Four African execs named in 100 most powerful in global telecoms

Liquid Telecom has announced that its CEO is among only four African executives included in this year’s Global Telecoms Business GTB Power 100, the annual list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. Those listed are senior executives from around the world who the judges feel have the ability to move the industry.

Top of the 2014 list is Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, followed by other senior executives from Facebook, Netflix and Skype alongside executives from telecommunications operators such as AT&T and Verizon, plus heads of equipment companies such as Huawei and Ericsson and handset makers such as Samsung and Apple.

Nic Rudnick, founder and CEO of the Liquid Telecom Group, appears in the list for the third time in 60th position, up from 73rd last year and 96th in 2012. He is one of only four CEOs from companies focused entirely on Africa to appear in the list; Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, is number 62, Sifiso Dabengwa, Group President and CEO of MTN, is number 87 and Shameel Joosub, CEO and Executive Director of Vodacom, is number 91.

Liquid Telecom is based on his conviction that every individual has the right to telecommunication services and the vision of Africa being connected by one independent, open access network. Some years ago he realised that, with the huge investments in the various new sea cables, international capacity wouldn’t be the problem in Africa – bringing the fibre inland into landlocked countries and crossing borders would be far more difficult to achieve.

Rudnick said “Of course it is brilliant to be personally recognised in this way but this achievement would not have been possible without the support of the very talented Liquid Telecom team spread across Africa.  We are an ambitious and innovative organisation, determined to continue improving telecoms in Africa because we believe that every individual has the right to be connected”.

 

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