Douglas Reed is joint CEO at Vox Telecom. He is innovative and entrepreneurial, and he strongly believes in - and is suited to - creating wealth rather than competing for it. Contact him on tel: +27 (0)87 809 1541 or .
Douglas Reed is joint CEO of Vox Telecom. He is innovative and entrepreneurial, and he strongly believes in - and is suited to - creating wealth rather than competing for it. At the age of 38 Douglas switched industries from hardware to IT.
After a stint on a North Sea oil rig at the age of 22, he took over Sandton City Hardware, which was followed by numerous start-ups, including a career as managing director of Mica Distributors and, later, as a board member of the Mica Hardware group. He was then approached by Control Instruments to turn DataPro into an Internet Service Provider (ISP). 13 years on, he has seen DataPro, now part of the Vox Telecom Group, grow into a leading ISP and the Group's turnover increase from R1.2m thirteen years ago to a multi-billion Rand business today.
[Douglas Reed] There is little ADSL or 3G access in rural areas. Farms and lodges for example have no communications or are battling with dialup or EDGE services, which are next to useless, and their businesses are suffering as a result. There is research suggesting that safari lodges could increase their occupancies by 50% if they could offer their foreign guests quality internet access.