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Jul 10
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09:10 - 09:15 5 mins
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KNect 365 Welcome
  • Chris Read - Portfolio Manager, Connecting Africa
09:15 - 09:25 10 mins
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Chair’s introduction
09:25 - 10:10 45 mins
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Keynote Panel: Expanding Broadband Connectivity across West Africa
  • Johnson Aderonmu - Chief Technical Officer, Internet Solutions Nigeria
  • Malick Sylla - Head of Service Quality Monitoring and Operators, Telecommunications and Postal Regulatory Agency (ARTP)
  • How telcos can work in partnership with governments and regulators to drive efficiencies in the region
  • Should governments take a stronger role of investing in infrastructure if the private sector is falling short (e.g. fibre backbone infrastructure)?
  • How are governments leveraging private sector finance to extend connectivity to the underconnected?
  • Addressing small market challenges for Africa – how do we build a sustainable infrastructure model?
10:10 - 10:40 30 mins
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Operator Strategy and Evolution
  • Souleymane Diallo - CEO, ATEL Mali
  • Maximising the return on investment of 3G networks
  • What are the main challenges for MNOs looking to implement 4G?
  • How can operators maximise throughput without sacrificing service quality or affordability?
10:40 - 11:40 60 mins
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Speed Networking, Refreshments and Exhibition Visit
11:40 - 12:25 45 mins
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Panel Discussion: Building Regulatory Frameworks to Accelerate Digital Transformation
  • Sam Koranteng - Senior Manager, Regulatory and Compliance, MTN Ghana
  • Amadou Makhtar Fall - GM | Head, Economic Regulation, Products and Services, Compliance, Airtel Africa
  • Are spectrum licence prices creating unbalanced market structures?
  • What is the role of the African regulator in an era of fast-paced technology change – Reality vs. expectations
  • Fixing the basics: how can operators and regulators break the cycle of bad quality of service?
  • Standardisation of on Next generation networks in West Africa
  • What are the latest advances towards digital migration and strategies to get buy-in to digital broadcasting?

12:25 - 12:50 25 mins
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Customer Centric Innovation: Business models for consumers of West Africa
  • Malick Sylla - Head of Service Quality Monitoring and Operators, Telecommunications and Postal Regulatory Agency (ARTP)
  • What are the most promising digital services for operators in West Africa?
  • Is value chain, digital ecosystem participation in West Africa well-optimized enough to drive meaningful digital services growth?
  • What are the key steps to making data connectivity profitable in a context of intense price-based competition?
  • Is digital transformation about bits, bytes and software or leadership and culture?
12:50 - 13:15 25 mins
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Digital Entertainment: How to Make Money from Media
  • Building a model for profitable TV and music services
  • Launching DTT: Remaining challenges of the digital switchover
  • New thinking as media companies
  • VoD and live streaming services – getting pricing and content right
13:15 - 15:00 105 mins
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Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit
13:15 - 15:00 105 mins
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LeadersIn West African Tech Boardroom – Invitation Only
15:00 - 15:25 25 mins
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Powering Telecoms: Future proofing the towerco business model
  • Best practice in managing outsourced infrastructure services
  • Cost effective tower planning in cities and rural areas
  • Infrastructure sharing – what is the appetite?
  • Providing economically sustainable power solutions
15:25 - 16:10 45 mins
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Panel Discussion: Ensuring a Win-Win digital inclusion Scenario
  • Bitilokho NDIAYE - Technical Advisor, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications - Republic of Senegal
  • Moderator Megan Yates - Chief Scientist, Ixio Analytics
  • Sasha Rubel Diamanka - Regional Advisor for Communication and Information , UNESCO
  • How are companies working with local communities?
  • Ongoing digital education projects
  • Connecting the underserved community
  • How can we take real-time information from rural communities to give back?
16:10 - 16:30 20 mins
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Accelerating the development of MVNOs in West Africa
  • How the MVNO model helps to uncover digital opportunities
  • What can the regulators do to help aspiring MVNOs?
16:30 - 16:45 15 mins
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Closing Remarks
16:45 - 18:45 120 mins
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West Africa Com Party