Cape Town is the official host city to the inaugural ICT Indaba taking place next week, 4 to 7 June 2012, at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

The South African government, in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is hosting the event with the vision of repositioning the country – and the continent at large – as a beacon of ICT excellence and achievement.

The keynote address will be delivered by president Jacob Zuma.

“With the endorsement of the ITU, the ICT Indaba will be a powerful platform for the positioning of the ICT sector, not only in South Africa, but also across the rest of the continent,” says Frost & Sullivan’s head of information and communication technologies unit, Chantel Lindeman. “The programme is focused on bringing together market leaders and industry experts from Africa, as well as from other countries such as India and Brazil, which have faced similar connectivity challenges.”

Frost & Sullivan is one of the event’s sponsors.

Alex Ntoko,hHead of strategy at the ITU, will highlight the developments, and discuss the challenges and constraints of international connectivity, as well as funding and investment in broadband and African infrastructure for telecommunications.

The primary goal of the event will be to optimally and appropriately use technology to increase the performance of six key sectors of African economies, namely trade- business and enterprise, infrastructure, extractive industries, health, education and agri-business.

“The desired outcomes of the Indaba will assist companies in becoming more aware of best practices applied to overcoming challenges within the African region,” says Lindeman.