Roundtable topics

40+ interactive roundtables connect you with experts, potential partners and your most important peers

Hosted by an export moderator, roundtable discussion groups bring together a cross section of the tower industry supply chain to share ideas, expertise and challenges around specified topics or markets. Each roundtable will assemble up to 20 executives and will last an hour. With two roundtable sessions scheduled on each day, participants will have the opportunity to join four roundtables during the course of the event.

Take a look at our Buyer Briefings from Airtel Africa, Atlas Towers, IHS Towers, Helios Towers, Safaricom and ANTOSC here. Check out our Energy, Data Collection and Utilisation, African Fibre and Ethiopia Working groups here.

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Tower excellence

Optimising people, processes and technology to cut opex
Roy Cursley, Director of Delivery & Technology, Helios Towers

Site design optimisation for Africa: what works and where?
Conor Plant, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications

Upgrading sites efficiently to maximise lease-up
Spencer Crawford-White, Chief Technical Officer, Delmec

How to make cell sites smart and secure
Rani Ariss, Vice President Sales – EMEA, Acsys International Ltd

Managing landlords and ground rents: realistic relationships and returns
Simon Nyadzani, Site Acquisition Supervisor – Network Deployment and Chief Technology Officer – Property Management, MTN 

Simplifying your supply chain and promoting best practice
Mark Kemple, Group Supply Chain Manager, Helios Towers

Lease-up strategies and amendment revenue
Cornelis Wessels, CFO, Atlas Towers Group

Nurturing long-term towerco/MNO relationships
Lieuwe Boonstra, Business Development Director, Atlas Tower Group


Energy and ESCOs

ESCOs: successes so far and future plans across Africa
Jocelyn Karakula, DCTIO, Orange

Where should we retain (and improve) lead-acid, what use cases work for lithium-ion and alternate chemistries?
Andrew McAvoy, Group Application Engineer, Helios Towers

How are emissions reduction targets and CSR affecting energy investment?
Stuart Kelly, VP Market Development, Bladon Micro Turbine

How are the economics of solar sites changing?
Speaker tbc


Diversification and its opportunities

Introduction to Africa Fibre
Juanita Clark, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FTTX Council Africa

Practicalities and economics of deploying fibre to the tower
Isfandiyar Shaheen, Infrastructure Sharing Advocate, NetEquity Networks

Small cells, big changes
Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell

Opportunities with data centres
Wouter van Hulten, CEO & founder, PAIX, Founding Member & Board Member, Africa Data Center Association


The future of the towerco

How do you approach establishing an IBS business or division?
Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell

Lessons for Africa from 5G around the world
Speaker tbc

From tower sharing to radio sharing
Godwin Makyao, Founder / Executive Director, Maktech

How to identify opportunities and build a business in indoor, public and enterprise wireless
Philip Cooper, Independent Consultant, formerly Managing Director EMEA Digital Bridge & COO Digital Colony UK; CFO, Apollo Towers Myanmar; Group Commercial Manager, Eaton Towers

How do you set up an edge data centre at a cell-site?
Jakob Carnemark, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice Chairman, Aligned Energy

Are towercos well positioned to own urban connectivity in Africa?
Speaker tbc


Network roll-out

Rural connectivity, low-cost solutions and viable business plans
Jocelyn Karakula, DCTIO, Orange

Ensuring your towers are safe for additional and next technologies
Spencer Crawford-White, Chief Technical Officer, Delmec

How to accelerate the permitting process
Chuck Green, CEO, IDIA

Getting ready for 5G: what profitable opportunities exist today?
Matthew McNulty, Project Director, Rain South Africa

4G densification: what role for macros versus rooftops and unconventional sites?
Speaker tbc


Investing in towers

Who will be the long-term investors in towercos?
Conor Plant, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications

To what degree has investing in African towercos been derisked?
Nate Foster, CEO, Atlas Towers Group

Value creation and destruction by towercos in contract design and negotiation
Henco Pretorius, Legal Director: South Africa & Kenya, Atlas Tower Group

Working with government and regulators to attract investment in communications infrastructure
Chuck Green, CEO, IDIA

Investment in ESCOs: cost of capital and security of returns
Speaker tbc

Towerco diversification and investibility
Eric Crabtree
, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation 


Geographic roundtables

Mozambique
Godwin Makyao, Founder, Maktech

Southern Africa
Randi Clendennen – Chief Strategy Officer, Atlas Tower Group

Nigeria 
Nabil Haddad, CEO, IPT PowerTech 

East Africa
Terry Rhodes, CEO, Eaton Towers 

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