WiFi and OTT to feature extensively at SATNAC 2015

July 29th, 2015, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

SATNAC is the ideal forum for postgraduate students to highlight successes achieved in their research. Last year Samuel van Loggerenberg’s paper on FttH won the prize for the best paper (see EngineerIT October 2015) Graeme Allan, acting managing executive for network infrastructure provisioning, Telkom presented the prize.

SATNAC is the ideal forum for postgraduate students to highlight successes achieved in their research. Last year Samuel van Loggerenberg’s paper on FttH won the prize for the best paper (see EngineerIT October 2015). Graeme Allan, acting managing executive for network infrastructure provisioning at Telkom presented the prize.

WiFi and OTT will be extensively covered in two panel discussions at the 2015 Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) to be held near Hermanus, Western Cape from 7 to 9 September, 2015

SATNAC is hosted under the auspices of Telkom and is the only conference of its kind that puts students, academics and government representatives under the same roof as specialists and leaders from the industry.

“By looking at trends in communications, the growth rate of both fixed and mobile technologies, and infrastructure roll out it is possible to foresee that the next great technological expansion will be in Africa”, said conference chairman Alphonzo Samuels.

“The communications revolution in Africa is at the forefront of innovation mainly because of mobile technologies. Africa has more than 630-million mobile phones and it is forecast that there will be a 20-fold increase in internet traffic, this is more than double the increase forecasted for the rest of the world. Hence our theme for SATNAC 2015: “Africa – the future communications galaxy –  Ke Nako, it’s our time”.

Alan-Knott-Craig Jnr, founder of Project Isizwe: Free WiFi for Africa, will undoubtedly add much of interest to the WiFi panel discussion. He is the main driver of the Tshwane WiFi project. He is joined by Prenesh Padayachee, MD of Telkom Wholesale Services and Hayden Lamberti, MD of Always On, Internet Solutions.

The second panel discussion takes place on day two discussing Over The Top players. (OTT). OTT players are for many telcos a major concern as telcos do not derive benefit for providing the pipe that carries OTT. Discussing the subject will be Rudi Jansen of My Cloud Media, Gillian Ezra, CEO of Simfy Africa and Sharoda Rapeti, a director of Deloitte Research Africa, Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

SATNAC will not be short of government ministers. Invited are the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service, Siyabonga Cwele and the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.

The welcoming address will be delivered by Francis Petersen, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town. There are three keynote addresses on day one, Paul Lee, global director of Deloitte Research, Technology, Media and Telecommunications; Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe, CEO of Zamtel and Sipho Maseko, Group CEO of Telkom SA.

SATNAC has proved to be an excellent networking platform for the ICT industry and prides itself on being an ideal forum for postgraduate students to highlight successes achieved in their research. The student presentations start in the afternoon of day two and continue the next morning, with 72 full student papers and twelve papers covering work in progress will be presented. At the end of the first day plenary there will be a poster session where 27 students will show their work.

“I encourage leaders in industry to attend the student presentations to acquaint themselves with the large pool of talent South Africa has who will become the future drivers of engineering and development in the country,” said Samuels.

During SATNAC 2015 a Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Telkom, Cisco and Aria Technologies to further expand the Telkom Centre of Excellence at University of the Western Cape.

The plenary sessions will the televised on Business Day TV on DSTV channel 412.

Visit www.satnac.org.za

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