TechAfrica News: Pre-event Preview AfricaCom 2022

1 day left before the doors of AfricaCom open for the first time in the past two years. So what can you expect?

Creating a better-connected future for Africa

AfricaCom presents an opportunity for the different players in the communications industry to meet, exchange and ultimately build partnerships for a better-connected future for Africa. 

The digital transformation is accelerating in Africa with continued strong growth in mobile network access and the value of connectivity for social and economic prosperity will continue to increase over the next years. There are limitless possibilities for investment and innovation on the market, but there are challenges ahead that require strong partnerships and government policies to support continuous digital transformation. 

AfricaCom panels, keynotes, and fireside chats will explore further these topics, as well as the transformation of telcos and how they are evolving in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the market, and answer the ultimate question: how to connect the unconnected population in Africa.

AfricaCom Showfloor Highlights

Both global and local industry players will be showcasing their latest products and solutions for the African markets, so make sure to stop by.

Spacecom and their footprint on the satellite industry in MEA
Spacecom Is the owner-operator of the advanced AMOS Satellite Fleet, providing advanced satellite services to millions of users across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Meet Spacecom at booth C30.

ST Engineering iDirect cellular backhaul solutions
Meet ST Engineering at AfricaCom, booth C63, and understand how they have deployed 80+ mobile backhaul networks worldwide.

Digital Virgo Making the Most of Mobile Payment with Alternative Payment Methods
Digital Virgo will be at stand C40, make sure to stop by and understand how they implement powerful monetization ecosystems for telecom operators and merchants alike.

Explore Gilat‘s new platform – SkyEdge IV
SkyEdge IV is Gilat’s next-generation multi-service platform for multi-orbit operation, enabling deployment on GEO Satellites (VHTS) as well as Non-GEO Stationary (NGSO) constellations. Meet the Gilat Satellite Networks team at stand F50.

Mobile and Wireless Network Solutions from NuRan Wireless
NuRAN Wireless offers a new possibility for more than one billion people to be able to communicate effectively over long distances. Do you want to know how they do it? Meet them at stand C55 (Canada Pavilion).

Explore LINX‘s interconnection and colocation services
LINX interconnection services range from colocation to peering, private interconnection and cloud solutions. If you want to know more about their new interconnection hub for East Africa in Nairobi you can catch up with them at booth E51.

Avanti‘s resilient satellite connectivity services
In orbit and on the ground, Avanti has built a set of assets to deliver rural backhaul and provide mission-critical satellite capacity for their communication industry partners. Meet them at booth B72 and get more insights.

Conference Highlights

The past, present, and future of Africa’s digital transformation. We are going to hear from different industry players about how the future of the continent looks and how the new services and technologies will change the market. 

Keynote Panel: Looking Back, Going Forward: How Africa’s Tech History Contains the Roots of its’ Future
Tuesday, November 8 | 9:25 AM

From the first mobile roll-out in Africa to the present day, Africa’s communications revolution has taken 36 years and, arguably, this is just the end of the beginning. The author of Africa 2.0 – Inside a Continent’s Communications Revolution, Russell Southwood will moderate a session with industry veterans who played key roles in this historic journey to tease out what it can tell us about what will happen over the next ten years. 

Russell Southwood, Balancing Act
Nic Rudnick, Liquid Intelligent Technologies
Nika Naghavi, MFS Africa
Andile Ngcaba, Convergence Partners
Funke Opeke, MainOne

Keynote Panel: Cloud Computing is Driving an African Infrastructure Revolution
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 12:10 PM

There’s a race going on to build Africa’s cloud infrastructure. Public cloud providers and global hyperscalers invest in what remains a lucrative but under-developed sector. This session explores how players are balancing investment and service innovation demands with legacy infrastructure challenges – to deliver affordable, industry-agnostic software that serves enterprise, across sectors.

Calvin Govender, MTN
Abdallah Nasser, Orange Cameroun
Rudzani Mulaudzi, Deloitte
Angelo Gama, Angola Cables
Sophia Farrar, Giga (UNICEF)

Keynote Panel: Telco to TechCo – How African Telecoms is Evolving with the Continent
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 9:40 AM

For African telecoms, change is nothing new. But even for an industry in constant motion, the scale and pace of recent disruption has been unprecedented. We’ll explore how shifts in enterprise markets and consumer behaviour coupled with increasing investment and partnership are driving accelerated change, as operators diversify beyond connectivity to protect profit in a changing world. 

Nitesh Singh, Accenture
Ashraff Paruk, Cell C
Nina Triantis, Standard Bank
Dejan Kastelic, Vodacom
Siyabonga Mahlangu, Telkom
Todd Ashton, Ericsson

Fireside chat: How satellite is enabling digital inclusion in the DRC
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 2:20 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo remains one of the continent’s greatest tech development opportunities. Outdated policy and weak networks have meant that, in a nation of more than 100 million people, fewer than 20% of people have an internet connection.

  • Market: the impact of in-situ market conditions – policy & regulation, investment vehicles, the start-up scene, and network infrastructure, and what transformation satellite could bring 
  • Regional impact: what can the DRC learn from countries?

Chris Green, TechAfrica News
Asaf Rosenheck, Gilat Telecom
Daniel Schapiro, SES

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