Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, Chief Executive Officer at South Africa's converged regulator ICASA, will join a Regulatory Panel at AfricaCom on Tuersday 17th November. The panel discussion, hosted by Internet Society, will examine the role of regulators and governments in boosting connectivity across Africa. Among the topics to be addressed will be the importance of national broadband plans, infrastructure sharing, last mile access, taxation, spectrum, universal service funds and investment. Pakamile joined ICASA as CEO in November 2013. Prior to this, he has held roles in the South African National Defence Force, the Department of Communications, and Vodacom. For more information on the AfricaCom programme, click here.
Topics such as expanding infrastructure sharing to the radio access network (RAN) and opening up the market to open source-based network infrastructure are far more relevant to Africa than 5G, argues Bradley Shaw.