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Oct 31, 2014
MARIUS COETZEE Point-of-sale-based biometric verification is a critical aspect in reducing losses caused by identification fraud
In response to the growing need to prevent the losses that companies suffer as a result of identification fraud, identity management specialist Ideco is encouraging its clients to use biometrics technology to help them gather accurate information on their customers,...
Oct 31, 2014
WARREN OLIVIER Losing personal data can cause serious problems for a company’s customers
Every company needs to comply with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act by ensuring that customers’ personal information is protected against loss and destruction. “Compliance prevents customer information from falling into the hands of people who could...
Oct 31, 2014
Master engineer and engineering consultant Bert Chapman has created an educational disc of engineering training materials based on real engineering problems, including their solutions, for engineers entering industry. The disc covers more than 35 electrical,...
Oct 31, 2014
MICHAEL FRANS Core technology systems used by businesses across various other industries can provide enormous benefit to the automotive sector
Improving manufacturing efficiencies and reducing the cost and environmental impacts of vehicle travel using efficient information and communication technology (ICT) systems can be achieved if energy providers, information technology enterprises and automotive...
Oct 31, 2014
CRAIG STEPHENS Companies can use the data they have always had to streamline operations and gain strategic competitive insights
The traditional use of analytics to analyse large-scale projects is changing to a faster and more immediate use of near real-time analytics to inform the daily decisions in a business. The near real-time analysis of business information in modern analytics systems...
Oct 31, 2014
LEON VAN DER MERWE CoSign Click is suitable for any business that uses application forms and conducts business electronically
Customer communications company Pitney Bowes South Africa, in partnership with digital signature solutions provider ARX Cosign, launched a personal verification security solution in August to help financial services companies conduct business in a secure manner. “The...
Oct 31, 2014
MEETA PATEL Design thinking complements traditional business planning and product design
Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid...
Oct 31, 2014
SENSING AND INSPECTING The Nanotom S is the inspection solution for a wide range of computerised tomography applications
Electronics industry equipment, software and technical support supplier Zetech last month supplied the first nano-computerised tomography X-ray scanner in Africa to Stellenbosch University, in the Western Cape, to assist the university in scanning objects during lab...
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Oct 29, 2014
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Oct 29, 2014
The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve integrated telecommunications giant MTN’s proposed acquisition of a 51% stake in internet provider Afrihost. The commission said on Wednesday that the transaction presented...
Oct 28, 2014
Vietnam-based telecoms operator Viettel plans to invest $1-billion in a new third-generation (3G) mobile phone network in Tanzania, the office of the east African country's president said on Tuesday. The mobile telecoms sector in east Africa's second-biggest economy...
Oct 24, 2014
Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says the Department of Communications has the responsibility of ensuring that South Africans migrate from the analogue to digital world, with the help of media and government communicators. Deputy Minister...
Oct 23, 2014
MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa
Mobile operator MTN South Africa has gained some ground in winning back customers during the quarter to September 30 after a delayed reaction to the price war last year saw the JSE-listed group fall behind its rivals. The group’s South African operation added...
Oct 23, 2014
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Photovoltaic (PV) microgrids are increasingly emerging as favourable off-grid power options for the electrification of rural settlements and remote industrial operations in Africa, largely owing to a continued increasing of the diesel price coupled with the...
Oct 22, 2014
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Trade union Solidarity warned on Wednesday that ongoing restructuring and retrenchments in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry continued to put employees in the sector under “immense” pressure. This as the union claimed it had received...
Oct 22, 2014
Government aimed to fast-track certain “fast-growing” infrastructure programmes, despite cutting back on expenditure over the next few years, the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed on Wednesday. The MTBPS, released by new Finance Minister...
Oct 21, 2014
Internet access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that. Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago, is the first data...
Oct 21, 2014
Certain regulatory approvals remain outstanding in Telkom’s proposed R2.67-billion takeover of JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX). BCX noted in a statement to shareholders that the Namibian Competition Commission had given its approval of the deal on October 8 and...
Oct 20, 2014
Turkish mobile operator Turkcell has been dealt another blow in its ongoing battle against South Africa-based mobile operator MTN Group, as the International Arbitration Panel dismissed the latest attempt to hold MTN legally accountable for allegedly blocking a...
 
 
 
 
Oct 17, 2014
IAN EVANS AirWatch file synchronisation and sharing system was initially designed for a large airline company
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Oct 17, 2014
The Johannesburg Road Agency’s (JRA’s) Find & Fix mobile application (app) received top honours at the Microsoft Partner Network Awards 2014 held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, in Johannesburg on October 2.
Oct 16, 2014
As the spotlight remains on South Africa’s move from analogue to digital television broadcasting, a consortium has quietly gained some traction in shifting radio broadcasting to digital as a trial starts revealing the benefits. The Digital Radio Mondiale Southern...
Oct 15, 2014
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Communications Minister Faith Muthambi
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Wednesday announced the exit of four councillors as their four-year terms ended during September and October. Icasa chairperson Dr Stephen Mncube said the departure of Miki Ndhlovu, Willie Currie,...
Oct 15, 2014
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South Africa's government is considering selling its $2.5-billion stake in the local unit of Vodafone to raise funds for state power utility Eskom, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday. The government has approached financial advisers about the possible sale of its...
Oct 15, 2014
Datatec CEO Jens Montanana
International information and communication technology solutions and services group Datatec on Wednesday reported a marginal decline in profit for the six months ended August 31 to $38.2-million, compared with a profit of $39.69-million in the prior corresponding...
Oct 15, 2014
Telecommunications group Telkom has remained defensive of a turnaround strategy and restructuring plan that will result in extensive job losses, saying in a statement on Wednesday that it has been informed by “a number of complex and demanding” considerations....
Oct 15, 2014
Broadband Infraco CEO Puleng Kwele
State-owned entity Broadband Infraco hopes to turn earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation- (Ebitda-) positive within the next two years, CEO Puleng Kwele said this week. This emerged after the company, which was recently transferred from the...
Oct 13, 2014
Trade union Solidarity on Monday declared a dispute with telecommunications group Telkom over its latest retrenchment process, threatening to take the matter to the Labour Court if Telkom failed to retract the retrenchment notices sent to 105 employees last week....
Oct 13, 2014
Telecommunications group Vodacom has extended its long-term evolution offering to Lesotho, starting in Maseru, as data demand in the region “booms”. Vodacom expected significant uptake of the next-generation technology, which would be extended to other districts in...
 
 
 
 
Oct 13, 2014
Following Angola Cables' injection of $200-million to build a submarine cable from Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean, to Brazil, the Antonio Nunes-led company would now invest a further $100-million in a new undersea cable connecting Latin America to the US. The...
Oct 13, 2014
Alcatel-Lucent and MTN Nigeria have teamed up to deliver a superfast 100 Gb/s fibre-optic network based on MTN’s existing infrastructure across the West African country. The pair would roll out the ultra-broadband network this year using existing telecommunication...
Oct 13, 2014
Tanzania has granted a licence to Vietnam-based telecoms operator Viettel to build a third-generation (3G) mobile phone network in the east African country, a senior official said.     Viettel will compete with the four other main operators: Vodacom Tanzania, a unit...
Oct 10, 2014
JSE-listed Telkom on Friday said it expected a decline in its half-year earnings for the period to September 30, owing to gains made in the prior corresponding period. The group’s expected 20% contraction in headline earnings per share and basic earnings per share...
Oct 10, 2014
French telecom operator Orange is studying whether to float its African and Middle Eastern units as a way to raise money to cut debt and reinvest in Europe, the company said on Friday. The news was first reported on Thursday by financial newspaper Agefi.
Oct 10, 2014
South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C has confirmed that up to 190 jobs could be threatened as it started consultations on possible retrenchments. The process, which was the result of restructuring “certain areas” of the 1 458-employee operator, was...
Oct 10, 2014
Cape Town is on a drive to strengthen its position as a key business capital in Africa. The Mother City is keen to retain its reputation as a leading tourist destination, but wants to be taken more seriously as a destination for local and international investment...
Oct 10, 2014
Chinese technology giant Huawei launched its Active-Active Data Centre disaster recovery (DR) solution at the Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, China, last month.
Oct 10, 2014
Cloud computing and information and communication technology (ICT) in Africa will grow on the back of mobile broadband access but the challenge will be receiving a return on the investment.
Oct 10, 2014
GREG GRIESSEL Cisco advises companies to look at their infrastructure and systems holistically to identify unprotected or vulnerable systems that can be exploited or breached
Overlooked legacy systems and static devices are creating new avenues for cyber attacks, says Cisco South Africa Security Solutions consulting systems engineer Greg Griessel. Cisco’s ‘Midyear Security Report 2014’ highlights that many of the exploited vulnerabilities...
 
 
 
 
Oct 08, 2014
Robert Venter
Independent service provider (ISP) Altech Autopage has dragged the first-half earnings of the telecommunications division of Allied Electronics (Altron), but CEO Robert Venter on Wednesday said improvements would be seen during the last stretch of the financial year....
Oct 08, 2014
Kenya's regulator said on Wednesday it had given preliminary approval to a joint bid by Safaricom and Airtel for the mobile assets of Essar Kenya and the final nod could be given next month. The two firms lodged a joint bid valued at $100-million to buy the assets of...
Oct 08, 2014
The main drivers of change in the business information technology (IT) industry will be the significant growth and use of cloud and mobile applications and these are also the areas that will see the most focus for data management, protection and disaster recovery,...
Oct 07, 2014
JSE-listed Datacentrix said on Tuesday that it was optimistic of future growth as its strategy to shift from a products-focused company to an integrated information and communication technology solutions provider came full circle. A focus on “complex solutions,...
Oct 07, 2014
Backup, recovery and availability specialist Veeam aims to grow its turnover by 30% in 2015 through its proven channel partner network of 25 000 partners in pursuit of its goal of becoming a $1-billion-a-year company by 2018. Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev notes that the...
 
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