Telecom & Defence Expert

Jacob Mohlamme

Jacob holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering “High Frequency Communications” obtained at the Tshwane University of Technology in 1995, a Diploma in Executive Management course offered by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) obtained in 2005 and a Management Diploma with Henley Business School in UK obtained in 2012.

Experience & Activities

Jacob has over 25 years’ experience in the software and hardware development, technology, ICT sector and Defence Sector. He started his career at Siemens Telecommunications (Sietel) in July 1995. In 2000 he moved to Siemens Germany as a product manager for the 1st Commercial Software release of UMTS (today known as 3G). Jacob came back to South Africa in 2004 as a divisional manager to deploy the first 3G network on the Vodacom South Africa network and many other African countries.

In 2007 he moved to Egypt to head NOKIA’s MAGHREB region Radio technical sales team. In this role Jacob was extensively exposed to the North African Arab countries and established valuable relationships in this region. In this role he also had to advice and consult to network operators about new 3GPP standards and upcoming planned releases to enable them to make decisions on their network evolution.

In 2010 before the Egypt Spring Revolution he returned to South African to head the Value-Added Reseller program for Nokia in Africa. This role offered Jacob more exposure to East and West Africa in addition. In 2012 he co-founded North Park Telecoms and occupied the role as Managing Director.

In 2015 North Park Telecoms under the leadership of Jacob was selected to be part of Radar & Electronic Warfare Transformative Enterprise Development (REWTED) Program.

REWTED program is part of the drive by the South African Department of Defense (DoD) to ​  transform the domestic defense sector supply chain by creating a diverse base of Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMME) able to deliver on highly competitive ICT complex military systems or sub-systems for the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and the international defense market. In 2020 North Park Telecoms successfully built a communications jammer system (ComJam)s demonstrator.

Jacob is currently a board member of South African Aerospace Maritime Defence Industries Association (AMD) since 2019, board member of the Defence Sector Charter Council (DSCC) since 2021 and a committee member of Tshwane University of Technology the Academic Advisory Sub-Committee for Telecommunication Engineering. He is also an active member of the ICT SMME chamber chairing the end to-end network sub-committee.