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May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015
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Local mobile operators’ claims that rising input costs are fuelling contract price hikes are not reflected in these companies' financial statements, says a research body. ResearchICTAfrica has put together a research brief that asks whether post-paid price increases...
May 22, 2015
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
May 22, 2015
NEIL COSSER Security strategies enable companies to determine data classification and encryption priorities
There is a mismatch between companies’ expenditure on information technology security systems and the protection of valuable corporate processes. Companies mistakenly believe that buying systems provides robust protection, despite the most important element – data –...
May 22, 2015
Information technology security expertise is expensive, but sales channel partners can use their combined clout to share experts among the various partners, enabling small clients also to access expert security advice, says information and communications technology...
May 21, 2015
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Thursday promised to finalise the much-anticipated spectrum policy this year. While giving no indications of a timeline, he told media prior to the Department of Telecommunications and Postal...
May 21, 2015
As the focus of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) remains on the first-phase implementation of South Africa (SA) Connect in eight districts over the next three years, plans are being finalised to expand broadband roll-out to the rest of...
May 21, 2015
JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) is preparing to appoint a new independent CEO after Telecommunications, Multimedia and Information Technology (TMT) CEO and director Craig Venter steps down, effective July 31. The departure of Venter, who had been with the...
May 20, 2015
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May 20, 2015
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May 19, 2015
 
 
 
May 19, 2015
As telecommunications giant Telkom widened the scope of its long-term evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network, which was launched late last year, another 22 suburbs have been linked to the superfast wireless network. LTE-A, which boasted peak download speeds of nearly 150...
May 19, 2015
Shortly after shedding its Nashua Mobile unit’s subscriber base in November, JSE-listed Reunert achieved higher earnings for the six-month period to March 31. For the period under review, the group posted an 11% rise in headline earnings a share to 264.8c and a 20%...
May 18, 2015
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub
JSE-listed Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub on Monday said the telecommunications group had faced its toughest year yet in the period to March 31; however, the fourth quarter performance indicated an optimistic recovery into the next financial year. The first half of the...
May 18, 2015
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub
JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday posted a 4% decline in headline earnings a share to 860c, and a 1.5% contraction in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to R26.9-billion for the financial year to March 31. During the 12-month period under...
May 18, 2015
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South Africa's Communication Workers Union (CWU) said its 2 000 members working at telecommunications operator MTN Group would strike on May 20 to demand higher bonus payments. The union is also demanding a 10% salary increase and higher remuneration for work done...
May 15, 2015
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The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Friday launched a four-chamber national information and communications technology (ICT) forum aimed at driving South Africa’s shift to an inclusive society. The government-led forum would act as a...
May 15, 2015
International aviation inflight connectivity company SITA OnAir has developed a product to allow airlines to track their aircraft in flight, wherever they may be throughout the world. This system employs technological infrastructures that already exist or are...
May 15, 2015
MARTIN WALSHAW The Internet of Things is not about ‘things’ at all, but about the data, applications and services that it enables
A key way through which companies will be able to cope with the increasing volumes of data from the Internet of Things (IoT) devices is to use software-defined application services (SDAS) to ensure that their networks are scalable, reliable and secure, says...
May 15, 2015
JÜRGEN DRESEL Alaris is more focused and will devote more resources to research and development and client support
Defence and specialist antenna company Alaris Antennas recorded improved sales in many of the regions where it operates and has made good progress towards concluding an acquisition that will provide it a footprint in the US, says Alaris Holdings CEO Jürgen Dresel....
May 15, 2015
WILLIAM MZIMBA South Africa can effectively change the status quo by leveraging the digital revolution and must broaden innovation, especially in education
The biggest obstacle to innovation, which can develop new enterprises, industries, companies and jobs in South Africa, is a propensity for stagnation and intellectual stasis. Innovation can effectively be implemented by encouraging teams of employees to deal with...
 
 
 
 
May 14, 2015
Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa
Presenting a “balance sheet” of the capital city’s shortcomings and achievements, Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Thursday delivered his State of the Capital Address (SoCA) at the city’s iconic Freedom Park, underlining achievements made in the...
May 14, 2015
Two more Johannesburg suburbs would become a part of the “fibrehood” family as telecommunications start-up Vumatel deployed a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Saxonwold and Parkwood. The first homes and businesses were expected to be online by September, as the...
May 14, 2015
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko
South Africa’s Competition Commission has given telecommunications giant Telkom the go-ahead to buy information and communication technology firm Business Connexion (BCX) – with conditions. The commission on Thursday recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the...
May 14, 2015
UEC's manufacturing facility
After presenting dire financial results to shareholders this week, JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has developed a strategy incorporating joint ventures, key acquisitions, disposals, international expansion and cost savings to pull its Telecommunications,...
May 14, 2015
May 13, 2015
Altron CEO Robert Venter
JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) aims to “restructure and refocus” after emerging from a year of challenges that had significantly hampered its financial performance in the period to February 28. Altron CEO Robert Venter said a “fundamental review” was under...
May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos
In a bold bid to draw more postpaid customers to its network, South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C plans to spend hundreds of millions of rands in assisting customers migrate away from their current contractual obligations with other operators. The new...
May 13, 2015
Telecommunications groups Telkom and MTN remain in negotiations regarding the potential expansion of an existing roaming agreement. The parties, in March 2014, started talks to include bilateral roaming and outsourcing of the operation of Telkom’s radio access...
May 12, 2015
A year after Reunert exited a saturated market by closing Nashua Mobile, Allied Electronics (Altron) has announced the advancement of talks aimed at shedding South Africa’s sole independent service provider, its own embattled subsidiary Autopage. JSE-listed Altron on...
 
 
 
 
May 11, 2015
German-headquartered global engineering firm Siemens on Monday announced that it had achieved a broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) level 2 status in South Africa for the first time. “Siemens has steadily increased its BBBEE points from 51 in 2006, and the...
May 08, 2015
BRYAN BALFE CommVault’s best practices involve assessing the generation, movements and flows of data and then matching them with the strategy of a business
The exponential growth of data being generated and flowing into companies’ networks will necessitate that data management be closely linked to business strategies by identifying the most important data and efficiently manage the rest. This direct link between data...
May 08, 2015
The needs of citizens are becoming ever more comprehensive and government departments can use information technology (IT) as an enabler to deliver adaptable and flexible services to meet these needs. New demands will not be served by incremental improvements in...
May 08, 2015
ANDRÉ HUGO Microjobs enable people to demonstrate initiative and earn money, improving their confidence and self-esteem
Microjobbing platform M4JAM (Money for Jam) has found that the most important part, besides financial rewards, of users’ interactions on the platform is their status and progression through the levels; the company aims to assess and develop this “game-aspect” to...
May 07, 2015
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko
Information and communications technology (ICT) major Telkom on Thursday unveiled its new R100-million plus programme to incubate and develop starting up and existing entrepreneurs and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The ‘FutureMakers’ programme...
May 07, 2015
South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Thursday confirmed that it had started consultations on the possible retrenchment or redeployment of up to 47 employees. This emerged after trade union Solidarity announced that its members have received notice...
May 06, 2015
Datatec CEO Jens Montanana
Dual-listed Datatec subsidiary Logicalis has boosted its business intelligence capabilities with the acquisition of UK-based business intelligence consultancy Trovus. The absorption of Trovus, which provided business insight solutions, professional services and...
May 06, 2015
Twelve candidates have been shortlisted to fill the five now vacant councillor positions at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The Portfolio Committee on Communications on Wednesday announced that the interviews of Diratsagae Maoke,...
May 05, 2015
Undersea fibre-optic cable network operator Seacom on Tuesday announced the completion of its global Internet protocol (IP) and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network upgrade. The enhanced 17 000 km undersea network, which spanned across several key countries...
May 05, 2015
Shortly after shedding its Nashua Mobile unit, JSE-listed Reunert has reported an expected uptick in its first-half financial results. The group expected a 7% to 17% rise in headline earnings a share and normalised headline earnings to between 254c and 279c during...
 
 
 
 
May 04, 2015
Alaris CEO Jürgen Dresel
Defence and specialist antenna company Alaris Antennas has recorded improved sales in many of the regions where it operates and has made good progress towards concluding an acquisition that will provide it a footprint in the US, Alaris Holdings CEO Jürgen Dresel has...
May 04, 2015
A new undersea cable linking Algeria to Spain was in the pipeline as telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications inked a turnkey agreement last week. The planned 560 km Orval fibre-optic...
May 04, 2015
Telecommunications tower company Eaton Towers said it had attracted $350-million in funding from existing and new shareholders to support its expansion and acquisition plan in Africa. Eaton CEO Terry Rhodes said additional equity had been sourced from controlling...
May 01, 2015
ACCIDENT PREVENTION Investing in dust surpression solutions can effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution at any materials-handling site
To prevent operational downtime that, on average, can result in a loss of between $1 000/h and $3 000/h, materials handling companies must invest in dust prevention solutions that effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution, says dust suppression engineering...
May 01, 2015
RUSSELL SCHWULST South African industry will have to maintain its pace with changes to remain competitive in the ever-globalising world
The expected changes influencing manufacturing and industry over the next twenty-five years, including digitisation, hyper-connectivity, automation and integration, will require that many factories become centres of learning, says German industrial systems education...
 
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