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08:40 08:50 (10 mins)


KNect365 TMT welcome and introduction

11:30 11:50 (20 mins)


Refreshments Break & Exhibition Visit

12:00 12:20 (20 mins)

Network Connectivity: Connecting Africa

Chair's Opening Remarks & Market status update

  • How have the LTE networks evolved in the past 12 months?
  • What to expect in the next 6-9 months?
  • Connecting Africa through 3G-4G-5G networks
  • Adrian Scrase - CTO, ETSI

12:20 12:40 (20 mins)

Network Connectivity: Connecting Africa

Transforming Lives Through Connectivity: MNO case study

Sharing a successful LTE deployment case study

Best Practise & Implementation Strategies

Services deployed over the network - ROI

12:40 13:00 (20 mins)

Network Connectivity: Connecting Africa

4G Acceleration and journey to Gbit.

  • Challenges and opportunities in the region
  • 5G, Spectrum, time lines, first use cases (IoT based) & journey through 4G to 5G
  • The future of 2G and 3G
  • Vision on devices affordability and performance expectations into the future
  • James Munn - Vice president of business development in Sub-Sahara Africa, Qualcomm
  • Chairman Dobek Pater - Telecoms Analyst, Africa Analysis

13:00 14:30 (90 mins)


Lunch and Networking

Hosted Lunch Tables

14:30 14:50 (20 mins)

Network Connectivity: Connecting Africa

Innovations in wireless - a new business case to connect Africa


  • Latest innovations in wireless at 10.5 to 28GHz and 60GHz
  • Pre-5G point-to-multipoint - lowering the cost to connect Africa to superfast broadband
  • Millimetre wave – a path to increasing coverage and revenues
  • Case study – delivering broadband to 20,000+ businesses in Africa
  • How wireless is now outperforming fibre – new operator business model
  • John Naylon - CTO and founder, Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL)

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)

Africa on the Road to 5G

Connecting Africa Through 4G

  • Regulatory Framework – A case of Ghana compared to Rwanda.
  • Impact of 4G, on businesses in the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise sector
  • How operators have accelerated the adoption of LTE in Ghana
  • Ebenezer Ampadu - Director, Surfline Communications

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

Africa on the Road to 5G

Making your LTE network 5G ready

  • Readiness of the networks in the region- are we ready?

  • Migration from 3G to 4G and 5G- Key strategies in place for seamless transition

  • Requirement of new technology & infrastructure?

  • Backhaul & small cells

  • Lepata Mafa - Director of Corporate Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer, Orange Botswana

15:30 15:50 (20 mins)

Africa on the Road to 5G

Highlighting key revenue generating business models

  • Discussing the investment in 4G deployment in the region

  • Do MNO’s see a return on investment in rural areas?

  • Roadmap for connecting rural parts of Africa

15:50 16:20 (30 mins)

Africa on the Road to 5G

Panel Discussion: Mobile architecture to support LTE networks on the road to 5G & services

  • Improving existing architecture
  • LTE cellular modem technology
  • Capabilities to bridge the gap to 5G
  • Core network architecture- network slicing
  • Panellist Godfrey Efeurhobo - MD, Smile Communications Nigeria

16:20 16:21 (1 mins)


End of Session Coffee Break & Speed Networking

16:30 16:31 (1 mins)


AfricaCom Headline Keynotes

Followed by: A FEST Music Festival