Lanre Kolade
Group CEO, CSquared

Speaker Profile

Lanre has been the Group Chief Executive Officer for CSquared since November 2018.

He has over 21 years of experience in the telecommunications industry spanning both Francophone and Anglophone Africa. Before joining CSquared, he was Managing Director of Vodacom Business in Nigeria. He also previously served as Managing Director of Vodacom Business for the West, East, Central, & South-East regions in Africa.

Lanre started his career at SITA, a business solutions company; he then went on to attain leadership roles in telecommunication firms GS Telecom and Gateway Communications.

He is a graduate of Wits Business School, London Business School, and Obafemi Awolowo University, holding a BSc in Electrical Engineering/Telecoms.

Lanre is passionate about Africa and he firmly believes that increased connectivity and digital transformation can have positive knock-on effects on economic development and growth, especially for the motivated and vibrant youth in all parts of the continent.


About CSquared

CSquared is a pan-African broadband provider serving mobile operators, ISPs, and service providers with high quality, high speed, reliable connectivity. It was formed as a joint venture between Google, investment firm Convergence Partners, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Japan-based Mitsui & Co, with the goal to improve and increase connectivity and access to the internet in Sub-Saharan Africa.

CSquared currently operates fibre networks in six cities across Uganda, Ghana, and Liberia, with over 40 mobile operators and internet service providers relying on its infrastructure for serving mobile consumers and corporate customers.

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