Telecom entrepreneur. Empowering communities. Author & book lover.

ALAN Knott-Craig

Hi I'm Alan,

An entrepreneur, author, and founder of fibertime™, a company that bridges the digital divide by bringing pay-as-you-go fiber internet to townships.Originally from Pretoria, I began studying at Nelson Mandela University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte.My entrepreneurial journey started in 2003 when I founded Cellfind, one of South Africa’s first mobile location-based service providers, and I served as CEO until 2005.

Connecting the next 3 billion

In 2006, I was appointed CEO of iBurst, which established one of South Africa’s largest wireless broadband networks. In 2010, I founded and became CEO of World of Avatar, where I acquired Mxit, Africa’s largest social network. I’ve dedicated my career to connecting people and communities online.

In 2013, I started Project Isizwe, an NGO bringing free public WiFi to townships. By 2014, I had founded HeroTel, which became South Africa’s largest rural broadband provider, before selling it in 2022 to launch Fibertime™ and its pay-as-you-go township fiber model.

I have founded or co-founded 21 companies, including Cellfind, iFind34600, Toodu, The Daily Maverick, Pondering Panda, Inqaku, and Namola. I have also published ten books, including a national bestseller, Don’t Panic, and a global history of telecommunications.

In 2009, the World Economic Forum named me a Young Global Leader. I have also been included in the “100 Choiseul Africa” in 2014, 2015, and 2016, nominated by ITWeb as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year and by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top eleven entrepreneurs changing the African landscape.

I’ve authored several viral articles, including Reasons for Optimism (2019), arguing that the future of South Africa is bright and Entrepreneurs will save the World.

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