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Themba Phiri
Executive Head: Regulatory at CellC


Mr Themba Frank Phiri is currently an Executive Head of Regulatory Affairs at Cell C. Amongst his functions is to oversee the effective functioning of the Regulatory Department, including technical compliance and implementation of regulations in spectrum management, broadband markets, Call Termination Rates modelling, and input in ICT policy making. Developed a dynamic stakeholder relations group wherein interactions with other institutions in government, regulators and competition authorities, as well as industry competitors.

 He served as the Deputy Director-General at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (former Department of Communications) from 2009-2015. During this period, he was responsible for ICT policy development and direction in the telecommunication, broadcasting and postal services and Information Technology in the country. As a functioning Executive served as a member of Executive Committee (EXCO) chaired by the Minister.

In the area of market competition, he developed a policy on transparency pricing to address high cost of data services in order to protect consumers,

Mr Phiri also serve as an advisor to the African Centre of Excellence on Information Ethics (AECIE), based at the University of Pretoria, where he provides guidance and leadership at the centre.

Achievements includes amongst others several policy development and legislative review process, which resulted in the amendments of the following legislations:-

Electronic Communications amendment Act 2014,

Independent Communications Authority of SA Act amendment 2014;

Postbank amendment Act;

South African Post Office amendment Act;

Broadcasting Digital Migration programme; and

Programme for lowering of cost of communication.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: Regulators unlocking 5G innovation


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