SA tech’s biggest triumph of 2012

A panel of South African experts have named Long Term Evolution (LTE), ICASA dropping voice interconnect fees, and surviving the recession as the greatest triumphs in SA tech for 2012.

To find out what the biggest triumph for the South African technology industry was in 2012, we asked some of South Africa’s most informed people for their insights. The panel included:

  • Rudolph Muller, founder and editor of MyBroadband
  • Gareth Vorster, editor of BusinessTech
  • Arthur Goldstuck, MD of research firm World Wide Worx and editor of Gadget.co.za
  • Toby Shapshak, editor of Stuff, former columnist for the Times, and presenter of Tech on Tap

Panellists weren’t restricted to a set list to choose from and could name any development in technology and telecommunications that they thought qualified.

Jannie van Zyl runs an LTE speed test
Jannie van Zyl runs an LTE speed test

Muller said that mobile operators launching LTE despite the lack of spectrum was the greatest triumph of the year.

Vorster concurred, adding that it will be interesting to see the pricing models for LTE in 2013. “Hopefully another war will start between the various operators,” Vorster said.

According to Goldstuck, the best news of the year was the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) successfully bringing the voice interconnect fee down to 56c and implementing asynchronous interconnect for smaller operators.

Shapshak said that the biggest triumph in the South African tech space was “surviving the Great Recession.”

Special mentions were also given to G-Connect for its in-flight Wi-Fi launch in 2012, as well as the iTunes Store finally launching in South Africa.

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