Preparations for the 2019 Meetup agenda will begin in early 2019. If you are interested in getting involved in the 2019 speaking faculty, please contact Matthew Edwards, Head of Research, EMEA

2018’s 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 Africa

  • 10:20
  • Sharing, innovation and power in the 5G era
    Yu Dingpeng, VP of Southern Africa Region, HUAWEI

  • 10:35
  • 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
    Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive of Technology and Networks Strategy, Vodacom
    Karish Cui Dongfeng, VP of Site Solution Department, Huawei
    Linden Petzer, Chief Director, Radio & Satellite Communication, Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa
    Suveer Ramdhani, Chief Development Officer, SEACOM
    Bora Varliyagci, CEO, Digital Things

  • 11:15
  • Networking refreshment break sponsored by Atlas Tower

  • 11:45
  • Roundtable session I
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    Buyer briefings
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  • 12:45
  • Networking lunch break

  • 14:15
  • Roundtable Session II
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    Buyer briefings
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  • 15:15
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 15:45
  • 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

  • 16:30
  • 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
    Steve Howden, Senior Vice President & Group Head of M&A, IHS Towers
    Suveer Ramdhani, Chief Development Officer, SEACOM
    Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell
    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 & Huawei Meetup Africa dinner sponsored by Huawei

    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
  • Announcing an international voice for our industry
    Aniko Szigetvari, Global Head – TMT Group, IFC
    Charles (Chuck) Green, Director and Advisor

  • 09:15
  • Keynote: Reducing MTN’s carbon footprint

    Zakhiya Rehman, Senior Manager, Group Sustainability, Group Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, MTN

  • 09:35
  • 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

    Moderator: Spencer Crawford White, CTO, Delmec
    Siphile Sibaya, Manager, Site Infrastructure, MTN
    Roy Cursley, Group Director of PMO, Helios Towers
    Salah Medawar, COO, ieng Group
    Taona Jakashira, Head of Power Operations, Econet Wireless

  • 10:20
  • 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

    Wu Haijun, VP of Energy Product Department, Huawei
    Rani Ariss, Vice President, EMEA, Acsys
    Miloud Abdelilah, Managing Director, Eltek
    Carita Tissari da Costa, Sales Director, Flexenclosure
    Shunsuke Komoto, Industrial Batteries & Power Sources Business Unit, GS Yuasa

  • 10:45
  • 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?

    Moderator: Kieron Osmotherly, Founder & CEO, TowerXchange
    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

  • 11:15
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 11:45
  • Roundtable session III
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    Energy focus group
    (by invitation only)
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  • 12:45
  • Networking lunch break

  • 14:00
  • Roundtable Session IV
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    Regulatory meeting
    By invitation only

  • 15:00
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 15:30
  • 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

    Spencer Crawford White, CTO, Delmec
    Paul Jansen van Rensburg, Regional GM, Atlas Tower
    Wole Abu, CEO, Pan African Towers

  • 16:15
  • Chair’s closing remarks and end of Meetup