2019 TowerXchange Meetup Africa Agenda


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If you are interested in getting involved in the 2019 speaking faculty, please contact Matthew Edwards, Head of Research, EMEA matthew.edwards@towerxchange.com

2019’s agenda:

Day One, Tuesday 8 October

  • From 8:00
  • Breakfast sponsored by Huawei

  • 09:00
  • The state of the African tower market presented by TowerXchange

    - Matthew Edwards, Head of Research, EMEA, TowerXchange
    - Kieron Osmotherly, CEO, TowerXchange

  • 09:40
  • Keynote panel discussion: The future for the continent’s towercos

    - Moderator: Chuck Green, CEO, IDIA
    - Terry Rhodes, CEO, Eaton Towers
    - Steve Howden, Senior Vice President, Group Head of M&A, IHS Towers
    - Nate Foster, CEO, Atlas Tower Group

  • 10:30
  • Keynote Address

    - Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies

  • 10:45
  • Keynote panel discussion: What comes next for Africa’s mobile networks?

    - Moderator: Caroline Gabriel, Senior Contributing Analyst, Telecoms, Analysys Mason
    - Razvan Ungureanu, CTO, Airtel Africa
    - Navi Naidoo, Group Executive, Network Design & Planning, MTN Group
    - Ian Paterson, Chief Investment Officer, Africell Group

  • 11:30
  • Networking coffee break sponsored by ZTE

  • 12:00
  • Roundtable session I
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    Ethiopia Working Group
    (SUPPLIER ACCESS EXCLUSIVE TO SPONSORS and by invitation only)

  • 13:00
  • Networking lunch break

  • 14:30
  • Roundtable session II
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    Fibre Working Group
    (SUPPLIER ACCESS EXCLUSIVE TO SPONSORS and by invitation only)

  • 15:30
  • Networking refreshment break sponsored by Delmec

  • 16:00
  • Panel discussion: Planning and partnerships for 4G/5G networks in Africa

    - Moderator: Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell
    - Vinay Chaudhry, CEO, Tangerine
    - Lawrence Boya, Project Director, City of Johannesburg
    - Nic Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology and Innovation, Vodacom
    - Marco Xu, VP of Small Cell Business Domain, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

  • 16:40
  • Keynote: Infrastructure innovation accelerating 5G development

    - Jarnail Gill, VP of EMEA Regional Energy Business Development, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

  • 17:00
  • Panel discussion: Will towercos and fibrecos converge, compete or cooperate?

    - Moderator: Bora Varilyagci, CEO, Digital Things
    - Suveer Ramdhani, CDO, SEACOM
    - Abraham van der Merwe - Founder, CEO, Frogfoot Networks
    - Vino Govender, Executive: Strategy, Mergers & Acquisition and Innovation, Dark Fibre Africa
    - Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer, IFC

  • 17:40
  • Chair’s closing remarks

  • 17:45
  • Networking drinks reception hosted by TowerXchange

  • 19:30 - late
  • Networking dinner hosted by TowerXchange

    (separate booking required)

Day Two, Wednesday 9 October

  • From 8:30
  • Breakfast

  • 09:20
  • Panel discussion: Technology innovation, energy excellence and reducing emissions

    - Moderator: Darragh Stokes, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunication
    - Dennis Chepkwony, Senior Manager – Power, Safaricom
    - Wole Abu, CEO, Pan African Towers
    - Marcos Chaves, Director General, ANTOSC
    - Yuanhua Huang, Solution Manager of Energy Product, ZTE Corporation

  • 10:10
  • Panel discussion: What is the next stage of the spread and growth of ESCOs across Africa?

    - Moderator: Kieron Osmotherly, CEO, TowerXchange
    - Jocelyn Karakula, Deputy CTIO, Orange
    - Alisa Amupolo, CEO, PowerCom
    - Khaled Habbal, VP & COO, IPT PowerTech
    - Kadri Hakim, Co-CEO, ieng Group
    - Thibaut de Rodellec, Deputy CEO, CAMUSAT

  • 11:00
  • Networking coffee break sponsored by Ramboll

  • 11:30
  • Roundtable session III
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    Energy Working Group
    (SUPPLIER ACCESS EXCLUSIVE TO SPONSORS and by invitation only)

  • 12:30
  • Networking lunch break

  • 14:00
  • Roundtable Session IV
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    Data Collection and Utilisation Working Group
    (SUPPLIER ACCESS EXCLUSIVE TO SPONSORS and by invitation only)

  • 15:00
  • Networking coffee break sponsored by Tarantula

  • 15:30
  • Panel discussion: How can infrastructure sharing help bring the next billion online?

    - Moderator: Matthew Edwards, Head of Research, EMEA, TowerXchange
    - Neil Bartlett, Access Network Program Manager, Facebook
    - Dion Jerling, Co-Founder, Connect Earth
    - Sipho Mngqibisa, Acting CEO, The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA)
    - Albert Gardiner, CEO, Fairwaves

  • 16:10
  • Panel discussion: Designing macro towers and urban furniture to be safe, efficient and cost-effective

    - Moderator: Salah Medawar, Chief Commercial Officer, ieng Group
    - Tim Waga, Structural Engineering, Safaricom
    - Moctar Sarr, CEO, Al Karma Towers
    C- ollins Onumajuru, CEO, Secured Towers Limited
    - Paul Jansen, National Development Director, South Africa, Atlas Towers Group

  • 16:50
  • Chair’s closing remarks

  • 17:00
  • End of Meetup