Telecoms executives gear up for NGT Africa

April 13, 2012 • Events

24-26 April will mark the GDS International’s much-anticipated seventh Next Generation Telecoms Africa (NGT Africa) Summit. Taking place at The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club in Kenya, NGT Africa has rapidly become one of the continent’s leading facilitators of next generation business solution and thought leadership forums for the telecoms arena.

Delegates at 2010's NGT Africa Summit (image: NGT Africa Summit)

Indeed, with the success of last year’s NGT Africa Summit, GDS International – the global events company behind NGT Africa – has ensured that this year’s event pushes the boundaries of disruptive thought leadership discussions once more – and in doing so, cements itself as an essential ingredient within the industry’s conversation.

To do so, the Summit’s industry-praised ‘Collabor8 Sessions’ – where groups of senior executives challenge real-time issues with a range of innovative and emerging solutions – will be followed by the event’s Gala Dinner and Opening Keynote Address from Ahmed Mokhles Ali El-Din, Group SVP at the Etisalat Group.

Discussing ‘Digitization in Africa and its impact on the Telecom value chain’, Mokhles will touch upon recent developments in Sub-Saharan Africa and their contributions to the increased penetration of digital services, which in turn will provoke a far deeper look into the holistic value chain of Africa’s Telecom environment – from high speed mobile internet and real-time streaming services to mHealth and mobile advertising.

Conflating this, the proceeding two-day programme will be structured around the overarching theme of evolution, considering operator perspectives, emerging infrastructures and their potential induction into the region, payment services and innovative partnerships to name but a few.

By combining the Summit’s pre-event NG20 advisory board, made up of the region’s leading lights who have helped shape the programme and provided exceptional insight, the success of the Summit is built upon on its unique blend of thought leadership workshops, one-to-one meetings with analyst partners and solution providers, and bleeding-edge keynote presentations and disruptive panel discussions aimed at inducing better conversation within both the industry and its region.

Of course, the Summit’s sponsors have also remained a pivotal part of the holistic campaign, driving themes and ensuring the correct delegation are present. From Symantec, Aviat Networks and Enersys, to Tesuco, Inala, Keynote-Sigos and Xuma Infrastructure Group amongst many others, the Summit’s sponsors are perfectly positioned to provide essential knowledge and solutions to the industry’s challenges.

Kieran Crawford, NGT Africa’s Summit Director, is all too aware of the importance that his event brings to the region and its biggest players. “With the NGT Africa Summit taking place in just under two weeks’ time, everything has come together extremely well. The content provided by the most senior level delegation within the African Telecoms market and Gartner, our analyst partners, has been second to none.”

“All of the meetings have been aligned and confirmed between the vendors and operators in order to address their key challenges, and there’s no doubt in my mind that 2012’s NGT Africa will be the most exciting and successful to date” Kieran added.

For more information, please visit the NGT Africa Summit site

Staff Writer

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