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Key Sessions

Mr Steve Chege

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

Safaricom

Ishkhan Martirosyan

Building foundations of successful SDN and NFV deployments

Datanet Africa

08:00 09:00 (60 mins)

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Registration and Exhibition Open

09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

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Chairman's Welcome and opening remarks

  • Danson Njue - Research Analyst, Ovum

09:10 09:30 (20 mins)

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Regulatory keynote: National broadband strategy: next phase in providing quality broadband to citizens and realising the Vision 2030 objectives

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

  • Steve Chege - Corporate Affairs Director, Safaricom

09:50 11:00 (70 mins)

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Executive Networking break & Exhibition visit

11:00 11:40 (40 mins)

Stream A: Creating East Africa’s connected society

Panel discussion: Expanding the LTE user experience beyond voice and data

  • Evolving and enhancing operator’s services through 4G LTE expansion (VolLTE, ViLTE)
  • The role of small cells and WiFi in driving LTE speed and coverage
  • Focusing on customer retention through QoS
  • Is East Africa pushed to adopt tech too early than necessary – the case in point 5G?
  • Ibrahim Epamba - End to End Design Engineer, Orange Telkom Kenya
  • Robert Mutai - Head of Technology Strategy, Assurance & Governance, Safaricom

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

Stream A: Creating East Africa’s connected society

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, Datanet Africa

12:00 12:40 (40 mins)

Stream A: Creating East Africa’s connected society

Virtualisation for success – is SDN and NFV in the cloud the future or present for the region?

  • How to utilise SDN and NFV to evolve business networking
  • The business case for investing in SDN and NFV technologies to reduce costs and significantly increase agility and speed through which new services are created and deployed

12:20 13:40 (80 mins)

Stream A: Creating East Africa’s connected society

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Visit

13:40 14:00 (20 mins)

Stream A: Creating East Africa’s connected society

How infrastructure sharing and fibre to the premises is changing communities and industries across East Africa

14:00 14:40 (40 mins)

Stream A: Creating East Africa’s connected society

Panel discussion: 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
  • Purumedh Gupta - VP, Airtel Business (Africa)

11:00 11:40 (40 mins)

Stream B – New Broadcasting models for the digital era

Panel discussion: Capitalising on thematic viewing experiences: a focus on sports rights and broadcasting

  • How will future rights deals for sports content be negotiated?
  • Are there opportunities for local sports amid insatiable demand for international football and Premier League?

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

Stream B – New Broadcasting models for the digital era

OTT TV models: bringing the very best viewing experience to East African audiences

  • Revolutionising premium content with a free-to-air DTTV service
  • How are digital giants and large corporations making a commitment to developing the local content industry?

12:00 12:20 (20 mins)

Stream B – New Broadcasting models for the digital era

Leveraging the new technologies and platforms disrupting traditional pay TV models

12:20 13:40 (80 mins)

Stream B – New Broadcasting models for the digital era

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Visit

13:40 14:00 (20 mins)

Stream B – New Broadcasting models for the digital era

Adopting the disruptive technologies to traditional DTT, DTH, Cable platforms

  • Considering the new content buying models and what technology will impact this
  • What does the exponential rise of IP-based free content mean for existing DTH business models the industry is used to?

14:00 14:40 (40 mins)

Stream B – New Broadcasting models for the digital era

Panel discussion: what the new world or 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 Muchria - General Manager, Digital & Banba TV Radio Africa Group

14:40 15:40 (60 mins)

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Afternoon Networking Break & Exhibition Visit

15:40 16:00 (20 mins)

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Transform your digital enterprise through cloud

16:00 17:00 (60 mins)

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

  • Angela Wamola - Strategic Engagement Director, Africa, GSMA
  • Ken Okwero - Head of Strategy, Safaricom

16:10 18:40 (150 mins)

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Networking drinks - Radisson Terrace

East AfricaCom teclo and digital community are welcome for complimentary drinks reception at the Radisson Blu terrace