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CCT Africa 2024 Agenda

Monday 8 July 2024

PRE CCT 2024 GOLF EVENT hosted by Angola Cables

8:00am: Meeting time for transfer to Golf club

9:00am: Tee-off time

1.30pm: Lunch on the 18th hole

Location: Montchoisy Golf Club

All CCT Africa 2024 attendees are invited to participate.

Attendees must confirm participation by emailing racheljones@theintelligentnetwork.net

 

6:00pm Pre-event Cocktail Reception & Beach BBQ hosted by WIOCC

Day One: Tuesday 9th July 2024


8.15am Registration and Coffee


8.30am Welcome Remarks


8.40am THE EVOLVING PAN-AFRICAN CLOUD, CONTENT AND TELECOMS ECOSYSTEM

AND DRIVING AFRICA’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FORWARD: KEY PARTNERSHIP

AND COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES

  • The evolving cloud, content and telecoms ecosystem across Africa; infrastructure, technology, services, applications 

  • Drivers for connectivity growth and digital services, changing market needs – how will AI be applied in Africa and how will this drive value? What are the infrastructure and regulatory barriers to delivering AI in Africa? Will Africa be cable of delivering data centre and network infrastructure required for sustainable, reliable AI?

  • Creating the optimum environment for digital transformation and tech industry to thrive; overcoming technological, social, political, economic challenges - achieving higher capacity at lower cost, power and energy challenges

  • Investment Challenges 

  • Identifying key partnerships needed to accelerate development; Evolving business models; new types of network interconnectivity and new innovations e.g. payment systems

  • How can the ecosystem be more innovative in its approach?

 

Moderator: Tim Passingham, Chairman, CAMBRIDGE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Speakers:

Mohammed Aliyu, Chief FibreCo Officer, BAYOBAB GROUP

Vinay Hiralall, Chief Commercial Officer, LIQUID C2

Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, CONVERGENCE PARTNERS

Mugo Kibati, CEO, TELKOM KENYA

Ryan Sher, Group COO, WIOCC

9.45am Coffee Break


10.10am DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND ACCESS TO FUNDING AND INVESTMENT

  • Current and future investment opportunities; networks, fibre links, building DC capacity

  • Has tech infrastructure slowed down in Africa?

  • How is the shortfall in investment going to be made up to meet the needs of building Africa’s digital infrastructure and enabling connectivity across the continent to the millions who don’t have it?

 

Moderator: Russell Southwood, CEO, BALANCING ACT

Speakers:

Moritz Thompson, Investment Director, AIIM

Jim Forster, General Partner, CONNECTIVITY CAPITAL

Tosin Awoyinka, Senior Vice President, HELIOS INVESTMENT PARTNERS

Alex Masu, Network Investments, Africa & Middle East Lead, META

Kumbi Gundani, Head : Telecommunications, Media and Technology (South Africa) Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB), STANDARD BANK GROUP

11.20am Coffee Break

11.35am SOLVING THE END-TO-END CONNECTIVITY CHALLENGES: BEYOND THE LANDING STATION AND ENABLING INLAND CONNECTIVITY ACROSS AFRICA – CO-INVESTING, CO-OPERATION AND SHARING INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Joining the dots – what needs to happen next at the termination points? Which countries, which routes, where are the bottlenecks?

  • How can we work together to deliver the fibre connectivity needed across Africa?

  • Infrastructure sharing, cross border and in-country mergers

  • Access to broadband connectivity in different countries; alternative local access solutions; blending access technologies to meet the growing needs of the continent 

  • How will changes in satellite capacity/capability meet regulatory and connectivity requirements?

 

Moderator: Tim Passingham, Chairman, CAMBRIDGE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Speakers:

Ian Paterson, CEO, CSQUARED

Ibrahim Dikko, Managing Director, BCN

Said Alli, COO, GREEN TELECOM

Stanley Jegede, Executive Chairman, PHASE 3 TELECOM

Yonas Maru, Managing Director, BCS


12.50pm Lunch

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2.30pm DATA CENTRES, INTERCONNECTIVITY AND NAAS - EVALUATING CURRENT DATA CENTRE AND CONNECTIVITY MODELS: LOCATION, SCALE, ACCESS AND DEMAND 

 

 

  • Location and scale of existing facilities; what more is needed? Where is the customer demand? Are the current data centre models and builds working to deliver what the market needs? -  scale, location and access

  • Challenges; access to reliable, stable power; co-power projects and sustainability, funding, balancing goals of digital growth and sustainability targets

  • Is there value in pursuing different strategies rather than replicating those of Europe and the US? What new opportunities are arising?

  • Alternative power solutions; micro-grid solutions to power Africa

  • Role of peering exchanges

Moderator: Chris George, Founder, SELF INFRASTRUCTURE


Speakers:
Snehar Shah, CEO, IX AFRICA
Jose Silva Assis, CEO, MULTIPLA
Amine Kandil, CEO, N+ONE DATACENTERS

Ryan Sher, Group COO, WIOCC

Wouter van Hulten, CEO, PAIX DATA CENTRES

Demos Kyriacou, Deputy CEO & Chief Operating Officer, WINGU.AFRICA

 

3.45pm    Coffee Break

 

4.00pm    UNLOCKING THE VALUE OF THE CLOUD: DEVELOPING NEW PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT CLOUD-BASED SERVICES AND APPLICATIONS TO MEET CURRENT AND FUTURE DEMAND

 

 

  • Drivers of demand and adoption of digital services and products, enterprise cloud services – what is required to allow access to cloud solutions?

  • Development and impact of new public cloud regions and building out African cloud offerings; creating end-to-end services and access to global cloud infrastructurePublic vs private clouds, multi-cloud strategies

  • Alternative local access solutions

  • Developing partnerships to support cloud migration and upskilling

  • Developing solutions to overcome key challenges; local supply chain shortages, power reliability and access, data residency and localisation challenges, cross-border data traffic flows, talent and skills

  • What are the opportunities on an infrastructure channel to market and solutions basis?Examples; South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia

Moderator: Russell Southwood, CEO, BALANCING ACT


Speakers:    
Rui Faria, CCO, ANGOLA CABLES
Neeraj Mounien, Chief Enterprise Solution Officer, TELECOM MAURITIUS
Vinay Hiralall, Chief Commercial Officer, LIQUID C2

Marisa Trisolino, CEO, CMC NETWORKS

Nilesh Jankee, Principal Solutions Architect, ORACLE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE

 

5.15pm Cocktail Reception hosted by Touchnet Telecommunications 

7.45pm Dinner hosted by Liquid Intelligent Technologies

Day 2: Wednesday 10th July 2024


8.30am Breakfast & Coffee


9am SUBSEA CONNECTIVITY: ANALYSING IMPACT OF NEW CABLE DEVELOPMENT ON

NETWORK SUPPLY AND ACCESS: WHAT’S NEXT FOR AFRICA SUBSEA CONNECTIVITY?

  • Impact of new cables; Equiano, 2Africa and scale of capacity; to what extent are customers forward buying?

  • Analysing impact of recent subsea cable cuts on the continent - what does it mean future planning; redundancy, security, level of risk

  • Impact on wholesale and retail pricing

  • How do we drive down the cost for land-locked countries to access subsea cables?

  • Level of redundancy capacity – is more needed?

  • New potential subsea routes; financing, where are the gaps?

  • What happens if the issues in the Red Sea are not resolved?

Moderator: Chris George, Founder, SELF INFRASTRUCTURE

Speakers:

Norman Albi, CEO, AFR-IX

Angelo Gama, CEO, ANGOLA CABLES

Justin Gianchand, Network Investment Manager, META

Prenesh Padayachee, Group Chief Digital and Operations Officer, SEACOM

Pete Hall, Managing Director, CIENA 

El Hadji Maty Sène, Head of Wholesale, SONATEL

 

10.15am Coffee Break

10.45am LOCAL ACCESS AND LAST MILE SOLUTIONS: EVALUATING BUSINESS MODELS AND REDUCING COST OF
DELIVERY

  • Evaluating alternative business models to deliver local access solutions

    • How can costs be reduced

    • Reaching low income households/customers

  • Evaluating alternative technologies

  • What can the ISP do that the MNOs don't currently do?

  • Partnership and collaboration strategies to bring internet access to the greater population

Moderator: Tim Passingham, Chairman, CAMBRIDGE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING


Speakers:

Farouk Ramji, CEO, MAWINGU
Azeez Amida, CEO, PAN AFRICAN TOWERS
Andy Halsall, CEO, POA! INTERNET
Jacques du Toit, CEO, VOX TELECOM

Avinash Chettiar, CTO, EMTEL

12.00pm Lunch

 

1.30pm LEOS AND GEOS: COMBINING TERRESTRIAL, WIRELESS AND SATELLITE SOLUTIONS TO REACH
UNDERSERVED AND UNSERVED MARKETS – NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOPING
SOLUTIONS FOR AFRICA

 

  • Emergence of new LEO satellite solutions; reaching low income segments of the population

  • Evaluating pricing challenges

  • Developing integrated solutions with wireless and fibre to deliver low-cost solutions with high quality connectivity

  • What does a complementary investment strategy look like for connectivity infrastructure?

Moderator: Russell Southwood, CEO, BALANCING ACT


Speakers:
Gamze Aydin, Senior Vice President, AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS
Shivendra Nautiyal, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, EMTEL

Yagianath Rosunee, CTO, TELECOM MAURITIUS

Emmanuel Rochas, CEO, ORANGE WHOLESALE INTERNATIONAL

Bradley Shaw, Vice President, Middle East and Africa, LYNK.

 

 

2.55pm Coffee Break

3.15pm REGULATION, RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE IMPACT ON REGULATORY CHANGE:
DRIVING CHANGE

  • Complexities of different regulatory environments; challenge for cross border connectivity and regional integration

  • Lack of regulatory coherence

  • How to overcome and developing solutions

  • Data sovereignty in a cloud/AI world

Moderator: Russell Southwood, CEO, BALANCING ACT


Speakers:

Fargani Tambeayuk, Head of Public Policy, Francophone Africa, Head of Connectivity and Innovation Policy, Africa, META

Stanley Kamanguya, CEO, ICT AUTHORITY, Kenya

Lanre Kolade, Outgoing Group CEO, CSQUARED

Additional speakers to be confirmed

 

4.15pm End of CCT AFRICA 2024 Executive Summit

 

6.00pm Closing CCT Africa 2024 Informal Reception

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