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May 15
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
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Registration and Exhibition opening
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
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KNect365 welcome
09:10 - 09:20 10 mins
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Launching East Africa Com 2018
09:20 - 09:40 20 mins
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Welcome address: Accelerating the spread of digital connectivity to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals
09:40 - 10:10 30 mins
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Keynote panel: Tackling Africa’s digital connectivity deficit
  • Aldo Mareuse - CEO, Telkom Kenya
  • Nixon M. Gecheo - Governance and ICT4D expert, Universal Service Advisory Council, Communications Authority of Kenya
  • Dobek Pater - Director, Africa Analysis
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  • An East African digital connectivity SWOT analysis
  • Applying lessons learned from the implementation of Kenya’s National Broadband Strategy
  • Establishing innovative partnerships to bridge connectivity gaps
  • Encouraging investment in critical connectivity infrastructure
  • Overcoming core internet connectivity barriers
  • Accelerating 4G deployment throughout East Africa
  • Mapping out East Africa’s journey towards 5G
10:10 - 10:40 30 mins
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Keynote panel: The quest for mobile money interoperability in East Africa
  • Anuj Tanna - Director – Mobile Financial Services, Telkom Kenya
  • Dobek Pater - Director, Africa Analysis
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•    Mapping out the route to mobile money interoperability in Kenya
•    Lessons from the Tanzania experience: impact and takeaways
•    Finding a win-win scenario for MNOs and consumers
•    Creating the right regulatory conditions to support mobile money ecosystem expansion
•    Realising the seamless cross-border money transfer vision in East Africa


10:40 - 11:40 60 mins
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Coffee and Exhibition visit
11:40 - 12:00 20 mins
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Market forecast: East Africa’s TMT outlook for 2018 and beyond
  • Danson Njue - Research Analyst, Ovum
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12:00 - 12:20 20 mins
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The evolving role of the African telecoms operator in a new age of data and digital services: transitioning from communication service provider to digital service provider
12:20 - 13:00 40 mins
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Panel: Creating a favourable regulatory environment to increase digital connectivity in East Africa
  • Paul Kukubo - Board Director, Communications Authority of Kenya
  • Clare Ruto - Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Telkom Kenya
  • Alice Kariuki - Group Regulatory Director, Airtel Africa
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  • How can East African policymakers and regulators create an enabling environment to support mobile broadband roll out and digital transformation?
  • What are the critical features of such an enabling environment?
  • Licensing and spectrum allocation concerns
  • Aligning public policy and private sector development in the East African ICT space
  • Digital connectivity as a tool to drive socio-economic development
  • Harnessing the transformative potential of digital connectivity
13:00 - 14:20 80 mins
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Lunch and Exhibition visit
14:20 - 14:40 20 mins
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The convergence of IoT, big data and artificial intelligence: a perfect storm of opportunity?
  • Dobek Pater - Director, Africa Analysis
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14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
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Realising the smart city vision in Kenya: a blueprint for East Africa?
  • Antony Otieno - Secretary General, Internet Society Kenya Chapter
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15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
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Panel: From hype to reality: how is IoT shaping Africa’s digital future?
  • Eric Munyiri - CIO, Kenya Electricity Generating Company
  • Dobek Pater - Director, Africa Analysis
  • Antony Otieno - Secretary General, Internet Society Kenya Chapter
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  • Getting to grips with the African IoT ecosystem
  • Key takeaways from real IoT implementation case studies
  • Overcoming the most common IoT technology adoption challenges
  • New opportunities created by smart cities and connected societies
  • Ensuring that IoT realises its game changing potential in Africa
15:30 - 16:10 40 mins
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Coffee and Exhibition visit
16:20 - 16:50 30 mins
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Panel: Blockchain technology adoption in Africa: impact, implications, challenges and opportunities
  • Michael Kimani - VP ChamaPesa & Chairman, Blockchain Association of Kenya
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  • What industries will experience the most disruption from blockchain
  • What blockchain opportunities should telecoms operators be exploring?
  • What does blockchain mean for your enterprise?
  • Understanding regulatory concerns around blockchain
  • Beyond financial services and cryptocurrencies: exploring wider possibilities
16:50 - 17:10 20 mins
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Increasing the impact of digital transformation on healthcare access and service delivery in Africa
  • Dr Cathy Mwangi - CEO, mHealth Kenya
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•    Sizing up the e-health opportunity
•    Mobile, IoT, AI, Big Data, Cloud: how will these technologies impact healthcare?
•    What needs to be done to scale up and amplify the impact of digital on healthcare?

17:10 - 17:40 30 mins
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Close of East Africa Com day one
13:00 - 14:20 80 mins
LeadersIn East Africa
LeadersIn Africa Boardroom: Empowering East Africa’s connectivity champions to bridge the digital divide – aligning public policy and private sector development
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Invite-only VIP interactive session

14:30 - 15:30 60 mins
Digital Broadcasting East Africa
Digital Broadcasting East Africa Breakout Session
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This new breakout session dedicated to new broadcasting models for the digital era will run from 14.30 – 15.30 in a separate room.

17:30 - 18:30 60 mins
East Africa Com Awards
East Africa Com Awards
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Celebrate digital excellence in East Africa at the inaugural East Africa Com Awards.

18:30 - 20:30 120 mins
East Africa Com Awards
East Africa Com Awards Afterparty