- Orange helps Renault develop LTE apps for cars 11 December 2013 | 3:12 pm
- Antel brings mobile connectivity to Antarctica 11 December 2013 | 2:52 pm
- Orange to axe almost 3,000 staff in Poland 11 December 2013 | 11:34 am
- Telenor launches TV service in Hungary 11 December 2013 | 9:49 am
- Turkcell inks mobile wallet deal with Garanti Bank 10 December 2013 | 4:51 pm
Embracing VAS Innovation & Engaging the Digital Customer
Data, content &s set to flourish in Africa
Digital Services Africa event has now shut its doors after two days of intense debates on the opportunities offered by digital services on the continent. Digital services (including mobile data, content, apps, mobile money, mobile marketing) are creating new business models and partnerships in an ecosystem that is no longer dominated solely by mobile operators. The relations between OTT players and telcos have evolved greatly in the last few years but there is still work to do to ensure partnerships are working and that revenues are shared equitably.
Representatives of all parts of the digital ecosystem shared their views in lively debates during the event: OTT/content players (Google, Iroking, Spinlet, Bozza), social media (Mxit, 2Go), operators (Orange), devices specialists (Nokia, Anabel Mobile), solutions providers (Spice Africa, Jinny Software, Intersec), app developers and more.
"From the debates we heard at Digital Services Africa this year, it is clear that what we're seeing now is only the beginning of what will be a great market. There is still a lot of work to ensure the digital market grows for the benefit of all - including customers. We are proud to be able to provide a forum where market stakeholders can get together, exchange ideas and build partnerships" says Julie Rey, Research Director, Informa Telecoms & Media.
The event will return to Johannesburg in 2014, co-located with MVNOs Africa. This will provide more opportunities to discuss new partnerships and models to deliver attractive services to African users.
- A new focus:
beyond VAS, how to seize the opportunities in digital services?
- Digital Music:
hear from labels, operators, distributors and aggregators about monetising and distributing music over digital formats in Africa
- New speakers
from some of the most dynamic digital brands in Africa, from large corporations to small start-ups
- Innovation keynote:
share ideas and be inspired by entrepreneurs and innovators
- New workshops
and success stories in the 2nd Annual AppGig
- More in-depth session
on Mobile Money to find out the best services and models for Africa
Africa is arguably the most buoyant music market in the world in terms of creativity and diversity
No wonder a number of stakeholders want to be part of it! But just as the music business is evolving rapidly in the rest of the world, Africa’s digital music scene is writing its own rules. How will it shape itself? Who will be the winners and losers of the new ecosystem?
“Sub-Saharan Africa is a devilishly complex place to build up a comprehensive portfolio of truly localized, legal content.” Says Guillermo Escofet, Senior Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media. Indeed, complexity is a key characteristic of the market, in terms of content sourcing and licensing, legal issues, lack of industry structure, revenue sharing etc.
Digital Music Africa is a new session in the Com World Series looking at the challenges and opportunities of distributing, promoting and monetising music in Africa’s digital market. The first session of the series will take place as part of Digital Services Africa (formerly VAS Africa), with contributions from operators, analysts, music service providers and more.
The 2nd Annual APP GIG @ Digital Services Africa – in partnership with Mobile Monday
The APP GIG is a celebration of the creativity and innovation of developers in Africa – and a chance for them to share experiences and learn more ideas on how to promote and monetize their apps.
The session is a series of dedicated workshops and interactive sessions with the most engaging developers and app specialists to discuss innovative business models, interesting development ideas, related technologies, new trends in this ecosystem, and more.
The APP GIG is free to attend for all independent African app developers and coders. It is collocated with Digital Services Africa, the leading telecoms, ICT and media event.
NEW for 2013: the AppGig is organized in partnership with Mobile Monday – Bringing the most passionate team to lead the debates, encourage ideas sharing and have fun while networking!
...The outstanding organization (Informa) brings you to new overview of the African telecom market and of course, new business opportunities for vendors. If you want to be a player in the market be there next timeJean-Philippe Garcin, Regional Sales Manager, Intersec
...VAS AFRICA is one of the most interesting events from a supplier point of view. The speed networking is a straight forward opportunity to speak with senior TELCO managers. Well doneOmar Fadil, Head of Global Sales, Lumata
...Really loved the speed networking session. Overall it was a fantastic event. The team did a great job with organising the conference. I wish Informa all the success in coming years.Sakib Khan, Head of Sales, SSD-Tech
Speed networking event...has been a remarkable thing for VAS vendors like Spice...looking forward to more smart innovations from your team. Once again wish you all the best and keep up the good work!Sameer Shamsudeen, Assistant Vice President – Products, SPICE VAS Africa Ptc Ltd