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4th CMI/GTUC International Conference on ICT Connectivity and Services in Africa

Time and location

November, 27th – 28th 2017, Accra, Ghana


About the conference

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have touched deeply into all aspects of human life. ICT provision is not just about connectivity and services, beyond that it is considered as a technology driver and enabler to boost sustainability, quality of life and welfare. ICTs has brought tremendous changes into Africa and facilitate to expand production, reduce the poverty and inequalities, and improve well-being, but there is room and need for further development. 

Africa is the second most populous region of the world with over 1 billion inhabitants.  Though there has been tremendous growth rates for mobile communications, and some fiber optic cables being laid, market penetration rates for fixed telephony, mobile communications and broadband internet remain relatively low. As most African economies are growing, the consumer base is still expanding, and consequently there are enormous opportunities for the internet, mobile and media sub-sectors.

Real digital opportunities for deployment and utilization in areas such as e-learning, e-health and e-governance, etc. are present potentials for higher literacy, more healthy, and well informed societies.

The conference examines the trends and issues in ICT development and how they may be transformed into the growth of society and economy; how a company may exploit ICT-based business models to sustain itself and generate revenue; or how a government may design policies/regulations to enhance the development of ICT to promote the development of society and economy.

The conference will bring together representatives from industry, government and academia. The idea is to benefit from input from speakers and participants from Africa as well as Europe and elsewhere to discuss the status and trends, innovations and challenges of providing ubiquitous ICT connectivity and services for development especially in rural Africa.  

The conference is organized in cooperation with between Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies (CMI) at Aalborg University in Denmark and Ghana Technology University College (GTUC). CMI and GTUC have established close education and research collaboration offering masters and doctoral programs within the field of ICT.

Who Should Attend

Faculty, Teachers, Researchers, Policy makers  and Regulators, Health practitioners, Business professionals, ICT practitioners, Instructional designers, Media specialists and producers, Distance learning directors, Technology & Service providers.

Participation fees

  1. Students - 50$
  2. Local Participants - 100$
  3. International Participants - 200$

Topics addressed will include – but are not limited to - the following

  • Development of broadband 
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Spectrum issues, 
  • Rural connectivity
  • Telecommunications policies and Regulatory challenges
  • Zero rating and net neutrality
  • Infrastructure sharing
  • Security and Privacy – technological, application, policy and organizational issues
  • IoT - technologies and applications
  • Cloud infrastructures
  • ICT usage
  • Digital divides and Universal Service
  • Copyright and patent 
  • ICT business models
  • Development of media infrastructures including future of TV and radio
  • OTT
  • ICT as enabling technologies; smart cities, smart traffic, smart administration, smart grid, etc.
  • IPv6

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstracts: October 1, 2017.
Notification of Acceptance: October 10, 2017.
Deadline for Full Papers: November 15, 2017.
 
Note: Selected papers will be published in a special edition of Nordic- and Baltic Journal of ICT.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

PROF. KNUD ERIK SKOUBY SKOUBY@CMI.AAU.DK
DR. OSEI K. DARKWA ODARKWA@GTUC.EDU.GH
ASSOC. PROF. REZA TADAYONI REZA@CMI.AAU.DK

DR. EZER BOATENG  EZER@GTUC.EDU.GH
PHD FELLOW JOSEPH WIREKO JKW@CMI.AAU.DK
PHD FELLOW ALEXANDER OSEI-OWUSU AO@CMI.AAU.DK
PHD FELLOW DO MANH THAI JKW@CMI.AAU.DK

Please submit the abstracts and full papers to cmi@cmi.aau.dk