Unlocking the Potential of African TV through Digital Transformation
AfricaCast - 9-10th November 2011, Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa

Do not miss AfricaCast, one of Africa’s largest events attended by Balancing Act’s analysts and where broadcasters will meet telecoms services providers to set up multi-play and multi-screens’ solutions : IPTV, mobile TV, web TV, VoD, digital TV will be among the many opportunities.

The market for TV services in Africa is developing at a fast pace. In 2010, Sub-Saharan Africa had 34.5 million TV households, forecast to grow to 42.1m by 2015.

Among them, more than 6 million households (Balancing Act’s estimate) are pay TV subscribers mid-2011. Satellite TV dominates the market, but new technologies (DTT, online and Mobile TV), coupled with imminent switch to all digital, mean that the broadcasting market is due to experience changes and increased competition in the future.

IPTV is just starting in Africa with about 150 000 subscribers (Balancing Act’s estimate).

AfricaCast is an event organised jointly by Informa’s Com World Series and IP&TV World Series to address the challenges and opportunities in Africa’s broadcasting market. The two day summit will bring decision makers from the entire value chain, including broadcasters, satellite providers, cable companies, regulators, content providers & producers, and production facilities.

This year, speakers include: Chris Oberholzer, Strategy and Business Development, Multichoice - Ayite Gaba, Business Development Associate, Youtube/Google - Christian de Faria, Group Chief Commercial Officer, MTN Group - Marc Rennard, EVP Africa, Middle East and Asia, Orange Group - Johan Dennelind, CEO: International, Vodacom Group - Erik Hersman, Technologist and blogger, co-founder of Ushahidi, founder of AfriGadget, founder of the iHub, Nairobi - Gelfand Kausiyo, General Manager: Broadcast Facilities, SABC - Neil Ahlsten, New Business Development , Africa, Google - Oscar Dube, CEO, Southtel, South Africa -George Twumasi, Deputy Chairman and CEO, ABN – The African Broadcast Network - Richard Porter, Controller of English, BBC Global News - Graham Wallington, CEO, WildEarth TV, South Africa - Djibril Wade, Director of Forecasts, Advisor to the CEO, Africable Télévision, Mali - Eugene Nyagahene, CEO, Tele10 Group - Nagi Abboud, CEO, Atlantique Telecom - Bayo Adebiyi, Chief Executive Officer, Proudly Africa Media Nigeria  - Saiful Alam, Chief Commercial Officer, Expresso Telecom Group - Nanda Armoogum, Director of Broadcast Content, Independent Broadcasting Authority in Mauritius - Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Media Innovation Advisor, Africa Region, Internews, - Arnauld Blondet, Director AMEA, Orange Technocentre - Sabine Devinck, Global Information and Communications Technologies, IFC - Jabulani Dhliwayo, Corning - Oscar Dube, CEO, Southtel, South Africa - Gall Le Garrec , Vice President, Sales EMEA, Envivio - Mickael Ghossein, CEO, Orange Telkom Kenya - Michael Gyang, Content Acquisitions and Marketing Director, HOMEBASE TV - Torsten Hoffmann, Managing Partner, Global Media Consult - Nick Jotischky, Principal Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media - Gelfand Kausiyo , General Manager:Broadcast Facilities, SABC - Henk Kleynhans, Chairperson, WAPA