elias Schulze - Co-Founder & Managing Director, Kana Television, Ethiopia
  • David Mugambi - CEO, Arrix Media

15:10 16:00 (50 mins)

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Coffee and exhibition visit

16:00 16:20 (20 mins)

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Roaming IoT - without bill shock

  • Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg - CSO, UROS Group

16:20 17:00 (40 mins)

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Closing keynote panel discussion: Examining IoT’s practical applications to stimulating markets and the central role of the MNO

  • Sizing up the IoT opportunity for telcos
  • IoT in action: present and future practical applications in East Africa
  • Working with business and government to realise value from IoT innovations
  • Considerations in deriving real value from innovations for stakeholders in the IoT ecosystem
  • Moderator Angela Wamola - Strategic Engagement Director, Africa, GSMA
  • Ken Okwero - Head of Strategy, Safaricom
  • Antony Otieno - Secretary General, Internet Society Kenya Chapter

17:00 17:10 (10 mins)

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Close of East Africa Com day one

  • Danson Njue - Research Analyst, Ovum

17:10 19:10 (120 mins)

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Networking drinks reception