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Jan 30, 2015
Updated 4 hours ago A free Web-based solar power plant capacity-planning tool offers project planners and developers, as well as governments, a means to assess the solar energy potential of thin-film solar PV power over an area of land. The tool was developed by thin-film solar...
Jan 30, 2015
EDWARD CARBUTT ISO standards provide effective ways of ensuring that even heterogeneous IT environments are managed according to business needs
Updated 4 hours ago Information technology (IT) systems are critical business systems and integrating IT and business development using a framework of business sustainability standards enable processes to be improved continuously, says Service Management specialist provider and...
Jan 30, 2015
Updated 4 hours ago With the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) revised broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes deadline drawing closer, entities need to proactively prepare their supply chains by defining strategies to integrate the BBBEE requirements into their...
Jan 30, 2015
Updated 4 hours ago International information and communications technology group Datatec expects to report revenues in excess of $6-billion and underlying earnings a share of more than $0.40 for the financial year ending February 28, 2015.
Jan 30, 2015
Updated 4 hours ago To start: absolutely nothing justified the murderous attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo or on a kosher supermarket, in Paris, early this month. Both were expressions of murderous bigotry. (Alas, bigots are to be found everywhere, but, fortunately,...
Jan 30, 2015
MARTIN WALSHAW It will not be long before broadband access becomes an essential and universal right for citizens
Updated 4 hours ago The increase in smartphones and broadband connections presents an opportunity for governments in Africa to roll out more comprehensive, effective and tailored services to more citizens using information technology (IT), which could also reduce the costs of service...
Jan 28, 2015
Africa's biggest telecommunications provider MTN plans to issue dismissal notices by May 1 to up to 578 people at its South African enterprise business unit, the Solidarity union said on Wednesday. The Johannesburg-listed operator said last week it planned to...
Jan 27, 2015
A decision to sell information and communication technology (ICT) group Vox Telecom has been retracted, with CEO Jacques du Toit saying on Tuesday that its investors have recommitted to the business. The group began an “exploratory process” in July last year to...
Jan 26, 2015
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Jan 21, 2015
Africa's largest telecoms provider plans to restructure its home market's enterprise business segment, it said on Wednesday, as competition squeezes revenue in its key South African unit. The Johannesburg-based telecoms giant with operations in 22 nations in Africa...
Jan 20, 2015
Gemalto has deployed prepaid Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) banking cards to complement and extend the reach of Vodacom’s m-pesa mobile wallet service in South Africa. The card linked to m-pesa accounts, enabling users to make payments for goods and services...
Jan 19, 2015
Solar energy capacity planning tool
A free Web-based solar power plant capacity-planning tool has been developed to offer project planners and developers, as well as governments, a means to assess the solar energy potential of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) over an area of land. The tool was developed by...
Jan 16, 2015
The power of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to process the transfer of control of spectrum, electronic communication services (ECS) and electronic communication networks services (ECNS) licences has been called into question. This...
Jan 16, 2015
JSE-listed Vodacom is already the dominant mobile operator in South Africa and the proposed acquisition of converged communications network operator Neotel will compound its position and lead to the potential destruction of competition, MTN told stakeholders at a...
Jan 16, 2015
Telecommunications group Vodacom’s play for converged communications network operator Neotel could effectively enable South Africa’s largest fixed-line operator Telkom to regain its monopoly status. Internet Solutions executive for cloud and communications Wayne...
Jan 16, 2015
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...
Jan 16, 2015
MUSTEK QUALITY CONTROL The quality control and verification stage of the Mustek assembly line, in Midrand
Companies must consider the changing and future demands that will be placed on their networks when making fibre optics and copper cabling procurement decisions to ensure that their networks can support new data-heavy functionality, says fibre optics and copper...
Jan 16, 2015
FIBRE OPTICS Upload and download speeds are consistent over fibre optics networks
Fibre optics is increasingly becoming an important asset for businesses to provide real-time services, reduce internal communication costs and move large data files. The size of the bandwidth of these fibre optics systems can also be increased without having to build...
Jan 16, 2015
Information technology (IT) and e-commerce security is a complex and ever-changing problem that requires vigilance, good communication and partnerships to meet the scale and complexity of cyber threats to online businesses, says networking specialist company F5...
 
 
 
 
Jan 15, 2015
The potential stifling of competition in the telecommunications sector has South Africa’s mobile operators up in arms as they move to block Vodacom’s R7-billion bid for converged communications network operator Neotel. Rival telecommunication operators on Thursday...
Jan 15, 2015
Datatec CEO Jens Montanana
International information and communications technology group Datatec expects to report revenues in excess of $6-billion and underlying earnings a share of more than $0.40 for the financial year ending February 28, 2015.
Jan 09, 2015
Trade union Solidarity has warned of the unintended consequences of the Labour Relations Amendment (LRA) Act No 6 of 2014, which was promulgated on January 1. The new legislation, tabled in an effort to protect temporary workers, could lead to fewer people finding...
Jan 07, 2015
The Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) has criticised the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) “unfortunate and sensational” claims over the validity of the set-top boxes (STB) tender process. The DA on Tuesday said it was seeking legal advice...
Jan 06, 2015
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday said it was seeking legal advice after questioning the validity of the now-closed tender for the R4.3-billion contract to supply the government-subsidised set-top boxes (STBs) needed for South Africa’s long overdue digital...
Jan 05, 2015
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In the wake of Ebola, which the World Health Organisation reports has claimed 7 989 lives to date, survivors of the hemorrhagic disease can now share public health advice and reduce the stigma they face through a new interactive mobile app. The app, which forms part...
Jan 05, 2015
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Telecommunications giant Vodacom on Monday unveiled its Department of Basic Education-endorsed learning platform giving students, teachers and parents unlimited access to education content. Speaking at a breakfast launch event that also honoured South Africa’s top...
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
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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...
Dec 05, 2014
The growth of data generated by devices, sensors and equipment is driving the most significant changes in information technology (IT), affecting all industries, says IT equipment and software company Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Europe, Middle East and Africa CTO Bob...
Dec 05, 2014
The latest version of power and automation giant ABB’s 800xA integration platform unifies core industrial functions, their planning and execution, enabling industrial companies to maintain control over all aspects affecting production, including safety. The platform,...
Dec 05, 2014
Companies can use their existing data and skills to launch an analytics system to support business functions, but improving the business value of analytics systems is a continuous process, says business analytics consultancy BI-Blue solutions manager Anthony...
Dec 05, 2014
SAURABH KUMAR Service-oriented architecture provides a structured way of using existing legacy programs and apps more efficiently
Companies should adopt a service-oriented architecture approach to enable the swift integration of new technology and applications (apps) into the business and also improve the efficiency of legacy apps and services. This approach changes business apps and programs...
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...
 
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