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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has been selected as the location for the 17th annual IAD Summit. IAD 2019 acknowledges the fact that Africa is a diverse continent of nations at different stages of ICT maturity. ICT maturity rankings are a measurement for how well a country is progressing and a benchmark for how they are performing alongside their neighbours.

IAD Programme

There are many widely accepted benefits to improving ICT maturity rankings, from attracting international investment through to the social and economic benefits to a country. In 2019 Extensia have developed a National Agenda Acceleration Series (NAAS). This is a programme designed to move beyond the ‘talking shop’ style of event that has become prevalent in Africa and presents a year-long engagement to accelerate national ICT maturity. We will work with the key stakeholders in-country to strengthen weak points and accelerate Digital Transformation. IAD 2019 will support this agenda by addressing the core pillars of Broadband, Universal Service, Quality of Service, Security and a Digital Future. IAD 2019 will assess best practices, future visions and practical solutions in these areas whilst identifying areas of regional collaboration that will support these important national imperatives.

The ITU Report on measuring the ICT Development Index indicates the following comparative statements on Africa’s ICT Maturity rankings:

While these statistics highlight a need for continental development, the national statistics tell a story which enables individual nations to develop a roadmap focusing on their individual objectives and priorities while addressing their vulnerabilities.

IAD 2019 will be attended by Policy Makers, Regulators, Service Providers and Major End Users from across Africa along with carefully selected solution providers, investors and consultants who can address the challenges and support the development of National Agendas with Infrastructure, Value Added Services, Strategy Guidance, Investment and Business partnership.

We are pleased to return to Ethiopia for the fourth time of hosting the IAD Summit in 2019. This is an exciting time of growth and development in Ethiopia with Market Liberalisation, Digital Transformation and the renewed vision for the development of a world-class ICT Park. The change in leadership across government and Ethio Telecom and the creation of a new ICT Ministry (Ministry of Innovation and Technology) has re-invigorated the sector presenting valuable opportunities for international enterprises to enter the Ethiopian market and explore the many valuable business opportunities.

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June 10, 2019
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Helios Towers is a leading independent telecommunications tower infrastructure company in Africa, having established one of the continent's most extensive tower portfolio with over 6,800 towers across five countries. It builds, owns and operates telecom passive infrastructure, providing services to mobile network operators.

It owns and operates more sites than any other operator in each of Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC"), and Congo Brazzaville. It is also a leading operator in Ghana with a strong urban presence. Helios Towers established a presence in South Africa in 2019 through Helios Towers South Africa, a joint platform with Vulatel. The Group pioneered the sale-leaseback model in Africa, buying towers that were held by single operators and providing services utilising the tower infrastructure to the seller and other operators. This allows wireless operators to outsource non-core tower-related activities, enabling them to focus their capital and managerial resources on providing higher quality services more cost-effectively. Investors in the company include: Helios Investment Partners, Quantum Strategic Partners, Albright Capital Management LLC, RIT Capital Partners Plc, the International Finance Corporation and Millicom International Cellular. For further information go to: www.heliostowers.com  

GEOshare is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin that operates as an independent entrepreneurial venture. GEOshare develops condosats for two or more owners to provide service from a designated orbital slot. With our two ever-increasing portfolios of payload missions and orbital slots, GEOshare matches customer payload missions with orbital locations, facilitating the entire process from construction to launch. GEOshare does all the work to close your business case, protect your orbital slots, and reduce your CapEx in today’s volatile market. To learn more please visit geoshare.com.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband solutions and services delivering innovative network technologies and managed services to enterprises and governments globally. Hughes maintains approximately 50 percent share of the VSAT market. Hughes owns and operates service businesses in the U.S., Europe, India, and Brazil, delivering continent-wide Hughes broadband satellite and terrestrial connectivity. HughesNet® is the #1 consumer high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace with active users now numbering over one million in North America, making Hughes the largest provider of high-speed satellite Internet access. Around the globe, Hughes supplies authorized service providers, government organizations, and businesses with advanced broadband systems and terminals. Hughes JUPITER™ High Throughput System (HTS) is the leading choice to power broadband services by HTS operators around the world. Hughes designs and manufactures products including satellite Network Operations Centers (NOCs) and gateways; broadband satellite terminals; and mobile satellite network infrastructure, handhelds and high-speed IP data terminals. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS).


World Telecom Labs is a multi-award winning supplier of mobile network infrastructure. Focussing Small-Cell solutions, VoIP & SMS switches we have an installed base in 30+ countries in Africa.

Products include:

  • Vivada Rural Telephony: LTE /GSM coverage, voice & data for remote sites as extension of existing networks or standalone
  • VivadaView cloud-based billing for voice, data & SMS
  • High density Multi-Service SBC with integral Pre-Paid, IVR & Billing.
  • SMS Hub: High Performance, Cost Effective SMS Hub platform (SMPP & SS7)
  • Bandwidth cost saving: cuts IP bandwidth for VoIP traffic by 70%
  • All products available Server-based or Virtualised for cloud-based operations

Handling billions minutes of per annum in Nigeria alone, WTL provides solutions which are innovative, practical and cost-effective to operators worldwide.

WTL’s Vivada (Village Voice and Data) was specifically developed so that wholesale carriers, operators and ISPs can build low OPEX, low-CAPEX networks for all types of pre and post-paid customers with varying telecoms budgets including GSM for every type of handset; Wifi connectivity for smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs - and connectivity to cybercafés and hotspot call cabins.

Vivada has won many awards which recognise that it is the most commercially viable and sustainable system for building networks in rural Africa.

Last year it was named as the winner in the Best Connectivity Solution for Africa other awards include Best African Project at the annual Global Carrier Awards


WIOCC operates exclusively as a wholesaler, providing international and African telcos, internet service providers (ISPs), OTTs and Content Providers with unrivalled high-speed, resilient and diverse capacity into, within and out of Africa by utilizing more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre and in excess of 40,000km of submarine cable – with landings all around the continent.

Widely recognised as Africa’s carriers’ carrier, offering one-stop-shop, end-to-end service between more than 30 African countries and its international network reach extends to key commercial centers in Europe and worldwide. WIOCC recognises that organisations’ needs differ and tailors its solutions to suit the specific requirements of each client.


Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) is the #1 wireless backhaul specialist. We help operators and other service providers worldwide increase operational efficiency and enhance end customers’ quality of experience with innovative wireless backhaul solutions. Our customers include wireless service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies and utility companies, which use our solutions to deliver 4G, mission-critical multimedia services and other applications at high reliability and speed. Ceragon’s unique multicore technology provides highly reliable, high-capacity 4G wireless backhaul with minimal use of spectrum, power and other resources. It enables increased productivity, as well as simple and quick network modernization. We deliver a range of professional services that ensure efficient network rollout and optimization to achieve the highest value for our customers. Our solutions are deployed by more than 460 service providers, as well as hundreds of private network owners, in more than 130 countries.


Airbus is one of the world’s leading aerospace and defence companies. We deliver operational advantages in a rapidly changing environment thanks to a network of connected smart systems. From military aircraft and unmanned aerial systems to satellites, we’ve been providing tactical and strategic assets as well as services such as cybersecurity, geo-intelligence, and secure communications to governments across the globe for over fifty years.