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ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 Attendance
Exhibitors 191 from 37 countries, including 6 pavilions
VIPs 308 VIPs including Ministers, Regulators and Directors-General and 120 CEOs
Total Forum Participants
Including speakers
(not including VIPs and Press)
and participants in the TDS & Youth Forum
Accredited media 280 representing 26 countries
Total participants 6706
Event Fact Sheet

At a glance...

What: ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008: an extensive Exhibition and high-class Forum
Where: Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre (CICC), Cairo, Egypt
When: 12-15 May 2008 / Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Who: A full span of ICT stakeholders from the region and beyond
Why: Further the growth of the ICT Industry in Africa


The exhibition covers over 7000sqm of net floor space, showcasing proven solutions and promising prospects from the African region and around the world. Participants include well established and leading providers as well as exciting industry newcomers who bring to AFRICA products and services that encompass a broad span of the ICT industry. Expect operators, regulators, manufacturers, ISPs, infrastructure and software providers, as well as banking, finance and other supportive sectors crucial to the industry.

The largest individual stands include: Alcatel-Lucent; Alkan CIT; Arabsat; Energya Telecom Solutions; Ericsson; ERTU; Etisalat; Huawei Technologies; KT; Telecom Egypt; ZTE.
National Pavilions include those of China, Egypt, Korea and Nigeria.


The theme for this year’s event is ICTs in Africa: A Continent on the Move. The Forum brings together key stakeholders from a mix of related domains. Policy makers, regulators, operators, service and product providers, and other leading thinkers come together under an agenda of reviewing the wealth of opportunities that the region presents, as well as the challenges. The primary Forum for ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 contemplates 120 speakers from 38 countries and 9 international organizations.

About ITU TELECOM Events

ITU TELECOM AFRICA is one of a global portfolio of ITU TELECOM events, held in each of the key regions of the world as a platform for government and industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and progress in technology for the benefit of all. Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), these events feature a combined exhibition and associated Forum where policy-makers, innovators and leading figures of the industry examine key policy and development issues, discuss strategies for development and chart the future of telecommunication. ITU's unique position as an inclusive international organization whose membership include government and regulators as well as private sector, enables it to bring together the global communications community for the ITU TELECOM events.


ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 is the 7th regional event to be hosted on the Africa continent and the 3rd event to be held in Cairo.
Previous AFRICA events are as listed:

Events Dates Location Theme
AFRICA 2004 4 to 8 May Cairo, Egypt Access Africa
AFRICA 2001 12 to 16 November Johannesburg, South Africa Bridging the Digital Divide
AFRICA 1998 4 to 9 May Johannesburg, South Africa African Renaissance and Strategies for Sustainable Development

25 to 29 April

Cairo, Egypt Integrating Africa
Regionally and Globally:
A Challenge for Telecommunications and Development
AFRICA 1990 3 to 9 December Harare, Zimbabwe Mobilizing Resources for Development
AFRICA 1986 16 to 23 September Nairobi, Kenya Bridging the Missing Link