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09:00 09:05 (5 mins)

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KNect 365 Welcome

  • Chris Read - Conference Manager, Connecting Africa

09:05 09:15 (10 mins)

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Sonatel Welcome

  • Birago Diène Moctar Beye - Head of Wholesale and Carriers Division, Sonatel

09:15 09:35 (20 mins)

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Chair’s introduction: A snapshot of the West African connectivity landscape: progress and opportunities

  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum

09:35 09:55 (20 mins)

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Operator Keynote: Assessing the impact of free roaming on mobile network operator strategies in West Africa

09:55 10:45 (50 mins)

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What can regulators do to accelerate the spread of internet connectivity in West Africa?

  • Moderator Judah Levine - CEO, HIP Consult
  • Samuel Koranteng - Lead Specialist Regulatory Affairs, MTN Ghana
  • Amadou Makhtar Fall - Head of Legal and Regulatory Monitoring, Sonatel
  • Mademba Diouf - Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Expresso Telecom

10:45 11:45 (60 mins)

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Speed Networking, Refreshments and Exhibition Visit

11:45 12:25 (40 mins)

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Evolving MNO strategies: Meeting the demands of a high rural population and shifting digital landscape

  • Aligning operating models with new commercial realities – new competitors and tougher market conditions
  • Exploring new opportunities for partnerships and collaboration within the West African digital ecosystem
  • MNO strategies / approaches to improve rural coverage: network sharing, Government support, alternative technology
  • Viable solutions to bridge the digital divide – bringing broadband to rural areas


  • Lare Atcha-Oubou - Regional Director, North and West Africa, Intelsat
  • Mactar SY - CEO, Africa Open Innovation
  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Fatou Sow Kane - Strategic Project Director, Expresso Telecom

12:25 13:20 (55 mins)

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Powering up ecosystem partnerships to expand broadband infrastructure

In this panel our experts will debate the merits of ecosystem partnerships to expand coverage while tightly tracking capex in network sharing deals, content partnerships and encouraging multi sided business models. This panel is about how Industry stakeholders work together through alliances in order to create new value added applications and services for subscribers while lowering the cost to the end user. The investment revenue is generated through a supplier ecosystem: such as advertising, shared income with developers, M Government initiatives etc.

  • Moderator Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Robert Aouad - CEO, Isocel
  • Mactar SY - CEO, Africa Open Innovation
  • Gaspard Datondji - Advisor to the Managing Director, Benin Telecom
  • Khadim Rassoul Diop - Operations Director, Expresso Telecom

13:20 14:20 (60 mins)

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Lunch

Featuring interactive, informal lunchtime discussions focused on:

Women in Tech

Inspiring and connecting women working in tech, media and ICT in West Africa

CIO Strategies

Developing ICT strategy and successfully navigating digital transformation

  • Mariam Tendou Kamara - Co-Founder, WAFRICA

14:40 15:00 (20 mins)

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Welcome to a More Connected World

15:00 15:40 (40 mins)

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Telco Financing: what financiers seek from CSP business plans

  • Moderator Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
  • Banding Sillah - Group Chief Financial Officer, Gambia Telecommunications Company

15:30 16:15 (45 mins)

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Coffee

16:15 16:35 (20 mins)

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The rise of cryptocurrency and blockchain

  • Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies
  • Understanding and sizing the utility of blockchain
  • Potential of blockchain in the delivery of digital services
  • Larry Bates - CSO, Bitland

09:05 09:15 (10 mins)

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Bienvenue chez Sonatel

  • Birago Diène Moctar Beye - Head of Wholesale and Carriers Division, Sonatel

09:15 09:35 (20 mins)

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Introduction

  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum

09:35 09:55 (20 mins)

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Évaluer l'impact de l'itinérance gratuite sur les stratégies des opérateurs de réseaux mobiles en Afrique de l'Ouest

09:55 10:45 (50 mins)

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Ce que régulateurs puissent faire pour aider la diffusion du connectivité a l’Internet

  • Moderator Amadou Makhtar Fall - Head of Legal and Regulatory Monitoring, Sonatel
  • Mademba Diouf - Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Expresso Telecom
  • Judah Levine - CEO, HIP Consult
  • Riadh Mezi - Chief Consumer Officer, MTN Benin
  • Samuel Koranteng - Lead Specialist Regulatory Affairs, MTN Ghana

10:45 11:45 (60 mins)

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Speed Networking, Rafraîchissements et visite de la salle d’exposition

11:45 12:25 (40 mins)

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Évolution des stratégies MNO: Répondre aux exigences d'une population rurale élevée et changer le paysage numérique

  • Alignement des modèles opérationnels avec de nouvelles réalités commerciales - nouveaux concurrents et conditions de marché plus strictes
  • Explorer de nouvelles possibilités de partenariats et de collaboration dans l'écosystème numérique ouest-africain
  • Coopération MNO pour améliorer l'efficacité: les avantages et les inconvénients du partage d'infrastructure réseau
  • Quelles initiatives sont les plus urgentes pour que le partage de l'infrastructure réseau soit une option viable?
  • Lare Atcha-Oubou - Regional Director, North and West Africa, Intelsat
  • Mactar SY - CEO, Africa Open Innovation
  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Fatou Sow Kane - Strategic Project Director, Expresso Telecom

12:25 13:20 (55 mins)

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Mise en place des partenariats, créer un écosystème pour étendre l'infrastructure à large bande

  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Robert Aouad - CEO, Isocel
  • Mactar SY - CEO, Africa Open Innovation
  • Gaspard Datondji - Advisor to the Managing Director, Benin Telecom
  • Khadim Rassoul Diop - Operations Director, Expresso Telecom

13:20 14:20 (60 mins)

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Déjeuner de réseautage

14:40 15:00 (20 mins)

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Bienvenue dans un monder plus connecte

15:00 15:30 (30 mins)

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Financement de telcos: ce que les banquires et les financiers cherchent

  • Moderator Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
  • Banding Sillah - Group Chief Financial Officer, Gambia Telecommunications Company

15:30 16:15 (45 mins)

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Pause rafraîchissements

16:15 16:35 (20 mins)

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La montée explosive des crypto-monnaie et blockchain

  • Comprendre l’origine de blockchain et son role dans l’Internet
  • L’utilite de bitcoin dans mobile money
  • Estimant le potentiel de Blockchain dans la provision de service e-government
  • Larry Bates - CSO, Bitland

16:35 17:10 (35 mins)

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How can telcos work with local developers in win-win partnerships

  • Moderator Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Gaspard Datondji - Advisor to the Managing Director, Benin Telecom
  • Mark Acton - Founder and Managing Director, Mobinomics

17:10 17:20 (10 mins)

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Closing remarks

  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum

16:35 17:10 (35 mins)

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Comment les telcos peuivent ils travailler avec la communaute developeurs de logiciel au partenariat win win

  • Moderator Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum
  • Gaspard Datondji - Advisor to the Managing Director, Benin Telecom
  • Mark Acton - Founder and Managing Director, Mobinomics

17:10 17:20 (10 mins)

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Discours de clôture

  • Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Ovum

17:20 19:00 (100 mins)

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West Africa Com Networking Reception and Awards

17:20 19:00 (100 mins)

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West Africa Com Cocktails d’Amitie Commerciale