MyBroadband Conference

Vodaworld, 26 October 2011

Conference Program

Start Who and What?  

08:00 - 08:50


Registration starts at 08:00. Please arrive early and join other delegates for tea and coffee sponsored by Vodacom, and take this opportunity to visit the stands from our sponsors.


09:00 - 09:15

Welcoming Address

Aki Anastasiou from Radio 702 will deliver the welcoming address, but expect some very different from the usual boring speeches at these conferences. You really don't want to be late!


09:15 - 09:40

Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO

Pieter will discuss Vodacom's continued network rollout – a R6 billion project which will not only see higher broadband speeds but also a larger broadband footprint.


09:45 - 10:10

Lars Reichelt, former Cell C CEO

Lars Reichelt led Cell C to become one of South Africa's major broadband players with a new HSPA+ network and aggresive mobile broadband prices. Lars will share his views on SA's broadband environment.


10:10 - 10:35

Andrew Shaw, Broadband Infraco CEO

Broadband Infraco has faced significant challenges since its launch, but with new leadership and a revived energy the company is planning to make good on its promise to make bandwidth more affordable in South Africa. Dr. Andrew Shaw will tell us what the company has planned.


10:40 - 11:30

Broadband Panel: ADSL, HSPA+, LTE, 4G and more

MyBroadband editor Rudolph Muller will chair the panel discussion which will focus on broadband in South Africa, ADSL, broadband products from ISPs with a bit of Local Loop Unbundling and Wireless broadband technologies thrown in.


Telkom Managing Executive Steve Lewis will tell us more about Telkom’s ADSL plans, their speed upgrades, Metro-Net growth and share his views on fibre to the home.


Neotel'sAngus Hay will shed some light on what consumers can expect from Neotel.


Vox Telecom CEO Douglas Reed will share his views on ADSL, ADSL Bonding technologies, local bandwidth developments and Local Loop Unbundling.  Also expect an exciting announcement from Douglas at the event.


Former Web Africa CEO Matthew Tagg will shed some light on ADSL from an ISP’s perspective, and share his views on how South Africa should move forward when it comes to broadband.



Angus Hay








11:30 - 12:45

Lunch, sponsored by Vodacom

Enjoy lunch and drinks sponsored by Vodacom.


12:50 - 13:10

MyBroadband Awards

2011 MyBroadband Awards


13:15 - 13:40

Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, MTN SA CTO

MTN CTO Lambo Kanagaratnam will tell us more about MTN's HSPA and LTE network rollout and what the
company has planned for 2011 and 2012.


13:40 - 14:05

Amith Maharaj, 8ta Managing Executive

8ta has stunned the South African mobile broadband market this year with prices never before seen in the country. Amith will shed some light on the company's plans in the broadband market and tell us more about what to expect from them in future.


14:15 - 14:40

Suveer Ramdhani, SEACOM

SEACOM has evolved from a submarine cable infrastructure provider to a company which provides a range of telecoms offerings in South Africa. Suveer will discuss the latest plans from SEACOM and tell us how they plan to make communications more affordable in Africa.

Suveer Ramdhani

14:45 - 15:25

Telecoms and broadband shootout

MyBroadband journalist Jan Vermeulen will chair the panel discussion which will focus on Local Loop Unbundling, Telecoms Regulation, Naked ADSL, Broadband Pricing, Wireless versus Fixed line and more.


Vodacom’s Jannie van Zyl has excellent knowledge of broadband technologies, and will share his views on the impact of Local Loop Unbundling, whether wireless can really match fixed line connectivity and what 4G really is.


John Holdsworth’s honest opinions and passion about telecoms have already served to drive down interconnect rates in South Africa, and this time around he is focusing his energy on broadband.  Hear what John suggests to boost broadband in the country.


ISPA GM Ant Brooks is a respected telecoms veteran, and he is well positioned to share an objective opinion on naked ADSL, Local Loop Unbundling, broadband regulation and the way forward for broadband and ADSL in South Africa.


Altech Technology Concepts CEO Wayne de Nobrega unveiled a brand new broadband network this year, and will share his views on the local telecoms market, Local Loop Unbundling and their growth in the broadband market.





Ant Brooks



15:30 - 15:40

Closing & drinks

Aki will wrap up events, after which delegates can enjoy drinks sponsored by Vodacom.