Digital Africa Forum

Digital Africa Forum

The Internet promises in Africa

17 November


Corum - Montpellier


After the tremendous rise of mobile telephony, we are seeing a new wave of digital innovation in several major cities in Africa today. Innovation that is being propelled by expanding Internet access, investments in 3G and now 4G networks, the first fibre rollouts and new prospects opening up around satellite. Alongside federal governments and local authorities, telcos, Africa’s corporate heavyweights and its universities, new entrepreneurs are entering the fray, selling services in the arena of content and in the economy’s different vertical sectors.

2:00 - 2:15pm
Introduction by IDATE DigiWorld
2:15 - 3:00pm
Expanding Internet access

The Internet can only develop if new fast and robust networks are deployed.

- What are the main obstacles to the Internet’s development: RoI for telcos, the price of smartphones and services, the ability to turn a profit on services, purchasing power?
- Which are the most advanced markets in Africa, and what are the main reasons behind their lead?
- What is the status on the work being done to strengthen national and regional backbones?
- What are the alternative solutions to cellular for providing Internet access, and under what conditions: FTTH, Wi-Fi, satellite, unconventional solutions?

Moderated by: Didier POUILLOT, Director of Telecoms Strategies, IDATE DigiWorld

  • Jean-Philippe HAAG, Senior Industry Advisor, Telecom and Media, Société Générale
  • Gilles PARMENTIER, CIO, GreenWish Partners
3:00 - 3:15pm
New business models and the role of satellite in Africa

In addition to the traditional video market, what new growth outlets are available to satellite in Africa: B2B market, Internet access, IP video for smartphones, hybrid solutions that combine satellite and Wi–Fi, vertical markets, M2M? What new business models will emerge as a result? What are the issues surrounding a partnership with Facebook?

  • Jean-François BUREAU, Director of Institutional & International Affairs, Eutelsat
3:15 - 4:00pm
Innovative ecosystems

Digital development in Africa depends on multifarious factors: first, political stability in the countries, their economic growth and demographics, as well as government actions in terms of regulation (stability and transparency), putting national plans in place, creating an e-government strategy and fostering the emergence of an ICT industry. Added to this are public and private sector investments in the sector to deploy robust networks and new services, and finally the creation of an innovative ecosystem populated by industry heavyweights, start-ups and local content producers. How to stimulate the creation of just such an innovative digital ecosystem?

Moderator: Robert-Martin SILO-SAME, Digital Champion “Business Intelligence Strategic Open Innovation” & Managing Partner, SISAROMA

  • Olivier FALLA-ETZOL, Client Executive Middle East and Africa, Atos
  • Chris BATES, Chief Security Officer, Bitland Global
  • Jean-Etienne FAUROUX, Directeur du Domaine Mobile Multimédia au Technocentre d’Abidjan, Orange
  • Omar CISSE, CEO, InTouch, Administrateur et co-promoteur, Teranga Capital
Closing cocktail



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