Region: Africa

SES iDAFRICA20 - The Webinar Series

9 - 13 November 2020

Every year, we look forward to connecting with our global partners at SES Industry Days Africa (iDAfrica) and sharing our vision for the future that we are building together. Given the unprecedented circumstances around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of iDAfrica20.

In order to stay connected with our community we have developed a webinar series in conjunction with Africa Tech Festival commencing November 9th, 2020. The series will be run in separate sessions: two panel discussions on November 10th, industry updates and discussions at our virtual booth from November 9th – 13th, each including a live Q&A.


Content and consumption: where are African viewers to be found?

Tuesday 10 November
12:30 CAT (followed by Live Q&A)

  • Exploring how and where African viewers are watching
  • How does consumption change depending on viewing platform?
  • Creating content that works for different environments 
  • How to measure the impact and success of multi-platform content


  • Clint Brown - Vice President, Sales and Market Development, SES Video Africa, SES
  • Amman Fissehazion - Chairman at Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters & CEO, EBS TV
  • Valentine Gaudin - Muteba - Managing Director Southern Africa & Regional Director Anglophone Africa, TRACE
  • Abdulai Awudu - General Manager, Multimedia Group (MultiTV & Adom Brands), Multimedia Group Lt

Moderator: Clare Kandola, Founder and CEO, The Vidya Collective

Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G

Tuesday 10 November
14:30 CAT (followed by Live Q&A)

  • Expectations for the 5G SA standards and when will it become a mainstream technology?
  • The role of Open Networks technologies in 5G: market appetite, expectations, timelines and requirements
  • Building technologies for specific use cases; Does one size fit all and what options are economically viable for telcos
  • AI + 5G: Innovative applications and vision
  • Deployment models and new services from commercial standalone and new core
  • Dynamic spectrum sharing to achieve faster coverage
  • The role and collaboration with hyperscalers for 5G
  • Relieving network congestion and realising low latency edge computing


  • Imran Malik, VP, Global Sales Fixed Data, SES Networks, SES
  • Sigal Barda, VP Product, Head of 5G Portfolio, Ribbon
  • Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom South Africa
  • Schalk Visser, CTO, Cell C

Moderator: Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia

Virtual Booth Sessions

Automated webinars with Q&A

Extending Networks Anywhere Forum:
11 November, 11:00 CAT: Co-Creating Cloud Solutions in Space - Sergy Mummert
11 November, 15:30 CAT: Redrawing the Boundaries of Enterprise Services - Karl Horne
12 November, 14:00 CAT: Accelerating the Deployment of 5G - Alexander Geurtz

Automated interviews with Q&A

10 November, 11:00 CAT: Evolution of iDAfrica and SES business in Africa - Thomas Wrede
10 November, 15:30 CAT: Managed Mobile Backhaul - Shira Levine
11 November, 10:00 CAT: Next generation single channels, case study: Ethiosat - Abdikadir Awabdi
11 November, 14:00 CAT: Satellite Monitor: A tool for shaping the future of your broadcast business - Theodore Asampong
12 November, 11:00 CAT: Content Monetisation: Make your content work smarter - Daniel Kiessling
13 November, 11:00 CAT: SES 360 - Bringing Operational Ease to Your Business - Doron Bentov

View iDAFRICA19 highlights

Event support contact

Oyoenisai Andrew-Essien
[email protected]