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Kuala Lumpur, May 18, 2010 “ The information technology sector never knew the meaning of fatigue. And today, they are caught in dilemma with the question “Save or Spend” in shaping the framework of 2010 – 2011 budget.
All these will be sorted out in the IT Showcase Asia 2010 opens today to Wednesday at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur. The 2nd annual conference powered by JFPS Group Malaysia managed to draw a total number of 120 attendees from public and corporate sectors throughout the region.
Project Manager, Wong Mee Lee insisted, “The theme of this conference is very timely and in motion. It is important to explain to players the current situation of information technology sector and what should and can be done to ensure efficiency of information technology systems of their companies“.
“We are confident that our list of speakers and panelists able to resolve questions garbled in the minds of delegates,” said Wong.
The conference highlights some leading speakers from the industry, including Eric Lauzon, Chief Information Officer of the International
Baccalaureate (IB) who is widely lauded as an industry visionary for his thought leadership and speaks frequently and passionately at key international events, especially about empowering young people and alleviating poverty through strategic use of technology, as well as greening of IT.
The presence of Eric and other regional information technology experts would keep the conference lively. Among other speakers including Rajesh Saini (Chief Information Officer, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd), Thillai Raj T. Ramanathan (Chief Technology Officer, MIMOS Bhd), Dr. S Dharmavasan (Managing Director, Kingslake), Zeck Lim (Head of Services Division (SEA), Akamai Technologies), Datoâ€™ Razali bin Awang (Chief Information Officer (ICT), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)), Jimmy Yeoh (Chief Information Officer, MAA), Andy Khoo (Product Manager, EMC Corporation), Andy Tan Eng Teik (Chief Information Officer, Employee Provident Fund (EPF)), James Loo (Chief Information Officer, YCH Group), Thong Chee Wai (Head of Operational Support Services (OSS), TIME dotcom Bhd), Andrew Friar (former Head of Technology, Westpac Banking Corporation), Arun Gupta (Group Chief Technology Officer, Shoppers Stop), Shamsul Baharin Deraman (CISSP, CISA Head, IT Security Dept., IT Division, RHB Banking Group), Haji Daud Collet Abdullah (Asst. Vice President â€“ Information Technology, KIC Oil & Gas), and Assoc Prof Dr. Suhaimi Napis (CTO and Director, InfoComm Development Centre (iDEC), UPM).
They will be speaking on topics to include data protection, cloud computing, virtualization, mobile applications, portfolio management, IT governance, risk and compliance, and many others.
Wong added, “We know the event is the right platform for them to exchange ideas and network. As a flagship event for JFPS Group Malaysia, you can look forward to the 3rd annual IT Showcase Asia coming to you real soon“.
Keynote address for IT Showcase Asia 2010 delivered by Y. Bhg. Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Mohd Yusoff, Deputy Secretary General (Science), who also officiating the event on behalf of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia (MOSTI).
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Every year JFPS Group Malaysia organizes a series of functional and industrial events and works with thousands of senior executives from leading companies to improve their strategic decision-making process.
New Conference Production Company to Enlist Massive Mobile Industry Players
Neoedge sets sights on becoming top producer of Telecom Events in ASIA
Launches its third telecom event: Mobile Cloud Computing ASIA 2010
Neoedge Pte. Ltd. recently announced plans of bringing in more telecom related events and expanding operations in the Middle East and North Africa in line with its vision to become Asiaâ€™s top conference producer of Telecom Events. At an interview during the formal launch of its third telecom event in Asia, Neoedgeâ€™s Project Manager and SPEX Head Vida Paz said her companyâ€™s plans to produce summits, trainings and workshops in the MENA region will be coming in the next five to six months.
â€œWe hope to become the Telecom Conference of choice for the telecommunications world by offering the newest products and conference formats with the ample opportunity for learning, discussing and networking,â€? said Paz.
Neoedge has chosen Singapore as its corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region, where it plans to further grow operations in countries like South Africa, Japan and Dubai while maintaining its established presence in China and other parts of the region.
â€œNeoedge aims to fast track its investments in facilities, technologies and people,â€? said Paz during a brief presentation during the launch.
The new location of the corporate office at Commerce Point Building at Raffles Place, Singapore was chosen because of its goal of expanding the company and likewise be at the central business district of the Lion City.
Notably, the third Telecom Event: Mobile Cloud Computing ASIA 2010 unveiled is one of the companyâ€™s most comprehensive product, having a line up of unequalled speakers and panelists. It also has a very interesting Pre-Conference Workshop to be led by Orange Scape and in collaboration with Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services. The conference will happen on the 14th-15th July at Carlton Hotel, Singapore.
Paz also disclosed details about other future conventions and workshops on SS7 and SIGTRAN in the MENA Region, but assured that Neoedge has been actively researching for other potential locations, including the United Kingdom, and would likely produce a new one before 2011.
Neoedge, which began operations in Singapore in 2008, currently has half a hundred active employees. Already, several slots in its new office are set to be occupied by incoming sales agents, marketing managers and conference producers. Recruitment, however, is still ongoing.
Paz was keen to point out that Neoedge emphasizes a learning culture built around simplicity aimed at fostering the professional growth of its employees. She pointed out that her current position as Project Manager for Telecom events came in only months after she joined as a senior sales executive, adding that such a case was not unusual in the company.
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New Delhi, 23rd March 2010: The nation’s capital is the centre of ICT innovation as the 18th Convergence India 2010 opens today at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Hailed as South Asia’s largest event on information and communications technology, the Convergence India series is organized by the Exhibitions India Group.
Over 450 participants representing the Telecom, IT, Broadcast, Media & Entertainment, Green IT, Security & Surveillance, Cable, Satellite, IP Surveillance and Information Security sectors of 20 countries have gathered on this international platform to showcase cutting edge technologies, products & services.
The event is supported by the union ministries of Communications & IT and Information & Broadcasting along with a host of other national and international associations ensuring a continuous flow of high-profile visitors at the event.
The Indian telecom industry has achieved tremendous growth consolidating a subscriber base of 560 million by end 2009 By end 2010 we are hopeful of crossing our 11th Five Year Plan target of 600 million connections â€“ two years ahead of schedule, declared Shri Gurudas Kamat, Honorable Minister of State for Communications & IT, presiding over the event’s Opening Ceremony as Chief Guest. â€œTelecommunications have emerged as a springboard of ICT applications with economy-wide impact. A whole range of information based industry applications have come up creating new sources of employment and earning he added.
Endorsing these views, Shri R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT, said â€œThere has been a huge surge of innovation in services riding on the wave of convergence and the mobile revolution.â€? Shri Chandrashekhar was present as Guest of Honor at the event.
Indeed, the ICT industry has been moving towards a whole new phase of growth with the focus on customized Value Added Services to serve the 1 billion plus Indian population. It is the acceleration of providing services like e-health, mobile commerce, mobile gaming, e-education etc. to the country’s rural hinterland that is telecom’s next big challenge.
Positive trends are being noticed in this direction. Handsets are becoming more affordable, there are different capabilities and services bundled at every price point. Shri Kamat emphasized the need of the hour as enabling the mobile device to empower the masses through customized value added services for rural applications.
Positing ICT as a tool to bridge the urban rural divide and create the spread of equitable economic development was the inaugural conference session – a round table discussion based on the theme â€˜Digital Convergence.. Empowering a billion livesâ€™. Communications companies are exploring the rural markets like never before in a bid to access 2/3rdof the country’s population and maximize on the opportunities in this underpenetrated market.
Animated panel discussions deliberated the issues of tariff wars and declining ARPUs in a multi operator environment and the timing for the emergence of a National Media Policy. Other conference sessions of the day focused on the future of the wireless business for GSM and CDMA operators and the digitization of broadcast technologies in India.
Leading companies such as Ericsson, NDS India, Advance Digital Broadcast participated in an animated panel discussion exploring the emerging issues in a multi-operator environment such as the consequent tariff wars and declining ARPU in the competitive scenario. A successive conference session on â€œGSM & CDMA “The future of wireless business brings spokespersons from Bharti Airtel, Telcordia Technologies, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-Dot) and the Cellular Operators” Association of India together to discuss issues of network transformation and emerging applications against the spread of wireless networks.
Fulfilling its long-standing mandate as a premier knowledge sharing forum, the 18thConvergence India 2010 was also a launching pad for the event’s Knowledge Partner OVUM to release an industry white paper entitled Telecoms 2020.
The Exhibitions India Group, established in 1987, is a trade promotion group focused on organizing international exhibitions and seminars and attracting investments in India, as well as, promoting participation of Indian companies at leading tradeshows worldwide.
Exhibitions India is the only trade fair and conference organizer in India with ISO 9001:2000 & ISO 14001:2004 Certification. The Group is a member of UFI (The Global Association of Exhibitions Industry); IAEE-USA (International Association of Exhibitions and Events) and IEIA (Indian Exhibition Industry Association). The expos organized by the Group conform to the Trade Fair Certification Program of the International Administration of the US commercial Service.
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6th Data Centres Europe
22-23 April 2010
Data Centres Europe is the premier regional networking hub for all companies engaged in the sector, combining an outstanding conference, multi player exhibition and annual Awards Dinner â€“ and takes place at the Espaces Antipolis, near Nice, France 22-23 April 2010. Renowned for providing the latest market intelligence, technology insight and tremendous networking opportunities, the event brings together enterprise IT leadership and decision makers in third party IT outsourcing with operators and service providers, investors and solutions companies engaged in the sector.
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23 September, Hong Kong Providing quality mobile services and ensuring profitability has become a challenge to a majority of mobile operators globally. With increasing demand for rich multimedia services, new challenges have been set for operators in the mobile landscape. A large number of these operators are veering towards new network optimization methods to overcome backhaul bottlenecks, increase coverage, capability and quality and prevent the degradation and/or disruption of next generation services.
With the downturn of the economy, telecom service providers today need to maintain their position in the market with the provision of best quality services at the most affordable rates. This is not an easy task to say the least as players are driven in part by the pressures of increased customer expectations and on the flip side, actively sourcing for better network solutions to ease the pressure.
In order to sustain this competitive edge, operators worth their salt will need to reflect on a gameplan that offers attractive tariff packages whilst meeting growing subscriber demand. In light of this, concentration on optimizing existing networks deems to be a viable option but the need to ensure that service delivery is kept to optimum quality with the lowest cost incurred is of paramount importance.
In view of the current scenario, Telecom Network Optimization Asia 2009 (TNOA 2009) is committed to the cause and will be gathering more than 20 Asian industry leaders to share case studies on best-of-class optimization methods and innovation.
Some of the key conference topics at TNOA 2009 include:
* Network cost optimization and managing increasing mobile traffic
* Examining Strategies To Successfully Optimize The 3G Network towards Higher Coverage, Capacity & Quality
* Upgrading the existing 3G/HSPA networks for mobile broadband
* Developing a strategy to enhance end-user mobile experience at reduced OPEX
* Benefiting Through The Managed Services Route
* Developing LTE ready mobile backhaul
* Understanding The Need To optimize The Network For The Introduction of Next generation Devices
TNOA 2009 is pleased to introduce our distinguished panel of speakers:
* Dr. David Mun Geon Kyeong, PMTS, Mobile Communications Research Division, ETRI, Korea
* Dr. Yang Wen-Hao, Acting Managing Director, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan
* Francis Chung, Product Marketing Director, Oracle Communications, Hong Kong
* Dr. Henry Ye, R&D Director, The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI), Hong Kong
* Prof. Vincent Lau, Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
* Lee Siak Kwee, Director Mobile Network Access, SingTel, Singapore
* TC Juan, VP Network Division, Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan
* Abhay Savargaonkar, Senior VP 3G & Network Quality, Bharti Airtel, India
* Anky A Priyagung, VP Network, Telkomsel, Indonesia
* Su Tu Tan, Chief Technical Officer, Vinaphone, Vietnam
* MinSoo Park, Senior Manager of Institute of Network Technology, SK Telecom, Korea
* Jaime Chee, Head of Network Quality, DiGi Telecommunication, Malaysia
* Siva Balendra, VP & Head Network, Loop Telecom, India
* Dhananjaya Ponnamperuma, Manager â€“Radio Network Planning & Optimization, Mobitel, Sri Lanka
* Barney Lane, Principal Asia, CRA International, Hong Kong
* David Abecassis, Senior Manage Strategy Consulting, Analysys Mason, Singapore
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17th Convergence India 2009, A Platfrom Enabling Business Strategies for Merging Applications Digital Convergence… Empowering a Billion LivesTuesday, March 3rd, 2009
New Delhi, Delhi, India— The 17th Convergence India 2009 exhibition and conference showcases converging technologies providing faster, easier access to information and multiple services. Organizations are evolving business models to maximize on the opportunities in the emerging digital communications landscape. The event will play a pivotal role in enabling companies to get the optimum value from cutting edge technologies and increase operational efficiencies.
The 17th Convergence India 2009 concurrent international conference brings you insights into new strategies in telecommunications, IT and broadcasting. Prominent international speakers will debate on the trends, challenges and solutions for progress in the ICT sector.
Sessions titled ‘Broadband: Capturing the Indian market’,'Mobile Information Society: Strategy & New Business Models’, ‘The Place of WiMAX in the Mobile Broadband Revolution’,'VAS in India’s Telecom Industry: Successful Growth Strategies’ and ‘The Info-Security Challenge: How do the good guys win?’ all form part of a comprehensive debate on Telecom, IT and Info Security.
On a parallel track, a panel discussion on ‘Regulatory Aspects of the Indian Broadcast Industry’ and sessions on ‘DTH, MSOs & Cable: The Battle for Supremacy’, ‘Satellite Broadcasting: Emerging Technologies’, ‘Animation & Gaming Industry’, and ‘Transition to a New Television Experience: Indian Perspective on IPTV’, successfully capture the major developments in India’s broadcasting and entertainment sectors.
Two technical workshops on ‘Digital watermarking and fingerprinting at the BCA’ by the Center for Content Protection (CCP, Asia Pacific; and one on ‘Migrating the Backhaul Network – Technology Alternatives and Transition Paths’ conducted by ECI Telecom, complete this informative and valuable conference.
The event is supported by the Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, and certified by the US Commercial Service.
South Asia’s premium ICT event, 17th Convergence India 2009 will focus on empowering businesses with well-informed and practical insights into managing technologies and reducing costs in the converging world.
The Exhibitions India Group, established in 1987, is a trade promotion group with the objective of attracting investment into India by organizing focused international exhibitions and seminars, and enhancing India’s foreign exchange earnings by promoting participation of Indian companies at leading tradeshows worldwide.
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The philosophy of, Anything, Anywhere & Anytime . . .has been driving technological convergence in the Information, Communications Technology (ICT) sector and is revolutionizing the way we think, communicate, access information and conduct business.
As a major driver of the Indian economy, the ICT industry is stimulating growth across all sectors. Innovations in technology are not only connecting individuals from remote corners of the country and bringing faster and easier access to information and services, but are also enabling the operators to minimize their expenses by sharing the infrastructural cost while continuing to offer differentiated competitive services.
Spreading the message of how digital convergence is empowering lives, 17th Convergence India 2009, international exhibition and conference brings into sharp focus the tenacity of the Indian ICT industry and the emergence of its untapped market as a global destination for business and investment.
Once again, the venue for the burgeoning ICT sector expo is New Delhi, which is the 1st Indian city to have joined the global league of cities with over 100% telecom penetration. To be held from 18-20 March 2009, the 17th Convergence India 2009 has kept abreast with the dynamic changes of the fast evolving technology and has expanded its zone from Telecom, IT & Information Security to Broadcast & Cable, Satellite, Entertainment and the evolving opportunities in application development, valued added services and gaming segment.
17th Convergence India 2009 is supported by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, along with a host of leading associations like the Asia Pacific Satellite Communication Council (APSCC), Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI), Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), the Indian Cellular Association (ICA), the IPTV India Forum and the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT), MPEG Industry Forum and WiFi Alliance .
Indian ICT: The growth story
The impressive growth in the ICT industry has not gone unnoticed by global manufacturers, service providers and investors who are lining up to gain access to the Indian market.
With a population of over a billion, India has emerged as an attractive destination for network operators, telcos and content providers from across the world. Recent technologies like 3G, WiMax, IPTV etc. are creating opportunities for global telecom majors in the country.
Significantly, as the telecom market reaches a saturation point in the urban cities of India, the next level of explosive growth for telecom providers is expected from the rural population, which has a growing pool of disposable income. The wireless broadband access technology will address the lack of connectivity in the under-penetrated market of rural India and will bring the masses from remote areas into the fold of economic growth and development.
17th Convergence India 2009: Keeping pace with the ICT revolution
As the telecom industry has grown and evolved over the years, so has the event. The 17th Convergence India 2009, registering a growth of 30% over the previous edition, brings you a range of sophisticated technologies and innovations on an unparalleled scale with 650 exhibitors from 30 countries from the broadcasting, IT, information security, and telecom and mobility segments.
The Convergence India brand is synonymous with innovation as new technologies and sectors are highlighted every year.
A focused platform for the Broadcasting sector
A significant development in the show’s format is the inclusion of the broadcasting sector in a separate hall. India’s broadcasting industry is ready to take off with competition heating up between IPTV, DTH and digital cable providers, laying the ground for the emergence of India as Asia’s leading cable market by 2010.
The broadcasting industry is expected to grow from the current US$ 8 billion to US$ 18 billion by 2010. Increasingly radio and television content are converging on telecom networks, while new technologies are providing telephony, Internet access and TV channels on broadband networks.
No wonder Convergence India 2009 is putting a strong focus on broadcasting as a major value-addition to the ICT industry. While broadcasting has previously been an integral part of Convergence India, the 17th edition of the event will showcase the rise of the sector on larger scale than ever before with broadcast and satellite equipment manufacturers, VAS players, broadcasters, service providers, network operators etc. all convening under one roof.
The 17th Convergence India 2009 international conference comprises of 2 parallel tracks per day broadly encompassing themes like next-generation networks, WiMax evolution, technology strategies for 3G, developing mobile communication in rural areas, the business of infotainment, mobile entertainment, managing IT infrastructure, information theft and many more. Over the three days of the conference sessions, internationally renowned experts will come together for an enriching knowledge sharing experience.
The 17th Convergence India 2009 will bring together ICT Leaders like:
ADC Krome, Aircell, Agilent Technologies, Andrew, Bharti, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Bharat Electronics Ltd, Blue Coat, CISCO, Coral Maksat, Conax, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Homecast, Huawei, Irdeto, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, Motorola, Powergrid, Quippo, RAD Data, Scientific Atlanta, SFO Technologies, Sterlite, Tandberg Television, UT Starcom, Via Access etc.
Expecting to attract 20,000 trade visitors including industry professionals, govt. officials, trade associations, regulatory bodies and media, 17th Convergence India 2009 promises to be an exciting event for the ICT industry buzzing with entrepreneurship and innovation.
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Africa is the 1st continent in the world where cellular telephony has outnumbered the fixed line network. There has been rapid telecom development in certain parts of Africa in the recent past. Even though there prevails, some amount of political & economic inconsistencies, the governments are carrying out significant reforms and programs to speed up the progress of their respective countries, which in turn fuels the telecom industry. Thus, such an emerging economy is slowly becoming the focus of investors. Investors see huge potential in this market.
On the above note, Fleming Gulf is proud to announce Investment in Telecom Africa, scheduled for 3rd & 4th February 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Rudinov Vincent , Conference Producer at Fleming Gulf quotes: This unique conference will rendezvous senior executives & decision makers representing the telecom fraternity, solution providers, Financial Institutions & Government Officials who will meet over two days to discuss one of the fastest growing sectors in Africa today.
The conference will focus on attracting international investors to Africa, Building a world-class infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulations and licenses for new entrants, financing telecom operators, vendor financing, Rural Telecom business model & strategies to maximize profits in a low ARPU market.
World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said, Sovereign wealth funds hold an estimated $3 trillion in assets. If the World Bank Group can help create the platforms and benchmarks, the investment of even one percent of their assets would draw $30 billion to African growth, development, and opportunity. There will be a special focus on Sovereign Wealth Funds as they seek to invest vast amounts of capital in the telecom sector.
While there is an increased competition in the telecom sector in Africa today, there is an untapped potential which still exists. Africa is a Goldmine as far as telecom investments are concerned.
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Exceptional Growth Prospects for Africa’s Communications Market, Say Telecoms Experts Gathered in Cape Town for AfricaCom 2008Thursday, November 29th, 2007
AfricaCom 2007, the continent’s leading communications event for mobile, fixed, wireless and satellite telecommunications professionals took place in Cape Town last week, with 3000 attendees, 70 expert speakers and 150 exhibitors. At the high-level strategic conference, some of the region’s thought-leaders discussed what they thought were the optimum strategies for growth in their sector. Their message was clear: Africa’s communications market offers exceptional opportunities for growth thanks to increased demand for communications (included broadband services), but operators must improve coverage and QoS, and regulators need to provide effective regulatory regimes to facilitate this growth.
The opening keynote session included interviews of senior representatives of two telecommunications groups investing in the continent whose size and position are very different. Marc Rennard, EVP for Africa, Middle East & Asia at France Telecom Group, discussed his group’s expansion strategy in Africa. He was particularly pleased to discuss the group’s successful bid for a 51% share in Telkom Kenya, announced by the Kenyan government the previous Friday. This will be France Telecom’s first operation in East Africa, and will be able to benefit from the group’s expertise in providing fixed and mobile services. Dr Nizar Dalloul, Chairman & CEO of smaller player Comium, explained how his group went out of its original Middle-Eastern market to start new operations in Africa:Africa, he said, is the last great frontier for investment and growth. Although we are most established in West Africa this is not the limit of our geographic ambitions. We have initiatives in place in other selected markets and hope to make significant announcements shortly. The interviews were followed by a presentation by Alieu Conteh, Chairman and founder of Vodacom Congo (DR) who showed how a telecoms operator can thrive in a country where economic conditions have been extremely challenging.
Throughout the morning’s discussions, the speakers agreed on the strategic importance of improving coverage and quality of service, particularly in order to address the growing market in rural areas. The audience of the conference, polled in a newly introduced SMS voting feature, agreed with them, as 92% of them voted coverage and QoS improvement as the most important drivers for the success of operators in the region. Marc Rennard summed up the message by saying: â€œvoice and SMS revenues still represent 95% of their revenues in Africa, therefore operators have to go back to basicsâ€?, by making sure networks can cope with the demand. The role of the regulator was also describe as a key element in delivering a strategy to improve coverage, particularly in light of sanctions imposed by some regulatory authorities on operators not complying with the coverage requirements set in their licences. However, it was suggested that voluntary measures from the operators, such as infrastructure sharing, would be crucial in solving the coverage issue.
On the second day of the conference, more keynote speakers discussed how Africa’s communications market is changing shape, with new players entering the market with innovative business models, and making the most of new technologies to deliver communications services. Tim Lowry, VP for Southern and Eastern Africa, MTN Group, and Managing Director of MTN South Africa explained how mobile operators must adapt to the specific requirements of the continentâ€™s market. He said â€œin Europe, operators are competing with multiple screens, while in Africa the mobile phone will remain the only screen; this opens huge opportunities for mobile operators, who will remain the main ISPs, therefore creating new revenue channels.
Mr Lowry also joined a panel discussion in which Paul Edwards, Chairman of Starcomms (Nigeria) and Peter Boyd, Managing Director of Virgin Mobile South Africa, discussing the evolution of the continent’s communications value chain. They stressed again the opportunities for telecoms operators to provide much-needed services by entering new fields of business such as banking a service that has been very successful for MTN in South Africa, and for Safaricom, as was showed by Michael Joseph, the Kenyan operator’s CEO. Martin de Koening, Group Director of Communications and Investor Relations at Celtel International answered questions on Zain’s re-branding from MTC and the commercial strategy of its subsidiary Celtel International in Africa. He took the opportunity to announce the extension of the group’s One Network roaming services to six additional countries, therefore covering an area twice the size of Europe.
Other operators sharing their experience of their markets included Celtel Kenya (CEO David Murray), MTN Rwanda (CTO Peter Schulze), Zantel Tanzania (Director General Noel Herrity), Orange Cameroon (CTO Jean Lebel Ngopnang), and Celtel Malawi (CEO Charles Zouzoua), as well as representatives from the ITU and major telecommunications solutions providers.
In addition to the conference, the event included an exhibition with 150 companies showing their latest solutions, including infrastructure equipment vendors, international carriers, satellite operators, OSS/BSS solutions providers, value-added services enablers, interconnection service providers, SIM card vendors, and more. Visitors of the exhibition also enjoyed a free seminar with practical presentations and case studies from telecoms experts. With its high-level multi-streamed conference, its 10 hours of dedicated networking time and the chance to meet key decision-makers in Africa’s communications market, AfricaCom 2007 has been the best place for telecommunications professionals to improve their knowledge of the market and develop their businesses. Next year’s event will take place in Cape Town again on 18th and 19th November.
NOTES FOR JOURNALISTS
African Telecoms Market Overview:
- Penetration in Africa: 28% at December 2007, compared to 21% in December 2006, and 50% globally, forecast to grow to just under 40% in 2012
- Subscription numbers were 265m in 2007, forecast to grow to 405m in 2012
- 35% growth in 2007, with over 69m net additions over the year
What are the main growth drivers in Africa’s communications market? The current expansion phase is being driven by aggressive coverage expansion to capture the so far under-served rural customers. However, low network quality and reliability is still a major issue, as is the increasing burden of CAPEX and OPEX.
While high handset prices used to hinder mobile uptake, a series of factors have helped reduce the prices, and helped increase the addressable market: move towards single chip solution, entry level handsets likely to fall below sub USD $30, growing 2nd market for used phones, and an improvement of the economics of handset subsidies (bundling). Operator strategies are also driving growth, such as lower customer activation charges (starter packs), and the increasing adoption of electronic recharge with lower denomination top-ups. Finally, regulatory measures are helping the market, with changing licence frameworks opening opportunities for new entrants.
A steady decline in ARPU is challenging the economics of mobile operations on the continent. As a result, operators are paying increasing attention to reducing cost to make subscriber additions add value. They are also looking at data services to increase ARPU. The overall demand for broadband services (especially in major markets) will continue to experience gradual growth with the availability of wireless options and decline in PC prices. Disruptive or alternative technologies (OFDM, iBurst, TD-CDMA, WiMax) are promising higher data throughput at lower cost, but they are not without adoption risks. WiMAXâ€™s capabilities remain a matter of debate in the wireless community. In the longer term, operators will likely stick to their current evolutionary paths, but emerging technologies may be used to provide complementary mobile data services.
Part of the renowned GSM>3G World Series, AfricaCom 2007 is the largest annual communications event dedicated to Africa, providing a meeting place for operators and regulators from across the continent to debate the future of telecommunications in their marketplace, and to network with colleagues and international telecom experts.
This year, over 3000 participants, 70 speakers and 150 exhibitors attended the event, representing the whole communications value chain, from GSM and CDMA operators, ISPs, regulators and government bodies, telecommunications solutions vendors, investors and more.
Conference speakers included:
Tim Lowry, VP for Southern and Eastern Africa, MTN Group, and Managing Director, MTN South Africa
Marc Rennard, EVP of International for Africa, Middle East & Asia, France Telecom Group
Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom, Kenya
Dr Nizar Dalloul, Chairman & CEO, Comium Group
Alieu Conteh, Chairman, Vodacom Congo
Paul Edwards, Chairman, Starcomms, Nigeria
And representatives of international telecom solutions providers such as: Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Bercut, Detecon, Ericsson, Gateway, Gemalto, HP, Huawei, Intelsat, Nokia Siemens Networks, Oberthur, Premium Ideas, Qualcomm, Redknee, Sicap, Telesoft, ZTE
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