The first in the 2017 series of Summits is taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on the 22 February 2017.
Hypenica, the organiser of the Smart Buildings and Infrastructure series of Summits, advises that Vodacom has signed up as the presenting sponsor for 2017. “Vodacom positions itself as the fibre access provider of choice to property developers by providing fibre enabled smart mall platforms, with the aim of improving and optimising their retail proposition and improving the overall consumer experience whilst simultaneously increasing foot traffic. Vodacom is proud to partner with Hypenica in sponsoring the Smart Building & Infrastructure 2017 series of Summits,” says Khaya Ngcakani, Executive Head: FTTX Large-Scale Development, Vodacom.
“This year’s summit theme of ‘Transforming the future of Africa’s infrastructure through smarter planning, design and delivery’ aligns with our fibre deployment proposition for property developers. Vodacom plans to enable the smart transformation of large-scale property developments by providing fibre-enabled solutions which will pave the way for end to end converged telecommunications and enable customer-specific turnkey solutions.”
The Smart Buildings and Infrastructure series of summits is aimed at the building fraternity (architects, developers, engineers, facility managers, government, municipalities, interior designers) and is Africa’s only platform designed for decision-makers and analysts from the public and private sectors responsible for the design, construction and operation of infrastructure assets and or the specification and procurement of major infrastructure assets.
“Some 65% of South Africa’s population already live in urban areas and this number is growing by 1.2% annually. We also know that infrastructure demands in most African cities are expected to almost double by 2030. It is therefore not surprising that smarter approaches to city infrastructure are non-negotiable,” says Daniel Claassen, Programme Director. The Summit will not only showcase new and better ways of working together with project stakeholders, but will equip delegates with tools to improve urban planning and drive sustainability.
“We have structured the Summit in such a way delegates will be given the opportunity to influence discussions, access a large pool of experts who are tackling similar challenges and to learn about new technologies that are suitable for the South African market. There are also some great networking opportunities with key industry stakeholders,” concludes Claassen.
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