12 Jun 2014

Operators and their partners discuss profitability and efficiency in data networks at Connecting West Africa

After a first conference day discussing operators' data strategies, the Connecting West Africa audience re-convened today in Dakar. The day's sessions covered in more details how to improve profitability thanks to better cost-efficiency and attractive services.

The second day started with a panel and interactive round tables on how to manage costs without reducing quality of service. The participants highlighted the importance of balancing capex and opex, outsourcing and energy strategies. The role of regulators was also mentioned as crucial to support operators in offering affordable communications services to end-users.

The audience represented stakeholders from the telecommunications sector across the region: MNOs, regulators, OTT players, satellite operators, vendors and more from countries as varied as Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Niger, Mali, Benin, Chad, Ghana, Congo, Cape Verde and more.

Events in the Com World Series -  which Connecting West Africa is part of - will continue looking at how Africa can embrace data networks and services to serve the continent's needs.

Glowing feedback from 2014 attendees:

"I enjoyed Connecting West Africa 2014 because this seminar allowed me to meet many partners all at once. It is well organized and supported the participants immediately. I enjoyed it greatly!”

Sophie Kouma
International Carriers Account Manager
Orange Cote D'Ivoire

“Great Opportunity to meet industry players in the sub-region. Meeting peers and partners is always an enriching experience and opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities. Thank you Informa”

Amer Atwi
Comium Gambia

“The Connecting West Africa forum is a excellent place to meet people from the industry and exchange ideas, through Speed Networking. The presentations were very informative and educative for the challenges which operators are facing.”

Ndiaye Ousseynou
Interconnect Manager
Airtel Congo

“Very well organized but would suggest to make it at the Kind Fahd Palace next year.”
Fabienne Sane
Responsible Communication
Sonatel Orange

Save the date: Connecting West Africa is back next year on the 9th - 10th June 2015.