What’s happening in 2018?

Now in its sixth year, the TowerXchange Meetup Africa is excited to announce new features for 2018 whilst welcoming back and enhancing popular activities

Expanded infrastructure focus
Macro towers, fibre, in-building solutions and alternative coverage: what role will each play in the future and how are commercial infraco models adapting to address this?

More buyer briefings
Invitation only sessions where the continent’s biggest buyers explain their upcoming procurement activities

Enhanced energy working group
Lithium ion, capacitors, DCDGs, renewables beyond solar… What technologies are being trialled, how are they performing and where are efforts required to improve integration?

Tackling inefficiencies in site rollout and upgrade
As new build picks up across the continent, how can standardisation and innovation optimise capex?

Continuation of the ESCO debate
More contracts have been signed since 2017, but what role will ESCOs play in the future of the sector?

Download TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018 prospectus


Detailed agenda:

Day One, Tuesday 9 October

  • 08:00
  • Registration and coffee

  • 09:00
  • TowerXchange’s analysis of the African tower industry and its evolution beyond towers
    TowerXchange provide a detailed overview of the global and regional tower industry, examining tower ownership, key developments and how the infraco model is evolving

    Laura Graves, Managing Director, EMEA, TowerXchange
    Kieron Osmotherly, Founder & CEO, TowerXchange

  • 10:00
  • FTTX Council’s spotlight on the African fibre market
    As the trend towards converged infracos continue to evolve, the FTTX Council provides a short introduction to the fibre landscape in Africa and examines how M&A and business model evolution has shaped the market

    Juanita Clark, CEO, FTTX Council

  • 10:20
  • Keynote panel: The shape of African telecommunications infrastructure to come
    Network architecture experts provide insights into how the telecommunications sector and underlying infrastructure will evolve in Africa, discussing the role for mobile, fibre and WiFi from 2G to 5G.
    Moderator: Sharoda Rapeti, Non-Executive Partner, Delta Partners

  • 11.00
  • Networking refreshment break sponsored by Atlas Tower

  • 11:30
  • Roundtable session I
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    Buyer briefings
    (by invitation only)
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  • 12:30
  • Networking lunch break

  • 14:00
  • Roundtable Session II
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    Buyer briefings
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    Regulatory focus group
    (by invitation only)
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  • 15:00
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 15:30
  • Keynote panel – towercos: 2018 performance and the future outlook for macro sites in the towerco sector
    African towerco CXOs focus on their core business are of macro towers, evaluating 2018's performance and sharing their views for the coming year
    Moderator: Gulfraz Qayyum, Managing Director, TMT, Citi
    Ted Manvitz, VP & Chief Strategy Officer, IHS Towers
    Terry Rhodes, CEO, Eaton Towers
    Kash Pandya, CEO, Helios Towers
    Nate Foster, CEO, Atlas Tower

  • 16:15
  • Keynote panel – the new infracos: Towers, fibre, IBS, data centres and satellite - converging or competing business models?
    Towerco CXOs, joined by and their contemporaries representing other parts of the communications infrastructure value chain, examine potential synergies, partnerships and potential conflicts as the African market continues to mature

    Moderator: Bora Varliyagci, CEO, Digital Things
    Alex Leigh, CCO, Helios Towers
    Lars Stuber, Independent Consultant
    Christian Olsson, Senior Segment Market Manager, EMEA & North Americas, SES Networks
    Nick Stevenson, Head of Communications, Media & Entertainment Group, RBC Capital Markets

  • 17:15
  • Chair’s closing remarks

  • 17:30
  • Networking drinks

  • 19.30 - late
  • TowerXchange Meetup Africa dinner

    Network with today’s speakers, sponsors and delegates over in a relaxed and informal setting (additional fee applies)

Day Two, Wednesday 10 October

  • 08:30
  • Welcome coffee

  • 09:00
  • Panel: Driving efficiencies in site operations

    Operational experts share their experiences in bring new efficiencies to sites to improve site uptime and reduce opex, examining the impact of processes and technologies implemented

    Jerome Curtis, Passive Infrastructure Specialist, MTN
    Senior Representative, Helios Towers
    Salah Medawar, COO, ieng Group
    Divyajeet Mahajan, CEO, Tower Business, Econet Wireless

  • 09:45
  • Technology spotlight: How can the supply chain best support efficiency gains?

    Select equipment and service providers share their views on where the supply chain can make the biggest impact on site operations

    Senior Representative, Acsys
    Miloud Abdelilah, Managing Director, Eltek
    Senior Representative, Flexenclosure

  • 10:00
  • Focus session: The rise of ESCO model in sub-Saharan Africa

    Current and forecast sites under ESCO management, how the business model and investment landscape has evolved and what does the future hold?

    Charles Henry DuPrez, Managing Director, Off-Grid Renewable Energy, Voltalia
    Sebastian Martin, Group Chief Commercial and Business Development Officer, Camusat/ Aktivco
    Ofer Ahiraz, CEO, Energy Vision
    Khaled Habbal, VP & COO, IPT PowerTech

  • 10:45
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 11:15
  • Roundtable session III
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    Energy focus group
    (by invitation only)
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  • 12:15
  • Networking lunch break

  • 13:30
  • Roundtable Session IV
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    Fibre focus group
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  • 14:30
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 15:00
  • Panel: Innovating site design and deployment

    With investment in new build picking up across the African continent, our panel of experts examine how to optimise capex whilst futureproofing sites and conforming to third party specifications

    Timothy Waga, Subject Matter Expert, Structural Engineering, Safaricom
    Randi Clendennen, CSO, Atlas Tower
    Wole Abu, CEO, Pan African Towers

  • 15:45
  • Chair’s closing remarks and end of Meetup