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AfricaCom 2010 set to take the communications industry in Africa to greater heights

Published on 2 November, 2010

Preparations for AfricaCom 2010 in full swing
Day two will play host to WiMAX Africa stream, with two new speakers providing fresh perspectives
While only three weeks remain before the launch of AfricaCom 2010; final adjustments are currently being made to the conference agenda, with additional speakers adding further variety to an already extensive programme. The supplementary speakers allow for greater representation of the broad telecommunications ecosystem (operators, vendors, regulators, OTT providers), with their topics of discussion reflecting the ever changing telecoms landscape.

Day One

Day one will proceed with the Broadband Data Service stream acknowledging the growing importance of Mobile Health in Africa, by way of a new panel discussion. Providing health care workers with access to information, where access is extremely limited, is critical to affording better care to patients in Africa. The new session will examine how collaboration between public and private organisations has proven successful in South Africa. This through the implementation of a Mobile Health Information System and Internet-capable smart phones, pre-loaded with a reliable clinical library. The session will be led by Qualcomm, with contributions from representatives of the Eastern Cape Department of Health/Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, MTN and AED Satellite.

Global newsmaker, Google, will be represented in the Value-Added Services stream by Nicholas Heller, Head of New Business Development for the EMEA region. Heller joins the Mobile Content Panel; and will be presenting his views on the changing mobile content ecosystem, in particular, how to monetise opportunities for content/apps owners.

Day Two

Day two will play host to WiMAX Africa stream, with two new speakers providing fresh perspectives on the topic. Tomi Davies will present the launch of Mobitel, Nigeria's new WiMAX operator. Dumisa Ngwenya, General Manager - Engineering and Technology at South Africa's regulator ICASA, will give his perspective on the WiMAX vs. LTE debate. His presentation will follow those of Orange Botswana's Wilfried Yver and GSMA's Ross Bateson, who will also compare the technologies.

In the Marketing, Pricing & Loyalty stream, Anwar Soussa (Chief Commercial Officer of Telecel Zimbabwe) will share his experience in the Marketing Panel; addressing issues of brand, segmentation, pricing and more.

Turning attention to the Capacity & Wholesale session; the presentation on IPx will be presented by John van Vianen, CEO of iBasis, who says: "I am delighted to speak at AfricaCom, which is a great forum to meet the mobile community and also exchange, discuss strategies and the future of mobile services in Africa. Moreover, our participation to the Capacity & Wholesale event at AfricaCom reflects our increased focus and work in Africa."

These new contributions add to an already demanding programme, covering topics as varied as LTE, marketing, mobile money, innovation strategies and more; by representatives of the major stakeholders in Africa's telecommunications market: leading operators MTN, Orange, Vodacom, Telkom, Etisalat, Expresso Telecom, as well as major equipment and solutions providers such as Corning, Ericsson, Huawei, Intelsat, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens Networks and ZTE - to name but a few.

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