Q&A with Vicom's Roger Kane


By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 05 November, 2018


Q&A with Vicom's Roger Kane

In the lead-up to this year’s Comms Connect Melbourne conference and exhibition, we’re continuing to bring you a series of Q&As with speakers and exhibitors… to find out what they will be sharing with the audience at Australasia’s biggest critical communications event.

Today we speak with Roger Kane, Managing Director of Vicom.

Kane has extensive management experience within Australia and Asia in technology-related businesses, including IT, telecommunications and engineering. He has particular experience in distribution and service-related businesses. He’s also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and he holds a BSc (Physics) from Imperial College London and an MBA from Deakin University.

Kane’s Comms Connect presentation, ‘What’s it all about — 5G?’, will start at 11 am on Thursday, 22 November.

Head-and-shoulders portrait image of Roger Kane

Roger Kane, Managing Director of Vicom.

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For those who don’t know, what does your company/organisation do?

Vicom is an independent distributor of test, measurement and monitoring systems. We support the products we sell with applications support, help desk, training, repair and calibration services. We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, with our primary NATA-accredited repair centre being in Melbourne.

What roles and responsibilities do you have?

My primary responsibilities are meeting the expectations of our customers and suppliers, sustainable profitability and building and maintaining a strong team.

What is top of your mind these days, insofar as business- and/or mission-critical communications are concerned?

I am extremely interested in the directions that 5G will take us, how quickly it will become a commercial reality and the impact it will have on our lives and my business.

What information and insights will you be sharing with the Comms Connect audience this year?

Beginning with a brief review of the impact of mobile broadband on public safety, I will be painting a picture of some of the areas in which 5G may impact our personal and business lives and how quickly that may happen.

I will outline some of the key enabling technologies for 5G as a lead-in to the following speakers, who will give a more of compete explanation of some of these technologies.

And what do you hope to learn from the sessions/exhibits at Comms Connect?

I am interested in the presentations on the co-existence of current public safety communications technologies with mobile broadband, and of course I look forward to hearing the latest industry news from customers and colleagues at the exhibition and the ARCIA Gala Dinner.

Don’t miss Comms Connect Melbourne, 20–22 November, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Full program and registration details are available on the event website.

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