Africa - First, The Good News...

Date of Event:
March 12th, 2014

Run Time:
13:45 - 15:00

Room Number:

Regional Focus Forum

In the aftermath of Africa’s massive fiber roll-outs -- which resulted in severe churn in the satellite communications customer base -- a recovery already has become evident. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa, where initial expectations that fiber would become the substitute for all satellite services have been replaced with the growing realization that satellite and fiber are both essential. New C-, Ku- and Ka-band footprints, meanwhile, are providing unprecedented coverage of the region, and high-throughput spot beams are driving business in targeted country markets like Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, among others. But there are flies in the ointment: Wireless-backhaul growth has slowed. The influx of new satellite capacity is exerting downward price pressure on bandwidth, which is squeezing operator margins. Is this setting the stage for the next capacity drought? This session will explore how, when and where the industry is addressing these challenges in one of the world's most dynamic regional markets.

Jeremy Rose

Senior Consultant

Vinay Patel

Senior Director/Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

Shawkat Ahmed

Chief Commercial Officer

Rodney Benn

Regional Vice President - Africa

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