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08:00 09:00 (60 mins)

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Registration and exhibition opens

09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

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KNect365 Welcome

09:10 09:20 (10 mins)

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Chair’s Introduction: Nigeria’s digital landscape: challenges and opportunities for telco and ICT players

  • Dobek Pater - Telecoms Analyst, Africa Analysis

09:20 09:40 (20 mins)

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Operator keynote: Targeting growth in difficult economic conditions

  • Identifying the profitable Niches
  • Cost effective network build out via collaboration
  • A long term 4G data vision: satisfying the digital consumer in Nigeria
  • Godfrey Efeurhobo - Managing Director, Smile Telecoms

09:40 10:00 (20 mins)

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Regulatory keynote: The regulator perspective on boosting digital inclusion

  • Moving from enforcement to enablement for ICT stakeholders
  • Creating a level playing field with Regulatory levers
  • Stimulating economic growth with ICT policies: key concerns and responsibilities
  • Fidelis Onah - Director, Technical Standards and Netowrk Integrity, Nigerian Communications Commission

10:00 10:20 (20 mins)

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Yahsat - Connecting Africa

  • Boyd Chislett - Executive Director - Sales, Africa, Yahsat

10:20 11:00 (40 mins)

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Panel Discussion: What can policymakers and regulators do to create an enabling environment for ICT players?

In this panel our experts will explore how regulators can assist Telcos and ISP’s to create a conducive investment friendly playing field for Telcos and OTT with respect to Spectrum sharing, Interconnection regime, encourage the build out of fibre optic backbones, stabilising the power grid and investment incentives. Our experts will analyse GDP growth and job opportunities opportunities facilitated by Digital services.

  • Moderator Dobek Pater - Telecoms Analyst, Africa Analysis
  • Godfrey Efeurhobo - Managing Director, Smile Telecoms
  • Hassan El Chami - CTO, MTN Nigeria
  • Awadhesh Kalia - CTO, Airtel Nigeria
  • Fidelis Onah - Director, Technical Standards and Netowrk Integrity, Nigerian Communications Commission

11:00 12:00 (60 mins)

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Coffee and Exhibition Visit and Speed Networking

12:00 12:20 (20 mins)

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The Business of Airtime Mining in Africa

  • The story of Vasonomics
  • Key things you need to know about airtime mining


  • Vikas Dixit - Founder & CEO, Vasonomics

12:20 12:40 (20 mins)

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Investment briefing for telcos and ICT players

  • Balancing CAPEX and OPEX for data networks
  • Identifying the profit enhancers in data business
  • Investment strategies for rural broadband deployment
  • Oulufunso Fasetire - Investment Officer, IFC/ World Bank

12:40 13:00 (20 mins)

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Seizing and monetising the IoT opportunity for telcos

  • Understanding IoT and M2M in age of declining ARPU
  • How to re-use of legacy GSM infrastructure to power up the machine age
  • IoT Customer segments: Smart City, Utilities, etc.
  • Lanre Kolade - Managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria

13:00 13:20 (20 mins)

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Roaming IoT Without Bill Shock

  • Current state: backed with industry research (Bill Shock Strategy report, Roaming IoT report)
  • Case studies
  • Solutions, way forward
  • Debbie Wilkins - GM Africa, UROS

13:20 14:00 (40 mins)

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Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

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Satellite Technology: The Key to Delivering Universal Services across Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Srinath Logasubramanian - Senior Government Manager, Avanti Communications Group

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

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Presentation: The Role of TowerCos in the ICT Value Chain

  • The economic rationale of network sharing
  • Weaning off diesel: hybrid power sources
  • Overcoming the challenges in providing national coverage
  • Olabode Adeloye, IHS Towers Nigeria

14:40 15:10 (30 mins)

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Panel Discussion: Overcoming the on Grid Challenge

In this panel our experts will explore ideas on how to overcome the Diesel challenge, propose new ideas on green energy solutions, the role of Government to facilitate the growth of Independent power producers. The industry as a whole must work harder and more closely than ever with governments and policy leaders globally to overcome key inhibitors to industry and societal value.

  • Moderator Somze Agama - Founder and Managing Consultant, iDeensker
  • Olabode Adeloye, IHS Towers Nigeria
  • Wiebe Boer - CEO, All On Technology Fund
  • Aremu Olajide - Chairman, Technology Committee, ALTON

15:10 16:00 (50 mins)

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Coffee and Exhibition Visit

16:00 16:20 (20 mins)

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Delivering digital services in Nigeria

  • Formulating Telco digital portfolios and go2market strategies 
  • The role of Fermium / OTT content to reduce churn 
  • Data monetisation: a review of savvy pricing
  • Bola Afuye - Head, Digital Services, Etisalat Nigeria

16:20 17:00 (40 mins)

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Creating new economic opportunities in the digital era

In consumer applications, telecom operators must focus on developing business models in video and entertainment, healthcare (virtual care), mobile financial services, location-based or lifestyle services including retail, and on-demand information services such as maps, travel services or restaurant bookings. In this panel our experts will analyse GDP growth and job opportunities facilitated by Digital services

  • Moderator Somze Agama - Founder and Managing Consultant, iDeensker
  • Godfrey Efeurhobo - Managing Director, Smile Telecoms
  • Wole Abu - Head of Indirect Sales, Airtel Nigeria
  • Valentine Utoh - Account Director, Orange Business Services

17:00 17:00 (0 mins)

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Close of Nigeria Com day one

17:10 18:10 (60 mins)

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Networking Reception