Strategic Partnership with Government and Telkom Underpins Strategy Key for Achieving National Broadband Penetration by 2020


SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – August 29th, 2013 – Cisco is joining forces with Telkom to support this year's South African Telecommunications Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) 2013, taking place in Stellenbosch from 1-4 September 2013, as a Diamond sponsor. This strategic collaboration forms part of Cisco's on-going commitment to work with Telkom and South Africa's government to achieve universal access to reliable, affordable and secure broadband infrastructure and services by 2020.

As the world increasingly embraces the era of the Internet of Everything (IoE), where the internet has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of everyone, Cisco believes access to broadband has huge potential to catalyze positive change and impact the everyday lives of all South Africans in all areas from healthcare to education, retail, banking, agriculture and transportation.

“As broadband becomes increasingly available, Cisco's goal is to strategically collaborate with the South African government to support the adoption of information technology (IT) to achieve its development goals and prepare future generations to meet contemporary challenges that this new Internet era will bring,” commented Alpheus Mangale, Managing Director for Cisco in South Africa. “The phenomenal opportunities that are expected to be created for businesses and individuals by the Internet of Everything (IoE) will bring together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before—turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity across all market sectors,” Mangale concludes.

“The world is consuming the Internet at an astronomical rate and the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2012-2017) predicts that by 2017 there will be more than 19 billion devices connected to the internet globally and more than 133 million network connections in South Africa facilitated the growth of broadband,” commented Dr Robert Pepper, Vice President Global Technology Policy at Cisco. “Cisco's VNI Forecast also showcases the insatiable demand for bandwidth in South Africa, as well as around the globe, and provides insights on the architectural considerations necessary to deliver on the ever-increasing experiences being delivered. With the Internet of Everything, the intelligent network and the service providers who operate them are more relevant than ever. We're excited to see how, as broadband becomes more accessible, the growth of the Internet will continue to disrupt business models and create opportunities for innovation in South Africa to deliver sustainable economic development and promote digital inclusion,” Pepper concludes.

Senior Cisco executives participating in SATNAC 2013 include:

  • Dr Robert Pepper, Vice President Global Technology Policy at Cisco who leads a team driving Cisco's global agenda for advanced technology policy in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless, security and privacy and ICT development and also working with governments across the globe on developing national digital and broadband strategies.
  • Alpheus Mangale, Managing Director, Cisco South Africa who will be sharing Cisco's strategy for engaging public and private sector partnerships to facilitate the 2020 broadband vision.
  • Craig Zeeman, Director of Service Provider Business, Cisco South Africa who leads Cisco's initiatives working with telecommunications providers to help deliver national broadband penetration.

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