He takes over as CEO after Andrew Matseke’s term expires.
Broadband Infraco, a licensed state-owned company wholesale provider of telecommunications backhaul connectivity, has appointed Gift Zowa as acting CEO, effective 16 November.
Gift is a seasoned executive with experience in telecommunications, IT, strategic management, and business management, with a BSc honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering and an MBA from the University of Pretoria.
Prior to becoming acting CEO, he was CTO at Broadband Infraco for 10 years, having begun his career at Siemens before becoming head of telecommunications at state-owned Sentech.
Gift was in charge of designing and running Sentech’s MyWireless data communication product. He also worked as the head of mobile broadband for Africa and the Middle East for Nokia Networks, formerly Nokia Siemens Networks.
He is also a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical Engineers in the UK, and an Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) registered professional engineer.
“We congratulate Mr Zowa on his appointment and wish him success as he leads the company into new frontiers,” says Zandile Kabini, Broadband Infraco’s board chairperson.
Broadband Infraco SOC is a licensed state-owned telecommunications company. It aims to boost market efficiency in the long-distance connectivity segment by expanding available long-distance network infrastructure. It will also provide the means to stimulate private-sector innovation in telecommunications services and content offerings.
Broadband Infraco provides long-distance national and international connectivity to licensed private sector partners, licence-exempt national-importance projects, and previously underserved areas.