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ITW Africa Agenda



    There are an estimated 40 to 50 live edge compute servers in Africa, and this is projected to increase by a factor of 10 in the next couple of years. The requirement for local data storage and the growth of time-sensitive applications such as Mobile money, telemedicine, and agritech are among the drivers fueling this edge requirement, demanding the processing of large volumes of data where the consumers are located. This session will discuss:

    • What are the challenges on the route to success?
    • Where next for significant edge deployments?
    • How quickly will the market move to the edge?
    • What opportunities can edge data centres unlock for the ecosystem?
Radisson Blu Breakout Room
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    As cloud services, edge computing, IoT, and AI bring about higher rack densities, the demand for efficient cooling solutions in African data centers becomes a paramount concern. Our experts will explore air, liquid, and immersion cooling methods to unearth the evolving best practices tailored to the distinct demands of African data centres.

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    Kenya's data centre market is predicted to reach $434 million by 2027, according to Arizton – how is this growth being achieved?

    • What is the anatomy of a DC deal in Kenya?
    • What are the hurdles to entry?
    • How is the wholesale colocation market maturing?
Radisson Blu Conference Stage
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    As we enter the era of cloud computing in Africa, with hyperscale presence and trust in the continent ramping up, and consumer demands evolving, the race is on to deliver the requisite capacity. The big questions remain around the size of the capacity requirements, who will build at scale, and how. This panel will discuss the following:

    • Will we see a shift to more wholesale-oriented markets?
    • How will edge node and unified edge zone expansion play out?
    • How is appetite for funding impacted by hyperscale presence?
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    Data centres are proven catalysts for economic development across the continent, however there is a problem. Africa accounts for 15% of the world's population, and yet only ~1% of data centres globally are situated on the continent. With the market anticipated to reach a valuation of $5 billion by 2026, tremendous growth is expected, but how is this potential being realised? This session will explore:

    • What lessons can be learnt from other global markets?
    • How can new data sovereignty rules pave the way for expansion and create a cloud-first connected environment ?
    • What innovative connectivity partnerships are emerging?
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    Africa's data centre market is estimated to reach around 1,200 MW by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 15.41%. Tier 1 markets may not have grown quickly as expected, but how are these more mature colocation markets tracking now, and will expansion into tier 2 and 3 markets take off sooner than expected? This panel will explore:

    • What pressure points are emerging?
    • Which ‘spoke' markets show the most promise?
    • What do supply and take-up levels tell us about growth trajectories? And has locking-in of demand been slower than expected?
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    Data centres are the most promising asset class, owing primarily to the enourmous demand – there will never be enough data centres in Africa. However, the current economic environment has seen investments come off the boil. The session will explore how clever and patient capital is crucial to data centre expansion:

    • How does valuation pressure affect performance?
    • What does the current FX environment mean for deals?
    • How can operators build an attractive proposition for investors?
    • What's driving investor positivity, and can it continue?
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    Various terrestrial fibre projects are providing direct and dependable connections to and between data centres, enabling low-latency use cases, and in turn ensuring intra-continent data exchange and storage. Coupled with the carrier-neutral model, a thriving ecosystem of local and international data centres and carriers interconnecting and exchanging traffic is growing, but is it growing quickly enough? This session will explore:

    • What collaborative efforts between data centre operators and owners of fibre are underway to connect the next billion?
    • What level of investment is required, and where is it lacking?
    • Is there a need for an open marketplace for connectivity and data centre services?
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    With the data centre market in Africa poised to grow at an unprecedented rate, getting it right when it comes to location is paramount. Navigating partnerships for invaluable local insights, the nuanced choice between greenfield and brownfield, and seizing opportunities to positively impact communities present strategic challenges. Ensuring scalability, understanding geographical factors, and navigating land leasing intricacies further complicate the terrain. The panel will explore:

    • How is the site selection checklist evolving?
    • What is being done to secure power for sites?
    • How is interconnection point proximity impacting decision-making?
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    As data centre demand increases and becomes more complex, construction timelines are stretching, with builds taking up to 50% longer than planned. In order to deliver facilities designed to cope with the anticipated computing demands driven by AI, streaming, and cloud services, as well as meeting sustainability and CSR requirements, there's an imperative to build quicker and far more efficiently than before. This panel will address the following questions:

    • How is macro environment volatility impacting materials supply? And what contingency strategies are being put in place to combat delays?
    • Is modular becoming the new standard?
    • What new technologies are being employed?
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    Generative AI demand has ballooned, and the impact on the industry is clearly illustrated by Nvidia's announcement that their data centre revenues have risen over 400% on last year. Specifically for the continent, it is projected that AI will contribute an estimated $1.2 trillion to GDP by 2030, but applications are compute intensive and power hungry. In order to get it right and reap bottom-line benefits, data centre operators need to design and build for the future. This forward-thinking panel will navigate the challenges and share how to enable and harness the transformative potential of AI for sustainable growth in Africa:

    • How are operators designing and building for the future?
    • What trends and strategies are emerging regarding rack densities?
    • How other enterprise use-cases such as blockchain and fintech impacting capacity planning?
  1. Networking Break
  2. Networking Lunch
  3. Networking Break
Radisson Blu Conference Stage
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    As hyperscale investment ramps up across Africa, this keynote will spotlight where cloud will manifest. A global cloud provider will take to the stage for the ITW Africa 2024 cloud keynote session, and will discuss:

    • Node expansion v facility development
    • Partnership programmes for AI and beyond
    • Market-by-market breakdown, key areas of priority for development
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    • How are we enabling the transition from content consumption to content creation?
    • What partnerships are developing between cloud and connectivity players?
    • Strategic co-operation agreements to distribute cloud/digital solutions, land cables, and increase fibre connectivity
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    According to IFC and Google, Africa’s internet economy has the potential to contribute around $180 billion to GDP by 2025 – meaning an uplift of roughly $65 billion expected between now and this time next year. What is the shape of recent infrastructure investments, and will they be enough to close the gap and reach the potential? This session will explore:

    • What asset class is most attractive over the next 3 years, and what are the demand drivers?
    • How is the higher interest rate environment affecting access to capital for projects?
    • What is the FTTH investment outlook?
    • Will private equity exits drive further consolidation in the market?
    • Is there scale outside of key markets?
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    • Does Africa have sufficient submarine connectivity?
    • Price per gbps – what’s the outlook and the impact as an investment opportunity?
    • System architectures of the cables around Africa
    • Does the focus now need to be on terrestrial fibre links?

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    Cross-border projects are key to delivering interoperable, equitable, and open connectivity and bridging the digital divide. This requires collaboration and understanding of the varying regulatory, geographic, and cultural differences country-to-country. Investment also unlocks more fibre route diversity, and with more routes comes more competition, an environment conducive to faster digital transformation. The panel will explore:

    • How are the challenging economics of NLD fibre projects being addressed? And are there extracommercial solutions?
    • What are the pros and cons of infrastructure sharing? And will we see wider adoption?
    • What revenue models allow for the best predictability?
    • What’s the latest on fibre builds across Central Africa? And how can these be the route to unlocking competitive pricing?
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    • Route diversity and added redundancy
    • Serving the un/under-served
    • The journey to seamless connectivity
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    • How are operators managing the transition to net-zero whilst maintaining and delivering on high-level SLAs for customers
    • What balance has been struck between modernisation and decommissioning of legacy technologies?
    • How is full integration of net-zero targets and requirements across all business units and functions ensured?
  1. Networking Break
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    • What is required to fix middle-mile and last-mile network infrastructure?
    • How is new technology adoption being promoted?
    • How is competition among service providers being spurred on?
    • How are community relations navigated successfully?
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    • What's the latest on Ethiopia's telco market?
    • How are regulatory environments improving?
    • Is there sufficient human resource in the region?
    • Cable landings update
    • What does new Hyperscale presence unlock?
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    • How are indigenous African operators growing and competing in the wholesale voice and data markets?
    • What challenges are encountered when delayering Netco/ServCo/InfraCo?
    • What will the impact of AI be?
    • What’s the criticality of software-defined networks to business evolution?
    • How is the NaaS opportunity being realised?
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    • What is being done to encourage cooperation between government and industry?
    • Is service affordability improving quickly enough?
    • What is the extent of infrastructure upgrades required?
    • What are the opportunities – partnerships etc.
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    • The role of MNOs and aggregators in providing Identity-as-a-Service
    • What will be the impact of CPaaS?
    • Which commercial models make sense for international providers in Africa?
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    • How to secure A2P revenues with current market shifts
    • How are we fighting against traffic threats?
    • Levaraging new communication channels such as RCS
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    • How are we bridging the digital gender gap and reaching parity in SSA?
    • How can home-grown talent support the world’s connectivity?
    • How is talent being incentivised across the board?
    • How are mindsets changing around training?
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    • How close are we to a $10 smart phone, and what will this unlock?
    • 4G and 5G evolution and the impact on society
    • What is the super-app value proposition?