Christopher Geerdts has helped businesses to boost profits in Wi-Fi, fibre and other tech deployments. He has published on public Wi-Fi and FTTx as an associate of BMI-TechKnowledge and also of Research ICT Africa (University of Cape Town) and has a passion for seeking profitable models to bridge the digital divide.
Christopher was part of the team which drove the first TV White Spaces trial and helped Google to draft the proposed regulations for ICASA. He has undertaken numerous due-diligence exercises for industry investments in fibre and wireless, from small rural deals to large listed company transactions.
After starting one of South Africa’s first ISPs, and undertaking wireless school connectivity research 21 years ago, Christopher went on to launch all the major data bearers (GPRS to 3G) during his 10 years in MTN senior management and has worked across Africa, including for Huawei and Multisource. Although awarded class medal for his MBA, his greatest learnings came from living and volunteering in a remote village, from interacting with the member companies when he chaired WAPA (Wireless Access Providers Association) and from starting and growing four successful companies over time.