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    The spread of digital connectivity in Africa

    Africa's largest technology, media and telecommunications conference and exhibition, AfricaCom 2018, held in Cape Town, 13-15 November 2018, will cover the most strategic digital issues affecting companies in Africa's digital market: services, efficiency, profitability, customer experience, partnerships, policy and more.
    Africacom, Cape Town.
    Africacom, Cape Town.

    AfricaCom co-located events this year include: 5G Africa, Africa Video Forum, The AI Summit Cape Town, IoT World Africa and Mission Critical Technologies Africa. AfricaCom is now in its 21st year and takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

    Whether focus is on 5G, policy and regulatory frameworks that are going to enable communications, ICT investment, new revenue streams or accelerating the spread of digital connectivity throughout sub-Saharan Africa, AfricaCom will be the place to be to shape Africa’s telco future.

    AfricaCom 2018 will bring together 14 000 attendees, 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors showcasing technologies and solutions covering everything from 5G, AI, IoT, Fintech, Blockchain and beyond, with a host of new content and exciting developments.

    Here are some of the key events that delegates can look forward to:

    Connecting Africa

    Connecting Africa is a top track at AfricaCom 2018 focussing on accelerating the spread of digital connectivity throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Connectivity champions will unite to discuss how favourable policy and the right technologies and business models will enable MNOs and ISPs to expand their networks to bridge Africa’s digital divide.

    Hot topics include strengthening broadband networks, expanding satellite connectivity, innovative rural connectivity solutions, fibre deployment and establishing new partnerships to close connectivity gaps.

    Data centre market

    Disruptive factors have forced dramatic changes in the data centre (DC) market. At AfricaCom, learn how to navigate the need for consumer proximity when location costs are high, how regulatory frameworks can balance protection concerns with storage imperatives, whether capacity outweighs convenience and how cloud services will impact the DC market in Africa.

    Developing wholesale services to increase revenues is another hot topic. Speakers will also discuss how market strength can be leveraged to expand across the wholesale value chain; creating new revenue streams through B2B offerings.

    The need for speed

    This year, LTE Africa is being re-launched as 5G Africa. Reflecting the shift in focus towards these next steps in LTE advancement and 5G strategy definition and development, 5G Africa is working to ensure that African countries and businesses are equipped and positioned to benefit from 5G innovation.

    Several major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Africa have already embarked on their 5G journeys and will share their learnings with visitors at the 21st edition of AfricaCom.  It is also the ideal opportunity to explore 5G use cases, learn about next generation services enabled by 5G and build a detailed roadmap for 5G deployments in Africa.

    Hot topics will include transitioning from 4G to 5G, next generation services: AR/VR, AI, VOLTE, 5G enabling technologies: MEC, NFV, SDN, Network Slicing, 5G trial case studies, Spectrum and RAN developments on the road to 5G and 5G fixed wireless broadband.

    Wholesale telecoms

    As regards fibre infrastructure , AfricaCom 2018 will facilitate discussions around how to engage stakeholders to create win-win solutions; use existing metro infrastructure to reach new customers and overcome interconnectivity challenges across borders.

    AfricaCom 2018 will also provide visitors with insights on how to access the satellite market, along with debates focusing on how high-throughput satellites will change the wholesale market and answer the question, is satellite data the answer to staying ahead?

    Open access is a disruptor and one that will ultimately lead to better business and value for end-users. Listen to top-notch speakers discuss what compulsory open access networks need to succeed, as well as how 5G will impact open access strategies across Africa

    Powering telecoms

    The consolidation of the African towerco market is a key topic at AfricaCom 2018. Learn how they are leveraging economies of scale to strengthen current market presence and which African markets present the best case for towerco expansion.

    Also up for discussion is how to construct and manage infrastructure efficiently. Subjects include keeping pace with operator network upgrades; partnerships with OEMs to reduce time and cost; ethics of location: navigating community environmental concerns and maximising investment through a proactive maintenance culture.

    Other tower operation related themes will focus on how to adopt flexible approaches to meet QoS demands in high density areas; overcoming the power challenge to drive digital inclusion; and identifying additional revenue streams.


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