CTO to Push “Broadband for Accelerated Growth” at Kenya’s Commonwealth Broadband Forum


With an aim to provide the much needed push to broadband ecosystem, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) is set to focus on Broadband for Accelerated Growth during its ‘Commonwealth Broadband Forum 2014’ being organized in Nairobi, Kenya during 16-18 July 2014.

This event is the evolution of the Connecting Rural Communities series of events that the CTO ran successfully for seven years. Theme for this year’s event will be ‘Broadband for Accelerated Growth’ and as part this focus, the event will examine aspects of Broadband, not only in terms of developing national Broadband strategies but with an overview of the Commonwealth Broadband strategy and the role of Universal Access Funds.

“As an organization that is dedicated towards encouraging communities towards optimal usage of communications, CTO has been playing a big role in the overall commonwealth geographies and hence this event will surely play a key role in terms of throwing the right amount of light into how countries can move towards broadband implementation and accelerate economic growth,” explains, NK Goyal, President, CMAI Association of India.

Commonwealth Broadband Africa 2014 will give impetus to the future of technology in Africa and examine how Africa’s expanding marketplace will be accelerated further by the technology innovations that drive growth, from the evolution of mobile technologies from 4G and beyond.

This event will create an ideal platform to showcase trends on cloud computing in emerging markets, new satellite and fibre optic cabling technologies; examining the use and influence of broadband applications and the emergence of the tech cities.

Commonwealth Broadband Forum 2014 is set to bring together Regulators, Governments, Operators, Vendors and Universal Service Fund Administrators, revenue managers and will be a platform for gaining knowledge, exchanging views and seeking partnerships.

Key topics that will be discussed as part of this event include:

Determining Africa’s broadband future

Mobile broadband technologies: 4G and LTE

Broadband access and infrastructure aiding development

Designing the digital dividend: Future spectrum allocation

Cloud computing for Emerging markets

Broadband applications Innovation

The rise of the tech cities

Financing broadband in Africa

Strengthening broadband PPP to accelerate investment

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