9 Sep 2014

The 10th annual East Africa Com event opened today at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, gathering the telecoms and media community from across the region and beyond.

Speakers representing mobile operators, fixed and wireless service providers and vendors shared their views on the region’s growth opportunities and how to overcome challenges.
A highlight of the morning keynote was an interview with Adil El Youssefi, MD of Airtel Kenya, who talked about the company’s strategy centred on affordability, usability and partnerships: on LTE developments, he supports the Kenyan government’s objective for LTE networks to be shared among the main stakeholders; on Airtel’s MVNO strategy he assured that agreements are win-win and addressing new customer bases.

The sessions included presentations on connectivity and how to meet the demand for affordable data, with contributions from Liquid Telecom, iWay Africa, Roke Telkom, Zain Sudan and more. Other topics addressed on the first day were mobile money, roaming and enterprise services.
Networking is a major part of East Africa Com: a busy Speed Networking session took place in the morning coffee break and lunch was hosted by Seacom for all delegates, with an additional VIP lunch hosted by TEPC. The day’s proceeding ended with a drinks reception hosted by East Africa Data Centre.

“East Africa Com is always a great event to be part of and we are proud that it remains so relevant to the market: speakers and attendees are keen to share their experiences, and companies always have new products and solutions to showcase”, says Julie Rey, Conference Director at organisers Informa Telecoms & Media.

The second day of East Africa com will start on Wednesday 10th at 9, with panels and presentations on cost-efficiency, content services, monetisation of new services, CEM, mobile marketing, digital music and more.

Reactions and recommendations for East Africa Com....

“The sessions were highly informative and there were multiple opportunities to meet the right people and explore business growth opportunities.”
Ivan Sang, Strathmore University Research Associate, Kenya

“I have been attending this conference since the inception and I have learnt a lot about the telecom industry. I have made big strides in networking with other delegates. Keep it up and we look forward to have you here in 2015.”
Fradkin Senge, Roamcell, Business Development Manager

“The event was very nicely organized. Enjoyed the content and the Speed Networking meetings were excellent. Keep it up!”
Mohamed Sheikh Sheikh, Somtel, General Manager Somalia

“Simply Awesome!! Thanks for the opportunity. The Informa team has put up a brilliant show. Enjoyed meeting a vast pool of telecom professional from across Africa/Middle East/ India & Europe. Speed Networking was of special interest, and it was very well planned and executed. Keep rocking! See you all in Cape Town!”
Mahesh Gera, Airtel Group Co., Vice President Africa & Middle East

“A must attend for any operator or employee of the telco industry in order to network and learn from the leaders of the industry. Thank you Informa for the invitation and the good service provided onsite."
Arielle Kaneza, Leo Burundi, Roaming and Interconnect

“Great Opportunity to meet people from the region who share the same aspects and looking for creative strategies and solutions. The first day has been perfect, and I trust that the next day will be great too. I am also looking forward to attending next year’s event!"
Abbas Babiker, Zain Sudan, Business Performance Manager – Strategy

“Great Window for all East African companies from the industry! Great Speed Networking!”
Vysakh Nambiar, Swiftsat, Managing Director

“The venue was great, there was a variety and focus on data at the same time, which was excellent! Expect to hear about issues from regulatory points of view next time. Thank you!”
Mohamed Tangasawi, Zain Sudan, Carrier Relations & Regulatory Director

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