10 Sep 2014
East Africa Com highlights key opportunities in the region’s digital market: innovation, partnerships and new revenue streams
East Africa Com closed today in Nairobi after two days of lively debates on opportunities in the region’s telecoms, media and ICT market.
The first day covered topics of connectivity, mobile money and enterprise services, while the second day looked at profitability, both from the point of view of cost efficiency and of new revenue streams. A presentation from Google’s Kay Wulff addressed the ever-present debate of competition vs partnership between operators and OTT players: this year the consensus was on partnership, which both operators and OTT/content players want to make work. Among new revenue opportunities, big data monetisation was a major point of discussion. Digital content (in particular music) raised the issue of the role of mobile operators within a complex ecosystem.
The programme included contributions from a wide range of companies: Airtel, Safaricom, Google, Tele10, Zain Sudan, Leo Burundi, Liquid Telecom, iWay Africa, Roke Telkom, Ericsson, Protocol Solutions, Spinlet, Mdundo, Gounna, Avanti Communications, Lumata, Ekinops, First access, Paypal Chase bank and more.
East Africa Com was a fantastic opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in East Africa and to meet leading minds and innovators in the market. More than ever, participants engaged in networking in the exhibition and during the breaks, as well as the lunches (hosted by Seacom and TEPC) and the poolside drinks hosted by East Africa Data Centre at the end of day 1. The atmosphere was both relaxed and focused: a great way of doing business!
Next year’s event will come back to its original date in May (12th and 13th), still at the beautiful Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. The programme will provide an update on the digital economy (telco strategies, services, networks etc.), as well as a new CIO Forum covering enterprise services & Cloud.
Reactions and recommendations for East Africa Com....
"A number of interesting presentations include OTT’s taking up the mantle of communication innovation passing threat to telcos to open up partnerships. Exhibitors like Transfer-To gave an insight on how telcos have extended their sales abroad through diaspora.”
Nsaji Mwamukonda, Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTLC), NICTBB Engineer
"The sessions were quite informative on the emerging telcos trends and solutions. I like the fact that operators are competing on quality and have embraced infrastructure sharing. Thanks a lot to all organizers and sponsors for a successful event!"
Samson Kamau, Orange Telkom Manager, O&M-T
“The venue and event were great, it enabled good communication and effective interaction!”
Mustafa Barai, Sudatel, Capacity & IP Manager
“An event with a lot of opportunity to meet and interact with people. Also a chance to explore, learn and develop as a whole. Interesting to understand LTE and the digital era. Well done!"
Ali Abbas Nasser, CFO, Catsnet
“Excellent organization and conference. Well planned and quality of exhibitions and presentations, very good! Looking forward to 2015 EACom.”
Ali Bufolo, Wananchi Telecom, Deputy General Manager
“The event was extremely useful, and well organized, speed networking was very good.”
Hernandez Francois, Verimatrix, Sales Director
“Great conference! A fantastic learning environment amongst peers in the telecom industry.”
Samuel Mwangi, Safaricom Kenya, Senior Solutions Architect
“Great venue, interesting discussions and networking opportunities.”
Ludovic Patraud, Intersec, Director Market Development