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Dec 12, 2014
JSE-listed Blue Label on Friday said it had terminated talks with the undisclosed company that had made a nonbinding expression of interest to acquire all the issued shares in the telecommunications group in October. Blue Label, which retracted its cautionary, stated...
Dec 12, 2014
MATT BARKER Wireless networks should enable users to engage and must provide relevant information to them based on their activity and location
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...
Dec 12, 2014
The converged CTR microwave router integrates legacy time-division multiplexing, Ethernet and Internet protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network layers to enable cellular base stations to be multi-function hubs for delivery of new services, says...
Dec 12, 2014
SKA South Africa (SAK SA), the agency responsible for the country’s KAT-7 and MeerKAT radio telescope arrays in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape and for the South African contribution to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, has...
Dec 12, 2014
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ALASTAIR DE WET Small businesses can potentially work together with software companies to buy and use products legally
Engineering software specialist company Autodesk has implemented special prices, including rental options, to make its widely used engineering design and manufacturing software programs available to small business in Africa. The most significant reason why companies...
Dec 10, 2014
Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms have ended the drawn-out arbitration proceedings and litigation between their respective subsidiaries after withdrawing their claims and counter claims. The parties agreed to settle their disputes on the basis that all claims and...
Dec 09, 2014
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi
To ensure that set-top-box (STB) subsidies are adequately distributed to qualifying needy persons who own televisions, the Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) on Tuesday announced that it had extended the public comment deadline on its...
Dec 09, 2014
South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C has completed its intensive Radio Access Network (RAN) upgrade project in Gauteng and will be introducing similar projects in other metro regions countrywide to drive stability, quality and modernisation of the...
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Dec 05, 2014
PAUL PHILLIPS Nutanix’s solutions enable companies to remove their reliance on specific hardware and enable its IT functions to operate across a virtualised infrastructure
Web-scale hyper-converged infrastructure company Nutanix is entering African markets, owing to the significant potential of its solutions to provide companies and governments with unified and scalable information technology (IT) infrastructure. Nutanix’s integration...
Dec 02, 2014
SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the agency responsible for the country’s KAT-7 and MeerKAT radio telescope arrays in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape and for the South African contribution to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, has...
Nov 28, 2014
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Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele was considering extending the consultation and comment process for its information and communication technology policy review following requests from industry stakeholders, he told delegates at a South...
Nov 28, 2014
EMAN LIU With growing demand form employees to use their own choice of devices in the workplace, businesses adapt their processes and networks to accommodate mobile technology
The local information and communication technology (ICT) industry is experiencing dynamic growth, as well as a multitude of significant changes to address trends such as bring your own device and cloud computing.
Nov 28, 2014
The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) appointed Babalwa Buwa-Magongwa as its new CFO earlier this month.
Nov 28, 2014
PETER SONDERGAARD Digital businesses will have lower margins than those of current business models and will rely on volume, scalable cost structures and agility
The communications connections that are emerging between people, business and objects will change the way businesses operate, says technology research and analysis firm Gartner senior VP and global research head Peter Sondergaard. This change will impact on all...
Nov 27, 2014
Following a difficult year of extensive losses and subsequent restructuring, AltX-listed Ansys reversed the downward trend during the first half of 2014 and, with a buoyant order book and optimistic market outlook, the company expected to move back into the black by...
Nov 26, 2014
The Somalia Stock Exchange expects seven companies in the telecoms, financial services and transport sectors to list their shares when the bourse is set up in 2015, its founder said. Somalia's economy is slowly recovering from more than two decades of conflict,...
Nov 26, 2014
Africa's largest telecoms operator, MTN, put a positive gloss on Tuesday's devaluation of the naira, saying the weaker Nigerian currency would also reduce costs in its biggest African market. Along with Standard Bank, Tiger Brands and Massmart, MTN is one of many...
Nov 25, 2014
Icasa extends submission date for draft radio frequency plan At the request of several operators, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Tuesday said it had extended the deadline for submissions on the draft Radio Frequency Spectrum...
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2014
The construction of a new innovation hub in the heart of the Dube TradePort, in Durban, was set to kick off in March 2016, as Dube TradePort Corporation sealed a R160-million lease agreement with Eureka Capital. Eureka Capital planned to develop a seven-storey 21 500...
Nov 21, 2014
DOROS HADJIZENONOS Check Point also includes its threat emulation capabilities in the system to protect enterprises from unknown and new threats
Enterprises can protect their data – even if employees use their own devices for work – using data protection company Check Point’s Capsule system. The system, which enforces partitions on the devices to store data and routes all business communications through a...
Nov 21, 2014
Entry-level fleet owners can enjoy increased peace of mind regarding the safety of their large, cross-border vehicle fleets, owing to the cost-effective QIC-SUR global postioning system (GPS) tracking unit. Asset management solutions provider QCIC director Brian...
Nov 20, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
With the sale of Nashua Mobile's subscriber base now concluded and the unit subsequently closed, parent company Reunert planned to use the cash flows earned from the deal to “explore growth opportunities through investment”. The R1.4-billion profit from the split...
Nov 18, 2014
In support of ever-emerging smart grid adoption, information and communication technology (ICT) group Huawei on Tuesday unveiled a long-term evolution (LTE) solution for electricity grids. The eLTE smart grid solution, based on the “most advanced” fourth-generation...
Nov 18, 2014
JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX) on Tuesday reported a profit of R301-million for the financial year ended August 31, up from R233-million in the prior financial year. This translated into an increase in diluted earnings a share, from 44.5c in 2013, to 64.5c for...
Nov 18, 2014
As utilities worldwide move to modernise their networks and enhance efficiencies through the use of telecommunications, the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) has launched an Africa-focused division to deal with the energy security challenges facing utilities and energy...
Nov 18, 2014
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As Eskom battles to keep South Africa’s lights on amid ageing and failing energy infrastructure, it has emerged that its internal telecommunications network that provides critical information and communication technology (ICT) services to the utility had reached the...
Nov 17, 2014
As JSE-listed Telkom progresses its extensive and wide-ranging restructuring programme, CEO Sipho Maseko on Monday outlined the headwinds it expected to face over the next six months. The group, which delivered an improved financial performance over the six months...
 
 
 
 
Nov 17, 2014
South Africa has entered the “last consultative stage” for the modernisation and alignment of its information and communication technology (ICT) policy environment with the latest discussion document gazetted for comment. Industry stakeholders had until January 15 to...
Nov 14, 2014
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday published the final International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap aimed at promoting investments, enabling a “vibrant and competitive” telecommunications industry and ensuring universal...
Nov 14, 2014
Parkview, in Johannesburg, on Friday became the first of more than 50 targeted suburbs to go live on telecommunications group Telkom’s new long-term-evolution advanced (LTE-A) network. The superfast network, which boasted peak Internet connectivity speeds of nearly...
Nov 14, 2014
Banks are increasingly using biometrics security checks in their branches and as additional verification methods. However, ubiquitous use of smart devices is required to provide the required broad base for biometric verifications to be used during mobile banking...
Nov 14, 2014
Although companies process more data than before, data hoarding – gathering data without a clear business reason or security strategy to protect the underlying information – exposes them to Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, No. 4 of 2013 penalties, as...
Nov 13, 2014
Johannesburg secured a ranking of 29 in telecommunications giant Ericsson’s latest Networked Society City Index, with the company examining the strengths and weaknesses of the “telecommunications hub of South Africa.” The report, ranking 40 cities and measuring their...
Nov 13, 2014
Access to mobile services in developing countries has outpaced the rate at which much of the population is gaining access to basic services, such as electricity, sanitation and banking, a report by GSMA has revealed. However, the dominance of mobile services in...
Nov 13, 2014
Satellite-based broadband services are increasingly becoming a fit for Africa, as the costly and time-consuming deployment of terrestrial-based broadband services remained uneconomical. This was one of the messages emerging on the sidelines of the AfricaCom...
Nov 13, 2014
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As regulators mull the international mobile telecommunication (IMT) industry’s call for space on the C-band frequency, commercial satellite services provider Intelsat on Wednesday warned of the dire consequences of reallocating the spectrum. Intelsat, working with...
Nov 13, 2014
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi
The Minister now tasked with progressing South Africa’s long-awaited digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration has promised an “intense process of heightened activity”, as moves to “revive” the project get under way. Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, who...
 
 
 
 
Nov 12, 2014
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Angola Cables on Wednesday officially launched its $160-million South Atlantic Cable System (Sacs) project that would see a 6 000 km undersea cable cross the Atlantic Ocean bolstering the communications link between Africa and Latin America. System supplier NEC...
Nov 12, 2014
Africa has started leapfrogging technology as some countries take connectivity to the next level by deploying fourth-generation (4G) technologies, as opposed to following the traditional step-up sequence of technology roll-outs. Some operators were discussing ways of...
Nov 12, 2014
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As over-the-top (OTT) voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services start to threaten the revenues of mobile operators, telecommunications giant MTN on Tuesday called for collaboration. The pressure of maintaining revenue amid the emergence of OTT services, such as...
Nov 12, 2014
JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX) on Tuesday said it expected its earnings per share (EPS) for the year ended August 31, to be between 38.7% and 49.9% higher than that of the prior year. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) were, however, expected to be between 21.1%...
Nov 11, 2014
Kenya is set to get a connectivity boost as African Internet services provider iWayAfrica upgrades its network from fixed worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMax) to time-division long-term evolution (TD-LTE). The company appointed fourth-generation...
 
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