Africa TMT Leaders Discuss Strategies for Regional Growth

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Leading investors, operators and advisers active in the African telecom, media and technology (TMT) sectors are meeting in London for TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2016 on June 14, as investment activity accelerates across the continent.

Join the key executives leading investment into Africa's digital economy

Join the African TMT, Finance and Investment Leaders

"Further investment in broadband infrastructure is crucial to enabling the realisation of Africa's economic potential.”

Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will discuss strategies for driving sustainable growth and meeting the huge demand for new infrastructure and services in Africa on the Telecom Leadership Round Table at the event, which takes place at the Millennium Hotel in London's Mayfair.

"Further investment in broadband infrastructure is crucial to enabling the realisation of the continent's economic potential,” commented WIOCC CEO Chris Wood. “This investment should be directed towards increasing the reach and reliability of terrestrial fibre; building more local Data Centres, Points of Presence (PoPs) and local metropolitan networks; and capacity-boosting technology upgrades for existing submarine cables."

Consistently named one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms, Chris Wood will be part of an expert panel of Telecom, Media and Tech leaders which also includes:

  • Cynthia Gordon, EVP and CEO Africa Division at Millicom
  • Hakam Kanafani, Chief Adviser & Member of the Board at Türk Telekom and Oger Telecom, and
  • David Williams, CEO of Avanti Communications Group.

The expert panel will be chaired by Coleago Consulting director Scott McKenzie and is set to discuss a range of topics including:

  • Assessing regional opportunities for investment, joint ventures and partnerships
  • Accelerating innovation and increasing profitability
  • Investing in infrastructure, new licences and technology
  • Working with key stakeholders, Governments and financiers

Over 200 industry and finance executives, including African telecom CEOs, private equity investors and leading international bankers and advisers, are meeting at this event in London to discuss the latest opportunities for growth and investment at the seventh annual TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2016 conference.

With over 60 companies announced as speakers, the first round includes Millicom, IHS Towers, Avanti Communications, Helios Towers Africa, Standard Bank, UBS, Citigroup, IFC, the World Bank, TransferTo, Dentons, Hardiman Telecommunication and Icolo.

Key session themes for the 2016 event include:

  • Africa Telecom Leadership – Who will lead the next wave of growth?
  • TMT M&A - How will consolidation and convergence shape the African market?
  • Mobile Towers - Infrastructure investment and Sharing
  • Broadband Leadership – Investing in next generation networks for Africa
  • Raising Finance for Africa TMT – How to access debt and equity capital
  • Private Equity Africa – How are opportunities and investments developing?
  • Mobile Money and M-Commerce – Who is leading the mobile payment revolution?
  • Digital Africa – Who is leading investment into Africa’s Digital Economy
  • Frontier Markets and Emerging Risk – What are the risks and how to protect investment
  • Connecting Rural Communities – What investment is most needed and where?

TMT Finance & Investment Africa is a senior executive networking event bringing together key telecom, media and technology industry decision makers, investors, financiers and advisers. The 2016 programme features 20 sessions with no media to ensure confidentiality.

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