18th May 2017: Smarter Networks for Africa debated at Future-Sat Africa Summit Nigeria

GVF and Extensia have partnered with the Ministry of Communications Nigeria to host the second annual FutureSat Africa Summit in July. Following the successful conclusion of the inaugural FutureSat Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016, this year’s programme will continue to expose the most important developments in the satellite sector and how convergence with satellite and terrestrial networks is solving Africa’s connectivity agenda.

According to Adrian Hall, COO Extensia “Smarter Networks are the only way for Africa to address connectivity obligations and objectives. Integrated satellite and terrestrial networks are Smarter Networks. Unveiling new opportunities and presenting the latest solutions, to those people delivering services over network infrastructures in Africa, is critical to Africa’s development.”

FutureSat Africa is an initiative conceived by the global satellite industry key players with the intention of bridging the relationship between Satellite and Terrestrial service and technology providers. While the summit showcases developments in the satellite sector, it invites input from the fibre, mobile and wireless industries and brings key stakeholders from across Africa together to reveal the challenges and highlight the opportunities presented when key industry players collaborate for the greater good.

GVF’s Chief of International Programme Development, Martin Jarrold, together with other GVF representatives from its global network of Correspondent Member Offices, will contribute to the development and delivery of the Abuja programme. Mr Jarrold commented, “GVF is delighted to be centrally engaged with the 2nd FutureSat Africa Summit. The programme will reflect key issues on Africa’s satcoms radar, including high throughput satellites and new satellite ecosystems; satellite and terrestrial integration; the efficiency, reliability and security of networks; satellites in the education, healthcare and humanitarian environments; skills and capacity-building; and, policy, regulation and spectrum.”


Within an innovative agenda, attendees will enjoy key note presentations, panel discussions, solution insights, specialised workshops and the development of GVF’s SatAfrica Working Group initiative. With invitations limited to 200 participants, FutureSat Africa will be attended by a small number of global Solution Providers with Policy Makers, Regulators, Service Providers, Major End Users and Broadcasters from across Africa. The high level invitation only programme goes beyond the usual conference agenda and is cleverly designed to optimise solution sourcing and strategy development programmes for attendees. Supported by Extensia’s complimentary solution sourcing ‘Bridge’ Service. Attendees will enjoy a tailored and bespoke experience where their development objectives are aligned with private business meetings and personalised agendas.

For more information visit the website http://extensia-events.com/events/future-sat-africa/ or contact Adrian Hall COO Extensia ah@extensia-ltd.com





GVF is the single and unified voice of the global satellite industry.  Founded in 1997, it brings together organisations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide.  Headquartered in London, GVF is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation with 230+ members from more than 100 countries.  The broad-based membership represents every major world region and every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, consultants, law firms, and users.  Contact martin.jarrold@gvf.org in the UK office, or in the US office please contact david.hartshorn@gvf.org or angie.mar@gvf.org.


*GVF – together with the world’s leading satellite operators, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), and the global humanitarian community represented by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) –  is signatory to the United Nations Crisis Connectivity Charter which formalises terms and protocols designed to accelerate the ability of emergency response teams to access satellite-based communications.




Extensia is an elite group of professionals who have brought skills from multiple industry sectors and championed them together to support the sustainable growth of telecoms and ICT in Africa and we do this by providing information and resources which support key decision makers in making valuable connections and better decisions.


We approach our work as consultants and as trusted advisors to Governments, Regulators, Service providers, Major end users and Technology solution provider companies. We connect people, enable business and provide access to information resources. Through our partnerships and alliances we provide access to finance, consulting and infrastructure solutions. Through our website and high level business summits we provide resources and connections to aid Africa’s connectivity agenda. Contact Adrian Hall, Chief Operating Officer, Extensia ltd. ah@extensia-ltd.com