TMT Finance Africa 2019, returns to London on November 28, 2019 with a renewed agenda, investing in the next phase of digital infrastructure and the leadership strategies for growth and cross-border investments in Africa.
The event will feature over 70 C-Level financial decision makers, with key speakers drawn from across telecoms, infrastructure, smart cities and fintech, sessions from MTN, Orange, Csquared, Seacom, Standard Bank, Vodacom, Africa Data Centres and Dark Fibre Africa.
The increasing pressure on telcos to diversify revenue streams is expected to be one of the key driving factors for M&A transactions in Africa, according to Mohamed Dabbour, EVP, Head of Africa at Millicom. “As organic growth can be slower, we’ll see telcos acquiring companies in other sectors such as fintech and digital services and technologies. The fintech industry remains very fragmented and keeps on attracting a large number of companies in Africa.”
Telecom infrastructure is another sector that has enjoyed a tremendous amount of activity over the past few years and it is expected to continue to do so due to the increasing demand for data. “I believe we will continue to see infrastructure consolidation, as FTTH and FTTB gather more momentum in many African markets where fibre infrastructure is still developing, says Byron Clatterbuck, CEO of South African submarine cable and fibre company SEACOM. Datacentres, both large and small, will continue to attract investment.”
A few select markets are underpinning the main bulk of transactions and investment activity across the region. South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are among the most active, while Ethiopia is opening its telecom market and is expecting new investors to target the country. Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres stated, “Research suggests that African private equity activity has remained stable over the past seven years, which indicates that investors are confident in the long-term feasibility of the continent.”
TMT Finance Africa 2019 is limited to 350 attendees and will feature 75 speakers across 24 sessions.
Future Africa Telco Panel – Leadership strategies for regional growth
Sandile Ntsele, CFO; MTN SA
Diego Gutierrez, COO; International Business, Vodacom
Elisabeth Medou Badang, SVP Africa; Orange MEA
Mohamed Dabbour, EVP, CEO Africa; Millicom
Investing in next generation broadband and wireless infrastructure
Lanre Kolade, CEO, Csquared
Byron Clatterbuck, CEO, Seacom
Antonio Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables
Marco De Assis, CEO, Vivendi Africa
The Future TowerCo – The Next Phase of Digital Infrastructure Investment
Nathan Foster, CEO; Atlas Tower
Morenikeji Aniye, CEO; Hotspot Network Limited
Wole Abu, CEO; Pan African Towers
Keith Boyd, SVP, CCO – Africa; American Tower CorporationAlexander Leigh, Group CCO; Helios Towers
TMT Finance was launched in the UK in 2009 to connect and inform senior executives pursuing M&A, investment, financing and advisory opportunities in the telecom, media and tech sector globally. Since then, TMT Finance has established 5 weekly news titles with a series of leading annual executive only events gathering financial-decision makers in the US Europe, Asia and Africa.