Theme:  What more can governments and companies do to close the digital divide?

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is constantly transforming the way we live and do business, with the development of new and innovative ways to access, communicate and disseminate information, as well as education and entertainment across the world.  Although much progress has been made, there are persistent challenges, mainly affordability, still causing barriers to inclusivity, accessibility and equal opportunity, particularly in remote communities in Africa.

Increasing Internet connections suggests a bridging of the digital divide yet, as more people are connected, digital inequality paradoxically increases. Inequality exists not only between people online and offline, but also between those who have the skills and financial resources to use the Internet optimally, and those who do not. Without policy interventions to reduce these disparities offline inequalities will simply be mirrored online – or potentially even amplified. Many individuals and households do not use the Internet or do not have the devices to access the Internet. Thus, as at 2018, South Africa has far more Internet users than other African countries, yet half of the population is still offline.

Confirmed Contributors [Name Order]

  • Christopher Mendoza, Senior Director, EMEA marketing, Ruckus Networks
  • Delphine Masciopinto, Chief Commercial Officer, France-IX
  • Duncan Ellis, Director EMEA, Wave2Wave
  • Fenohasina Rakotondrazaka Maret, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Melao Mashale, Acting GM, Enterprise Innovation, Head of Enterprise IoT, MTN
  • Jean-Philippe Gillet, VP & General Manager, Networks, Intelsat
  • Mohamed Dabbour, Executive Vice President, Africa, Millicom
  • Ramesh Ramaswamy, SVP & GM, International Division, Hughes Network Systems
  • Rene Kabalisa, Principal for Research & Development, Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA)
  • Samia Satti Osman Mohamed Nour (Prof. Dr.), Khartoum University
  • Waleed Al Sayed, Deputy CEO, Ooredoo Group & CEO, Ooredoo Qatar

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AfricaCom,  Cape Town, South Africa, 13-15 November 2018  –  12,000
Job title breakdown
Public sector Private sector
Government ministers
Under ministers
Regulators
Senior civil servants
State ministers
Presidents
Chief executive officers
Directors
Finance directors
Regional directors
Organisational breakdown
Network Operators
Ministries of Communications and advisers
Regulatory authorities and advisers
Manufacturers
Service providers
Major corporations in the region
Global telcos
Multinational corporations
Geographical breakdown
Algeria

Angola

Bahrain

Benin

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Congo-Brazzaville

Congo, Democratic Republic

Côte d’Ivoire

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Jordan

Kenya

Kuwait

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

 

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Palestine

Qatar

Rwanda

Sao Tome & Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

Sudan

South Sudan

Swaziland

Syria

Tanzania

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

UAE

Uganda

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe