The 2014 MyBroadband conference took place at Gallagher Estate on Tuesday 30 September 2014, attracting 2,500 delegates who were entertained and informed by South Africa’s top telecommunications executives.
It was by far the largest MyBroadband conference ever, living up to its promise of being the biggest and best telecoms and broadband event in South Africa.
The event was streamed live thanks to Mindset and Stream it 360, which made it possible for people who could not attend to follow proceedings.
For those who could not attend the event or watch the live stream, here is a pictorial of what happened on the day.
The MyBroadband conference stage is set
The 2014 MyBroadband conference had a bigger stage than previous years, and made use of overlapping projectors for the main display.
Delegates welcomed to the conference
Delegates were welcomed to the 2014 MyBroadband conference by hostesses.
Visiting exhibitions and enjoying refreshments
Delegates took the opportunity to visit the exhibitions hosted by the conference sponsors, enjoy refreshments, and catch up with friends in the expo area.
The 2014 MyBroadband conference kicks off with a video and a look back over the last 10 years.
MC Aki Anastasiou takes the stage
Aki Anastasiou, the master of ceremonies for the day, engaged delegates with an entertaining and interactive speech.
Comedian Kagiso Lediga
Comedian Kagiso Lediga showed why he is one of the top comedians in South Africa with a great set.
Telkom COO Brian Armstrong
Telkom COO Brian Armstrong revealed that Telkom will launch commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced services in December 2014. Armstrong also said that Telkom will get into the content and media game.
Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi
Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi gave a great overview of the broadband and IT market, and revealed that they will cut the price of their fibre broadband services. Joshi also said that their entry-level services will now start at 2Mbps.
Amith Maharaj, Telkom managing executive of networks
Telkom’s managing executive of networks Amith Maharaj discussed the mobile and broadband market, and did a live LTE Advanced demonstration with speeds peaking at 380Mbps.
MyBroadband editor Rudolph Muller was joined by Vodacom head of innovation Jannie van Zyl, Afrihost CEO Gian Visser, and Vox Telecom CEO Jacques du Toit for a discussion about broadband and telecommunications in South Africa.
Lunch is served
2014 MyBroadband awards
The 2014 MyBroadband awards recognised excellence in the South African broadband and IT market. The winners were as follows:
Jannie van Zyl – Honorary award
Jannie van Zyl received an honorary award for his contribution to broadband in South Africa.
Afrihost – Company representative of the year
Afrihost was named the best company representative on MyBroadband for its excellent service in helping people through the MyBroadband forums.
FNB – App of the year
FNB’s mobile app was voted as the best mobile app in South Africa.
Gian Visser – IT person of the year
Afrihost CEO Gian Visser received the IT person of the year award for his contribution to broadband in South Africa.
Telkom – Fixed broadband provider of the year
Telkom won the fixed broadband provider of the year award for excellence in the fixed broadband market.
Telkom – Mobile broadband provider of the year
Telkom also won the mobile broadband provider of the year award for excellence in the mobile broadband market.
Afrihost – ISP of the year
Afrihost won the ISP of the year award after consumers rated its service as the best.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub discussed the changing telecommunications market, and celebrated Vodacom’s 20 year anniversary at the conference.
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos revealed that they plan to legally challenge the new call termination rate regulations announced by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). He also promoted the concept of mutually beneficial relationships between mobile operators and over the top players.
MTN SA CTO Eben Albertyn
MTN SA’s CTO shed light on telecommunications network rollouts and investments, and what he would like to see in South Africa.
MyBroadband journalist Jan Vermeulen was joined by Broadband Infraco CEO Puleng Kwele, DFA CEO Gustav Smit, and SITA CTO Pandelani Munyai to discuss fibre rollouts in South Africa and related matters.
Drinks after the event
Delegates enjoyed cocktails and other drinks after the event, sponsored by Vodacom and Dark Fibre Africa.