Telecom and Finance Leaders Meet in Nairobi to Assess Regional Investment Opportunities

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Leading international telecom, finance and advisory executives are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya on November 26, to assess region growth strategies at the eagerly awaited TMT Finance & Investment East Africa 2013 Conference (http://www.tmtfinance.com/eastafrica).

Leading international telecom, finance and advisory executives are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya on November 26, to assess region growth strategies at the eagerly awaited TMT Finance & Investment East Africa 2013 Conference (http://www.tmtfinance.com/eastafrica).

The event, which is part of a global series on growth strategies and investment opportunities, takes place at a critical time for telecom companies looking to develop new revenue streams and expand infrastructure. Regional leaders from the Government of Kenya, Uganda Telecom, Wananchi Group, Eaton Towers, Business Connexion, Citi, Helios Towers, Hardiman Telecoms, Oger Telecom, Sudatel Group, Seacom, WIOCC, Intel Capital, Convergence Partners, Nedbank Capital, Standard Bank and IFC, the World Bank are among the key speakers announced.

Dr Fred Okeng’o Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology of the Government of Kenya will officially open the conference.

“Although the larger infrastructure investments in the ICT sector are being financed on balance sheet by the dominant carrier groups there are certainly project financing opportunities in the fibre and 4G space as well as in infrastructure sharing such as tower colocation and data centres,” said Christoph Klein, Lead Principal, Infrastructure, Energy and Telecoms, Nedbank Capital who is speaking on the Financing Telecoms panel. “An interesting opportunity might arise in connection with the migration from analogue to digital TV and the release of spectrum - the ‘digital dividend’”

Other key sessions focus on Telecom Regulation and Policy; Mergers and Acquisitions; Regional Telecom Growth Strategies; Mobile and Fixed Infrastructure investment; Datacentres and Cloud; Towers Technology; Investing in Innovation; and Mobile Banking.

“Successful funding would be very much facilitated where capable and supportive regulatory regimes are putting in place tangible policies/frameworks on how they envisage to develop their ICT sectors, thereby giving rise to often discussed projects such as rural broadband and open access networks which are difficult to bank so far,” Klein added.

“The East Africa region is buzzing with activity in the telecom space at the moment with a number of significant deals underway,” said Ben Nice, News Editor, TMT Finance, the official event newsletter. “MTN is selling its mobile towers in Rwanda and Zambia; Telma, Essar Kenya and Bintel are all discussing mergers and Somalia and Ethiopia are attracting international investment interest. Africa’s big four of MTN, Vodacom, Airtel and Orange, continue to assess consolidation opportunities throughout Africa.”

The TMT Finance & Investment East Africa conference, takes place at the InterContinental Nairobi, on November 26. For full details of programme and speakers go to: http://www.tmtfinance.com/eastafrica/programme    

Register to attend at http://www.tmtfinance.com/eastafrica/register/

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