Telone is hosting a three day 10th Southern Africa Regional Backhaul and submarine networks meeting at the Rainbow Towers Hotel. The meeting which is being facilitated by Southern African Telecommunications Association (SATA) is running from the 27th to the 29th August 2014.
By Tongai Mwenje
The regional meeting is a high level event that attracts prominent speakers and top representatives from the telecom/ICTs market to share their knowledge and experiences on Backhaul and Submarine Networks.
The minister of Information and Communication Technology, Courier and Postal Services, Honorable Webster Shamu, who is also the Guest of Honour said the meeting came at the right time.
The minister had this to say, “This conference is being held at a time when Zimbabwe has gone into overdrive in its efforts to implement its economic blue print, the ZIMASSET.”
“The government of Zimbabwe identified the ICT sector as one of the major pillars on which the ZIMASSET strategy will be anchored”, the minister said as he emphasized the significance of ICT in economic developments.
Officially opening the meeting, the minister called for other players to join hands and bridge the gap between rural and urban dwellers in terms of internet connectivity.
He also emphasized on the significance of ICT in the development of our member states, “Failure to develop Telecommunications infrastructure will only increase the development gap between our countries and the developed world.”
The Regional Telecommunications/ICT Backhaul and Submarine Networks Meeting is attended by operators, service providers, submarine cable companies, satellite operators, regulators and policy makers just to name a few from Southern Region member states.
The purposes of this meeting are to discuss SADC regional plans, review progress and implementation of interconnectivity between member states and connectivity of the member states to the rest of the world via submarine optical fibre cables.
The Submarine Networks 3 Sessions will focus on opportunities for growth in the submarine networks industry, best business practices, technologies in connectivity, cable protection and optimization, bandwidth demand drivers, updates on new cable projects globally and offshore communications.
Customers will have their price grievances deliberated on and the meeting will come up with the best possible pricing in terms of internet connectivity.
Facilitating the discussion, SATA Secretary General said, “One of the challenges facing the industry is price erosion and customer demand for low cost, high bandwidth service and availability.”
“The participants will have the opportunity to share and build on their experiences, knowledge and latest thinking on reinventing cost structures so as to achieve and maximise profitability”, he said.
The meeting also presents an opportunity for vendors, consulting companies and solutions providers to make known their products, services and solutions.
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