|Ahmad Farroukh, CEO of MTN SA|
Ahmad Farroukh, Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa, confirmed this week he will join the opening keynote panel at AfricaCom, taking place in Cape Town on 11-13 November.
The panel will look at the complicated relations between telecom operators and OTT providers and how they can make their partnerships work. The panel will be composed of some of Africa's leading operators: Arthur Bastings, EVP Africa at emerging market specialist Millicom (better known under the brand Tigo), Christian de Faria, CEO of Airtel Africa (and former MTN Group executive), and Marc Rennard, EVP Africa, Middle East and Asia at Orange. They will be joined in the debate by representatives of two of the most significant OTT players in the world: Chris Daniels of Facebook and Katie Lampe of Twitter (participating for the first time at AfricaCom).
Panellists will look at the various partnership models for operators and OTT players and share their views on how the partnerships can benefit the customerswhile making commercial sense for all parties involved. It is a debate that has raged for the past few years and took a new turn earlier this year with the growth of voice-based OTT brands .
The session will open three days of inspiring debates in an event tht has established itself as the annual meeting place for the telecoms, media and ICT industry. Visit www.comworldseries.com/africa for more details