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1 HOSTED BY THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Bridging the Digital Divide

2 Its mission is to ensure the global spread of efficient telecommunication services 189 Member States More than 600 private sector members, including all major telcos and equipment vendors The International Telecommunication Union

3 ITU T ELECOM ITU T ELECOM World event every 4 years Two ITU T ELECOM Regional events each year, rotating to cover all world regions Combination of Exhibition and Forum showcases ground-breaking products and top-level speakers The single most important gathering of the international telecoms community, ensuring consistently high quality of participants

4 ITU T ELECOM Regional Events ITU T ELECOM Regional events continue to grow in strength, with more than 17,000 visitors to ITU T ELECOM A MERICAS 2000 A unique, privileged opportunity to meet with influential members of government and the telecoms community from throughout the region

5 ITU T ELECOM A FRICA 2001 Fifth regional event for Africa Region Johannesburg, 12 to 16 November 2001 Hosted by the Govt. of Republic of South Africa Organized by the ITU

6 ITU T ELECOM A FRICA 2001 Bridging the Digital Divide The next step in the African Renaissance Building on success of A FRICA T ELECOM 98

7 The Venue – The Gallagher Estate m 2 of gross indoor space (18000 m 2 net) Full range of catering and AV services Exceptionally well-equipped exhibition halls Situated midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria Excellent conference facilities with capacity for 8000 delegates ITU T ELECOM A FRICA 2001

8 May 1998, Johannesburg Held at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela Opened by Nelson Mandela Closed by Thabo Mbeki A FRICA T ELECOM 98

9 Brought together Africas Leaders Building the African Renaissance First major ITU event in a free South Africa

10 A FRICA T ELECOM Exhibitors 16,567 m 2 of net exhibition space 16,800 trade visitors from 88 countries

11 A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Exhibitor Profile Communications Mobile/Satellite Infrastructure Networking Information/IT Broadcasting Other 55% 16% 9% 10% 4% 16%

12 A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Visitor Profile Communications Mobile/Satellite Finance/ Banking 56% 7% 11% 3% Information /IT Infrastructure 3%

13 A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Country where Exhibitor is Located

14 51 Ministers 181 Delegates from Administrations 36 Directors-General 24 Ambassadors 183 CEOs A FRICA T ELECOM 98

15 1,092 Forum Participants, including speakers 101 countries represented at the Forum – record at an ITU regional event 295 Forum Speakers 251 accredited media on-site

16 A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Main Reasons for attending A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Trade Visitors

17 A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Main Reasons for attending A FRICA T ELECOM 98 Forum Delegates

18 Africa needs investment – but represents an excellent investment opportunity USAs new position concerning trade tariffs etc. should benefit Africa A FRICA

19 Fixed Line Subscribers beginning 2000 Africa represents 1 in 8 of the Worlds Population. World They have access to 1 in 50 of the worlds fixed lines WORLD POPULATION Africa 12,8% FIXED LINES Africa 2% World

20 Africa represents 1 in 8 of the Worlds Population. They have access to 1 in 60 of the worlds mobile phones WORLD POPULATION Africa 12,8% World MOBILE CELLULAR Africa 1,5% Mobile Cellular Subscribers beginning 2000 World

21 Personal Computers beginning 2000 They have access to 1 in 70 of the worlds personal computers WORLD POPULATION Africa 12,8% PERSONAL COMPUTER Africa 1,5% Africa represents 1 in 8 of the Worlds Population. World

22 Internet Users beginning 2000 They have access to 1 in 100 of the worlds internet connections WORLD POPULATION Africa 12,8% INTERNET USERS Africa 1% Africa represents 1 in 8 of the Worlds Population. World

23 Room for optimism however: A FRICA Mobile subscribers already exceed fixed-line subscribers in a number of African countries Internet uptake is extremely encouraging Technology leapfrogging is a real possibility here Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Africa Regulatory framework is improving across the continent

24 Event aims to: ITU T ELECOM A FRICA 2001 Reinforce the message – Bridging the Digital Divide Promote knowledge transfer Promote smart partnership Build on success of A FRICA T ELECOM 98

25 Products and Technologies on Display will include : Exhibition at ITU T ELECOM A FRICA 2001 Multimedia & Digital TV Optical Networking Broadband Wireless Access Internet Mobile Cellular Satellite Communications

26 Expecting Top-level Speakers from all Telecoms Sectors : Forum at ITU T ELECOM A FRICA 2001 Carriers and Service Providers Equipment Manufacturers Software Developers Regulators Government Ministers Leading Analysts

27 Services for Exhibitors Event manual – comprehensive event guide, available online, to assist exhibitors Stand design – shell scheme solutions available through venue Logistics and Services Event Services – official partners for technical support, freight handling, on-site staff, travel and accomodation

28 Publicity Services for Exhibitors Dedicated and extensive event press service On-site advertising in official publications ad media services (show daily, TELECOM TV, billboards) Sponsorship opportunities Public relations activities Access to private meeting and hospitality rooms

29 Participating at ITU T ELECOM A FRICA Swiss francs / m 2 indoor, 280 Swiss francs / m 2 outdoor Open to all sectors of the infocommunication industry Participation independently or as part of national pavilion Indoor and outdoor exhibition space available Applications deadline 31 st March, 2001

30 Publicize the event What you can do to help Encourage wide participation Support the event at a local, national and regional level

31 Join us in Johannesburg From 12 to 16 November 2001

32 HOSTED BY THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Bridging the Digital Divide


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