The Southern Africa Telecommunication Network and Application Conference (SATNAC) 2014 was held recently (31 August to 3 September 2014) in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is an annual event hosted under the auspices of Telkom and attracts in excess of 400 delegates.
Some of the topics that were covered at SATNAC 2014 include:
Telkom says well-placed to further SA’s broadband aims
As telecommunications group Telkom continued the turnaround that raised its share price from R11 a few years ago to the current R55 a share, the previously beleaguered group aimed to play a significant role in the provision of broadband to all South Africans.
Speaking at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Network and Applications Conference (Satnac), in Port Elizabeth, on Monday (1 Sept. 2014), CEO Sipho Maseko said broadband had “transformed” lives, with business having a critical role to play.
Fibre a key aspect of Telkom’s turnaround
Fibre has emerged as a key aspect of telecommunications group Telkom’s turnaround and its ambitions of becoming “a clear broadband leader”.
Speaking at the Southern Africa Telecommunications Networks and Applications Conference, in Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday (2 Sept. 2014), Telkom COO Dr Brian Armstrong explained that the company’s broadband strategy was not a one-size-fits-all, but that the deployment of fibre would assist in future-proofing capabilities.
Education a driver of broadband uptake
Access to the Internet was fundamental to educating South Africa’s uneducated, unemployed and rural citizens, a panel of speakers at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Network and Application Conference (Satnac), held in Port Elizabeth, agreed on Tuesday (2 Sept. 2014).
SA behind other African countries in broadband access
Despite being Africa’s economic powerhouse, South Africa has fallen behind in terms of the number of people per 100 that have access to fixed and mobile broadband, Saab Grintek Technologies CTO Suraj Ramlall said on Tuesday (2 Sept. 2014).
Innovation follows recessions – Internet Solutions MD
Some of the best innovations worldwide had been conceptualised and delivered during or immediately following a recessionary period, Internet Solutions MD Saki Missaikos said on Tuesday (2 Sept. 2014).
Speaking at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference, in Port Elizabeth, he explained that despite South Africa – and the rest of world – experiencing a period of economic downturn, now was not the time to cut back on resources, especially research and development.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital revolution already under way
Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital revolution was not set to get under way – it had already started, Ericsson VP for strategy, marketing and communication Tumi Sekhukhune told delegates at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Network and Application Conference (Satnac), in Port Elizabeth, this week.
The rapidly changing social and technological dynamic in information and communication technology (ICT), as well as the ever-increasing availability of low-cost devices, would drive the increase in subscription numbers in the region.