ABOUT US

Innovation through technology

With a global footprint and a skilled workforce, Fastcomm aims to constantly build niche technologies in a disruptive way through defendable intellectual property (IP) that has both need and value in an ever-changing technological world. We value the unique relationship between technology and people, and strive to expertly enable the linking of people, places and things using our customizable technology platforms. Our primary focus is on creating symbiotic relationships between businesses, partners and their customers using these technologies to enhance their journey together, by ensuring meaningful interactions and leveraging the best opportunities. To do this we use a modular approach to add various components together to form a solution. Our solutions are readily available for businesses and their customers. They are scalable and extendable with the ability to handle high volumes of traffic and are suited for all business sizes. Due to this we have successfully empowered numerous businesses globally to solve challenging problems by using our solutions to revolutionise their business practices.

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TIMELINE

How it all began

2002

Fastcomm was founded

Fast Communication Systems (Pty) Ltd is incorporated and its main aim was to be at the forefront of wireless data technology. This was achieved by becoming the first company to roll out a national UMTS network (3G) globally.

2004

Created subsidiary company: Connectnet Broadband Wireless

Their first product was a GPRS modem connection in retail stores connecting stores to banks for Credit Card processing

2005

First product launched

MyWireless Broadband Internet (this was the first wireless internet available in South Africa)

2011

Fastcomm embarks on a new strategy

Pursuing key vertical opportunities help Fastcomm become market leaders in the IoE industry solving problems and changing people’s lives. We rebrand in 2012 in line with our new strategy.

2014

New offices, new product launch!

We relocated our offices to Cape Town, launched ttrumpet (now called Link) an Instant messaging platform that allows consumers to Message, Call and discover a host of lifestyle services. A global platform across 140 countries.

2018

Launch of hi.guru

Launched hi.guru subsidiary company with hi.guru. A product that seamlessly consolidates conversations across different messaging channels and augments the conversations through powerful AI technologies.

Executive team

Frank Kilbourn

Chairman - Fastcomm group

Founder of the Bright Group, focusing on private equity and venture capital. Co-founder of the Bright Foundation. Frank serves on many boards and is currently chairman of Strauss & Co.

Goltz Wessmann

CEO - Fastcomm group

Founding member and Executive Director of Fast Communication Systems (Pty) Ltd, Special. Advisor to the Mandela Cabinet in 1995 – technology in government.

Gerhard Olivier

COO - Fastcomm group

Technology visionary and operational leader. Expert in telecommunication protocols & systems, network management solutions and mobile application development.

Grant Theis

Chief Strategist – Fastcomm group

Thought leader and strategist to the group. Previously held executive positions at UUNET and Sprint.

Olle Frimanson​

CEO - Zaark

Founder and former CEO of Keystream AB. Over 25 years’ experience from system development in the telecom industry of which the last 10 focusing on VoIP solutions.

Ingrid Olivier

CEO - hi.guru

Passionate about improving customer engagement with 15 years+ expertise in solution design, market analysis, measurement and all things customer experience related.

Morne De Bruine

CTO – Fastcomm group

Solution architect and software development head. Development of Enterprise Telecommunication and Mobile solutions; Network Management Design and Implementation.

Oupa Magashula

NEBM - Fastcomm group

Seasoned business executive with over 20 years’ experience in executive positions in both the public and private sector in SA. Oupa currently serves as Exec Chairperson to CZ Electronics.

Strachan
Kotzè

NEBM - Fastcomm group

Founder member of Fast Communication Systems (Pty) Ltd. Legal practitioner and businessman.

Janet Sailer

Company Secretary – Fastcomm group

Janet has been with Fastcomm for 15 years and has over 25 years’ experience in H.R. , Corporate governance and Secretarial management.



Solution architect and software development head. Development of Enterprise Telecommunication and Mobile solutions; Network Management Design and Implementation.

cto - fastcomm group

Morne De Bruine



Seasoned business executive with over 20 years’ experience in executive positions in both the public and private sector in SA. Oupa currently serves as Exec Chairperson to CZ Electronics.

NEBM - Fastcomm group

Oupa Magashula



Founder member of Fast Communication Systems (Pty) Ltd. Legal practitioner and businessman.

NEBM - Fastcomm group

Strachan Kotzè

fastcomm

Team



Founder of the Bright Group, focusing on private equity and venture capital. Co-founder of the Bright Foundation. Frank serves on many boards and is currently chairman of Strauss & Co.

Chairman Fastcomm group

Frank Kilbourn



Founding member and Executive Director of Fast Communication Systems (Pty) Ltd, Special. Advisor to the Mandela Cabinet in 1995 – technology in government.

CEO – Fastcomm group

Goltz Wessmann



Technology visionary and operational leader. Expert in telecommunication protocols & systems, network management solutions and mobile application development.

coo - fastcomm group

Gerhard Olivier



Thought leader and strategist to the group. Previously held senior positions at UUNET and Sprint.

Chief Strategist – Fastcomm group

Grant Theis



Founder and former CEO of Keystream AB. Over 25 years’ experience from system development in the telecom industry of which the last 10 focusing on VoIP solutions.

Chief Executive – Zaark

Olle Frimanson​



Passionate about improving customer engagement with 15 years+ expertise in solution design, market analysis, measurement and all things customer experience related.

Managing Director of hi.guru™

Ingrid Olivier



Janet has been with Fastcomm for 15 years and has over 25 years’ experience in H.R. , Corporate governance and Secretarial management.

Company Secretary – Fastcomm group

Janet Sailer