12 Jun 2013

Connecting West Africa: See you next year | 10-11 June 2014



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The Connecting West Africa conference and exhibition closed today after two days of intense debate on connectivity developments in the region. 



The main theme was that the region needs better access to high speed communications in order to deliver the new services that consumers and enterprises demand. New technologies, partnerships and investment must be promoted. More cost-efficient solutions are being developed - whether over mobile, satellite or fibre - but there is still work to be done. The role of regulators and governments was often mentioned as crucial in promoting development in the market.

Attendees had an opportunity to hear from the region's leading operators, suppliers and governmental organisations who shared their perspectives on the market: Orange, Tigo, Expresso, ECOWAS, Intelsat, O3B Networks, WIOCC, Sierratel, Equateur Telecoms and more.  



"For our 10th year in the region, we decided to focus the event on issues of connectivity and network/infrastructure developments" says Julie Rey, Conference Director, Com World Series | Informa Telecoms & Media; "this proved to be a very important theme and it was fascinating to witness the very passionate discussions both in the conference and during the networking sessions".

Next events in the Com World Series will look at other areas of the market: Digital Services Africa in Johannesburg on 25-26 June, NigeriaCom in Lagos on 17-18 September and AfricaCom in Cape Town on 12-14 November.
 
We look forward to seeing you next year at Connecting West Africa 2014. 
  
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What our attendees said about this year's show:    
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“The Connecting West Africa Conference allows you to not only connect on the issues confronting the West African telecom sector, but also connect with the companies and individuals that can help you find solutions to your needs.” 
Kolubahzizi Howard, Director of Strategy, Liberia Telecommunications Authority

“Efficiency! Efficiency! Efficiency! This event has provided an insight into the challenge for all MNO in terms of exponential growth in bandwidth demand and how to balance network efficiency and profitability. Thank you for the great opportunity!”
Ismail Ibrahim, Satellite Services Manager, MTN Nigeria

“The idea of the Speed Networking was fantastic! It gave vendors the opportunity to have one to one interaction with the operators”
Chinedu Dike, Sales Director West and Central Africa, Tecnotree Finland  



“This conference was a great advantage for us. Well informed business insights, very focused presentations. The event is well monitored”
Komenan Celestin, Group Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Alink Telecom Cote D'Ivoire

“Very good and interesting presentations, showing good future prospects. Staff was very friendly and helpful, always ready to give a hand! I will come back!”
Francois Hernandez, Sales Director, Verimatrix Netherlands

“Great event!!! All topics were relevant and it is good to discuss the challenges facing mobile network operators! Keep up the good work!”
PJ Phike, CEO, MTN Guinea

“We really appreciate the opportunity of connecting operators to telco providers.
As a telecom operator, it will be very beneficial for us to get involved with the local vendors as we have done in Speed Networking. Presenting and working with the providers in the telecom field, will help us to continuously keep the connection between the companies. Thanks” Khadim Rassoul Diop, Field Operation Director, Expresso Senegal
 

“Today's event has been very interesting for us. There was a great amount of suppliers which we met in Speed Networking with a rich portfolio of products and solutions. The speakers and panellists were very experienced in the field” 
Ibrahima Toure, Head of Innovation Department, Orange Mali

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Thank you to all the Sponsors of Connecting West Africa 2013 
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Intelsat
O3B
Sonatel
TI Sparkle
Helios Towers
Ekinops
Mahindra Comviva

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See You Next Year!     
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To get involved early for the 2014 show,       
please visit our website: http://westafrica.comworldseries.com/
      
Connecting West Africa 2014 
10-11 June 2014 
Radisson Blu Hotel
Dakar, Senegal