Upcoming Africa energy events
Over recent years, energy technology development has become increasingly popular across Africa. Renewable energy projects in particular have seen a boost – many African nations have increased investment in solar, wind, and geothermal devices in order to provide energy to urban and rural communities. A current example? Angola is investing in a potential seven hydroelectric projects along its Kwanza River.
The rise in energy innovation has fuelled a rise in conferences and events. During these get-togethers, key players in Africa’s energy industry network, discuss ideas and seal deals. We’ve rounded up some upcoming Africa energy conferences:
Africa Renewable Energy Forum (AREF) – 2-4 November 2016
AREF is being held by EnergyNet, a firm that hosts a range of energy and investment conferences. EnergyNet has partnered with Global Nexus and the Institute of Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) to host the event in Marrakech, Morocco. This is the first AREF conference, and the inaugural event aims to “to benchmark and maintain the outcomes of the Conference of Parties (COP) for AllAfrica.”.
Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid - 6–8 December 2016
This event focuses on project opportunities for mini and off-grid technology providers. Various African energy regulation authorities will speak, as will rural electrification authorities. The event will take place in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, and for entertainment will feature local Tanzanian musicians and artists.
Regional Energy Co-operation Summit – 25-27 January 2017
The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit will take place in Ghana and home in on investor insights on the potential for regional collaboration within West Africa’s power sector. The summit is supported by the Ministry of Power of the Republic of Ghana, GRIDCo, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), and the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) as well as the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA).
Powering Africa Summit - 8-10 March 2017
This event takes place outside Africa, but is notable nonetheless. The Powering Africa Summit has been taking place over the past three years in Washington D.C. The summit aims to engage industry leaders from the US and African public and private sectors to explore how the bankability of power projects can be boosted.
Africa Energy Forum (AEF) - 7–9 June 2017
The 19th AEF will be hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark. It aims to capitalise on the wealth of Scandinavian companies investing into Africa’s power sector. According to AEF, the conference brings 75 percent of Africa’s energy ministries, utilities and regulators to Europe to meet and do business with power investors from around the world.
NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation
NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.
NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks.
“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.
The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.
“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.
“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.
Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.
Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.
“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.
Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:
- Expertise - NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
- Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
- Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
- Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
- Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.
NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA
“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region.
“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services.
“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings.
“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture. We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”
Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.