Africa is a continent, not only rich in diversity but also rich in tech innovations. South Africa, in particular, has become one the most desirable destinations to host conferences that can change the world.

With this, Cape Town, South Africa will be hosting AfricaCom 2018, which is one of the biggest, best and most influential tech and telecoms event on the continent, and the only place to meet innovators driving Africa's digital transformation.

What is AfricaCom?

AfricaCom has become the location for finding out what is current and hot within African technology industry. AfricaCom surrounds itself it with every influencer within African’s telecommunications and technology; it boasts a guarantee of stimulating content and inspirations coupled with incredible technology.

Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of KNect365, organisers of AfricaCom states:

“We made a decision to open up a number of key conference areas, as we recognise the importance and significance of the conversations taking place around a multitude of topics all connected by the backbone of technology, the more people involved in these discussions, the quicker Africa will advance towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

AfricaCom Event Highlights, Image Source: Knect365.com
 

The Agenda

From LTE to 5G in Africa, under the banner of ‘Digital connectivity to drive socio-economic development’, will be a discussion around Africa’s readiness for 5G. 5G Africa will be focusing on defining and developing preparations for the next evolution of mobile connectivity across the continent.

Supplementing the 5G discussions for exceptional delegates, are tracks covering 5G allowing technologies – MEC, NFV, SDN, Network Slicing – that will lead to a proliferation of next-generation services such as AR/VR, AI and VOLTE.

The IoT

AfricaCom 2018 will concentrate many Headliner discussions and a 3-day IoT World Africa conference track around how this can be achieved.

The Money

Underneath all development and future trade, are financial services, so what’s next for African Fintech? Headliners will address the opportunities that exist in the midst of this financial services paradigm shift.

Transmission

Lastly, there will be Headliner discussions which will host a panel discussion that addresses the change in how broadcasting models are developing in line with digital transformation across Africa.
 
 

What you need to know

AfricaCom will be hosting 400 exhibitors showcasing their technologies and solutions covering everything from 5G, AI, IoT, TV, Fintech and more.


With 20 tracks and features to choose from, and 450 expert speakers will be sharing case studies, inspirational ideas and best practice, this year’s AfricaCom agenda is definitely for those who are business critical.

The world-class speaker line-up in 2018 includes:

  • Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO, MTN
  • Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission
  • Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Republic of Ghana
  • Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Special Advisor, Smart Africa, Former Minister, Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of Rwanda
  • Mohamed Dabbour, CEO, Africa, ‎Millicom
  • Babak Fouladi, Group Chief Technology & Information Systems Officer, MTN
  • Siyabonga Mahlangu, Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Telkom
  • Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom
  • Francis Mumbi, Innovation Lead, Stanbic Bank
  • Joseph Hundah, Group President and CEO, Econet Media
  • Jason Lobel, Group Head of Video, MTN
  • Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor, ICASA
  • Catherine Wanjiku Njari, Senior Manager, TV & Media Content, Safaricom
  • John Momoh (OON), CEO, Channels Media Group and Chairman, BON

Opening times

The CICC or Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa will be hosting AfricaCom 2018 during these times:

  • Tuesday, November 13: 10.00 - 18.00
  • Wednesday, November 14: 10.00 - 18.00
  • Thursday, November 15: 10.00 - 18.00

We cannot describe how exciting and innovative this event will here, so here is a video that does it so eloquently:

 

AfricaCom Contact Information

Official Website: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/ 
Email: tmt.registrations@informa.com 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7017 7169

You can also follow AfricaCom on Facebook and Twitter for updates and highlights throughout the conference.

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