The 2012 MyBroadband Conference took place at Vodacom World on Wednesday 10 October, bringing together the biggest names in the South African telecommunications industry.
The event attracted a record attendance of 1,600 delegates from across the country, who included CEOs and CTOs from the largest ICT companies in SA.
The high profile speakers at the event did not disappoint: the first commercial LTE service in South Africa was launched by Vodacom; 8ta demonstrated their new LTE offering; and DFA announced a new, more affordable long-distance fibre service.
The exhibition area showcased new services and products from the top telecoms and IT providers in South Africa.
The following photos should give people who could not attend the 2012 MyBroadband Conference an overview of the event.
The MyBroadband conference was held at Vodacom World, with four main areas: The Vodadome as the primary conference area; the Talk 100 and Talk 200 auditoriums as overflow venues; and the Talk 500 as an exhibition area.
The master of ceremonies for the conference was 702’s Aki Anastasiou, who opened the event with an entertaining speech.
MyBroadband’s Rudolph Muller discussed developments in the South African telecoms and broadband market over the last 12 months.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub discussed Vodacom’s continued network growth and upgrades, the company’s data strategy, and changes in the mobile industry.
The 2012 MyBroadband awards were handed out at the conference, which were based on votes from 20,000 South African broadband users.
Former Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys received an honorary award for his big contribution to mobile broadband in South Africa.
Former MWEB CEO Rudi Jansen received an honorary award for making affordable broadband a reality in South Africa.
Telkom’s 10Mbps ADSL service won the award for the best fixed line broadband service of the year (Steve Lewis accepting the award).
Cell C won the best award for the mobile service of the year (award accepted by Karin Fourie and Jose Dos Santos).
Jan Vermeulen launched the Greatsignal app from Lucidview, providing an overview of mobile phone coverage in South Africa.
8ta head Amith Maharaj discussed the operator’s LTE plans, and showed a live demo with peak speeds of around 80Mbps.
DFA CEO Gustav Smit shared his view on South Africa’s fibre infrastructure, and launched their new shaped fibre offering.
Afrihost CEO Gian Visser discussed the ISPs’ move from Internet Solutions to MTN, and what he wants to see in the ADSL market.
Delegates enjoyed drinks after a long day.