|Jabulani Vilakazi||no bio received|
(bio received after publication)
I have worked in the Telecommunications Industry for the past 12 years. Seven years in the corporate world with MTN in the early days of GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA and resigned post the launch of the 3G technology.
Passionate about developing technologies and Information access for the underserviced areas. Started an NPO Soweto Wireless User Group (SOWUG) a Non profit organization in Soweto that has built Wireless network Infrastructure in and around Soweto. The infrastructure is used by township start-up entrepreneurs operating as micro WISPS.
Worked with Brightwave technologies a company that deployed over 200 Wi-Fi hostpots in Soweto as a Service Delivery Manager. In 2016 started a WISP Njinjicom Pty Ltd currently servicing 150+ customers.
Served as a Committee member for Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) from 2013 - 2014.
Passionate for Community Networks, currently establishing Wi-Fi hotspots for informal settlements.
Robert Jooste is a senior networking engineer at Workonline Communications and has worked in ICT since 2005. Over the past five years, he has established himself as an avid Internet champion. He is a founding member of the KZN Network Operators Group, and involved in bringing together and supporting regional NOGs across South Africa. He gets a kick out of watching small ISPs grow from a few Mbps to Gigs of traffic, and is committed to helping them every step of the way.
Robert is known for being the go-to guy when sharing issues and looking for solutions to make the Internet better in Africa. And when he's not doing that, he's surfing (in the real world) and spending time with his family.
Sarel Roos started his IT career back in 2001 as an IT Manager for Sappi at the Enstra Mill and progressed to the IT Manager for the Adamas Mill in Port Elizabeth. Sarel spent just under 6 years with Sappi and the IT bug had bitten him forever.
He then moved onto Sanofi as their IS Manager for Sub-Saharan African, a position that gave him international experience. During his time at Sanofi he caught the attention of Huawei and took up a position as Service Delivery Manager on the Telkom Mobile (Previously 8ta) Managed Services Project. Sarel’s career at Huawei progressed fast and he was soon involved in Operational Support Systems and became a Subject Matter Expert for the East and South African divisions of Huawei. Sarel spent just under 2 years with Huawei before he moved onto Integr8 IT working on the MTN IT Outsourced Project. Sarel spent a year and half on the MTN project before he decided he wanted to break away from corporate and rather work with a young nimble start-up where the wealth of knowledge and experience he had gained, could be better applied not only to the business but also to upskilling young engineers and IT Professionals.
Sarel joined Aerocom Broadband Services as one of the Founding Members in 2016. The company expanded rapidly into offering managed VSAT services, VoIP Services and Fibre to the Business services to a vast array of different clients. Aerocom and its subsidiaries now employ 36 staff in 2 offices and has been noted as one of the fastest growing ISPS by a number of large Fibre Network Operators. Aerocom through Sarel’s technical leadership has presence in 4 Teraco’s, has peering agreements with all major peering organisations and has IPT and NLD agreements with all the major players in the South African Market.
Sarel’s wealth of knowledge and vast experience using many technologies, solutions and different vendors means he will be an asset to any organisation.
|Toni Yannick Kalombo|
Toni Kalombo is an open technology advocate and over a period of almost 20 years, Toni has innovated across telecommunications, mining, defense, automotive and financial sectors. In 2019, Toni founded DevBoks, a software
DevBoks is an Afrinic member and LIR (AS328910).
Before DevBoks, Toni worked as a Software Engineering manager at SEACOM. His past employment experience includes MTN, Denel, Blhum Burton Engineering and BMW.
Trevor has over 16 years of experience in the information technology industry and is a highly respected certified Mikrotik Engineer and Trainer. He certified as a Mikrotik Trainer in 2017 in Riga Latvia and at the time was one of only 2 certified Mikrotik Trainers that had completed all eight Mikrotik certifications.