GDS International raises the African Telecoms Industry bar

January 31, 2012 • Events

There’s no avoiding it: Africa has long been behind the curve when it comes to industry and infrastructure. From healthcare to manufacturing, its economic past has been plagued by elements of mistrust and misfortune – as well as a severe lack of global investment. But for all of this, a shining light is looking to prevail in the form of the telecoms industry.

Africa has long been behind the curve when it comes to industry and infrastructure (image: stock.xchng)

The arrival of three submarine cables to the continent in the last 18 months, combined with an explosion in content creation and dissemination to name but a few examples, has put telecoms front-and-centre of movements across borders and throughout the African nations.

The side effect of this? A potentially attractive market for global telecom enterprises.

As a result, GDS International – one of the world’s leading B2B events companies – has continued to act as a platform to bring together decision makers and solution providers in a bid to progress the continent’s telecoms sector. Indeed, with developing well aligned business plans and successfully rolling out new technologies topping the key challenges of CIOs and CTOs across the continent, GDS International’s Next Generation Telecoms Africa (NGT Africa) will serve 2012 with its best ever closed-door, senior executive Summit and help evolve the telecoms landscape for the African market.

Oliver Smart, CEO of GDS International, believes the NGT Africa Summit will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the African telecoms market. “Having positioned NGT Africa as one of the continent’s most progressive telecoms events since 2008, this year’s NGT Africa event is undoubtedly our strongest yet,” he said. “As the industry continues to evolve at breakneck speed, we’ve ensured that our programme covers the key challenges and opportunities being faced by our delegation – from fixed network services to data and mobile communications – while leveraging the best possible platform for solution providers to promote their technologies and aid in reducing the current barriers to entry.”

“With an exceptionally strong delegation consisting of over 50 senior executives participating in interactive workshops and problem-solving roundtables spanning two days, NGT Africa has been designed with the end user in mind. Taking place on the 24-26 April, 2012, at The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club in Kenya, its intention is simple: to lay the foundations of solid business in the African continent and induce the right infrastructure to accelerate the telecoms industry within the African market.”

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