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Neotel rolls out the big guns

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As it ramps up operations and builds out its networks to takes its offerings to market, Neotel has made a number of executive appointments. 

The new team members are Fani Zulu, executive head of external affairs; Stefano Mattiello, executive head of enterprise sales; and Siphiwe Ndwalaza, executive head of human resources.
Fani Zulu has served as Eskom's spokesperson for a number of years, and previously worked in senior positions at SARS and the Department of Public Enterprises.
Stefano Mattiello has held senior executive positions at Motorola and Sun Microsystems and brings his experience in growing and managing the enterprise customer base.
Siphiwe Ndwalaza was previously HR head at Sentech.
Ajay Pandey, MD of Neotel, says: "Attracting these exceptionally experienced executives is a huge coup for Neotel as we scale our organisation. We launched 14 months ago, and already have a fibre backbone and distribution network stretching almost 12 000km, linking South Africa¹s major centres to each other and the world with the latest generation telecoms technology.
"We're growing our network very quickly to be able to offer South African businesses and individuals a real ­ and better ­ alternative to our current incumbent national operator."
The company launched its international wholesale services in August last year, along with NeoLink, a flexible national leased line product that is already being used by a number of large enterprise customers including the State IT Agency (SITA) and Internet Solutions (IS).
Neotel is also currently undertaking pilot services for its converged wireless Internet and voice solutions in certain areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria. These services will be introduced commercially after the pilot services have been concluded.