In a move to draw telecommunications investment to Africa, global news and events company, Telecom Finance and mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider, IHS Towers have joined forces to bring stakeholders interest to Nigeria in an event that will boarder on financing, convergence, infrastructure investment and broadband connectivity.
The topics will top the bill at the inaugural telecoms, media & technology (TMT) Finance Africa in Lagos 2016 Conference, which will gather over 60 international and regional CEOs, CFOs, strategy heads, private equity chiefs, and senior investment bankers, consultants and lawyers to discuss the latest investment strategies for TMT across Africa.
A statement from the organisers notes that converging technologies, expanding connectivity and telecom mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are predicted to be the main drivers of investment and deal activity in Sub Saharan Africa in 2016 and 2017.
Speaking on the event, Director, TMT Finance Africa in Lagos, Ben Nice noted that the event has come at a critical phase for investment and mergers and acquisition in Nigeria’s and Africa’s telecom, media and technology sectors. He enthused that Lagos, as the hub for innovation in Africa will host the conference which will act as a crucial dialogue between local, regional and international stakeholders and decision makers in the sector.
Listing participating companies, Nice noted that: “key C-level executives will be attending from companies such as: Airtel, MTN, Vodacom, MainOne, DLA Piper, Etisalat, IHS Towers, Ntel, Jumia, Nokia, Standard Bank, Emerging Capital Partners, Carlyle, Barclays, African Capital Alliance, IpNX, Rack Centre, Spectranet, Iroko, Fibersat, Standard Chartered, Citi and many more.”
Main themes of the event will include, African Telecoms M&A and Financing; Africa Broadband Infrastructure Investment; Digital Africa Strategies; Venture Capital and Private Equity in Africa TMT. Others will be on Evolution of the African Towerco; Protecting Risk; Datacenters and Enterprise Cloud services; and Connecting the Unconnected.
“Our team of TMT Finance News journalists have been reporting on a number of themes and specific situations across Africa this year, including the strategic review of Millicom’s regional assets, the sale of Neotel to Liquid Telecom, Google’s fibre rollout projects in various countries, Orange’s consolidation in West Africa, MTN Nigeria’s IPO, and a number of fundraisings for flourishing digital media and technology-based companies throughout Africa. It really is a captivating time for the sector,” Nice added.