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NEWCOM AFRICA GENERATES HIGH LEVELS OF INDUSTRY SUPPORT

Increasing demand for sustainable African telecommunications has driven private- and public-sector collaboration and innovation to unprecedented levels, a trend that will take centre stage here during NewCom Africa 2005. The high-level summit and exhibition will provide key players in the provision of African telecommunications development with an opportunity to mobilise essential systems and services throughout the Continent.

NewCom Africa 2005 will focus on regulatory, technology, investment & business partnerships that have proven effective for the rapid roll-out of telecom services in Africa. The event, which will be held over 15-17 March 2005 at London’s Chelsea Village, is being held under the auspices of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), the non-profit association of the global satellite communications sector. AITEC Africa and UK Event Management Associates are the event organisers.

The event has sponsorship support from the following key telecommunications industry players:

∑ Eutelsat
∑ ViaSat
∑ Plenexis
∑ IP Planet
∑ Thuraya
∑ Gilat Satellite
∑ Hughes Network Systems

Confirmed speakers include representatives of:

AfSat
Cable & Wireless
British Telecom
Hughes Network Systems
HP
Inmarsat
Intelsat
IP Planet
NewSkies
Oracle
Telenor
Telkom
UUNet
ViaSat

Over 16 African telecommunication operators who have confirmed their participation

“Africa may be the most under-served telecommunications market in the world, but improving market-access conditions, combined with the availability of new telecommunications tools – including hybrid satellite-based GSM, WiFi/WiMax and fibre optic – have set the stage for all stakeholders to realise unprecedented gains,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF.

“The African telecommunication sector has borne witness to major successes… and failures,” said Sean Moroney, Chaiman of AITEC. “NewCom Africa 2005 will provide delegates with an opportunity to draw upon that experience, as well as obtain up-to-date market intelligence, network with suppliers, establish business partnerships, identify financial resources, and understand the latest regulatory approaches applied in the region.”

Exhibition: Partnership Showcase
The event will include a focused Partnership Showcase exhibition area (also for the African-Europe Business Partnership Forum over the following two days), providing an opportunity for operators and suppliers to meet, consult and network.

Exhibition rates: £180/sq metre with shell scheme.

Sponsorship Opportunities
A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for suppliers wanting to take advantage of the branding and promotional profile offered by this unique event.

pauls@aitecafrica.com

www.aitecafrica.com

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY (WSIS): CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION AND ISSUES

4th March 2005, 09:30 - 17:00
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS

This event will focus on systematic and critical case studies of initiatives designed to narrow 'digital divides' - within developing countries and between developing and developed countries - relating to the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). Where possible, contributions will offer individual or comparative case studies providing insight into the most significant divides and how they can be closed, or which question the significance of digital divides.

The final session of the day between 4 and 4.30pm will be webcast, for those of you not able to make it in person. To view the webcast, please visit: www.oii.ox.ac.uk/webcast

http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/collaboration/?rq=seminars/20050304

VOIP STRATEGIES

Africa 11-13 April

INTERCONNECT IN FIXED AND MOBILE NETWORKS

Africa 13-15 April

www.iir-conferences.com/africa/voipint

WEST AFRICA 2005

EU/ACP Investment- and Partner Promotion Meeting for the Development of the ICT Sector in West Africa

12 - 14  April, 2005 - Hotel Méridien Président, Dakar, Senegal

WEST AFRICA 2005 will bring together the main stakeholders of the West African ICT sector from the private and public sector, including individual ICT professionals, representatives of small, medium and large enterprises, regulatory bodies, donor and development agencies, West African Ministers of information and communication, members of the scientific community, educational institutions, telecom operators and various ICT associations. A total of 500 visitors are expected to attend the meeting, making it the largest of its kind. 

Participation to WEST AFRICA 2005 is free of charge.

The event is coordinated by Spintrack and sponsored by EU's Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE) together with PRO€INVEST which is EU's partnership programme for investment promotion and North-South partnership agreements.

 Registration and more information

To register as a delegate or find more detailed information please visit the the website of the event www.optic.sn, hosted by the Association of Senegalese ICT Professionals (OPTIC).

aliouneba76@yahoo.fr

martin.sjogren@spintrack.com