Uncapped broadband pioneer Rudi Jansen has died

Peon

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This is terrible news. Ai :crying:

RIP Rudi and condolences to his family.
 

AfricanTech

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Goddamn!

Life is too short...

Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues

RIP Rudi
 

Aghori

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Rudi was a somewhat close associate back in the day... He will be sorely missed by me :(
 

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This is really sad news. Rudi was a pioneer in broadband!
He will be sorely missed.
Condolences to his family and friends.
 

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This is incredibly sad news.

I met Rudi on a few I occasions and he was a great guy in every way. He loved his wife, his 5 kids and was passionate about technology and what it could do.

Here’s a story I remember sharing with Rudi that he loved:

It was March 2010.

I got on to a plane in America for the long flight home and we were the Kings of South African Broadband after launching R29/GB ADSL in September the previous year.

18 hours later the plane landed, I put my 1 year old into her pram, switched on my phone and it exploded with texts.

And it immediately began ringing.

It was Bren my best friend and business partner since forever. I was expecting a ‘Welcome home bud, I missed you’ but instead the first words Bren said to me after my cheerful hello was ‘Have you seen what Mweb has done?’

During that flight home we had been toppled as the Kings of Broadband by a legendary masterstroke orchestrated by Rudi.

Rest In Peace Rudi, you were a true legend.
 

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This is incredibly sad news.

I met Rudi on a few I occasions and he was a great guy in every way. He loved his wife, his 5 kids and was passionate about technology and what it could do.

Here’s a story I remember sharing with Rudi that he loved:

It was March 2010.

I got on to a plane in America for the long flight home and we were the Kings of South African Broadband after launching R29/GB ADSL in September the previous year.

18 hours later the plane landed, I put my 1 year old into her pram, switched on my phone and it exploded with texts.

And it immediately began ringing.

It was Bren my best friend and business partner since forever. I was expecting a ‘Welcome home bud, I missed you’ but instead the first words Bren said to me after my cheerful hello was ‘Have you seen what Mweb has done?’

During that flight home we had been toppled as the Kings of Broadband by a legendary masterstroke orchestrated by Rudi.

Rest In Peace Rudi, you were a true legend.
Legendary story.

I was at iBurst and the guys immediately wanted to do wireless uncapped after this.
The data showed that the only period the network would not go TITSUP was between 12 and 8am which we launched and then Vodacom followed it as well.
(When I left and rain started they did go uncapped and killed the spectrum - wireless is not fibre).

But the biggest impact in my opinion was the middle finger to Telkom, Internet Solutions, Vodacom and MTN on peering. That was the kickstart for NAP Africa.
 
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PaulMurkin

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This is incredibly sad news.

I met Rudi on a few I occasions and he was a great guy in every way. He loved his wife, his 5 kids and was passionate about technology and what it could do.

Here’s a story I remember sharing with Rudi that he loved:

It was March 2010.

I got on to a plane in America for the long flight home and we were the Kings of South African Broadband after launching R29/GB ADSL in September the previous year.

18 hours later the plane landed, I put my 1 year old into her pram, switched on my phone and it exploded with texts.

And it immediately began ringing.

It was Bren my best friend and business partner since forever. I was expecting a ‘Welcome home bud, I missed you’ but instead the first words Bren said to me after my cheerful hello was ‘Have you seen what Mweb has done?’

During that flight home we had been toppled as the Kings of Broadband by a legendary masterstroke orchestrated by Rudi.

Rest In Peace Rudi, you were a true legend.
My goeie f*k... back from the dead.... Are you still with Afrihost
 

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This is incredibly sad news.

I met Rudi on a few I occasions and he was a great guy in every way. He loved his wife, his 5 kids and was passionate about technology and what it could do.

Here’s a story I remember sharing with Rudi that he loved:

It was March 2010.

I got on to a plane in America for the long flight home and we were the Kings of South African Broadband after launching R29/GB ADSL in September the previous year.

18 hours later the plane landed, I put my 1 year old into her pram, switched on my phone and it exploded with texts.

And it immediately began ringing.

It was Bren my best friend and business partner since forever. I was expecting a ‘Welcome home bud, I missed you’ but instead the first words Bren said to me after my cheerful hello was ‘Have you seen what Mweb has done?’

During that flight home we had been toppled as the Kings of Broadband by a legendary masterstroke orchestrated by Rudi.

Rest In Peace Rudi, you were a true legend.
Great story. I heard similar tales from other ISP CEOs. One of them told me he sent Rudi a simple text after he launched uncapped - "What the f**k have you done" :)

I met Rudi a few times after he left MWEB, and he used his talents to better his community and help other businesses. He served on school boards, company boards, and invested in businesses.

He was a really awesome guy.
 
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