SATNAC 2018 Conference Will Start On Sunday

"The high-profile business, academic and government representatives attending SATNAC, presentations and discussions about trends and strategic direction in the ICT sector always proves valuable and insightful,”

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A robot hand with red cubes with the text Industry 4.0. 3D Illustration. Alexander Limbach / Shutterstock.com

One of Africa’s most eminent telecommunications conferences, the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), now in its 21st year, will start on Sunday, 2 September 2018 to Wednesday, 5 September 2018.

Themed “The Data Tsunami – Enabled through Software Defined Transformation”, this year’s conference will take place at The Arabella Hotel & Spa in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve near Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

“With telecoms operators, across the world, increasingly moving towards Software Defined Networks, the focus of this year’s conference will definitely prove to be pertinent and appropriate, especially as current and future trends in this space are likely to come under discussion,” said Alphonzo Samuels, Chairman of SATNAC and Openserve CEO.

“SATNAC is a Telkom-hosted industry event that has grown to the point where it now commands international attention, resulting in senior executives from global ICT companies attending the conference either as delegates or speakers,” added Samuels.

Key figures at SATNAC this year include, amongst others, Prof Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Witwatersrand; Sipho Maseko, Group Chief Executive Officer, Telkom SA SOC Ltd; Dr Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Partner, Nokia Bell Labs Consulting and Henrique Vale, Nokia’s Software Business Head for Middle East and Africa.

In addition, Siyabonga Cwele, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services is expected to deliver the opening address at SATNAC 2018.

A panel discussion focussing on “Digitalisation’s impact on economic growth in South Africa” – will be chaired by Dr Brian Armstrong, WBS Chair, University of Witwatersrand and is bound to generate intense interest. The panellists that will engage on this topic include Vernon Thaver, Gartner Executive Partner: Executive Programs Service Delivery; Jaco Dippenaar, Data and Artificial Lead at Microsoft Azure; Rapelang Rabana, Chief Digital Officer at BCX and Shyam Ranchod, Digital Transformation Lead at Deloitte.

“The high-profile business, academic and government representatives attending SATNAC, presentations and discussions about trends and strategic direction in the ICT sector always proves valuable and insightful,” emphasised Samuels.

With SATNAC being born out of Telkom’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) programme, post-graduate students also play a leading role at the conference. “SATNAC provides an ideal platform for post-graduate CoE students to showcase their applied research,” says Samuels.

Business Day TV (BDTV) will broadcast the plenary sessions live between 08h30 and 16h30 on 3 September and between 08h30 and 13h00 on 4 September. BDTV is available on DSTV Channel 412.

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