On 15 – 17 April 2019 at the excellent The Fairway Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa our Africa NG Telecoms Summit will bring together senior decision-makers and business leaders from across the continent and beyond to come together and discuss current industry challenges and opportunities, how to get the most out of them – and where the solutions lie.

From case studies lifting the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to attendees’ specific needs, the summit will provide executives with everything they needed to implement their key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Pieter Verkade
Group CCO
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Freelance Bwalya
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Angeline Vere
Telecel Zimbabwe
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Seun Soladoye
Acting CMO
MTN Zambia
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Malefetsane Tlelima
Econet Telecom Lesotho
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Harry Gombachika
Malawi Telecommunications
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Samuel Ofori-Gyampoh
Director Network Planning
AirtelTigo Ghana
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Okol Joseph David
Uganda Telecom Limited
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Godfrey Efeurhobo
Group MD
Smile Comms Nigeria
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Otis Makahamadze
Chief Customer Experience Officer
Econet Wireless
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Aldrin Sivako
Botswana Telecommunication Corp
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Amare Herpie
Ethio Telecom

6 Challenges in Telecoms

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Maximise existing network assets, and expand coverage in a cost-effective way
  • Personalise services and improve omnichannel customer support, becoming a more customer-centric organisation
  • Discover new revenue opportunities, and explore new routes to innovation
  • Overhaul legacy IT systems, execute change, and embrace digital ways of working
  • Be a custodian of the network, and play a pivotal role in fighting new security threats
  • Generate maximum value from data, and understand how to best exploit the IoT ecosystem
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday April 15, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:25pm - 3:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Opening Panel: Growth in the African telco market
3:30pm - 4:30pm

The digital marketplace is converging. Whether it’s cloud services, the internet of things, big data, AI, content provision or something else, the telecoms industry is constantly looking at new opportunities for growth. But where does that growth come from? What does it look like in an African context? And what are the challenges to making it happen?

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Organisational agility in the digital age
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Towards a greater customer experience
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Unleashing innovation in the telco space
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details to follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keynote dinner: The future role of the network operator
Tuesday April 16, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:35am
Keynote address: Understanding Africa’s digital transformation
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Connecting More People and Things In More Places
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: Addressing the rural coverage issue
10:10am - 10:50pm
Session 3: Building on the mobile money boom
Coffee & networking
10:50am - 11:05am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: Focus on 5G: do we really need it?
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 5: Monetising content opportunities
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:05pm
Lunch keynote
Lunch & networking
1:05pm - 2:00pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Session 6: New strategies for CX success
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Session 7: Easy operational wins in digital
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Session 8: Tackling the IoT traffic explosion
5:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 9: M&A in an age of digital disruption
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday April 17, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05 am - 8:45 am
Session 10: The effective use of data
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 11: Challenging infrastructure modernisation
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 12: Meeting consumer demand for data
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
11:05 am - 11:35 am
Session 13: Ask the audience
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Session 14: Tomorrow's world: where is the next disruption coming from?
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Session 15
Closing Panel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

The Fairway Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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