NewCom Africa 2005 to serve as multi-stakeholder forum for promotion of sustainable hybrid solutions combining satellite, Wi-Fi, VoIP, mobile, and broadband technologies

LONDON – 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 already attracted sponsorship support from the following key telecommunications industry players:
IP Planet

Confirmed speakers include representatives of: AfSat, Cable & Wireless, British Telecom, Hughes Network Systems, HP, Inmarsat, Intelsat, IP Planet, NewSkies, Oracle, Telenor, Telkom, UUNet, and 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, 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.


The Minister of Communications, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, will be delivering a keynote address at the second workshop on the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative, a flagship project of NEPAD, which is scheduled to take place at Pretoria’s CSIR Convention Centre, Ruby room, on the 24/01/2005 at 9:00am.

At the first workshop that was held in May last year, it was agreed that a continental Coordinating Body be established. This body is made up of senior representatives of the governments of the first-phase countries. Hence, this second workshop brings together those government representatives to deliberate and take forward the Initiative to its next developmental stage, namely, the demonstration project.

Matsepe – Casaburri is expected to mention a few more developmental processes during her keynote address.

All media is invited to attend. For more information please contact Zodumo Mbuli, Media Liaison Officer – Office of the Minister, Ministry of Communications, 082 502 4659 or (012) 427 8006


JANUARY 26th – 27th, 2005,

For more information and conference programme, contact:
C.K Bruce
Executive Director
No 2 Ridge Close, North Ridge
PO Box GP18843, Accra

cell +233 24 4272355
Tel/Fax +233 21 254768


The inaugural Pan-African Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Fair is due to be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi between May 17th and 21st 2005.

ICTe-AFRICA will comprise of an Exhibition, Conference and a Benefit Concert. It is the brainchild of Mr. Jan Nintemann of Global Fairs TT-Messe, a German-based ICT Company incorporated in Kenya. With over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector in Europe, particularly in the field of fair-marketing Global Fairs TT-Messe (Kenya) Ltd. is best suited to organize such an important event. The Nairobi Fair is planned to be the largest ICT event ever to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. Global Fairs TT-Messe (Kenya) Ltd. is working in collaboration with the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), the Union of National Radio and Television Organisations of Africa (URTNA), the African Internet Service Providers Association (AfriSPA) and the African IT Exhibitions and Conference (AITEC) to organize the event. It has the backing of the Kenya Government through the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The European Union has also pledged to support the event.

The objectives of the Fair are:

- Create a continental platform of key stakeholders (Government, Inter-Governmental Organisations, regional institutions, NGOs, civil society entities, Private sector, and media) to catalyse development of ICT in Africa.

- Reinforce in the short/long term the realization of WSIS objectives in Africa

- Provide an effective platform for policy and regulations deliberations to facilitate an enabling environment for the ICT sector development

- Provide the enabling medium to create partnerships between investors in Africa and outside Africa

- Promote, through its association with main stakeholders in ICT sector, the key areas of national and regional infrastructure to deliver ICT services and facilities within Africa.

- Encourage development of human resource capacity building for ICT sector


A key thrust of the Fair is to reinforce the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process in Africa as an input on the WSIS conference scheduled for Tunis in November 2005, and create a platform to catalyse faster growth of ICT by nurturing a mutually beneficial partnership between Government and private sector in Africa as well as Africa and the rest of the World. ICTe-AFRICA reinforces the philosophy and objectives of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and will be working closely together, specifically in ICT development in Africa.

The Secretariat of ICTe-AFRICA is situated on the first floor of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. A conference operator, African IT Exhibitions and Conferences (AITEC) is expected to bring to the Fair, the largest number of local and international ICT exhibitors. Expected to hold its annual conference in Nairobi within the duration of the ICTe- AFRICA fair ATU will work towards ensuring the presence of government ICT decision-makers at a senior level. In the private sector, organisations such as AFISPA will ensure the largest possible ISP presence on the continent with a special forum organised for African ICT distributors. It is expected that URTNA members will participate in both the conference and exhibition. URTNA has undertaken to promote the event through its distribution networks and assist in organising the coverage of the event. Over 30 ICT and business magazines as well as the international mainstream media will also be covering the Fair.

Coincidentally the International Press Institute (IPI) will be holding its 2005 World Congress in Nairobi back-to-back with the ICTe-AFRICA Fair. Since there are bound to be many common delegates to the two events, the organisers are working in close collaboration and this should result in considerable synergies. Among prominent personalities expected at the IPI Congress are Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Prof. Wangari Maathai, the 1986 Nobel Literature prize winner, Wole Sonyinka, and the spokesperson for the Global Movement for Children, Mrs. Graca Machel.

The activities of the ICTe-AFRICA exhibition and conference are focused on assisting African business start-ups to grow and become effective market participants capable of competing on the global stage. It will directly address issues of growing capacity and affordability bottlenecks which are critical to future development and growth.

For further information please contact
in Europe:
East African Home Pages KG (Germany)
Eberhard Blocher
Tel. +49 - 221 - 913 95 35

in Kenya:
Ruth Mwangi
PO BOX 8569
00200 Nairobi
Tel. +254 - 20 - 319 221