MTN South Africa has appointed former OpenView HD head Maxwell Nonge as chief digital officer. In the new role, Nonge will be responsible for driving the telecommunications operator’s expansion in the media space, fibre to the home (FTTH), fibre to the business and mobile money.
Nonge, who led the development of the free-to-air satellite OpenView HD platform in South Africa, will take up his new role on 1 September, MTN South Africa CEO Mteto Nyati told TechCentral in an interview on Friday.
Nonge was most recently group chief technology officer at e.tv and eNCA parent company eMedia Investments. He is also a former head of network operations for state-owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech.
At the same time, MTN is moving to improve its fibre broadband offering to consumers by consolidating it into a new business unit.
Nyati said the intention is to be “informed by a clear strategy” in approaching FTTH deployments and sales.
He said MTN asked what it needed to achieve with FTTH. “When answering this question, we realised we needed a separate unit focused on this, with a GM with a dedicated sales force.”
The company has appointed Mamello Selamolela as GM of the new FTTx unit. Selamolela, a former associate at McKinsey & Company, was previously executive assistant to MTN’s group president and CEO.
Ultimately, the FTTx unit will develop its own branding, Nyati said. — © 2016 NewsCentral Media