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  • 10 Sept
    Day 1
  • 11 Sept
    Day 2
  • 12 Sept
    Day 3
  • Pre-Conference Workshop
13h00 - 17h00 Pre-Conference Workshop
The Future Telecommunications Operator: understanding the next revolution.

The telecommunications landscape is dramatically changing and with it the way in which operators should view themselves.

The digital revolution is giving consumers unparalleled access to an amazing array of services: both voice and data, via mobile and fixed line. It is because of this, and the myriad of applications the world of IoT opens up, that operators are looking at strategic diversification. In the past we used to talk about Fixed Line Network Operators (FNO’s) and Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) but this world is drastically changing as we look to the rise of the Infraco’s. Gone are the days where operators focussed on deploying a single technology, such as fixed line, or mobile, today they are looking at investing in end to end telecommunications networks.

Join us as we take a look at the next wave of the telecommunications revolution as traditional telco business models come under attack from disruptive technologies such as 5G.

This session will look at where operators are migrating to and what their future considerations are.

Who should attend?

• Individuals who want to have a understanding of operator strategies. • Civil construction companies that are moving from fixed line construction to tower construction, and visa versa. • Regulators who need to plan for future technology disruptions. • Government officials wishing to understand market direction and stay up to speed with industry movements.

Laura Graves, TowerXchange
Rufus Andrew, Corning
Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis

  • Day 1 – Plenary
  • Day 1 – Workshop
08h00 - 09h00 Registration Opens

Registration opens.

09h00 - 09h15 Opening Ceremony

09h15 - 09h35 Opening Key Note
FTTX Council Africa Welcome

09h35 - 10h00 Key Note Address
Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services

10h00 - 10h15 Opening Note
FTTX Council Partner - SALGA

10h15 - 10h30 Welcome Note

10h30 - 11h00 Tea Break

11h00 - 11h30 Presentation
Achieving Ubiquitous FTTH

11h30 - 12h30 Arm Chair Chat
What the future holds for fibre operators

Telecommunications markets are constantly changing. This bring with it the need to remain agile, and transform your business on an ongoing basis. For shareholders, growth is essential to success. Firms that do not grow fall behind because the rest of the industry and may even cease to exist. This panel takes a look at the changing landscape and the pressures placed on operators to constantly stay up to speed with market conditions.

Frans Prinsloo; Netstream

Lucas Ndala, Openserve
Hannes Pieterse; Lightstruck
Malcolm Kirby; Sizwe Connect
Calvin Collet; MTN

12h30 - 13h00 Presentation
What 5G really means for the fibre industry

There is currently great debate about the densification of fibre networks that will be required to achieve 5G. 5G's formidable network performance goals are heavily grounded on the availability of fibre, and lots of it, to cell sites. However, mobile operators and fibre operators are not only agreeing on the actual densification required to achieve this. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates ongoing capital investments related to fibre infrastructure will reach a staggering $144.2 billion between 2014 and 2019, in its “Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2017” report. Listen to Raf Meersman, CEO of Comsof and Project lead of the 2018 FCGA 5G Whitepaper.

Raf Meersman

13h00 - 13h45 Lunch

13h45 - 14h30 Panel Discussion
Armchair discussion with Fibre Newsmakers

The last year saw some interesting movements in the fibre optic space in telecommunications industry. We take a moment to catch up with a few companies on what they have done and how they see things happening.

Rufus Andrews; Corning

Niel Schoeman; Vumatel
Abraham van der Merwe; Frogfoot
Thinus Mulder; DFA
Mike Silber; Liquid Telecom

14h30 - 15h00 Presentation

15h00 - 15h30 Presentation
Strategy: Potential Revenue streams for operators: Big Data Analytics

Brad Hine from ETI software takes a look at strategic ways in which operators can increase their revenue streams by considering the role of Big Data Analytics.

Brad Hine

15h30 - 16h00 Tea Break

16h00 - 16h45 Presentation
Challenges in Deploying Fibre Optic Networks

This session will unpack the issues related to the deployment of infrastructures, and consider possible solutions to overcoming them. It will consider all aspects, including consumer expectations, the role of municipalities and national government, regulators as well as skills shortages.

Simon Roberts; PPC Online

Jacques de Villiers; Metro Fibre Networx
Rowan Luck; Atec
Peter Jeffrey; Tesuco

16h45 - 17h15 Overview
Celebrating a decade in the fibre industry: The ups and downs.

VH Fibre, one of the Founding Members of the FTTX Council Africa, this year celebrated their 10th birthday. Chief Executive Patrick van Heerden shares some of the ups and down of the last decade.

Patrick van Heerden

17h15 - 18h30 Drinks & Networking

  • Day 2 – Plenary
08h00 - 09h00 Exhibition Opens

09h00 - 09h10 Welcome
Synopsis Day One

Day 1 was all about operators and their visions and challenges. Day 2 is all about the financials. For everyone wanting to know what investors are looking for, how to position yourself and how to raise funding, Day 2 is an absolute must!

Andre Hoffman

09h10 - 09h15 Introduction
Message from the Council

A brief conversation from the CEO of the FTTX Council Africa.

Juanita Clark

09h15 - 09h45 Key Note
The Importance of Broadband for Cities - City of eThekwini

FTTX Council Africa invited the Mayor of eThekwini to welcome delegates to the last day of deliberations of the 2018 conference.

09h45 - 10h45 Presentation
Navigating the trenches of Digital Transformation

Organizations across industries are adopting digital transformation as the next step in their IT Journey. Every business is developing or executing a digital transformation plan today. Terms such as IoT, Cloud, AI are the new trends part of this digital transformation Journey. This session unravels the new trends in the Digital Transformation Journey and explores new opportunities and challenges faced by Operators, Vendors and End Users in adopting this transformation.

Speaker: Pramod Venkatesh

10h45 - 11h30 Panel Discussion
How does Africa stack up against the rest of the world?

This session will take a look at how Africa stacks up against the rest of the world. It will also ask what great initiatives are taking place in other regions around the world.


Eduardo Jedruch – LATAM Chapter
Erzebeth Fitori – Europe Chapter

11h30 - 12h00 Brunch

12h00 - 12h45 Panel Discussion
The Fibre Deployment Business Plan

New services are set to explode in the next 3 years. Many of those services are beyond the capability of current networks. Successful service providers will be judged on their ability to serve those needs whether it be on existing over capacitated networks, or with additional investments in facility upgrades. Once service providers have adequate network technology, they can begin realizing new revenue immediately, rather than retrenching or redeploying more equipment. Both the cost and time-to-market should be considered, as either will alienate subscribers and allow competitors to enter. Listen to the experts as they debate the business case.


Simon Harvey – Fibreco
JP Crouse – Vulatel
Calvin Collet – MTN

12h45 - 13h30 Panel Discussion
Building a business you can sell

All entrepreneurs look at companies that are super successful and wonder what they do differently. It bewilders us to see how they skyrocketed from a humble start-up to phenomenal success. How do they not hit roadblocks? Why don’t they have problems to get through? What special talent helps them do everything right?

Richard Came
Niel Schoeman

13h30 - 14h30 Panel Discussion
What investors look for in a business

Many of the most successful businesses are financed by banks or investment firms, and these can provide small to moderate amounts of capital at market costs. Obviously all investors and lenders seek to reduce the risk of lending money to businesses and this often make the process seem to difficult to even start. Of course every lender is different, but there is some basic information you should have a handle on before you apply for a loan. What’s more, having your financial ducks in a row doesn’t necessarily mean your financial house must be in perfect order, but it does mean you must have a perfect understanding of where you are and what you’re doing to make it better—particularly if you have less-than-perfect financials.

Bora Varliyagci

Premeshin Naidoo – ABSA Capital
Keith Webb – RMB
Brandon Doyle – Convergence Partners
Orville Cachia - Harith

14h30 - 15h15 Presentation
Research Report: Africa

This session will take a look at the growth of the industry in Sub Saharan Africa, which countries were the aggressive deployers and adopters.

Dobek Pater - Africa Analysis

15h15 - 15h30 Closing Words
FTTX Council Africa Farewell