14 Nov 2013

Highlights from the third and final day of another phenomenal AfricaCom...

The final day at AfricaCom goes out with a bang as we bid farewell to Cape Town for another year...


Well thats it! Another year, another incredible event. Here's a few snippets of the best bits from day 3. Thanks to all 8000 of you who came along... See you in November 2014!

Day 3 Keynote “Next Steps to Connect Africa”
Richard Bell, Vice Chairman at Wananchi, opened the final day of AfricaCom 2013 detailing how fixed broadband networks will be the platform for the next surge in African telecoms. Strong investment in the infrastructure continues, as the explosion of content drives traffic on the internet and promotes economic growth in the region.

The devices discussion continues and panellists from Microsoft and Intelligent-Energy assessed the specific needs of African consumers. Price remains a key factor in the purchase decision, but as smartphone prices continue to fall, consumers are prepared to pay a little more for added functionality.

The keynote session wrapped up with MTN's perspective on how to enhance the quality of connectivity across Africa.

Regulatory Evolution
Africa has a dynamic regulatory space which significantly impacts the whole continent’s communications industry. The take away from today’s Regulatory Evolution stream at AfricaCom was a real toolbox focusing on increasing competition to drive fairness. Speakers discussed the use of market intervention to avoid domination, easing market entry; economies of scale, and mandatory infrastructure sharing were just some.

Infrastructure Sharing
Helios Towers’ hosted Infrastructure Sharing stream today proved that it’s come a long way from mere outsourcing as it was considered years ago. The models to reduce both CapEx and OpEx are varied and the advantages far reaching: from operators and clients to ecological and aesthetic benefits. Infrastructure sharing is also set to grow strongly over the coming years thanks to increasing regulator support.

Wireless Broadband
The third day of AfricaCom featured the extremely popular wireless broadband stream with a turn out proving the continent’s dedication and desires to connect each corner of the vast continent. Topics discussed included current levels of internet penetration, network infrastructure, cost and management issues, as well as human and development factors. Wireless technology is most certainly something which will continue to give the industry much to talk about.

Big Data
AfricaCom took on the buzz of Big Data on Day 3 in the first-ever dedicated session on the topic. A world-class speaker line-up featured Huawei’s Big Data expert delivering the opening keynote, followed by case studies from the City of Cape Town, First National Bank and Deutsche Telekom. Mahindra Comviva and Folup also discussed the future value of Big Data as one of the most promising technologies.

AfricaCast had a fantastic final day looking at local content and the impact of this content across Africa. Major case studies came from regional stations including Cape Town TV, Channels TV and Umuntu Media. This was mixed in with a special presentation from Stephane Mayoux, Current Affairs Editor for BBC Africa, discussing the future of the BBC in Africa.

AfricApps had a day full of local innovation from local app developers. It continued the themes of the Google workshop the previous day looking at the importance of SDKs and the evolution of User Consumption. Highlights a workshop led by Polymorph, as well as a presentation from local developer Polymorph looking at creating apps that cater to Africans Abroad.

AfricaCom Awards winners announced!

The star-studded AfricaCom Awards took place yesterday evening, the 6th annual ceremony and gala dinner which recognises the most outstanding initiatives in the African telco, media and ICT industries. Among the winners were Huawei, Liquid, Orange and Ericsson who, along with other attendees, enjoyed the surprise flash mob and two live bands while mingling with the industry elite. A special congratulations to Chris Wood from WIOCC who was awarded the coveted Industry Personality of the Year Award.

Informa were proud to support Engineers Without Borders as the official partner charity and celebrate another extremely dynamic and successful year of changing lives through technology in Africa.

Congratulations to all the proud winners! The full list of winners can be found here.

Twitter highlights from day 3...

"Thank you @AllAboutCom for a fantastic show" -@uppspiration

"Great show #AfricaCom and new clients for PMT" -@markusschorn
"What a fantastic third and final day at #AfricaCom" -@Alcatel1TouchSA
"Excellent speakers this afternoon in Monetising Content session #AfricaCom" -@BroderickCom
 "#AfricaCom is huge this year!" -@radwin_ltd

See You Next Year!
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AfricaCom 2014
11-13 November 2014,  
CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

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