Mobile 360 – West Africa 2018, brought together over 300 attendees from 18 Western and Central African countries to connect and network with high-level decision-makers from the mobile ecosystem, regulatory bodies, and governments from across the ECOWAS region. The two-day event included the first ECOWAS Annual Regional Conference, a keynote conference, and workshops from GSMA Mobile for Development, Mastercard, Intelsat, and more. The conference keynotes’ theme centred on a provocative question: Who will lead the digital revolution: the people or the technology?
Session topics included:
- Empowering the Consumer through Mobile
- Mobile in Action
- Is Policy Supporting the Integration of Technology into Society Enough?
- Future Demands
ECOWAS Annual Conference
The first day included the first ECOWAS Annual Conference. The event brought attendees from all ECOWAS member states with the aim of creating an enabling environment for development and promotion of a digital economy in the sub-region. GSMA presented the Capacity Building course introductions on Competition Policy and Extending Mobile Rural Coverage as well as its interim report on “Investment, Innovation, and Digital Inclusion”. ECOWAS presented its 2018-2023 Strategy for the Creation of a Common Digital Market as well as case studies from two Member States demonstrating promotion of innovation and developments in the digital economy.
Mastercard presented a workshop entitled ‘How is Mobile Technology Shaping a Digitally Inclusive Africa’ and brought Mobile Network Operators, regulators and other industry players.
GSMA Connected Society hosted a programme called ‘Accelerating Coverage Deployment and Mobile Broadband Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa – Tools & Solution’. The session introduced three tools to support both industry and governments in accelerating mobile coverage and adoption: mapping the unserved, regulatory & policy enablers, and mobile internet skills training toolkit.
Intelsat hosted a workshop around ‘Connecting Africa’ which focused on the regional market, trends, and innovations affecting the telecom landscape, and Intelsat EpicNG satellite communications solutions.