Enhancing Digital Communications in Africa

11 -13 November 2014: CTICC Cape Town, South Africa


FTTH Council Africa Summit

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Ensuring Success: Evolving ICT for the African Enterprise

Monday 12th - Tuesday 13th November 2012

CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

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The diverse continent of Africa has over the last few years shown remarkable growth in the deployment of fibre optic network infrastructure and is rapidly developing with the implementation of state-of-the-art optical fibre technologies.

Never has the timing been more ideal for a fibre focused conference aimed at Africa, with a special focus on Africa’s unique conditions. As the industry is emerging, more issues are becoming apparent and effective dialogue and sharing of information is critical to ensure a sustainable future for fibre optic deployment on the continent.

The Conference will cover a variety of topics aimed at the telecoms sector and policy-makers, Ministries, local, provincial and national government leaders as well Competition authorities and broadband strategy decision makers.

Attendees should include all stakeholders with a vested interest in fibre related networks or applications and services, property management companies, civil contractors, incumbent/alternative operators as well as consultancies, financial organisations, analysts and researchers focused on the fibre communications sector.

We will consider deployments from sub-marine, national long distance, metro and access deployments, as well as vertical markets impacts-advertising, healthcare, education, machine-to-machine communications.

We welcome you to visit telecom operators, discuss technology trends, and most important, the sustainability of fibre networks in Africa. Come learn from experienced global companies and hear from officials from around the world about the strategies they will use to give their countries the FTTX advantage.

The FTTH Council Africa is a not for profit, INDEPENDENT, organisation established in the latter parts of 2010 and sister organisation to the FTTH Council Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Middle East and North Africa.

FTTH Council Africa Conference Agenda

Nov 12th

  • 08:30 – 08:45: Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Richard Came – President FTTH Council Africa
  • 08.45 – 09.15: Key Note Address: Department of Communication South Africa
  • 09.15 – 10.00: Key Note Address: Mr Andile Ncgaba – Chairman: Dimension Data
  • 10.00 – 11.15: Session 1 – Panel Discussion: Policy Frameworks for effective broadband penetration and investment
    The potential of fibre is endless and is not just about bandwidth. It is an enabler that allows consumers to have a better quality life, business to be more competitive, regions to be more attractive and economies to develop faster. It is the only future proof solution. How can effective policy frameworks help deliver investment and effective deployment? This session discusses the status of regulation in Africa, as well as the current challenges for policy makers and regulators.
  • 11.15 – 12.30:  Session 2 – Panel Discussion: Building ubiquitous Broadband – Strategies for Government
    With goverments talking about ubiquitous access by 2020, this discussion looks at the roles of government and private sector, and the role each should play in providing broadband access to end users.
  • 12.30 – 13.00: Key Note Address: Platinum Sponsor
    Leading vendor will showcase its products and explain how their products can meet the demand of end users.
  • 13.00 – 14.00: Lunch and Networking
  • 14.00 – 15.15: Session 3 – Panel Discussion: Sub Marine Networks: The enabler of true broadband
    Leading suppliers of sub-sea cables will showcase their networks, and discuss how their solutions are ab le to met the challenges
  • 15.15 – 16.30: Session 4 – Panel Discussion: National Long Distance Networks: effective strategies for connecting landlocked countries and towns
    Listen to operators that own and operate nld networks on the challenges and opportunites their respective networks provide.
  • 16.30 – 17.45: Session 5 – Panel Discussion: Next Generation Access and the impact on the end user
    This session will discuss the latest access technologies for FTTH networks. It looks at the plans and experiences of operators who already implement next generation access solutions.
  • 18.00: Cocktail Function

Nov 13th

  • 08:30 – 08:45: Day 2 Opening Remarks
    Juanita Clark – CEO FTTH Council Africa
  • 08.45 – 09.15: Key Note Address: Platinum Sponsor
    Leading vendor will showcase its products and explain how their products can meet the demand of end users
  • 09.15 – 10.30: Session 1 – Panel Discussion: Connectivity – an effective ecosystem
    This session will tackle a broad range of subjects including technological, economical and sustainability, from a short and long term perspective as well as potential technical issues.
  • 10.30 – 11.45: Session 2 – Panel Discussion: Applications ‘building the case for FTTX’
    Many applications are delivered on normal broadband connections today, so why is fibre needed?
  • 11.45 – 13.00: Session 3 – Panel Discussion: Skills Development for Africa
    Latest statistics show that the continent is expanding at an unprecedented growth and will continue to do so for the next 15 years. This panel take a look at how the industry can contribute to skills development and job creation.
  • 13.00 – 14.00: Lunch and Networking
  • 14.00 – 15.15: Session 4 – Panel Discussion: PON/GPON vs Metro Ethernet – Sponsor: Dartcom
  • 15.15 – 16.30: Session 5 – TECHNICAL SESSION – Sponsord by Zhone
  • 16.30 – 17.45: Session 6 – Global FTTH Councils – Ranking Presentation
    Presentation looking at fibre penetration on the continent and a look at how we against the rest of the world.
  • 18.00: Closing Remarks: Richard Came – President FTTH Council Africa

For more information visit: www.ftthcouncilafrica.com.

TO REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT, CLICK HERE: http://www.ftthcouncilafrica.com/conference/registration.html

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