Nigeria COM will take place 17-18 September 2013 at The Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
The conference programme is being finalised, so NOW is your best chance to submit your proposal to be part of the speaker line-up.
You could take part in one of these areas, or suggest a new angle adapted to your core business:
- Tackling network shortages to provide reliable services
- How wifi and LTE are set to impact the telco sector
- Level of penetration and the future of cloud services
- The evolution of mobile money – remaining challenges and opportunities in Nigeria
- Is the future of the traditional TV and radio threatened by the digital era?
- How are OTT players shaking up the audio-visual market?
- Creating relationships with your customers – social media for business
- Generating customer loyalty in the age of number portability
- Innovative in app content, anticipating needs and desires, delivering simplicity and utility
Visit www.comworldseries.com/nigeria for more details.
Mobile Money is certainly a hot topic at the moment. Not surprising really as the total value of mobile money transfers in Africa is expected to exceed US$200bn by 2015 representing 18% of the continent’s GDP.
Communications Africa-Afrique’s Issue 3 2013 will publish an editorial feature on Mobile Money to reflect interest. This will cover
- Key trends and issues in the African mobile money industry.
- Review of successful mobile money solution providers in Africa.
There will also be a preview of the East Africa Com exhibition. Communication Africa-Afrique has been chosen to be the Official Pan African Media Partner for the event. Issue 3 will feature an exhibition preview and extra copies will distribute there.
Comms Afrique is a tier 1 print magazine, website and email newsletter read by everyone who is anyone in the African telco market.
It is the only bilingual ICT/ Telecoms publication in English and French and has a print circulation of 8,971 with the digital edition sent to 12,000 subscribed professionals which will include live web links on your advertisements.
Check out its website for more details and you can see the latest digital edition here.
So EastAfricaCom is fast approaching. This show describes itself as a must-attend for anyone who wants to break into the East African Digital market. The speaker line-up is as impressive as ever. Check it out here http://eaafrica.comworldseries.com/speakers/
Analyst firm Frost and Sullivan recently held an analyst briefing titled: African Growth Series – Africa’s East and West Growth Frontiers.
The briefing covers Nigeria and Kenya…”As the new gateways to emerging markets within their respective regions, these two counties possess numerous domestic market opportunities across various industries. Given their prospects, what are the core opportunities that exist within these two unique markets?”
The briefing discusses the longer-term growth opportunities and predictions for Kenya and Nigeria; highlights some of the greatest challenges to operating in specific industries there and identifies principles and solutions to achieve successful and sustainable growth.
It’s well worth a listen. You have to register on BrightTalk first though to see the ppt and hear the analysts: http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/analyst-briefing-detail.pag?mode=open&sid=275195139
Latest telco PR news: AITEC has announced the line-up for its upcoming Banking and Mobile Money West Africa conference. Some great speakers and I will be very interested to hear how Nigeria’s cashless society initiative is getting on. More details here: https://aitecafrica.com/event/registration/90
African Business Review is a digital magazine and website which covers all types of business issues in Africa. 2013 will see features on Air Travel, Innovative Energy Generation Agriculture, Education and Mobile Technology.
You can follow them on twitter @AfricaBizReview – and download the magazine from http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/
The editor, Sheree Hanna, is looking for interesting contributions. She writes:
“We want to hear if your company is making the news. Are you expanding, building new facilities or creating new jobs, investing in new projects or launching new products? Have you harnessed new technology in a ground breaking way to help your business or come up with a marketing scheme that is getting you ahead of the competition?”
Contact Sheree on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +441603 217553 to see if your story will make the cut!
So over the Christmas period I had a chance to read the latest thoughts from Informa’s team of analysts titled “Africa Telecoms Outlook 2013: Seizing new revenue opportunities”.
Some very interesting points about the maturing of the market and what low-cost devices will mean for the market. I’d recommend it even at £495 for a single use.
And whilst on the subject of low-cost phones I thought this piece was both interesting and depressing… “Mobile Phones Souring Africa’s Image of China. Legitimate as well as dodgy businesses have flooded East Africa with millions of low-cost handhelds, for good and bad”
Getting ready for Mobile World Congress 2013 - African market gets higher profile- finally
So preparations for the monster show that is the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress are apace. Just over two months to go and sales and marketing teams will be polishing their PR messages, trawling their databases and working out their top 10 target prospects for the show.
For my clients who are selling into Africa the show has really not been so important as it tends to focus on issues affecting the US and Western Europe. However, for the first time in absolutely years there will be a panel discussing African issues. The panel is headed up by Bradley Shaw, the popular and much-respected editor of Africa Telecoms magazine, + will also feature Nic Rudnick, CEO of my client, Liquid Telecom.