The 2011 MyBroadband conference took place at Vodacom World on 26 October, attracting well over 1,000 delegates and speakers from all the major broadband players in South Africa.
The event, with Vodacom as the main sponsor, was free to all delegates thanks to the sponsorships from MTN, Broadband Infraco, Miro, Esquire and DrayTek, Nology, Telkom, Teraco, Otel, Sintrex and EvenFlox and Vox Telecom.
Many people also streamed the event live thanks to Mindset Network and Let’s Talk Network (LTN).
Speakers at the seventh annual MyBroadband conference included Radio 702′s Aki Anastasiou (MC), Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys, former Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt, acting Broadband Infraco CEO Andrew Shaw, SEACOM’s Suveer Ramdhani, 8ta head Amith Maharaj and MTN SA CTO Lambo Kanagaratnam.
The following pictorial gives a quick overview of proceedings at the 2011 MyBroadband Conference.
Delegates were welcomed by a few beautiful girls which collected business cards for prizes well over R50,000 in value.
The conference kicked off with a short video which to highlight some of the biggest developments in the broadband market in 2011.
Master of ceremonies Aki Anastasiou was once again masterful in setting the scene for the MyBroadband conference.
Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys shed some light on Vodacom’s network and broadband plans in a question and answer session.
Former Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt, who also won the MyBroadband person of the year award, discussed the urgent need to connect all South Africans to the Internet.
Broadband Infraco’s acting CEO Andrew Shaw told delegates that they can expect cool things from his company going forward, and that they will become a major player in the telecoms market.
The broadband panel discussion, chaired by Rudolph Muller, was well received, with the participation of high level panellists: Vox Telecom CEO Douglas Reed, Neotel’s Angus Hay, Telkom’s Steve Lewis and former Web Africa CEO Matthew Tagg.
Lunch, sponsored by Vodacom, was tasty as usual.
Telkom and 8ta scooped three of the five MyBroadband awards this year. Afrihost won ISP of the year while Lars Reichelt was named the person of the year.
MTN SA CTO Kanagaratnam Lamboratham shared his view of the South African broadband market with delegates.
SEACOM’s Suveer Ramdhani told delegates that the company is evolving and is providing a far wider range of services than when it launched two years ago.
The telecoms and broadband shootout panel, chaired by MyBroadband journalist Jan Vermeulen, was particularly well received with lively discussions from former ECN CEO John Holdsworth, Vodacom’s Jannie van Zyl, ISPA’s Ant Brooks and ATC CEO Wayne de Nobrega.
After the event delegates enjoyed drinks sponsored by Vodacom.