MTN SA announces new CTO

MTN South Africa today announced the appointment of Lambo Kanagaratnam as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective from December 2010.

January 17, 2011
MTN SA announces new CTO

He was previously the CTO of MTN Irancell, a position he held since April 2009, and has been in the employ of MTN in various positions and operations since April 1999.

“We are happy to welcome Lambo Kanagaratnam back to our South African operation. He has enjoyed a long and successful career within the Group and we are looking forward to his technological expertise and input in an area that is crucial to our ongoing growth and success within the local market,” says Karel Pienaar, managing director of MTN SA.

“Our network is the backbone of our business. Ensuring its seamless quality to deliver excellent service to our customers, and continuing our roll-out plans to connect all South Africans are pivotal to the continued growth and success of MTN. I am confident that Lambo will pick up the reins of his predecessor, Sameer Dave, and continue to drive a world-class network across all areas of our business.”

During his time at MTN Irancell, Kanagaratnam was responsible for the consolidation of managed services across the network, improving the network quality and expanding the network by more than 2000 sites to accommodate the operation’s 60% network traffic growth and 40% subscriber growth.

From June 2008, he was general manager: MTN Group Network Technology with a focus on formulating the network technology and supporting all MTN operations across the Group. In January 2006, Kanagaratnam was seconded to MTN Irancell as part of the start-up team.

As GM: Network Planning, he was integral to the commercial launch of the network in just seven months and oversaw the expansion of the network to include 250 cities and 6,5 million subscribers within a 15-month period.

Prior to that, Kanagaratnam was seconded to the MTN Uganda operation in January 2005 to head up the Network Planning division, which rolled out the Wimax network to 22 cities and launched the GPRS/Edge network commercially.

When he first joined MTN SA in April 1999, he held a number of positions within the Radio Planning division of the Network Group, including senior manager: Radio Network Optimisation.  Kanagaratnam began his career at Eskom in various junior engineering roles and worked for the utility from January 1996 till March 1999.

Kanagaratnam graduated from Wits University with a BSc Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Cum Laude) in 1995, and completed his MSc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Cum Laude) in 2000.

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