Africa - First, The Good News...

Date of Event:
March 12th, 2014

Run Time:
13:45 - 15:00

Room Number:
207B

Track:
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.

Moderator:
Jeremy Rose

Title:
Senior Consultant


Speaker:
Vinay Patel

Title:
Senior Director/Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa


Speaker:
Shawkat Ahmed

Title:
Chief Commercial Officer


Speaker:
Rodney Benn

Title:
Regional Vice President - Africa




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