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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...
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Oct 15, 2014
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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...
Oct 03, 2014
Telecommunications group Vodacom on Friday reiterated that it believed that the South African telecommunications industry was vibrant and competitive and that a lot had been achieved to grow the sector. Presenting at the Independent Communications Authority of South...
Oct 03, 2014
The cost of deploying network infrastructure and the long delays experienced in securing site permits could hamper telecommunications group MTN’s ability to satisfy the needs emerging from the “data tsunami” in South Africa, MTN chief technology officer Eben Albertyn...
Oct 03, 2014
Chinese technology giant Huawei reinforced its aim to become an enabler in the information era and provide solutions to improve its customers’ business efficiencies and market competitiveness through open, converged and innovative technologies at its Huawei Cloud...
Oct 03, 2014
KIM ANDERSEN Digital transformation and engagement means the window within which to conduct business transactions is getting smaller
A distributed thin-client system enables companies to let employees conduct their work on any end-point device by storing and managing all business information centrally, says business mobility company T-Systems South Africa director Kim Andersen. The core...
Oct 03, 2014
Chinese technology giant Huawei has ranked South Africa 18 in its Global Connectivity Index (GCI), which was launched at the Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, China, last month.
Oct 02, 2014
Promulgating the long-awaited local-loop unbundling (LLU) regulations would go a long way towards stimulating competition in the telecommunications sector in South Africa, Neotel MD Sunil Joshi said on Thursday. LLU, a critical inhibitor for a competitive market, had...
Oct 02, 2014
The universal service and access obligations that formed a condition of securing an electronic telecommunications licence in South Africa should be revised to be more proportionate to the size of the licence holder, proponents in the industry argued on Thursday....
Oct 02, 2014
As mobile and fixed-line telecommunications collide, evolving dynamics have necessitated change, a panel of representatives of telecommunications group Telkom suggested on Thursday. The panel was speaking at public hearings facilitated by the Independent...
Oct 01, 2014
As Reunert finalises its exit from the telecommunications market, the group has moved to limit the impact on the employees of its ill-fated subsidiary Nashua Mobile. The Competition Tribunal this week approved the sale of Nashua’s subscriber base to mobile operators...
 
 
 
 
Oct 01, 2014
An undisclosed company has made a play for Blue Label Telecoms, with discussions now under way, the JSE-listed telecommunications group said on Wednesday. In a cautionary announcement to shareholders, Blue Label stated that a nonbinding expression of interest (EoI)...
Oct 01, 2014
South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Wednesday said its fight to gain market share and its “fight for the consumer” would continue. As Cell C executive head of marketing Doug Mattheus outlined the telecommunication group’s next summer campaign,...
Sep 30, 2014
Information and communication technology services group Gijima on Tuesday announced that it would undertake a rights offer and restructure its existing trade receivables securitisation funding programme to ensure that it had sufficient working capital to underpin the...
Sep 30, 2014
Cell C has indicated its plans to challenge the asymmetry rates set within the latest mobile termination rates (MTRs) tabled by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week. Speaking at the MyBroadband conference, in Midrand, on Tuesday,...
Sep 30, 2014
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub
Despite the loss of over R1-billion owing to the drastic mobile termination rate (MTRs) cuts, telecommunications giant Vodacom on Tuesday said its spend in South Africa during this current financial year would reach about R17-billion. This included Vodacom’s...
 
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