African telecom investment opportunities attract global interest
London, May 24, 2012 – Africa’s telecom sector has become one of the most sought after investment opportunities globally, and leading industry and finance executives are meeting in London on June 7 to assess the surge in opportunities.
Unlike in many other regions, Africa’s telecom sector still offers huge growth potential, but new challenges must be met to attract sufficient investment. Telecom CEOs, CFOs and CSOs, investment bankers, investors and specialist advisers are gathering at the TMT Finance & Investment Africa Conference to debate new growth strategies, investment and financing models.
“The opportunity for telecom investment and growth across Africa is outstandingly positive, especially compared to other regions,” said Adrian Baschnonga, Senior Analyst Global Telecommunications, Ernst & Young, who will be making a Keynote Speech titled: “Sustaining the Telecom Growth Story”.
“There are however, a number of critical areas of risk which must be tackled with caution, particularly relating to rising competition, changing customer needs, lack of suitable business models and regulatory uncertainties,” said Baschnonga. “The keynote will also provide the opportunity to outline some of the new initiatives designed to sustain growth such as the introduction of new services, network sharing, partnerships and cross-border policies.”
Telecom and infrastructure leaders from Vodacom, Tata Communications, LAP Green, Wananchi, Avanti, Huawei, Helios Towers Africa, IHS, Eaton, Altobridge and the Nigerian Communications Commission are among over 30 speakers announced for the conference so far. Financiers and investor speakers include Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Frontier Markets Fund Managers, Goldman Sachs, Investec, IFC, Lazard, Standard Bank and the World Bank.
Critical panel discussions and themes include: Telecom Leadership Round Table – Investing in the next phase of growth; M&A Panel – What’s next for mergers and acquisitions in Africa?; Investment Models for Next Generation Networks – Is open access the future?; Maximising ROI for Mobile Towers – How asset sales are shifting the balance; and Raising Finance for African Telecoms.
Now in its third year, the TMT Finance & Investment Africa (www.tmtfinance.com/africa) brings together the major players from the telecom, finance and advisory community in a series of leadership panel debates, keynote speeches, and intensive networking sessions for delegates.
The conference, which is part of a global series on telecom finance and investment, is sponsored by Clifford Chance, Ernst & Young, Altobridge, Simmons & Simmons, Capital MSL, EM Finance Consulting and CE On-Demand, and produced by TMTFinance.com.
For more details on the programme and registration opportunities visit www.tmtfinance.com/africa/programme