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Presenters: 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.
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.
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.
- Fibre Stream
- BICSI Stream
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.
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.
Eduardo Jedruch - LATAM Dr Safa Nassereldin - MENA Jan Schindler - Europe Al Nunez - The Americas