South African State-owned wholesale infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco (BBI) has appointed Gift Zowa as its Acting CEO following the end of term of Andrew Matseke.
In a statement, BBI said Zowa is a seasoned executive with experience in telecommunications, IT, strategic management and business management.
Before the acting CEO role, he held the position of CTO at BBI for ten years, having started his career at Siemens before becoming head of telecommunications at state-owned Sentech.
At Sentech, he was responsible for designing and running the MyWireless data communication product, according to the statement.
Zowa also worked for Nokia Networks, formerly Nokia Siemens Networks, as head of mobile broadband for Africa and the Middle East.
With a BSc honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering and an MBA from the University of Pretoria, Zowa is also a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in the UK, and a registered professional engineer with ECSA.
BBI board chairperson Zandile Kabini said, “We congratulate Mr Zowa on his appointment and wish him success as he leads the company into new frontiers.”
According to media reports, the South African government is in the process of merging BBI and signal distributor Sentech, which will see the state-owned Digital Infrastructure Company established.
The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies noted that this company will have capabilities for backhaul fibre and access infrastructure.
In 2021, it was revealed that a process that would see BBI acquire Sentech was on the table. This is as the government looks to fast-track the process of having one state infrastructure organisation.