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  • 03 Oct
    Day 1
  • 04 Oct
    Day 2
  • 05 Oct
    Day 3
  • Pre Conference
Bora Varilacgi, CEO DigitalThings
12:00 - Fibre Workshop
Fibre: The Game Changer

This year the pre-conference event will take a look at what to expect and how to prepare for living and working in the time of rapid change.

Experts will kick off the Conference speaking on new strategies to help communities and the individuals who live, work, and learn in them adapt and thrive in a world of constant change.

The session will take a look at:

- The enabling role of fibre within modern day networking, applications and lives.

- Getting fibre closer to end users- real people and things. (This section can also cover enabling & limiting technical and economic factors and what development of sound strategies entail)

- Stepping into a new era of “data”- and the impact we do not completely understand yet.

- The value of data, importance of data analytics, impact of data on day to day lives, global and local economy, as well as thought-provoking aspects such as “is big data dangerous?”

Come and learn more about the world that fibre is unlocking and your role in it.

This workshop is delivered by Bora Varliyagci, CEO of DigitalThings, a services provider, specialising in digital infrastructure, cloud and internet of things solutions, broadband networks and services.

DigitalThings assist with development of feasible projects and sustainable business models, while turning your strategies into success and safeguarding your investments.

Ronald van Kleunen, Globeron
12:00 - BICSI Workshop
Deep Dive Troubleshooting for Wireless Wi-Fi Networks

How difficult can it be to install a Wi-Fi network for a large enterprise?
Many people install their own access point at home and assume that it is equally easy to do the same in a large/larger organisation. However, they have unique characteristics and both environments poses risks and potential problems.
You will need to be able to identify these if you are going to build a high performing functional network that will result in a better Wi-Fi experience.
This workshop is intended for people that need to build and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks, as well as which advanced tools exist for identification of problems.
By attending this workshop, delegates will acquire skills to identify and solve problems pertaining to Wi-Fi networks including:
• Why your wireless connection works intermittently? • How wireless security impacts the performance of your network? • Who implements these wireless networks and do they follow standards?
The end Result:
• In depth understanding of the functioning of Wi-Fi networks. • Tools to be used to trouble shoot and analyse Wi-Fi issues (deep dive) • Improve your career in Wi-Fi and gain BICSI CECs points by following vendor neutral professional wireless training
If you are interested in learning more about Wi-Fi technology this session is a must.
Delivered by Ronald van Kleunen, the CEO of Globeron Pte Ltd, based in Singapore. As CEO he manages the daily business operation and provides certification training services in APAC/EMEA/USA since 2003.
Globeron regularly presents at ITU (International Telecommunication Union) for government regulators and policy makers about wireless security practices for Mobile/Wireless (Wi-Fi) networks.   Since 2008, he also speaks at global BICSI events in Dubai, Middle East (MEA), South East Asia (SEA, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines), South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand and USA conferences (Las Vegas/NV, Tampa/FL) and now Africa.

  • Plenary
  • Workshops
08:00 - 09:00 Registration opens
Registration and Networking

09:00 - 09:15 Opening Ceremony

09:15 - 09:45 Opening Key Note
Key Note - FTTH Council Africa

Speaker: Andile Ngcaba - President FTTH Council Africa

09:45 - 10:00 Opening Key Note
Partner Welcome - BICSI

Speaker: Dewald Burger, BICSI Lead SA

10:00 - 10:30 Key Note Address
Key Note Address - DTPS

Speaker: DTPS

10:30 - 11:00 Tea Break

11:00 - 11:30 Presentation
African Challenges and its Solutions in FTTH

Presenter: Mike Knott, Corning

11:30 - 12:30 Armchair Chat
What No One Told Me About Investing in Fibre


CHAIR: Netstream - Robbie Henderson

CEO Dark Fibre Africa - Thinus Mulder

CEO Lightstruck - Hannes Pieterse

Head: Commercial and Legal, Liquid Telecoms - Mike Silber

There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success in the fibre optic industry. Figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. But there are those that have learnt lessons through experience. This session talks to the entrepreneurs and executive business leaders in a relaxed format while they share some valuable insights and share their industry knowledge.

12:30 - 13:00 Presentation
IOT - Is It All It's Made Out To Be?

Presenter: CEO Sqwidnet - Reshaad Sha

One of these days EVERYTHING will be connected. It won’t just be our phones that access the Internet; it will be our light bulbs, our front doors, our microwaves, our fridges, our blenders. You can call it the Internet of Things, The Internet of Everything, Universal Object Interaction, or your pick of buzzwords that begin with Smart. They all hold as inevitable that everything, everything will be connected, to each other and to the Internet. And according to those that know…. that will change the world. Journey with us and understand a bit more about the world of tomorrow.

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 Panel Discussion
FTTST - Fibre to the Small Town?

CHAIR: Commscope - Jan Vandenbroeck
Vumatel - Niel Schoeman
Frogfoot - Abraham van der Merwe
Sizwe Connect - Malcolm Kirby
Open Serve - Lucas Ndala
It is said that the high cost of extending fibre internet services beyond urban areas does not make expansion to smaller towns viable, especially combined with the lower number of potential subscribers.
This session talks with operators about the viability of taking fibre to tier 2 towns.

14:30 - 15:00 Presentation
The Future of Fibre

Presenter: Vodacom - Dr Marten Scheffer

15:00 - 15:30 Presentation
The Road to 5G: Building the Next Generation Mobile Networks

Presenter: Chairman FCGA Andre Hoffman - LinkAfrica

5G networks are set to provide up to a million connections per square kilometre. In recent years, engineers have set sky-high expectations for 5G. They’ve spoken of 5G as the wireless network that will unleash radical new technological advances in every possible realm. They have promised that it will enable autonomous cars, streaming virtual reality, and remote surgeries. It is said that 5G technologies would “fundamentally transform human existence”. But what do we need to know about this technology that is expected to launch as soon as 2020? This session will take a look at some of the aspects that we need to consider in our 5G strategies.

15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break

16:00 - 17:00 Panel Discussion
Regulating Africa: Soft Touch or Hard Core?

CHAIR: Ellie Hagopian
CEO TESPOK - Fiona Asanga
SACF - Katarina Pillay
CEO SATA - Jacob Munodawafa

One important observation that has continually proven to be true when engaging with investors in developing countries and emerging economies is that they want a responsible, fair and well regulated industry that will result in stable investments. And whilst this is a critical precondition for sustainable development of any economy and society one must consider the need for flexibility in a rapidly growing market. . This session takes a look at regulation and what is required from governments to ensure an effectively regulated continent, without stifling rapid development.

17:00 - 17:15 Overview
Closing & Wrap Up Day 1

MC: Africa Analysis - Dobek Pater

17:15 - 18:30 Post Event Drinks & Networking

08:00 - 09:00 Registration Opens

09:00 - 10:45 Plenary Sessions


10:45 - 11:00 Tea Break

11:00 - 11:30 Workshop
Deploying FTTH in Mauritius

Presenter: Mauritius Telecomm - Mr Rai Basgeet

11.30 - 12.00 Workshop
FTTX: the infrastructure of the Present and Future enabling new lifestyle and economy

Presenter: Commscope - Jan Vandenbroeck

12:00 - 12:30 Workshop
MDU Plug & Play business case made simple

Presenter: PPC - Simon Roberts

12:30 - 13:00 Workshop
GPON with Satellite Video Overlay

Presenter: BKTel: Dr Juergen Seidenberg

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 Workshop
Optical Fibre Monitoring of FTTx Networks

Presenter: Concillium - Daniel Coetzee

14:30 - 15:00 Workshop
Making sense of FTTx passive solutions

Presenter: Micos - Jiri Novak

15:00 - 15:30 Workshop
Installing FTTH – Only a Few Steps to the Final Solution

Presenter: Corning - Werner Smit

15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break

17:00 - 17:15 Plenary Sessions

17:15 - 18:30 Post event drinks and Networking

  • Fibre Stream
  • BICSI Stream
08:00 - 09:00 Exhibition Opens

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Day Two
Synopsis Day One

MC: Ryan Smit - BMi-T

09:10 - 09:15 Introduction
Message from the FTTH Council Africa

Speaker: FTTX Council Africa - Chief Executive: Juanita Clark

09:15 - 09:45 Key Note
Key Note: Shadow Minister - Marian Shinn

Shadow Minister - Marian Shinn

09:45 - 10:45 Armchair Chat
How Can Business Speed Up Deployment and Reduce Cost of Fibre Networks

CHAIR: Simon Roberts
MTN - Amith Maharaj
Fibreco - Simon Harvey
Safaricom - Nancy Matimu

Ongoing investment in fibre optic networks remains critical in order to support the Internet economy. However, the greatest barrier to fibre deployment involves the capital costs.

Whilst expenses associated with equipment and electronics of fibre networks have come down, running fibre to each home over either underground or aerial conduit remains expensive.

In spite of this it is agreed that fibre will most certainly be the dominant carrier technology in fixed networks although it takes time to deploy and is much slower than setting up a wireless link.

This session will explore how operators can lower the costs associated with deployment, as well as increase the speed.

10:45 - 11:00 Award Recognition
Industry Awards

Best Operator, Best Property Company, Industry Personality

11:00 - 11.30 Tea Break

11:30 - 12:30 Panel Discussion
Future Revenue Enabled by High Speed Internet

CHAIR: Mikael Sandberg
Mauritius Telecom - Bobby Ramsoondur
Vulatel - Louisa van Beek
MTN - Raegan Ramsamy
The fibre optic revolution currently taking place in developing countries will bring with it regional, social, business and human benefits. By introducing advanced broadband connections it will not only ‘open up’ countries and entire regions to improved communications, but it will also generate much-needed revenue for the telecoms industry.
There are many social and business benefits associated with fibre and critical to this is how best to make the most of its opportunities and benefits.
This session talks to the true value proposition of high speed fibre and will consider some of the applications and uses that will fill the pipes and open up new revenue streams for operators.
Pay attention: here’s where some of the future revenues will come from.

12:30 - 13:00 Presentation
Suburb of the Future

Presenter: CEO Vumatel Niel Schoeman

Staying relevant is not an option. Whilst fibre provides consumers with many opportunities, operators need to do their part in ensuring that the full value of FTTH is unlocked. Niel Schoeman, CEO of Vumatel shares some of Vumatel’s future ideas and where they see the suburb of the future.

13:00 - 13:30 Presentation
Fibre vs The Rest: How Does Fibre Stack Up Against Other Technologies?

Director, Principal Engineering Thomas Martin: Calix

The availability of different broadband technologies is an important factor for a fast and qualitative expansion of broadband infrastructure. This session takes a look at how fibre stacks up against other technologies? What is all the fuss about?

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:00 Presentation
Africa Research Report: The Opportunities in Africa

Idate - Roland Montanye

Roland Montagne from IDate will share the latest research done by the FTTH Council Africa on fibre optic in Africa.

*This research will only be shared publicly at the conference. The intellectual property of this research belongs to the members of the FTTH Council Africa and will not be distributed.

15:00 - 15:30 Presentation
Global Panorama

Eduardo Jedruch - LATAM
Dr Safa Nassereldin - MENA
Jan Schindler - Europe
Al Nunez - The Americas

15:30 Closing Words
FTTH Council Africa

15:30 - 16:00 Farewell Afternoon Tea

08:00 - 08:30 Registration
Registration & Coffee

08:30 - 08:40 Opening Ceremony

Speaker: Dewald Burger

08:45 - 09:00 Presentation
BICSI Update & Developing Standards for the Global Smart City & IoT Infrastructure Industry

Speaker: Paul Weintraub

09:00 - 09:40 Presentation
Smart Systems and The Internet of Things

Speaker: Dr. Taseer Rangrez

09:40 - 10:20 Presentation
Fixed wireless access

Speaker: Dr. Andre Fourie

10:15 - 11:00 Presentation
Managing Convergence and Complexity in your Data Centre

Speaker: David Hughes - Commscope

11:00 - 11:30 Tea Break

11:30 - 12:10 Presentation
Top inhibitors to IOT

Speaker: Roger Hislop

12:10 - 12:50 Presentation
Five Considerations When Constructing Your World Class African Network

Speaker: Bradley Hemphill

12:50 - 13:30 Presentation
Optimized test regimes and workflows for the certification and troubleshooting of a cabling infrastructure found in today’s data centers

Speakers: Christian Schillab - Fluke Networks

13:45 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:00 Presentation

Speakers: Ronald van Kluenen - Globeron

15:00 - 15:30 Presentation
Analytics and Informed Surveillance

Speakers: Rudi Opperman

15:30 Closing remarks & Prize Draw
BICSI Closing

Speakers: Dewald Burger

15:30 - 16:00 Farewell Afternoon Tea
FTTH Closing