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On 24 April, a delegation of 65 senior-level executives from the continent’s biggest telecoms firms will meet over two days at The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club, Kenya, to discuss this and other pressing issues in the telecommunications industry in Africa today. The event is the seventh NGT Africa Summit, and is one of the most hotly anticipated dates in the African telecoms calendar.
In attendance will be a selection of the most prominent thought leaders in the African telecommunications industry including: Eric Coffie, Group Director of M-Commerce, Airtel Africa; Moncef Mettiji, CTO, Zantel; Sam Elangalloor, MD, Airtel Tanzania; and Vuyani Jarana, COO, Vodacom SA who are but a few of the delegates scheduled for the Summit. Also included within the delegation are senior executives from industry heavyweights Vodafone Egypt and Orascom Telecom.
Godfrey Kisekka is the CTO of Orange Uganda Limited and is attending his second NGT Africa event. In his own words, “The Summit provides a unique opportunity for networking amongst operators and solution providers. It also provides an opportunity to learn about new trends and solutions in the ICT industry”.
In accordance with this, Anwar Soussa, Chief Commercial Officer of Telecel Zimbabwe says, “The NGT Summit was an excellent event and offered the opportunity to network at the highest level of this industry in Africa. Key industries were discussed, new technology demonstrated, and new ideas presented. All in all, a great event.”
GDS International Summits provide the forward-thinking executive with a client-focused platform from which to assess emerging trends and strategies that are proving critical to organisational effectiveness in 2012. Delegates engage in highly interactive workshops and focussed panel discussions offering moderated, peer-led discussions on major telecoms issues in the African market, whilst one-to-one meetings give delegates the chance to meet with business analysts and solution providers to discuss strategy and technology demands in a rapidly evolving business climate.
Kieran Crawford, Summit Director at GDS International – the global company behind NGT Africa – believes the exceptional calibre of delegates attending the event will set the benchmark for future telecom events in Africa.
“I am extremely excited about the upcoming seventh NGT Africa Summit. The 65 strong C-level delegation, we will be addressing key challenges faced by Africa telecommunication operators today, including broadband connectivity, network infrastructure, IT and billing, MVAS, mobile money, rural connectivity and network power,” he says.
“In today’s climate, telecom executives must develop well aligned business plans and fully utilise new technologies in order to capitalise on this growing market, and I think that the NGT Africa Summit will undoubtedly serve as a pivotal framework for telecom leaders to cover the hottest topics and establish meaningful business relationships that will lead to exciting new ventures and significant developments within the industry.”
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