As leading incumbent telecoms operators face increasing competition at home, they are actively looking for markets to target in North Africa. In the past week reports have highlighted STC, Batelco and France Telecom as players looking to boost their international holdings – and North Africa is the region at the top of their list. Batelco has outlined its quest for suitable M&A opportunities as having an upper price limit of $2 billion, whilst France Telecom is set to spend as much $8.6 billion on MENA deals over the next 5 years as part of a ‘double revenue’ strategy to capitalize on emerging markets.
This news comes as North Africa Com’s organisers – Informa Telecoms & Media – announce a leading line up of over 30 speakers, 18 of these being operator representatives, 12 of which are at CxO level. North Africa Com is now in its fifth year and continues to be the leading and most established event dedicated to North Africa’s telecoms markets. This year sees the event relocate to a premier downtown Cairo venue, the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, making the 2 day conference and exhibition even more accessible, right in the heart of Egypt - Africa’s 2nd largest market.
As well as an array of great speakers, this year’s North Africa Com will provide an unrivalled conference programme, highlighting key challenges and opportunities facing the North African markets, and hot topics like: Operator strategies to further growth & profitability in North Africa after global recession, Algeria focus: investment, expansion & unique opportunities, broadband & capacity in North African markets, evolution to LTE, spotlight on new revenue streams, innovative growth strategies for saturated markets, converged services for North African Operators, fighting declining margins with a focus on ROI, forecasts to improve & shape strategies, etc.
All of these will include thought leading participation from the North Africa Com speaker panel, including: Hatem Dowidar, CEO, Vodafone Egypt, Mohamed Elnawawy, VP Corporate Strategy, Telecom Egypt, Yasser Shaker, VP Technology, Mobinil, Dr Olfat Abdel Monsef, VP Policy & International Relations, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Egypt, Michel Monzani, Senior VP, Orange France Telecom Group – EAMEA, Charles-Henri Levaillant, Group Director - Telecoms Sector Monitoring, Strategy & Development, Vivendi Group, Mohammed Bouhelal, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Canar Telecom, Sudan, Nyla Khawam, CEO, Orange Jordan, Hussein Rifai, Chairman & Managing Director, MDC, Lebanon (Managing Firm of VivaCell Sudan), Marc Aafjes, Group Director, Head of Corporate Strategy & Intelligence, Qtel International, Nazar Sahal, IT Director, Expresso Telecom Group, Tauseef Riaz, Group VP, Planning & Strategy, Wi-Tribe Group, Mikkel Vinter, Founder & Group CEO, FRiENDi Group, and more.
The North Africa Com event is part of Informa Telecoms & Media's Com World Series, the longest-running annual series of telecommunication conferences and exhibitions focussing on emerging, high growth markets. The event is being sponsored by key industry players such as Corning, SmartTrust, T.A. Telecom and more.
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