Kenya-based integrated telecommunications provider, Telkom is this year’s title sponsor at the Connected Kenya Summit, an annual affair that brings over 500 ICT thought leaders and experts in order to shape the future of the industry.
The event is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya from the 22nd to the 24th of October, 2018.
Now in its 10th year, the Summit is a platform that brings together industry players from the Private and Public Sector to exchange ideas on the enabling role of ICT in service delivery.
“Our focus for the 2018 Connected Summit is the Big 4 Agenda,” said Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of ICT.
He was referring to Kenya’s development blueprint, an ambitious initiative backed by the government that aims to spur development and economic growth over the coming years.
“Technology has a significant role to play in delivery of the Big 4 and I look forward to seeing how we can innovate across manufacturing, healthcare, housing and food security,” he added in a recent address issued this September.
Under the theme ‘Preserving Heritage, Pioneering Technology’, this year’s forum will be a celebration of the Summit’s 10 years of existence. It will also serve to profile the gains made in the industry during this period, some of which were as a result of deliberations at past installments of this Summit, helping shape the country’s ICT policies.
“As champions in ICT, we fully acknowledge that we must cut through radical transformation or slowly descend into oblivion and that is why, we’re aggressively laying the foundation to facilitate interconnection of key sectors,” commented Kris Senanu, Managing Director for Telkom’s Enterprise Division.
In partnership with the Kenya government, Telkom now boasts of infrastructure across all of the nation’s 47 Counties, enabling the deployment of public sector services reliant on the telecommunications industry.
Established as a telecommunications operator in April 1999, Telkom is 60% owned by financial services firm, Helios Investment Partners, with the remaining stake held by Kenyans through the Government of Kenya.
Telkom has in the recent past reiterated commitment to innovation in product and service offering, deploying pioneer technologies that impact customers. One such initiative is the partnership with Loon Inc., a sister company to Google, to deploy high altitude Internet balloons that will provide extended 4G coverage to rural and sub-urban areas in Kenya in 2019.
“As we prepare to deliberate on how to further derive value from ICT investments, let us remember that ICT is no longer about infrastructure, but the relationships between the infrastructure, the people and economic value. Our greatest task at this year’s forum is to identify how human habits are modifying to match technology,” concluded Mr. Senanu.