William Stucke

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Country: South Africa
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William Stucke is the Councilor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, ICASA. He was born in Kimberley, South Africa, and was educated in RSA, Malaysia and the UK. He worked in London in the telecommunications industry before returning to South Africa in 1984, when he joined the Anglo American / De Beers Group. [1]

He programmed his first computer in 1972, and in 1987 he built his first underground fibre-optic and "leaky feeder" wireless networks. In 1996, he started an ISP, ZAnet and became a pioneer in South African IT. [2]

He has regularly been consulted regarding IT matters; including policy, telecommunications and wireless issues. He is the former chair of AfrISPA, and also of ISOC-ZA, and the former treasurer of ISPA.

He is reknowned for being an agitator and public speaker for telecommunication liberalisation in Africa. He has written a number of papers on the internet industry, peering, deregulation and legislation, and has played an active role in the Telecommunications Symposium, E-commerce Debate and the Convergence Bill processes, which lead to the Telecommunications Amendment Act (2001), the ECT Act (2002), and the ECA (2005), respectively.

William was co-Component Leader of the AfrISPA portion of the CATIA programme, which helped to more than double the number of IXPs and ISPAs in Africa. He has given presentations at a number of local and international conferences and presented at training workshops around Africa.

Career History

  • Hardware Designer, Small Systems Engineering / National Telephone Systems, April 1982 — December 1983.
  • Project Engineer at Western Deep Levels, 1984 - 1987.
  • CI & Engineer, De Beers - Finsch Mine, 1987 - 1990.
  • Project Engineer, De Beers - Premier Mine, 1990 - 1993.
  • Principal C&I Engineer, De Beers Research Laboratory, 1993 - 1998.
  • Chairman, AfrISPA, 1998 - 2001, 2001 - 2010.
  • Managing Director, ZAnet Internet Services, 1996 - 2000.
  • Treasurer, ISPA, 2000 - 2009.
  • Director, QuickStep 691, 2007 - 2009.