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ICT4D Week 2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Africa urgently requires investments in telecom infrastructure

Africa urgently require new investments into the telecom and broadband infrastructure  precisely on the continent, reports ITRealms.

This, some experts said would drive a fresh flurry of mergers, acquisitions, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), investment and financing activity, as the region’s key players jostle for position to meet the soaring demand for data across the continent.


As said by the Editor, EMEA at TMT Finance, Joseph d’Arrast, the continent’s growth in the digital economy and the rising demand for data is helping to boost investor confidence in major broadband projects, of which there are many currently underway or in the pipeline. In response to this, many telcos, investors and specialised operators are looking to plough significant amounts of money into key projects, with a number of IPOs, new capex financing and M&A also in the pipeline.

He disclosed that to discuss the next wave of opportunities, chief executives and leading heads of finance and strategy from Africa’s key broadband infrastructure companies, private equity investors and telecom operators are meeting on a dedicated panel at 
TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018 on March 15.

The TMT Broadband Infrastructure panel, he also said, would focus on strategies for regional growth, including Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom; Brandon Doyle, CEO, Convergence Partners; Byron Clatterbuck, CEO, SEACOM; Brian Jakins, Managing Director of Africa, Intelsat; and Thomas Hintze, CEO, Wananchi Telecom; and will be chaired by Keith Webb, Investment Banking, Infrastructure Finance, Rand Merchant Bank.

Over 70 key speakers have been announced for the event, with CxOs and senior executives also confirmed from companies including Vodacom, Telkom BCX, MTN, Standard Bank, American Tower Corp, Millicom, Google, Econet Wireless, MainOne, Teraco, Alcatel Submarine Networks, DLA Piper, IFC World Bank, Rack Centre, Investec Asset Management, Citi and Credit Suisse.

Other key session themes include: Telecom Leadership Africa; Digital Africa; Mobile Tower Strategies; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity Africa; Spectrum sharing; Regulation and Policy; Financing TMT; Investing in Mobile Data and Services; Mobile Payments and Banking, Fintech and M-Health; and Media and Convergence.

Nonye Dom/GEE

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