By Karen Heydenrych

I attended my first #MyBroadband Conference today – and I was totally blown away by the experience. From the world-class audio-visual technology at Gallagher Estate, to popular MC Aki Anastasiou – the conference certainly delivered.

All the major South African Telco players were represented on stage or in the exhibition hall.

Some of the key takeouts and trends coming out of the conference included:

  • “Fibre technology is the future.”
  • Companies like Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and AfriHost are investing heavily in broadband to ensure that South Africans can benefit in the long term.
  • VOD (Video on Demand) is the future of entertainment in the home with the launch of ShowMax, MTN’s FrontRow and more. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub also mentioned that Vodacom will launch its own VOD service.
  • Fibre to the home and higher-speed to Internet will benefit consumers and businesses alike.
  • Telcos need to work together to reduce the cost of fibre infrastructure.
  • Without ultra-broadband, South Africa will be held back in terms of economic growth/ GDP.
  • Consolidation in this market is critical to ensure the delivery of high-speed Internet/ broadband services.
  • Data costs are set to come down in the future (we’re all hoping).
  • Voice costs may disappear.
  • Fibre throughout the suburbs is happening due to high demand, but not rolling out fast enough.
  • Hurdles to ultra-broadband remain the spectrum and regulatory issues.
Thanks to @MyBroadband for an excellent event! I’ll be back next year! (And…BTW, I do have Fibre connectivity at home. The best thing since Android) 🙂

View the photos taken at the conference.

MC, Aki Anastasiou takes a “Group Selfie” with a Selfie-Stick. (Pic from @AkiAnastasiou’s Twitter feed)

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2 thoughts

  1. Great feedback, thanks Karen for the update. Wish I had been there, fibre is my only hope at the moment for my home office. We live in an area where Telkom have not invested adequately even to support the ADSL infrastructure – as a result bandwidth is highly congested and you can only do the basic things like web browsing between 8am and 11pm.

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