Pre-Event Overview | MVNO Nation Africa 2024: Revolutionalising Growth Within the African MVNO Market

MVNO Nation Africa 2024 is set to be the hub for knowledge exchange and networking, presenting attendees with prospects for growth in the region.

The city of Cape Town, South Africa will play host to MVNO Nation Africa 2024, a two-day event set to take place at the prestigious Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel from July 16-17, 2024. This eagerly anticipated gathering is designed to connect Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) with key partners and stakeholders, fostering an environment where innovation and collaboration can thrive.

With the simple mission of linking MVNOs with the necessary allies to flourish, MVNO Nation Africa aims to bring together an impressive roster of attendees, including CEOs, senior decision-makers from both aspiring and established MVNOs, leading operators, and some of the world’s most innovative solution providers. The event promises over 20 hours of learning and discussion, and will also unveil various investment opportunities, presenting attendees with prospects for growth in the region. With 89% of attendees involved in decision-making processes and 78% holding C-level or Director-level positions, MVNO Nation Africa 2024 is set to be the hub for knowledge exchange and networking. 

These are very important times for MVNOs in Africa, with new technologies enabling quick launches and better coverage, and with regulators and operators increasingly supporting competition in the telco market. We wish to support their efforts. Therefore, we are pleased to launch this first MVNO-focused event in Africa, and we are grateful for the support of TechAfrica News for amplifying our message within their community.

Ewa Campbell, Co-Founder, MVNO Nation

TechAfrica News is honored to partner with MVNO Nation Africa 2024 as the Official Strategic Media Partner. This collaboration aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing our audience with timely and insightful coverage of key industry events. We will be on the ground in Cape Town to deliver comprehensive coverage, bringing you the latest updates, key insights, and expert interviews directly from the event.

At TechAfrica News,  we’re deeply committed to fostering growth and innovation within the African MVNO sector. We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations and industry exchanges at the event. With the MVNO Sector in Africa on the rise, it is important to bring together key stakeholders to explore this growth. We anticipate over 150 attendees at the event, making it a key platform for networking and advancing the MVNO sector in Africa.

Akim Benamara, Founder and Chief Editor, TechAfrica News 

What to Expect – Key Themes & Topics

MVNO Nation Africa 2024 will feature an immersive exploration of key themes shaping the African MVNO market. Participants can anticipate engaging discussions on the vast business prospects available for MVNOs across the continent, spotlighting unique opportunities distinct to the African landscape. The event will highlight how the needs of African MVNOs and their customers are distinct from those in other regions, emphasizing the importance of adopting digital-first models. By implementing advanced data automation techniques, participants will learn how to achieve a deeper understanding of customer behaviors and needs, which is crucial for tailoring services effectively in diverse African markets.

Evaluating the transformative potential of eSIM technology for African consumers will be a significant highlight, underscoring its role in enhancing connectivity and user convenience. MVNO Nation Africa 2024 will include discussions on bridging the digital divide, particularly in rural areas and ensuring a regulatory framework that fosters fair competition and industry sustainability. Industry experts and thought leaders will explore the strategic considerations driving operators to onboard new MVNOs, offering valuable perspectives on collaboration and network expansion strategies. 

Expect robust participation from over 150 industry professionals, including CEOs, senior executives, and decision-makers. The event will also explore how integrating FinTech solutions can increase Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), opening new revenue streams and enhancing customer engagement. Participants will examine the growing B2B market and the opportunities it presents for MVNOs. Also, the implications of emerging technologies, such as the rollout of 5G and the proliferation of satellite technology, will be assessed. These advancements are crucial for understanding how to bring connectivity to unconnected and unbanked populations, thereby shaping the future of the telecommunications sector across Africa.

Exhibitors such as Porta One, Nordic eSIM, Summa Networks, Effortel, VAS-X, xpert 360, Wirecell, and Yannitech will showcase cutting-edge technologies and solutions aimed at advancing the MVNO ecosystem in Africa.

Attendees will have opportunities to learn from industry leaders, exchange ideas, and forge strategic partnerships to drive growth and innovation across the African telco sector.  

PortaOne

PortaOne, a renowned software company established in 2002, specializes in developing billing, business support, and customer management solutions for telecommunications service providers. With a solid reputation in unified communications and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), PortaOne offers versatile and scalable software platforms that support a range of telecom services, including hosted PBX, SIP trunking, and wholesale VoIP. These solutions enable service providers to efficiently manage their operations, billing, and customer interactions.

At MVNO Nation Africa, PortaOne will showcase opportunities for new MVNOs in South Africa and beyond. They will present recent examples to demonstrate how MVNOs can find profitable niches by understanding customer needs and offering superior services compared to major operators. This partnership model allows MVNOs to attract and satisfy customers, generating revenue for MNOs while enhancing overall service delivery in the telecommunications industry across Africa.

AdNotes

AdNotes is a South African-based telecommunications company that specializes in providing broadband internet services, particularly to underserved and rural communities. They utilize innovative technologies like TV White Spaces (TVWS) to expand digital accessibility. TVWS technology leverages unused broadcast frequencies to deliver internet services, significantly reducing infrastructure costs and enhancing service delivery in remote areas.Through these efforts, AdNotes is not only providing internet services but also contributing significantly to reducing the digital divide and promoting socioeconomic development in South Africa.

TAU SPACE

TAU SPACE is a consulting and systems integration firm specializing in mission-critical business support systems. They have extensive experience in designing and implementing open systems that are essential for various business operations. Their expertise includes strategic consulting, system integration, and technology solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of their clients. TAU SPACE focuses on providing reliable and efficient support systems that enhance business functionality and performance.

Make sure to meet them at MVNO Nation Africa!

Panels & Discussions Sessions Highlights 

Engaging discussions and insightful panels will form the heart of the agenda. Here are a few key sessions we’ve highlighted: 

Day One –16th July, 2024

11:35 – 11:55 | Unlocking MVNO Success: Future-proofing for Growth Through Cloud Migration and Effortless Customer Experiences

The discussion will cover the urgency of migrating to the cloud, regional considerations that differentiate strategies, and the impact on cost efficiency, scalability, and time to market. 

Speakers: 

Kartik Mistry, Head, Standard Bank Mobile, South Africa

Sean Casey, SVP, Product Management, CSG 

11:55 – 12:40 | Panel Discussion | Unleashing the Power of Innovation in African MVNOs

This session will delve into the multifaceted aspects of innovation, addressing whether technological advancements are effectively meeting genuine business needs or if there is an excess that may cloud strategic objectives.  The discussion will also scrutinize the evolution of go-to-market strategies and their adaptations in response to market dynamics.  

Speakers: 

Ndirangu Kibata, Director – Strategy and Growth, TAU SPACE 

Len Pienaar, Founding CEO, FNB Connect, South Africa 

Kartik Mistry, Head, Standard Bank Mobile, South Africa 

Suveer Ramdhani, Board Member, Cell C, South Africa 

Malcolm Subramony, Executive Head of Department, IoT Solution Development and Delivery, Enterprise Business Unit, Vodacom

Danson Muchemi, CEO, Jambopay, Kenya

15.20 – 15.40 | Launching an MVNO from scratch: the power of partnerships 

  • Juggling the complexities of launching an MVNO 
  • Understanding the importance of crawling and walking before running
  • Building partnerships to fast-track your success 
  • Presenting a case study 

Speaker

Daniel Upson, Group Partnerships Director, Lebara, United Kingdom

Day Two —17th July, 2024 

9:05 – 9:20 | The impact of eSIM proliferation on the telecom competitive landscape and roaming agreements

Speaker:

Peter Nussbaumer, Founder, MVNO Academy 

10:05 – 10:25 | Emerging Opportunities for MVNOs in Uganda

This session will highlight the resilience of Uganda’s telecom sector and the unique positioning of MVNOs to drive innovative solutions, including mobile banking, eSIM integration, and IoT solutions.

Speakers: 

George Katumba, Executive Director, K2 Telecom, Uganda 

13.40 – 14.20 | Exploring the synergies between fintech companies and MVNOs

  • Supporting each other’s business growth: What do you think about the collaboration of MVNOs and Fintech companies to access wider customer bases and drive innovation?
  • How can MVNOs and Fintech companies work together to improve customer experiences and enhance service portfolios? What are the benefits for each party?
  • Can this collaboration drive financial inclusion and close the connectivity gap?

Speakers: 

Moderator: Danielle Lawrence, COO, Fintech Association of South Africa
Darren Franks, Co-Founder and Interim CEO, Fintech Association of South Africa
Mattias Rejman, Co-Founder & General Partner, Amigos Venture Capital, UAE
Mathew Marsden, Founder, Startup Club ZA, South Africa

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