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13 February 2014

Mr Alphonzo Samuels appointed as Telkom CTO

Telkom today announced the appointment of industry veteran Mr Alphonzo Samuels as Chief Technology Officer, taking the Company one step closer to completing its new top leadership structure. Mr Samuels’ appointment is with immediate effect.

Says Telkom Group CEO, Mr Sipho Maseko, “Since November last year, Telkom has been appointing the industry’s best into top leadership positions including most recently the appointments of Len De Villiers, Enzo Scarcella and Ian Russell to lead the IT, Marketing and Procurement functions respectively.


“I am pleased to announce that this process has gained further momentum with the appointment of Alphonzo Samuels as Chief Technology Officer.”

Mr Samuels joined Telkom in January 1984. During his 30 year tenure he has held positions in the Infrastructure, Planning and Engineering environments. More recently he has been taking care of the Wholesale and Networks organisation as Acting Managing Director. His experience in both the Wholesale division at Telkom as well as the Network Infrastructure division makes him the ideal candidate for the position.

“In his new role as CTO, Alphonzo will continue the push to build an invincible network that is capable of meeting our rigorous high-speed broadband ambitions. He will assume responsibility for both the fixed and mobile networks.

“He will also work closely with our Transformation Office to ensure the implementation of the functional separation of our Wholesale and Retail divisions,” explains Mr Maseko.

“Key to his portfolio is strengthening our wholesale services to ensure we play a decisive role in furthering South Africa’s social and economic transformation.


“Alphonzo will focus on delivering Telkom’s next generation network aspirations and leading the transformation towards an all-IP network,” says Mr Maseko.

Says Mr Samuels, “This is an exciting time for Telkom and I am pleased to join the ranks of those tasked to turn the Company around. The evolution of Telkom’s network holds great promise as we gear up to deliver on South Africa’s growing technology demands.”

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Telkom is a leading communications services provider in South Africa. We had consolidated operating revenue of R16.8 billion and normalised profit after tax of R1, 683 million for the period ended 30 September 2015. Total assets amounted to R41.9 billion and equity attributable to the owners of Telkom to R23.5 billion as of 30 September 2015. The group generated normalised free cash flow of R1.4 billion for the period ended 30 September 2015.

As of 30 September 2015, we had approximately 3.3 million telephone access lines in service and 1,030,441 ports connected via MSAN access. We offer business, residential and payphone customers a wide range of services and products, including:

  • fixed-line retail voice services using PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) lines, including ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) lines, and the sale of subscription based value-added voice services and calling plans;
  • fixed-line customer premises equipment rental and sales services both voice and data needs and these include PABX, Computers, Routers, Modems, Telephone handsets and other ancillary equipment;
  • interconnection services, including terminating and transiting traffic from South African mobile operators, as well as from international operators and transiting traffic from mobile to international destinations;
  • fixed-line data services, including domestic and international data transmission services, such as point-to-point leased lines, ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) services, packet-based services, managed data networking services and internet access and related information technology services;
  • Data Centre Operations includes e-commerce, application service provider, hosting, data storage, e-mail and security services;
  • W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), a 3G next generation network, including fixed voice services, data services and nomadic voice services;
  • mobile communication services, including voice services, data services and handset sales through our mobile navbar-brand called Telkom Mobile;
  •  information and communication services including cloud services, infrastructure services, workspace services, global service integration management and hardware and network equipment sales locally, in seven African countries, the UK and Dubai through Business Connexion Group; and
  • other services including directory services, through Trudon (Pty) Ltd, wireless data services, through Swiftnet (Pty) Ltd.

Convergence is one of our key strategic initiatives in building a sustainable future for Telkom.  We will lead the provision of converged services in South Africa in support of our mission statement: Seamlessly connecting people to a better life.