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#IHSTC2019: 1 Day, 3 Panel Sessions, 3 Breakout sessions, 1 Master Class...Meet the Speakers! - Sustainable Conversations
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#IHSTC2019: 1 Day, 3 Panel Sessions, 3 Breakout sessions, 1 Master Class…Meet the Speakers!

The maiden edition of the IHS Telecoms Conference 2019 provides a platform which brings business leaders,
regulators, investors, Government, experts and practitioners together, to engage on issues of Broadband and
Power. The quality of the resource persons and participants, intellectual exchanges, and learning experiences –
both for corporate strategy, policy development and investor relations, makes it a must-attend event in the

Round-table Panel Sessions

Panel 1: An Integrated Approach to Power and Interconnectivity Nigeria has less than 50,000 base stations and would need 70,000 to 80,000 base transceiver masts to be able to provide the effective capacity that’s needed to deploy 4G going to 5G. A major hindrance to the growth of base stations is Power. The cost of running base stations with fossil fuels has been identified by industry practitioners as a constraint to growth. This session, therefore, seeks to discuss issues surrounding power as it affects telecoms infrastructure nationwide. Panellists would address the need for on-grid and off-grid considerations by the government at all levels for telecoms operators and the shift towards sustainable energy that is cost efficient for broadband growth in the urban and rural areas of the country. In addition, interconnectivity and technological solutions in the industry would be discussed with futuristic goals of meeting the broadband targets set by the NCC and the implementation of 5G networks when launched in Nigeria.

Panel 2: Sectoral Collaboration: Building Sustainable Models that Drive Inclusive Growth The growth prospect for the telecoms industry in Nigeria is positive due to the speed of growth and the unreached locations of the country. There exists a plethora of service operators with new operators coming on board. However due to shared challenges, service delivery leaves much to be desired. This session would look into ways of fostering collaboration within the industry and highlight the current bottlenecks hindering inclusive growth. The panel would consist of major industry players in Telecoms, the regulators and governmental agencies that interface with the sector at all levels.

Panel 3: Broadband Infrastructure Financing: Opportunities, Tax Incentives & Return Investment in Nigeria’s telecoms industry stands at $ 70 billion and more is needed to deepen broadband penetration and deliver quality service to the populace of the country. The economy of Nigeria is gradually recovering from a period of recession and investor confidence is on the downside as seen in the reduced inflow of Foreign Direct Investment. The telecoms sector is, however, a lucrative one given the futuristic prospects of growth and its consistent increase in its overall contribution to the GDP of Nigeria. The challenge, therefore, is how to source for financing of capital projects in the sector that would boost broadband penetration given the present reality that urban centers in Nigeria are the major consumers of broadband services. What then is the way forward? Are there incentives that can be given to attract investors to build telecoms infrastructure in areas yet to be reached? What are the possible returns in investing in Rural Telephony? These and much more would be the focus of this session in charting a clear financing direction for the Telecoms sector .

Master Class
Mini-Grids: Transforming Technological Concepts Into Bankable Projects in Telecoms
Mini-Grids are being adopted as a solution to the power deficit Nigeria faces, but there remains a lot of talking points with regards to the adoption of Mini-Grids in the telecoms sector. What are the policies for Mini-Grids that align with the broadband targets? What sort of approvals would be needed by organisations that choose to adopt this technology for their businesses and community development? What are the coverage areas of the Mini-Grids and can the adoption be in areas covered by the DISCOs? If this technology is fully embraced, what would be the direct and indirect impact on broadband penetration? The master class would focus on answering these questions and more, the economics of Mini-Grids in Telecoms and how communities around the Telecoms Infrastructure being powered by this technology can benefit in terms of their power needs.

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