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Standard Bank predicts growth in telecom, media and tech sectors

CAPE TOWN, South Africa–The global head of TMT at Standard Bank is predicting continuing deal flow and increasing investment in Africa’s flourishing telecom, media and technology sector in 2018.

Speaking ahead of the TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018 conference, Nina Triantis, Global Head of TMT at Standard Bank, said there were investment and financing opportunities for the right companies in Africa, with disruption, innovation and consolidation likely to be the major deal drivers in the sector over the year ahead.

“Investment and M&A in TMT is still especially active in Africa, despite some various economic challenges still facing select countries. Investment in technology is driving applications and innovation across the continent and across sectors,” she said. While economic and currency issues have dampened investor appetite in countries such as Nigeria over the past 12-24 months, conditions are now improving and stabilising, according to Triantis, which is leading to an increasing appetite from investors looking at the region,” she added.

Standard Bank is one of the key sponsors of TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018, with Triantis and Goolam Ballim, Standard Bank’s Chief Economist and Head of Research, among the headline speakers at the event, which is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa on March 15.

“Telecom operators are consolidating and the race to provide new broadband and wireless infrastructure is intensifying, which is resulting in increased need for capital and a lively deal flow,” Triantis commented. “The debt and equity markets are both supportive for the right companies, and we expect to see several IPOs and M&A transactions in 2018,” she added.

Over 70 speakers will join the event, including companies such as: MTN, Econet Wireless, Vodacom, Millicom, BCX, MainOne, Convergence Partners, SEACOM, Intelsat, Liquid Telecom, Teraco, Uber, Safaricom, Letshego, Wananchi Telecom, Rand Merchant Bank, Michael Jordaan, iROKO, Citi, MallforAfrica, Ethos Private Equity, Investec Asset Management, Primedia, Econet Media, Ringier Africa, Nedbank Capital, Credit Suisse, WIOCC, WorldRemit, Kwese Sports, Kana TV, IFC World Bank and Absa Capital.