Symposium 2016

The National Communications Authority, Ghana, is celebrating 20 years of its establishment. As part of the activities earmarked for the celebration, the Authority is organising a two day symposium from 18th to 19th July, 2016 under the theme: The Role of Regulations in ICT Development.

 

The main objective of the symposium is to create a platform for telecommunications policy-makers, telecommunications regulators, user groups, experts and industry players to exchange information and experiences on the issue of ICT deployment, as well as the global development of ICT trends.

You may download the symposium Registration Form to register for this symposium

 

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general information

Delegates will be responsible for booking accommodation.

For the ease and convenience of delegates, the Symposium Secretariat has provided a list of hotels for delegates to choose from. Also below is a list of the links to the hotels websites as well as their telephone numbers.


The hotels have been chosen in consideration of the routes of the shuttle buses which will be transporting delegates to and from the symposium venue. Delegates are however at liberty to choose other hotels not included in the list the main consideration will be that delegates in those hotels will have to arrange their own transportation.
Please note that all reservations must be coordinated by delegates directly with the hotels.


You may download the symposium Registration Form to register for this symposium

Please click here to download the Hotel Information.

DAY ONE(1)

Session 1: Future of Telecommunications and Expected Impact on the Industry in Africa - [Internet of Things - Big Data, etc]


New and Innovative technologies such Internet of Things, IMT-2020 are expected to shape the future and direction of the ICT industry. This session will serve as a platform to discuss some of these new technologies, analyze the expected impact on the African market and possible strategies to take advantage of the new developments.

 

Moderator: Albert Enninful , Dep. Director General , NCA

Speakers:

Jason Whaley - pdf
Ali Drissa Badiel - pdf
Samuel Acquah-Bartels - pdf


Session 2: Improving Rural Communications: Policies , Strategies and Regulatory Interventions

A lot of of challenges have been experienced in trying to provide both voice and Internet access to rural areas. The challenges are mainly due to the lack of commercial viability in providing access in these areas. This session will discuss a number of cost-effective solutions that can be deployed in these areas as well as the possible policy and regulatory interventions and the appropriate strategies that can be used to address the challenges.

Moderator: Kwaku Sakyi Addo , CEO, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications

Speakers:

Roxanna Barrantes Caceres - pdf 
Nowshard Yehiya - pdf
Osei Darkwa - pdf


Session 3: Infrastructure Sharing: Challenges and Opportunities

The sharing of telecom infrastructure among telecom service providers is becoming the requirement and process of businesses in the telecom industry where competitors are becoming partners in order to lower their increasing investments. The degree and method of infrastructure sharing vary in each jurisdiction depending on the regulatory and competitive environment.


In developing countries in particular, mobile telephony has been central in making service available to large sections of the population. However, much remains to be done to increase the penetration of mobile services, particularly in rural areas. The problem arises from the high cost of network infrastructure. This leads to high prices, as operators seek recovery their investment.


In this section, an overview of infrastructure sharing will be provided and the speakers will share their views on this topic by highlighting the different categories of infrastructure, how it can generate economic growth and improve the quality of life. The challenges and opportunities that infrastructure sharing brings about as well as the trends around the world.

Moderator: Elh Maman Laminou, Executive Secretary, WATRA

Speakers:

Francois Van Zyi - pdf 
Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications - pdf
Kwaku Sakyi Addo - pdf

 


DAY TWO(2)

Session 4: Has Digitization Refined the Boundaries of Market Definition?

Assessing Market Power depends essentially on the accurate definition of the particular market in question.
Digitization has however made possible the growth of applications and services that challenge the traditional boundaries of markets. When OTT calls for instance exert competitive pressure on MNOs with regards to Voice and SMS, should these markets be expanded by definition to include these equivalent services offered over the internet and to what extent.

Moderator: Mr. Scott W. Minehane, Managing Director, Windsor Place Consulting

Speakers:

Omar Bouhalis - pdf 
Mark Allen Jamison - pdf
Martin Kayode - pdf

 

Session 5: Prospects of Data Uptake and OTT services, Opportunities and Threats for the Telecommunications Industry

Data subscription and usage continues to grow steadily within Africa. Voice usage however remains the main revenue generator for mobile cellular service providers. The advent of over-the-top applications (voice and others) has caused some form of disruption and changed the behavior of consumers with respect to making voice calls.
This has adversely affected the voice revenues of mobile cellular service providers albeit serving as a boost for its data revenue. This session will discuss data usage in Africa, OTT services and the opportunity and threats it brings to the industry.

Moderator: Mark Jamison, Director, PURC

Speakers:

Scott W. Minehane - pdf 
Mohammed Rufai - pdf
Ernest Obeng Yarfi - pdf

 

Session 6: Experiences from African countries on the industry: Success Stories and Lessons Learned

African countries liberalized their Telecoms markets over two decades ago, implementing policies and programs to push the frontiers of Telecom regulations in emerging markets. Emerging markets, however, face unique challenges in terms of infrastructure and market development, as such best practices that work in established market are not that successful. Notwithstanding our challenges, we have been able to implement policies and strategies that uniquely meet our needs. It is in light of the above that we are privileged to have the Nigeria Communications Commission(NCC) and the National Communications Authority(NCA) to share their successful regulatory practices with us.

Moderator: Dr. Osei Darkwa , President, Ghana Telecom University College

Speakers:

Any success story in Nigeria Telecommunication space, G.T. Mohammed(NCC) - pdf 
TV White Spaces Technology in Ghana, Peter Djakwah(NCA) -
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