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.