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Speakers

(Breakaway Sessions)

Ted de Boer

Ted de Boer, originally from the Netherlands, completed his bachelors’ degree in Psychology and Labour at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. He joined MiRO Distribution in 2016 and is now heading up their Carrier Wireless division as a Product Manager for various vendors such as Siklu, SIAE, NEC, RADWIN, IgniteNet, Teltonika and Rajant.

Elmo Labuschagne

With an abundance of high energy, quick thinking and a keen interest in wireless technology, Elmo Labuschangne joined MiRO Distribution as the new Ubiquiti Product Manager. Elmo has vowed to use his years of international experience and great passion for brand awareness to develop the Ubiquiti brand. He thrives on connecting brands with solutions through various communication channels and world-class training.

Ryan Dunford

Ryan Dunford has worked in the communication industry for several years, specialising in fibre and VoIP solutions. As a Product Manager at MiRO Distribution, he is passionate about contributing to the advancement of the ITC industry in South Africa and embodies MiRO’s vision to connect the unconnected.

Charl Ducray

Charl Ducray consistently strives to combine his technological knowledge with a human centric approach as a means of understanding the needs of the South African WISP market. As the product manager for  industry players such as Cambium Networks and TP-Link, Charl aims  to provide the best possible wireless and networking solutions.

Christiaan Kotze

Christiaan Kotze has worked in the ITC industry for 12 years, gaining experience in technical solutions planning and support. Christiaan’s passion for information technology can be traced back to when he began his career with MiRO Distribution as a Sales Team Leader, gaining unparalleled experience in the ITC space, while also establishing himself as MiRO’s Technical Services Manager. In addition to his primary job functions, Christiaan has been recognized by MiRO for his extraordinary technical sales and leadership characteristics.

Nick Ehrke

Nick Ehrke joined RADWIN in February 2013 and is currently the Country Manager for South Africa. Prior to joining RADWIN, Nick spend 7 years at Dell in various roles, including managing Dell’s Global Business in Africa. Nick has over 25 years’ experience in various sales and business development roles within the ICT industry. An avid cyclist & foodie, Nick is married to Lindsey who have a very busy 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl.

Rudi Strydom

Rudi Strydom studied and completed various professional qualifications and qualified in electronic engineering, computer programming and also has several networking qualifications. He loves working with people, solving business problems, providing strategic direction, driving the bottom line, whilst inspiring individuals to be the best humans they can be. “Life is short – take action and always keep moving forward, be better daily than the previous day, have a heart, live, laugh, play, be authentic, be human!

Justin Colyn

Justin is a veteran in the ICT service provider industry in South Africa with a passion for commercial, product and sales roles fulfilled successfully over his career.  His entrepreneurial approach and non-negotiable customer experience philosophy in all he does has seen him build both go-to-market strategies and teams for medium and large organisations as well as a few of his own start-up businesses over the years.  Justin joined Comsol 3 years ago to incubate Comsol’s Low Power Wide Area Network IoT initiative and loved the “wireless” business so much that he now looks after Comsol’s commercial and sales functions across all lines of business.

Abraham van der Merwe

Abraham has co-founded and managed several successful companies in both telecommunications and electronic manufacturing industries. This includes Frogfoot, Amobia Communications, Teraco Data Environments, Riberry Communications, and 4D Technology. Abraham is a highly skilled entrepreneur with more than 19 years’ experience in the telecoms industry and a unique blend of strong vision, technical ingenuity and salesmanship.

Speakers

(Conference)

Paul Inglesby

Paul Inglesby is a BSc and MSc Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Cape Town (UCT), ECSA Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng) since 1979, and a senior member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

Paul was Telkom South Africa optical fibre, cables and systems technical specialist and technology standards strategist actively participating and contributing at ETSI and ITU-T technology standards meetings. He was also an Executive Board member of the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA), an alliance of some 25 fixed and mobile global telecommunications operators (telcos) actively participating at board, plenary and technical working group level. He is one of the authors of the FMCA Road to Full Convergence thought leadership paper (TLP) and worked on a a number of innovative Telkom / Vodacom FMC projects.

Since 2010, Paul has worked as an independent telecoms-ICT consultant offering strategic advisory professional services covering techno-economic analysis on which technologies to invest in, when, and how.

Title of presentation: 3GPP and ITU 5G standards activities update

Presentation overview: The role of 3GPP / ITU. The impact of 3GPP 5G / ITU IMT2020 and beyond. Current 3GPP 5G / ITU IMT2020 priorities in radio, systems and core network groups. Future outlook and conclusions.

Elizabeth Migwalla

Elizabeth Migwalla is the Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs (Middle East and Africa) for Qualcomm International Incorporated (Qualcomm). In this role, which she has held for twelve years, Elizabeth interfaces directly with key government ministries, regulatory authorities as well as regional and international regulatory forums, in order to drive the adoption of advanced broadband wireless technologies and service on the continent.

With a distinguished career in various aspects of telecommunications engineering, operations, services and policy spanning more than 31 years, she has built a reputation as one of Africa’s leading experts on communications policy through her many accomplishments during this period.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Elizabeth served The Boeing Company as its Regional Director for Regulatory Affairs for four years; and also performed a similar role for ICO Global Communications for a period of five years.

Elizabeth holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and an MBA from Bond University in Australia.

Peter Turvey

Peter Turvey joined RADWIN in 2008 with the mandate to introduce RADWIN into the African market. Over the past 11 years he has overseen the business and is presently the General Manager for Middle East, Southern and East Africa. Peter held local and international management positions within the IT and Telecoms sectors spanning 35 years, prior to joining RADWIN.

Nick Ehrke

Nick Ehrke joined RADWIN in February 2013 and is currently the Country Manager for South Africa. Prior to joining RADWIN, Nick spend 7 years at Dell in various roles, including managing Dell’s Global Business in Africa. Nick has over 25 years’ experience in various sales and business development roles within the ICT industry. An avid cyclist & foodie, Nick is married to Lindsey who have a very busy 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl.

Dr. Albert Lysko

Dr. Albert Lysko is an engineer, researcher and innovator. His background is in radio physics and he specialises in wireless communications and has worked in both industry and academia in Europe and Africa. While at CSIR, his leading experimental research in television white spaces (TVWS) enabled providing the Internet to over 20 000 users in two African countries, setting up the South African national TVWS regulation and contributing to TVWS regulations in other African countries and USA. He has authored three patents, a book, two book chapters, over 70 research papers, over 24 popular

Gidi Raz

Gidi Raz has been VP Sales Africa & West Europe for the sale of Telrad’s fixed wireless LTE-based solutions to Telcos, ISPs and private networks in these regions, since January 2015. Prior to this position, he held various senior managerial positions in sales, business development, and marketing at Scopus, later acquired by Harmonic, as well as product managerial positions at Comverse.

Paul Colmer

Paul Colmer is currently an Executive Committee Member of WAPA (Wireless Access Providers Association) where he is project lead for WAPA in the USTDA TV White Space trial.

With a passion for all things ICT and telecommunications, he currently consults and offers training for ISPs WISPs and Telcos for network design, connectivity and creating working business cases. He believes in innovative thinking on new technologies and delivering into the market place in 4IR.

Justin Colyn

Justin is a veteran in the ICT service provider industry in South Africa with a passion for commercial, product and sales roles fulfilled successfully over his career.  His entrepreneurial approach and non-negotiable customer experience philosophy in all he does has seen him build both go-to-market strategies and teams for medium and large organisations as well as a few of his own start-up businesses over the years.  Justin joined Comsol 3 years ago to incubate Comsol’s Low Power Wide Area Network IoT initiative and loved the “wireless” business so much that he now looks after Comsol’s commercial and sales functions across all lines of business.

Walter Brown

Walter Brown graduated as an electrical engineer at London’s South Bank University in 1968, and registered as a Chartered Electrical Engineer in May 1976. His ICT engineering experience ranges from the design and manufacture of consumer electronic products; design, construction and management of integrated national and private telecommunications networks; ICT policy and regulatory formulation and development; and tender preparations and bids for privatizing African telecommunications companies. His employers included consumer electronics manufacturers, national public and private ICT service providers, the UN International Telecommunication Union, SADC, USA-based Iridium LLC, academia, and various ICT industry associations and forums.

Alex Vishnyakov

Alex Vishnyakov started his career as a network engineer in 2003. He got several Cisco, Juniper and Linux professional certifications and became Mikrotik Certified Trainer. In 2009 he founded a company that provides IP brokerage services to Internet providers in Europe. From 2016 Alex runs his second company – Splynx billing software platform that helps over 400 ISPs all around the world to manage their network and optimize business.

During last 10 years he is in touch with Internet and Voice providers from different countries – Czech Republic, Spain, UK, South Africa, Australia. During presentation Alex will bring examples of competition and development of European ISP markets.

Dr. Luzango Mfupe

Dr. Luzango Mfupe is a Principal Researcher and innovator at the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a Doctorate in Telecommunications. His main research interests include but are not limited to: design and architectures of futuristic fixed and mobile wireless network ecosystems such as 5G and beyond, intelligent radio access technologies, flexible spectrum resource management schemes using innovative techniques such as Dynamic Spectrum Access and Machine Learning, contributions to the formulation of radio regulations and policy schemes. Dr Mfupe is a senior member of IEEE and Vice-chairman of IEEE DySPAN-SC 1900.6. Luzango is a pioneer and technical leader of the Geo-location Spectrum Databases (GLSDs) development initiatives at the CSIR serving South Africa and other countries.

Lesley Colmer

30 years of consulting and industry experience. Education: MBA Emerging Economies. Areas of expertise:

  • Business Strategy and transformation
  • Programme leadership
  • Business Start up and Entrepreneurship
  • Credit and Risk Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Paul Rowney

Paul Rowney is social entrepreneur with over 35 years’ experience in the ICT sector.  Paul’s work experience includes a decade with the United Nations and over 25 years in the private sector.

In his personal capacity Paul is a founding director of the MyDigitalBridge foundation, an Namibian not for profit organisation that implemented Africa’s largest TV White Space trial in 2014, advisory council member to the Alliance 4 Affordable Internet (www.a4ai.org), board member of the Africa ICT Alliance (www.aficata.africa), and member of the United Nations Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance.

In his professional capacity, Paul is the Africa technical lead for Adaptrum, where Adaptrum is a founding member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) and at the forefront of TV White Space technology.  As technical lead, Paul is responsible for first line technical support, spectrum and network planning, as well as partner training and support.

Trainers

Kgotso Kobo

Kgotso Kobo is an accomplished trainer with a proven track record of empowering customers through fundamental training in Wireless, Wi-Fi, VoIP and IP Surveillance, he is also MiRO’s in-house Grandstream Expert Trainer. Kgotso’s is one of the highest ranked trainers due to his extraordinary ability to make training relatable and enjoyable. Kgotso holds internationally recognised certifications from MiRO’s top vendors such as Ubiquiti, Cambium, LigoWave, Grandstream, IgniteNet and many more.

Hannes Willemse

Hannes Willemse has been a part of the MiRO training team for the past 6 years and is at the forefront of MiRO’s Certified MikroTik training and holds international recognition as a certified MikroTik trainer.  Hannes has built the MikroTik training to one of MiRO’s most sought after certified training courses, with over 279 students trained and an average student pass rate of 71%.

Johan Koekemoer

Johan Koekemoer joined the MiRO training team in 2015 and has dynamically changed the direction of the training team. Johan has a passion for developing new training material ranging from fundamental training to higher level technical training that will assist MiRO clients to plan, implement and maintain successful networks, both wireless and Fibre.  Johan holds internationally recognised certifications from top vendors such as Ubiquiti and Cambium and has also co-developed the BDCOM GPON and EPON Certified training.

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