Richard Bell

Vice Chairman

Wananchi Group Kenya

Hashim Hasabelrasoul Hashim

Chief Technology Officer

Canar Telecom Sudan

Ben Roberts

Acting MD

Liquid Telecom Kenya

East Africa Com is taking place today, below is the agenda: 

Day 1 – Tuesday 9th September

9:00 Opening remarks from Informa

9:10 Chair’s word of welcome

Thecla Mbongue, Senior Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media

9:15 Informa analysis of the East African market

Danson Njue, Research Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media

Operator Strategies

9:40 Opening panel: The road to data domination

-          How has the demand for data impacted the telco’s business?

-          What are regional operators doing to integrate data into their business models?

-          What are the main challenges in providing what consumers want and need?

-          How to innovate on and monetise new services

Adil El Youssefi, Managing Director, Airtel Kenya (confirmed)

Mickael Ghossein, CEO, Orange Telkom, Kenya (confirmed)

Hashim Hasabelrasoul Hashim, CTO, Canar Telecom, Sudan

Richard Bell, Vice Chairman, Wananchi Group & CEO East Africa Capital Partners

10:40 Exhibition visit and networking

LTE & Broadband

11:50 Choosing the right partner for your connectivity needs

-Do you know what your exact needs are and all the options available?

-Examining the status of connectivity across East Africa today

-Choosing your partners: tech specific or integrated service provider?

-What are the advantages of working with an all-round connectivity specialist?

Ben Roberts, Acting MD, Liquid Telecom Kenya

12:15 Broadband developments as an economic backbone

-          What is needed to guarantee continued and successful economic development in East Africa?

-          Taking a look at international links – are they sufficient to provide connectivity across the region now and in the future?

-          What is the role of each player (operator, regulator, vendor, investors, private enterprise...) in driving broadband penetration?

-          What are the needs across the region in terms of urban vs. rural connectivity?

Ken Munyi, Managing Director, iWayAfrica Kenya

12:40 Networking lunch

Chaired by Danson Njue, Research Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media


Connecting East Africa


14:10 Roaming the planes of East Africa on mobile

-          Establishing partnerships and working to guarantee seamless quality services

-          What impact has the introduction on new taxation had on regional roaming?

-          Keeping costs down, how can operators offer affordable roaming to customers?

-          Including data in roaming packages

-          Tackling telecom and roaming fraud

Joel Imitira, Assistant Director Market Analysis and Tarifs, Communications Commission of Kenya

Mugtaba Osman, International Roaming Manager, Sudatel

Arielle Kaneza, International Roaming Manager, Leo Burundi (confirmed)


Chaired by Thecla Mbongue, Senior Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media


Mobile Money


14:10 Mobile financial services for operators

-Can operators afford not to integrate MFS into their offer?

-Making Mobile Money stand out as more than just another VAS

-What role will operators play in the future development of mobile money in the East Africa?

-E-wallets and e-banking have become commonplace, what can we expect next?

Chidi Okpala, Director, Airtel Money Africa


14:30 Looking back and learning the ropes of the mobile money market

-How has the mobile money market evolved over the past couple of years

-What has been the main driving force behind these evolutions?

-How has Mpesa maintained its leadership in the world of mobile money?

-What lessons have been learnt in East Africa that are now benefitting other regions?

Alvin Okari, Senior manager product development, MPesa

14:50  Fibre broadband deployment and developments

- Where is the region lacking in terms of infrastructure for reliable connectivity?

- Has fibre already changed the connectivity space?

- The challenges to deploying fibre broadband in the region

- ROI and preparing for future connectivity and revenue

James Byaruhanga, COO, Roke Telekom, Uganda (confirmed)


14:50 Spending $10 to get $5: Addressing the international small value transfer challenge"

- Tackling small value transfers with International Top-Up: why airtime and prepaid value transfers are an ideal complement to Money Remittances

- Explore how TransferTo is leveraging their MTO & MNO partnerships to deliver 'values across borders' and how that benefits you.

- Discover new areas of growth in the African market and why the mobile wallet is a factor.

Erik Van Thielen, VP Business Development Europe & Africa, TransferTo 

15:10 How do traditional financial institutions fit in the digital age?

-How internet and mobile banking are influencing the role of banks

-How do these new technologies link into agent banking?

-Do financial institutions need to be wary of the new mobile money players?

-Can a financial institution survive without offering towards mobile services?

Eddie Ndichu, Regional Head of digital banking, Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya

15:10 Building Optical Networks in Africa and the impact of 100G technology

Frederic Auger, Senior Pre-Sales Manager, Ekinops (confirmed)


15:30 How is mobile money shaping lives in East Africa?

- The benefits of mobile money have been applauded, but concretely, how has it shaped day-to-day lives?

-What areas of the economy have been affected and how?

-What can society expect to gain further from mobile money services?

-How can benefits be extended further?

Henry Maloba, Project Director MFS, Grameen Foundation (confirmed)

15:40 Afternoon coffee break and exhibition visit

Mobile enterprise solutions

16:20 Case study and analysis: Cloud as a viable business tool in Kenya

-How the cloud impacts business costs, staff, reach and flexibility

-Security concerns and system models

-Is migration to the cloud an option or an inevitable step forward?

-What to consider before integrating cloud into your business strategy                                                                                      

Rosemary Korir, Cloud product manager, Safaricom

16:40 Defining m-commerce in Africa

-What are the e- and m-purchasing habits in East Africa?

-What are the advantages of m-commerce for retailers?

- What are the crucial steps in elaborating an effective mobile retail strategy?

- Creating a trusted, secure mobile shopping experience

Malvina Goldfeld, Head of Business Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, PayPal

17:00 End of day one & networking drinks

Attend East Africa Com to meet the ‘crème de la crème’ of East Africa's mobile and digital ecosystem.

Sessions will include industry intelligence, case studies and interactive panel discussions on the core topics of the regional market. This year’s focus areas include:

  • Operator Strategies
  • LTE Developments
  • Connecting East Africa
  • Mobile Money
  • Mobile Enterprise Solutions
  • Increasing Profitability
  • Focus on Mobile Content
  • Mobile Broadcasting Evolutions
  • Digital Marketing & CEM
  • AppGig

In 2013 East Africa Com welcomed:

  • 600 attendees
  • 55% operator delegate attendance
  • 42% C-Level delegate attendance
  • 208 companies
  • 28 countries

Find out more download the 2014 brochure taster here

East Africa Com – the best place to learn about the latest trends, network and do business in the region

  • If you attend East Africa Com, you will receive a certificate of attendance
  • The ONLY annual East African event dedicated to the entire Digital ecosystem - network and do business with decision-makers from all of East Africa’s thriving markets
  • 40+ Expert speakers - learn from the industry leaders over 2 days of congress sessions, and make the most of the opportunity to meet & quiz them
  • Meet over 600 Telecommunications professionals and share best practice to grow your business.
  • Meet over 30+ leading international vendors showcasing the technology of tomorrow in the co-located exhibition.
  • Expand your knowledge of the latest business models and technologies in the high-level conference.
  • Get more from the event, with a broader scope bringing the whole Digital Ecosystem together –mobile and fixed-line operators, Internet Service Providers, regulators, investors, telecoms solution vendors and content providers as before with new additions from OTT service providers, social media players, digital media brands and mobile advertisers.


Find out more, download the programme here

Overall conference was well organised, excellent networking and good contacts with my operator customers in the region with some hot leads generated

Regional Account Director, SAP UK Limited

I have been able to meet with partners offering some of the solutions we’ve been looking for in the industry. We also got some feedback on industry areas we are targeting for investment. This must be the most valuable tech event in East Africa

CIO, JLT, Kenya

Good show and productive targeted meetings with East-African operators - will definitely take part again

Director Line of Business Data & Telecom, Eutelsat France

It has been a pleasure attending East Africa Com and participating as a panellist, hearing and sharing views from other regional players

General Manager, Financial Services, Safaricom

East Africa Com has provided a great opportunity to meet and listen to top industry thought leaders in the region

Researcher, iHub Kenya

Informa put on a great networking event presenting valuable opportunities to explore business relationships  

Cyrus Sang, Executive Director, Jamii Telecom Ltd, Kenya

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Registration Enquiries

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