3rd African ITS Conference
Call for papers
6-7 April 2020, School of Economics, Cape Town, South Africa
Deadline for abstract submissions : December 1, 2019
Digital Transformation in Africa
The 3rd African International Telecommunications Society (ITS) Conference will take place at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town on 6-7 April, 2020. The previous two African editions of the conference were hosted in Lusaka (Zambia) in 2018 and Accra (Ghana) in 2016.
The International Telecommunications Society (ITS) is an association of about 400 professionals in the information, communications, and technology sectors. The ITS Conferences provide a forum where academic, private sector, and government communities can meet to identify pressing new problems and issues, share research results, and form new relationships and approaches to address outstanding issues.
The ITS Conference in Cape Town will bring together experts, academicians, policy makers and sector regulators from South Africa and other countries in Africa, and worldwide. During 2-days conference, the participants will discuss a broad range of issues related to investments in telecommunications and Internet infrastructure, competition dynamics and regulation of digital markets, emergence of global information society and many others.
We welcome submissions on a range of topics as outlined below:
Infrastructure investment strategies in both fixed and mobile markets
Consolidation in mobile markets
Digital divides – their changing nature and how they can be overcome
Monopolisation within high-technology markets – e.g., how can markets be defined and monopolisation measured
The socio-economic impact of new technologies – e.g., 5G, IoT, AI, blockchain
Operator strategies – bundling, content and convergence
The impact of OTT on the telecommunications sector
The adoption of ICT in other sectors – manufacturing, transportation etc.
Platforms – their scope, regulation and impact
Encouraging ICT innovation in Africa
Media regulation, antitrust and public policy
Media and political accountability, media bias, diversity and polarization
Submissions addressing any other subject relating to telecommunication systems and markets are also welcome. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome, as are methodologically qualitative and quantitative papers.