African broadband operators increase investment to meet soaring data demand

telecom tower communications africaA requirement for new investment into telecom and broadband infrastructure in Africa is creating a surge in deal activity across the continent, according to TMT Finance

An increase in demand for new investment into telecom and broadband infrastructure in Africa has led to the creation of mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, investment and financing activity, as according to TMT Finance, the region’s key players race for position to meet the rising demand for data across the continent.

Joseph d’Arrast, EMEA Editor, TMT Finance said: "The continent’s growth in the digital economy and the rising demand for data is helping to boost investor confidence in major broadband projects, of which there are many currently underway or in the pipeline. In response to this, many telcos, investors and specialised operators are looking to plough significant amounts of money into key projects, with a number of IPOs, new capex financing and M&A also in the pipeline," he added.

Chief executives and leading heads of finance and strategy from Africa’s key broadband infrastructure companies, private equity investors and telecom operators will gather to discuss a number of issues on a panel at TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018 on 15 March.

The TMT Broadband Infrastructure panel, which will explore strategies for regional growth, includes: Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom; Brandon Doyle, CEO, Convergence Partners; Byron Clatterbuck, CEO, SEACOM; Brian Jakins, managing director of Africa, Intelsat; and Thomas Hintze, CEO, Wananchi Telecom; and will be chaired by Keith Webb, Investment Banking, Infrastructure Finance, Rand Merchant Bank.

More than 70 key speakers have been announced for the event, with CxOs and senior executives also expected to attend from companies including Vodacom, Telkom BCX, MTN, Standard Bank, American Tower Corp, Millicom, Google, Econet Wireless, MainOne, Teraco, Alcatel Submarine Networks, DLA Piper, IFC World Bank, Rack Centre, Investec Asset Management, Citi and Credit Suisse.

There will also be a  number of key session themes announced include: Telecom Leadership Africa; Digital Africa; Mobile Tower Strategies; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity Africa; Spectrum sharing; Regulation and Policy; Financing TMT; Investing in Mobile Data and Services; Mobile Payments and Banking, Fintech and M-Health; and Media and Convergence.

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