Africa and the Middle East 2019 II



Theme: What next for the Telecom Revolution in Africa & the Middle East?

Africa presents great opportunities in the telecom sector. The liberalisation of the sector, the extension of services by multinational conglomerates and the active competition currently in place in the sector have all contributed to the telecom revolution. Since the processes of liberalisation and privatisation have been taken into consideration by African countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, the Sudan, South Africa and Kenya, their telecommunication infrastructures have improved drastically. Many African governments have developed their telecommunication infrastructure by privatising their former state-owned enterprises. As a result, the telecom sector in Africa has opened up new vistas of business opportunities. Africa has been the fastest-growing mobile market in the world during the past five years. There are now more than 82 million mobile users in Africa: Nigeria's mobile market is growing at over 100% per year. Mobile telephony has a positive and significant impact on economic growth, and this impact may be twice as large in developing countries as in developed countries.

Africa and the Middle East 2018



Theme: Network Challenges in Africa, including Disaster Management

Africa has made considerable gains with regards to network communications in the last decades. It’s Internet penetration grew by more than 400%; its international bandwidth has been multiplied by 20 in just five years between 2009 and 2014; during the same period Africa’s terrestrial backbone has doubled (Internet Society, Internet Development and Internet Governance in Africa, 2015). This achievement required considerable private and public investment and brought hope for Africans, particularly its youth. However, all these hopes might be dashed by the increasing number of network shutdowns in Africa and the developing world in general. For example, just in 2016, there were at least 56 shutdowns of the Internet around the world, most of them in developing countries. These shutdowns affect individuals and organizations that depend on the Internet for their daily lives. At the “Keep it on” workshop in Nairobi at the African Internet Summit, around 30 young participants listed the reasons why no one should shut down the Internet and there were many.

Africa and the Middle East 2011



Theme: When mobile goes broadband

Mobile broadband is more than a question of bandwidth and speed. With mobile broadband we will all be able to communicate, access, share, research, develop and create information take part in social activities benefit, whenever convenient, from a host of vital services anywhere mobile networks reach world, from any terminal device. The availability of true mobile broadband is still limited in many regions, but it will grow strongly throughout the region in the years to come. Networks infrastructure deployment, affordable terminal devices, relevant local language applications and a concerted push by local service providers will all be needed - and are all coming faster than most of us expected.

Africa and the Middle East 2009



Theme: Connecting for a better world - opening the doors to progress

Wireless, portable and mobile - or not - brings connectivity where wires cannot or, often, just do not reach. Wireless brings hope and opportunity to underserved and remote regions. Every ten per cent increase in telecommunications penetration, according to one often quoted estimate, brings an increase of at least 1.2 per cent in GDP. New technologies, mobile money - to cite just one, might bring even greater increases. What will be the impact of Africa’s extraordinarily rapid adoption of mobile and wireless technology>

Africa and the Middle East 2007



Theme: ICT for the people - Economic and social development in Africa and the Middle East

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East 2005



Theme: IP - Intelligent Positioning for Growth

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East II 2003



Theme: NEPAD

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East II 2002



Theme: Finding the way hard decision for African Telecommunications

The growth in data transmission, together with the exponential rise in video and images in general, and the tendency to funnel more through fewer, converged, networks are largely fuelling the need for greater broadband capacity and speed. Not so long ago, we looked to universal telephony as a goal all nations should strive for to meet the needs of their citizens. Today, the growth of the Information Society has raised the bar; universal access to broadband is now the goal - indeed the necessary pre-condition – for digital, economic and social inclusion. This has stretched the resources of governments, service providers, equipment suppliers, businesses and all others involved in the provision and use of broadband.

Africa and the Middle East I 2002



Theme: Renaissance and Reality - What the Telecoms Buildout Takes

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East 1999



Theme: The definitive forum for the discussion of telecommunications development in Africa

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East I 2003



Theme: Access through broadband: A new initiative for small and medium businesses

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East 2019



Theme:Advances in the Digital Divide: Africa & the Middle East is leading the charge!

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

Africa and the Middle East 2017



Theme:Connecting the unconnected: Developing actionable solutions to internet connectivity barriers in Africa.

The Internet in Africa is limited by a lower penetration rate when compared to the rest of the world. Measurable parameters such as the number of ISP subscriptions, overall number of hosts, IXP-traffic, and overall available bandwidth all indicate that Africa is way behind the "digital divide". Moreover, Africa itself exhibits an inner digital divide, with most Internet activity and infrastructure concentrated in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt as well as smaller economies like Mauritius and Seychelles

Africa and the Middle East 2016



Theme:Improving broadband and access across Africa.

Broadband is revolutionizing the way we solve problems at the individual, community, business, and societal level. Moreover, there is growing evidence of its importance to job creation, productivity, economic growth, and social inclusion. Individuals and businesses connect to broadband networks to reach experts, teachers, and other professionals; to access healthcare and education; to find employers, employees, markets, and suppliers; to enjoy entertainment; and to participate in government programs and services. Broadband also supports growth of traditional local clusters such as tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Africa and the Middle East 2013



Theme:Connecting the unconnected: Developing actionable solutions to internet connectivity barriers in Africa.

The Internet in Africa is limited by a lower penetration rate when compared to the rest of the world. Measurable parameters such as the number of ISP subscriptions, overall number of hosts, IXP-traffic, and overall available bandwidth all indicate that Africa is way behind the "digital divide". Moreover, Africa itself exhibits an inner digital divide, with most Internet activity and infrastructure concentrated in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt as well as smaller economies like Mauritius and Seychelles

Africa and the Middle East 2015



Theme:Delivering broadband effectively to Africa and the Middle East

Internet access can be provided using a range of different types of technology, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The best overall solution will usually combine several.

Africa and the Middle East 2014



Theme: Anything can be hosted, anything can be virtualized

XaaS is finally in town - with intelligent routing and virtualization, but is the business climate up to it? “Desktop as a service” has all data and software in the Cloud as a companion to VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) - is this the face of the future office? How is XaaS complement the multi-device users and enterprises with BYOD policy?

Africa and the Middle East 2012



Theme: Broadband fulfilling the promise of communications

While Broadband in the West is necessary to resolve congestion, in the developing world it is a bringer of hope, a tool of progress and a promise of prosperity. There, Broadband opens up capabilities with giant leaps rather than step-by-step, and make possible ideas such as desert techno-cities, high-tech tourism, remote contact centres and more. Broadband connects these regions to the world centres of business activities and allows numerous new initiatives to flourish. Reliable connectivity is the foundation of lasting business relationships – the promise of communication.

Africa and the Middle East 2010



Theme: Tying it together

Making it all work together effectively - the technology and its applications - in an economically viable manner is an extraordinarily complex job. Technological convergence, of course, plays a big part; without Swiss army knife multipurpose, multimode devices, and without integrated networks it will not, cannot, happen. Still, there are the ‘soft’ contributions of regulation, billing, applications, education and the like that tie the technology into society, the economy, businesses and our lives. Connect-World will look into this intricate interplay - the ‘soft’ mediation that lets technology - both hard and soft - function in the ‘real’ world. The theme for this issue will be Tying it together.

Africa and the Middle East 2008



Theme: Convergence and data – pushing the limits of the network, pushing the limits of economic and social development.

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East 2006



Theme: Universal Broadband Access - Basic Right? If so, How and Why?

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Africa and the Middle East 2004



Theme: Pervasive Connectivity As A Tool For Development (AME)

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.