AfricaCom 20/20 set to explore the future of tech and telecoms in Africa

AfricaCom 1Housed within the Technology Arena at AfricaCom, AfricaCom 20/20 will launch on 13 November 2018

This year’s line-up is expected to focus on the most pressing issues facing Africa’s entry into the 4th Industrial Revolution, as well as presentations showcasing the possible solutions to meet many of these needs.

Lanre Kolade, managing director of Vodacom Nigeria, will share some major insights with audiences eager to learn what the effects of this shift have had on Africa to date and what might be expected in years to come. This will be followed by a keynote panel entitled: The Digital Gold Mine - Overcoming Regional Obstacles, such as the effect of digitisation upon production, management and governance, as well as addressing technological expertise and economic difficulties.

Experts already agree that many of these socio-economic challenges will be met by Africa leapfrogging legacy systems. Yet, while this may be the case, the principle of laying solid foundations remains a pre-requisite for long-term success. Patrick Kabre, managing director, Alink Telekom will give a keynote exploring this.

On the other side are organisations such as the MST Group, a social impact organisation that operates sophisticated mobile units which deliver comprehensive solutions in healthcare, education and the administrative sectors. All of which, are underpinned by a nifty digital solution – GUUD – that tracks, monitors and optimises effective service delivery. Grant Byron, Chief Technology Officer at MST will present a keynote on: How mobility is changing the way we deliver social impact services.

AfricaCom 20/20 will also be the centre for the IoT Challenge, a stimulating three-way pitch of 20-minute sessions each from entrepreneurs who have the edge on how operators can utilise IoT to generate and improve revenue, services and more.

Financial inclusion is imperative for Africa so there will be a number of presentations and panel discussions aimed at understanding: The Industrial Revolution - How can blockchain optimise telecom operator’s products and services in the African Market?; How effective is network virtualisation in optimising African Telco’s with their ROI? and a keynote from Rakesh Kukreja, Group MD, IsatAfrica, that seeks to clarify how virtualising network functions via Telco cloud infrastructure across all network and service platforms will enable digital democracy.

AfricaCom 20/20 is located within the Technology Arena at AfricaCom, which takes place from 13-15 November 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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