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27 Jan 2015

Become a speaker at VAS Africa 2015 - Call for papers


You are invited to submit a topic proposal or paper to become a speaker at VAS Africa 2015 which is taking place on 30th June and 1st July 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Africa has one of the world’s most innovative and complex mobile markets and the Value Add Services ecosytem is in constant evolution. The conference brings together all the mobile operators and stakeholders (telcos, OTT, content providers, mobile marketing experts, app developers etc) and provides a unique platform for discussion, learning and business development.

The challenges and opportunities offered are significant and questions to be addressed will include: How is the role of telcos changing as they move to increase revenue from VAS? How can revenue be generated from data services? How best can partnerships be developed between stakeholders?  What services will capture customers imaginations and ensure ongoing revenue for an increasingly complex digital value chain? What does the African consumer really want and what will they pay for? What will be the impact of LTE and high speed technology on the quantity and quality of content available and what barriers need to be overcome to move this forward?

The agenda content is carefully researched to ensure that we deliver a programme which addresses the above questions and helps the industry keep up with the rapid pace that digital world is moving at.  

The programme is currently being drawn up so if you would like to be part of VAS 2015 by contributing and sharing your expertise please submit a presentation title and include a short paragraph on your proposed topic.

As a guide here are some of the themes we are focusing on this year however if you have an interesting presentation outside this scope that you feel is relevant please do submit it.

•    Digital Services - Monetisation and Innovation
•    Getting the right technology - network strategies to support digital services.
•    Mobile financial services and money
•    Digital Music and Gaming
•    Mobile Health
•    Mobile Education
•    Mobile Marketing and Advertising
•    The role of regulation and policy in future market growth
•    Social Networking, New apps and the Youth Market


Please email any suggested presentations to Emma at Emma.Rynn@informa.com before Wednesday 4th February.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Emma Rynn

VAS Africa
www.comworldseries.com/vasafrica

12 Jan 2015

AfricaCom 2014 Exhibitor Louis Wepener, Polystar, on trends in African telecoms

Louis Wepener, Regional Business Director for Africa, Polystar discusses the current trends they are seeing int the African telecoms world.

AfricaCom is the  biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem… For more information, visit our website: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

Interview by Telecoms.com


7 Jan 2015

The AfricaCom 2014 Post Show Report is now available for you to download!

http://africa.comworldseries.com/post-show-report-2/

AfricaCom, the leading tech event returned for its 17th annual edition on 11 – 13th November 2014.

The event was a great success, with over 9,000 attendees flocking through the doors, and the biggest and best line of speakers, networking opportunities and features ever seen before.


Download the post show report to view....
  • Top line stats
  • Who attended
  • Video highlights from key industry names
  • Testimonials
  • Summary of The Village and The Leadership Summit
  • Awards highlights
  • Summary of marketing outreach     

AfricaCom will return to Cape Town on 17th - 19th November 2015 - for more information, visit our website http://africa.comworldseries.com/ 

6 Jan 2015

AfricaCom 2014 exhibitor Jorg Ruhmann, Infinera on the growing African infrastructure


AfricaCom exhibitor Jorg Ruhmann, Technical Director EMEA, Infinera talks about the role they are taking in delivering a fast growing infrastructure in Africa.


AfricaCom is the  biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem… For more information, visit our website: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

Interview by Telecoms.com

18 Dec 2014

AfricaCom 2014 speaker Dov Bar Gera, CEO of YooMee on the advantages of LTE


Dov Bar Gera, CEO, YooMee discusses the advantages of LTE and how YooMee are reaching their goal of bringing broadband wireless high speed internet into sub-Saharan Africa.


AfricaCom is the  biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem… For more information, visit our website: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

Interview by Telecoms.com

15 Dec 2014

Brett Loubser, Wechat Africa, on the relationship between OTTs and Telco Industry


AfricaCom 2014 speaker Brett Loubser, Head of Wechat Africa discusses one of the hot topics at AfricaCom this year - the relationship between OTTs and Telco industry.



AfricaCom is the  biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem… For more information, visit our website: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

Interview by Telecoms.com

11 Dec 2014

Arto Tiitinen, CEO, Tramigo on their vehicle tracking products


AfricaCom 2014 exhibitor Arto Tiitinen, CEO at Tramigo discusses their vehicle tracking products and the company's success in Sub-Saharan Africa.


AfricaCom is the  biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem… For more information, visit our website: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

Interview by Telecoms.com

5 Dec 2014

Arthur Bastings, Millicom, on Telco and OTT partnerships



AfricaCom 2014 speaker, Arthur Bastings, Executive Vice President Africa at Millicom, gives an insight into his panel discussion on Telco and OTT partnerships at this years event.


AfricaCom is the  biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem… For more information, visit our website: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

Interview by Telecoms.com

3 Dec 2014

AfricaCom 2014 Video


Re-live the excitement of AfricaCom 2014!

Held on 11-13 November 2014 - AfricaCom is the biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem…

For more information visit: http://comworldseries.com/africa

27 Nov 2014

Announcing key themes at Connecting West Africa 2015 (Dakar, Senegal, 9-10 June): Get involved now!

 

 

The 2015 Connecting West Africa conference will take place in Dakar, Senegal on 9-10 June and we are now planning the programme. 

The conference will cover the following major trends affecting West Africa’s telecoms & ICT market:

  • Developing broadband across the region: regulation, technologies (4G/LTE, satellite, fibre), investment
  • Digital migration: how is the 17th June deadline being met and how will the digital landscape change?
  • Monetising data services: building a new ecosystem & partnerships
  • Enterprise services: strategies for CIOs
  • Cost-efficiency strategies to improve affordability
  • Rural telecoms: technologies and strategies to reach under-served areas
  • Device strategies to increase access to services

In order to make the event as relevant and insightful as possible, we need your feedback! Please get in touch to send us your thoughts on the topics to include and the speakers/companies you want to hear from. If you're interested in sharing your thoughts or if you would like to speak at Connecting West Africa, please post comments in the Linkedin group or contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards
Julie & the Connecting West Africa team
@juliereycom