Theme: Digitization and technology growth in Africa & the Middle East

The Middle East is on the verge of a massive digital disruption. In the past decade, the cross-border data flow connecting the Middle East to the rest of the world has increased more than 150-fold. Several countries—including Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates—are leading the digital consumer charge, with high smartphone-adoption rates and social-media use. However, digitization is uneven from country to country, and businesses and governments across the board have struggled to keep up. Building on a history of innovation, the region has the chance to transform itself into a leading digital economy—and to realize significant economic benefits—if it can bring stakeholders together to focus on developing the region’s governance, business, funding, and talent.

Citizens themselves are leading the Middle East’s digitization charge. As measured by digital consumer adoption, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are among the top countries in the world, with more than 100 percent smartphone penetration and more than 70 percent social-media adoption—even higher than in the United States.

2018 saw the rise of new broadcasting business models such as OTT (Over The Top) and video-on-demand services, where film or TV content is streamed via the internet. According to IHS Markit, the number of households that stream OTT services in the Sub-Saharan African region alone grew 21.8 percent between 2010 and 2017, while TV households grew with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6 percent, during the same period.

Confirmed Contributors [Name Order]

  • Anil Krishnan, Head of Africa Region, Comviva Technologies
  • António Nunes, CEO Angola Cables
  • David Gozalo, VP & Sales Director South Region,   Zebra Technologies
  • Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa  Internet Society
  • Debbie Schäfer, MPP, Minister of Education,  Western Cape      Ministry of Education,
  • Elie Dib, SVP, International   Riverbed Technology
  • James M. Kilaba, Eng., Director General & Dr. Emmanuel C. Manasseh, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)
  • Kevin Deierling, VP of Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
  • Kyle Whitehill, CEO, Avanti Communications
  • Lacina Koné, Director General, Smart Africa
  • Mark Shteiman, VP Product Management, Allot Communications
  • Nadine Samra, Chief Business Officer,  Zee Entertainment
  • Shankar Roddam, COO, Subex
  • Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo

Distribution Total copies: 22,854
  • Gitex, Dubai, 6-10 October 2019
  • AfricaCom, Cape Town, 12-14 November 2019
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