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The 13th AfricaCom Conference and Exhibition opens its doors on Wednesday at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, for the annual gathering of Africa’s telecommunications leaders. This is expected to be the biggest show to date with 5,200 pre-registered participants (25% up on 2009) from 100 countries and a record 1,526 companies (50% up on 2009).

AfricaCom is the annual meeting place for all stakeholders in the continent’s telecoms market (operators, regulators, solutions and technology vendors, investors, analysts, banks and more) to learn about the latest trends, to share their experiences, to network and to do business. The event comprises:

¬∑ A high-level strategic conference with 100 expert speakers (including a record 35 operators at C-level) and a multi-streamed conference programme covering all the strategic issues faced by Africa’s telecommunications stakeholders.

· A 250-stand exhibition representing the whole telecom ecosystem: large equipment manufacturers, local infrastructure solutions vendors, operators, wholesale carriers, satellite service providers, OSS/BSS vendors, call centre solutions, green solutions vendors, and more.

¬∑ The AfricaCom Awards which recognises excellence in Africa’s telecommunications, celebrated with a gala dinner hosted by comedian Barry Hilton, with a special appearance by Bafana-Bafana Coach Pisto Mosimane, as a UNICEF ambassador.

The multi-streamed conference programme truly reflects the continent’s changing telecommunications landscape. Following years of organic growth and network expansion, operators in Africa are now looking at new strategies to increase their revenues with more data services, broadband developments, efficient networks and innovative business models. These strategies will be discussed at AfricaCom by over 100 expert speakers covering the hottest topics, including new sessions on the latest trends such as LTE, mHealth, mobile content, mobile advertising, or IPX.

Among the top speakers to look out for will be Karel Pienaar, CEO of MTN South Africa giving an opening keynote on his company’s strategy in Africa: Marc Rennard, EVP for Africa, the Middle East and Asia at Orange Group , who will discuss his company’s aggressive growth strategy on the continent: Mickael Ghossein, CEO of one of the continent’s pioneer triple play operators Orange Telkom Kenya: and Noel Herrity, SVP for East Africa at Etisalat, talking about innovative value-added services.

Gadget’s editor-in-chief, Arthur Goldstuck, will participate in a panel discussion on “Examining the Growing Mobile Content Ecosystem in Africa””. Other panelists include Nicholas Heller head of New Business Development EMEA for Google, Samson Isa, Head of Value Added Services for Glo in Nigeria, Peter Malebye, GM for Innovation & Operations at MTN South Africa and Mark Harvey, CEO of The Unlimited Mobile.

These are just some of the high level names who will present, debate and share their expertise on the market, over the two days of the event. ‚This year more than ever, says Julie Rey, Research Director at organizers Informa Telecoms and Media, the group of speakers and participants at AfricaCom represents the whole range of telecommunications players in Africa: pan-African groups, local incumbent operators, new entrants, alternative service providers, wholesale carriers, satellite operators, subsea cable companies, regulators, consultants, infrastructure equipment vendors, telecoms solutions providers, investors and more.‚

¬∑ If you’re not registered to attend, it is not too late to be there, find out more online‚Ä®http://africa.comworldseries.com/congress/register

· 
 For more information on AfricaCom, please visit www.comworldseries.com/africa

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