Reshaad Sha, CEO SqwidNet.
In this video interview, CEO of SqwidNet, Reshaad Sha discusses how Sqwidnet has evolved since its launch at AfricaCom 2016. Additionally, Reshaad Sha also discusses potential expansion plans for the company, within other African countries, as well as the challenges that come with these expansions.
Reshaad Sha is entrusted with building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with International IoT giant Sigfox. He also currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at DFA where he is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Product Innovation and long-term business planning. Reshaad is a strategist by nature who challenges the conventional approach of achieving success both personally and professionally.
In his role at SqwidNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of DFA, Reshaad will roll out a nationwide open access IoT network to provide a connectivity platform that will enable industries across South Africa to participate in the digitisation shift that is upon us. As the exclusive partner of Sigfox, SqwidNet will deploy and operate Sigfox’s network nationwide and distribute the IoT connectivity services and solutions to its partner channels, thus addressing the need of a cost-efficient nationwide IoT network in South Africa.
Reshaad has held various director-level positions primarily in the telecommunications industry, which afforded him the opportunity to work closely with many leading telecommunications operators in the USA, South Africa, across the Middle-East and Africa, Russia, Turkey, and South East Asia. He has fulfilled various executive roles which included Managing Director of a wholesale voice termination company headquartered in Singapore and Director of Strategy at Cisco where he advised governments and telecommunications operators across the emerging markets. Prior to Cisco, Reshaad worked at Lifetree as Managing Director for the Middle-East, Africa, and Indian Ocean Islands and as Telco Services Director at Protek and LogicaCMG that have all played major roles in the telecommunications OSS and BSS environments across the Middle East and Africa.
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