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.

2019 roundtable topics will be announced in Q2 2019

2018's roundtables

  • Session I | Tuesday, 11.45 – 12.45
  • 1A Southern Africa
    Nate Foster, CEO, Atlas Tower

    1B East Africa
    Jean Farhat, CEO, NETIS

    1C MNO-towerco frictions over lease rates: are there win-win solutions?
    David Porte, VP, International Business, SBA Communications

    1D 5G oriented site infrastructure evolution
    Mark Easton, Principal Consultant of CTO and Karish Cui Dongfeng, VP of Site Solution Department, Huawei

    1E Reducing the number of site visits: processes, people and technology
    Andrew Edmondson, CEO, Abbott Technologies & Stuart Kelly, VP Market Development, Bladon MT

    1F New approaches of deployment of smart solutions, small cells and why they need a different model to the macro site design and deployment
    Spencer Crawford White, CTO, Delmec

    1G Expanding the network edge
    Sharedh Naicker, Senior Account Director, Intelsat

    1H Intelligent site upgrades: avoiding false economies
    Thomas Brink Laursen, Business Development Director, Ramboll

    1J Investor (mis)conceptions about towerco business models globally and how to tackle them
    Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer, IFC

    1K African fibre market 101
    Juanita Clark, CEO, FTTX Council Africa

    1L Challenges in securing, building and maintaining rooftop sites
    Patrick Britz, Acting CEO, Powercom

    VIP Buyer briefings (invite only)

  • Session II | Tuesday, 14.15 - 15.15
  • 2A How to cultivate a productive partnership between MNOs and towercos
    Terry Rhodes, CEO, Eaton Towers

    2B The road to a converged infraco model: how will it look?
    Joao Sousa, Partner, Delta Partners

    2C What will 5G network infrastructure look like in South Africa: mobile, fibre and other solutions
    Bora Varliyagci, CEO, Digital Things

    2D How to maximise the value of your energy assets
    Mark Easton, Principal Consultant of CTO and Victor Liu Xu, Senior Manager of Energy Product Dept, Huawei

    2E How different towerco models have fared globally: lessons for Africa
    Darragh Stokes, Managing Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications

    2F In-building solutions (IBS): Case study for the neutral host market based on field proven DAS
    James Kim, Director, Head of EMEA region, SOLiD UK

    2G The big battery debate: lead acid vs lithium ion vs alternate chemistries
    Andrew McAvoy, Group Applications Engineer, Helios Towers

    2H Innovative camouflage and street furniture solutions for urban networks
    Helmundt Strumpher, Regional General Manager, Atlas Tower

    2J Standardisation to weed out inefficiencies in site configurations: what must be prioritised?
    Harald Timm, Director & Senior Advisor, Ericsson

    2K Could towercos manage “active and passive” over "tower & power" solutions
    Spencer Crawford White, CTO, Delmec

    2L ESCOs
    Charles Henry DuPrez, Managing Director, Off-Grid Renewable Energy, Voltalia

    VIP Buyer briefings (invite only)

  • Session III | Wednesday, 11.45 – 12.45
  • 3A Threats to the towerco business model and how the model needs to adapt
    Ted Manvitz, VP & Chief Strategy Officer, IHS Towers

    3B How to provide digital indoor coverage today through to the 5G era
    Zhang Congling, Chief Officer of Wireless Small Cell Department, Huawei

    3C Low cost rural coverage: what business models and solutions will resolve connectivity
    Kadri Hakim, Co-CEO, ieng Group

    3D Key value creation in towerco and fibreco contracts
    Rob Dixon, Partner, Vinson & Elkins

    3E Tackling rising landlord and wayleave pricing expectations
    Paul Jansen Van Rensburg, Regional General Manager, Atlas Tower

    3F Developing a culture of operational excellence in your supply chain
    Mark Kemple, Group Supply Chain Manager, Helios Towers

    3G Fibre opportunities, growth potential and models beyond South Africa
    Alexander Kiel, Group CFO, CSquared

    3H Who will be the long-term investors in African telecoms infrastructure?
    Kamal Daswani, Director, Corporate Finance, Delta Partners

    3J South Africa: Towerco competition, fibre, small cells and rural coverage
    Dana van den Berg, Executive, Technical Facilities, Cell C

    3K Angola: 2018/9 market spotlight on key changes
    Arthur Chaves, CTO, ANTOSC

    VIP Energy focus group (invite only)

  • Session IV | Wednesday, 14.00 – 15.00
  • 4A West and Central Africa
    Wole Abu, CEO, Pan African Towers

    4B The view of an acquirer: How is value created and destroyed in towercos?
    David Porte, VP, International Business, SBA Communications

    4C Simplifying site management systems to a more agreeable price point
    Roy Cursley, Group Director of PMO, Helios Towers

    4D How to build low opex, smart sites
    Wu Haijun, VP of Energy Product Dept and Kelvin Bian Dongyang, Senior Manager of South Africa Wireless Dept, Huawei

    4E Which countries and operators will see the strongest growth and investment in the next few years?
    Conor Plant, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications

    4F Bleeding edge innovations in energy: What's next?
    Siphile Sibaya, Manager, Site Infrastructure, MTN

    4G Developing the commercial model for in-building solutions
    Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell

    4H Solar only sites: use cases, economics and in-the field performance
    Taona Jakashira, Head of Power Operations, Econet Wireless

    4J Intelligent strategies to identifying coverage gaps and their economic potential
    Mike Brough, CEO, M2 Catalyst

    4K Independent towerco, operator-carved out towerco and MNO owned towers: How different dynamics and restrictions come into play
    Alisa Amupolo, CEO, Powercom

    VIP IDIA meeting (invite only)