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Social media indispensable in 2017 – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd September 2016 Social media will become an indispensable tool for South African marketers,  politicians, artists, activists, reporters and media personalities next year.    This was according to the 2017 edition of the South African Social Media Landscape, released this week by technology market researchers... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

Data pricing has come down – Icasa

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd September 2016 With the current #DataMustFall movement headlining most social media posts and highlighting the high costs of communication and data in South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week said that data pricing is falling year-on-year. It reports that there... 

Data pricing has come down – Icasa

Digital services offering stimulus to wealth management industry

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The wealth management industry is ideally positioned to leverage and scale up using digital technology to improve efficiency and responsiveness, despite only 25% of wealth management firms globally offering more than email access to clients. When this is compared with the average... 

Integration of digital tech seen as critical to future business success

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Companies that incorporate digital technology that is customer-centric are most likely to succeed in the business world of tomorrow, says research-based consultancy Forrester Consulting VP and principal analyst Nigel Fenwick. In a presentation following the release of a paper titled ‘Business and... 

IoT solution helping to reduce electricity line losses in Nigeria

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Global information and communications technology (ICT) services provider Huawei’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions have enabled energy conglomerate Sahara Group’s Nigerian Ikeja Electric power distributor to reduce line losses from 46.2% to 11.6% This has led to electricity bill... 

Physical, virtual integration can improve safety in African cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The integration of physical infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems will improve the safety of cities, but these capabilities will also underpin smart city systems that will improve the efficiency of Africa’s cities, says multinational IT firm NEC chief engineer Shinya Kukita.... 

Parliament may take #DataMustFall debate further

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 Members of Parliament could the take the debate on allegedly high South African mobile data prices one step further than just a portfolio committee hearing. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services conducted a two-day hearing this week on South Africa’s mobile... 

CSIR displays its ability to support industrial development

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlighted its abilities to support the development of the country's industries at an event at its complex in Pretoria on Thursday. "For industry development we showcased to our stakeholders that we have the national infrastructure and... 

CSIR displays its ability to support industrial development
Photo by Keith Campbell
CSIR Aerospace key account manager Marié Botha

CSIR demonstrates several technological developments

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2016 As part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Industry Day, held on Thursday as part of at its four-day CSIR Live exhibition, at the organisation's complex in Pretoria, it displayed and demonstrated integrated technologies relevant to national industrial development.... 

CSIR demonstrates several technological developments

High-technology sport becomes virtual

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2016 The 65-year-old high-technology Formula One motorsport is increasingly using digital and virtual systems to gain small, but crucial, advantages against competitors, says Red Bull Racing CIO Matt Cadieux. Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsports, he enthuses, and cars can typically reach speeds... 

Releasing spectrum will lower data costs – MTN

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 MTN officials have told Parliament that the release of available spectrum would, in theory, lower data costs. South Africa has yet to migrate to digital broadcasts, a key requirement for opening up radio spectrum for faster and more widespread mobile internet services. 

Treasury tight-lipped over set-top box probe

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 National Treasury is keeping mum over claims that it has recommended the suspension of South Africa’s controversial set-top box production. Set-top boxes (STBs) decode digital signals for analogue television sets and government plans on subsidising five million poorer households as part of a... 

MTN says facing investor pressure over lower returns

By: Reuters     21st September 2016 Mobile operator MTN Group said on Wednesday investors were concerned with lower returns and revenue growth despite a boom in data traffic. Africa's biggest telecoms firm, which set aside R11.7-billion ($851-million) for capital expenditure in 2016, said in a presentation to Parliament further... 

CSIR unveils prototype fingerprint scanning tech for crime scenes

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a new fingerprinting acquisition system, using high-speed, large-volume optical coherence tomography (OCT). In practice, the system, once operational, should see the immediate, on-site scanning and matching of... 

CSIR unveils prototype fingerprint scanning tech for crime scenes

Africa needs to create ‘business case’ for digital investments 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2016 Reliable connectivity and innovation are “no longer nice-to-haves, but essential tools for development” and African policymakers needed to create the “business case” to encourage private investment to support digital transformation, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga... 

Africa needs to create ‘business case’ for digital investments
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwel

Data costs must be regulated, MPs hear 

By: African News Agency      20th September 2016 Effective regulation was needed to address high call and data costs in South Africa, officials from the telecommunications and postal services department said on Tuesday. Briefing MPs during public hearings on the cost to communicate, department acting director-general Joe Mjwara said mobile... 

Collaboration, open ecosystem paying dividends for IBM

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2016 Multinational technology company IBM has developed several technologies as a direct result of its decision to collaborate with other parties. This not only provides its customers with good-value systems and products, it is also proving to be an effective business model for the firm, says IBM... 

Court saga puts set-top box production on ice

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 Another delay has hit South Africa’s digital broadcast migration project as the agency behind the rollout of set-top boxes has temporarily halted production of these devices. Set-top boxes decode digital signals for analogue television sets and government plans to distribute these devices to... 

Court saga puts set-top box production on ice

Parliament grills Muthambi over 'slow' digital migration

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was chastised during a portfolio committee meeting on Thursday about the delays in government’s rollout of digital migration. “Your management of this process is found wanting,” said Mmamaloko Kubayi, ANC MP and chairperson of the portfolio committee on... 

Parliament grills Muthambi over 'slow' digital migration
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi

Development of mobile SHE management tool under way

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is currently developing a mobile safety, health and environment (SHE) management toolset that integrates with a client’s existing SHE management systems.  The company explains that, at present, many small mines and exploration sites run tedious paper based systems... 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet currently has a number of apps and services that are used to gather information and drive awareness about safety across industries. “Technology is driving innovation . . . particularly changes in existing customer service... 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries
APP DRIVES SAFETY AWARENESS Active citizenry, coupled with a strong purpose-built platform that brings together relevant parties, has real potential to change the status quo

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. MOOCs have... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled

     16th September 2016 Container refrigeration equipment provider Carrier Transicold will introduce a prototype natural refrigerant trailer unit as well as a new generation of engineless transport refrigeration systems at the 2016 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) show, an international trade fare for... 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled
IMPROVED POWER MODULE The Carrier stand will feature an example of the ground-breaking eco-drive power module

MTN Business unveils partner programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2016 As telecommunications group MTN continues its transformational drive, a new programme has been launched to develop deeper relations with partners to unlock the value chain on offer to customers. MTN Business will team up with existing and potential partners to fill any capacity or expertise gap... 

EOH FY earnings rise on organic and acquisitive growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2016 JSE-listed technology services provider EOH saw its headline earnings a share increase 25% to 719c for the year ended July 31, paired with a 37% increase in operating profit to R1.43-billion. The company attributed the increase to a combination of strong organic growth, contributing 59% of... 

Cell C takes its first steps into content provision with reality talent show

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2016 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator is making a play into the field of content production as it launches an online platform-based reality talent show aimed at discovering the country’s next YouTube star. Cell C, in conjunction with bl!nk Pictures, on Tuesday unveiled #BreakTheNet, an... 

Cell C takes its first steps into content provision with reality talent show
Suzelle DIY

Construction companies slow to embrace technology – KPMG

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 Despite substantial investments, the local construction industry continues to struggle in gaining the full benefits of technologies, including advanced data and analytics, mobility, automation and robotics, KPMG’s ‘Building a Technology Advantage – Global Construction Survey 2016’ reveals. Of the... 

Construction companies slow to embrace technology – KPMG

Avanti, Bentley Walker bring fast Internet to Tanzania

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 Satellite data communications services provider Avanti Communications has signed a contract with very small aperture terminal, or VSAT, provider Bentley Walker to provide superfast satellite broadband in Tanzania. Through the agreement, the companies will provide Internet connectivity of up to 24... 

Adoption of smart, Internet-connected devices set to accelerate

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 The proliferation of smart and Internet-connected devices will accelerate, achieving more than three times the growth within five years than was achieved over the previous 25 years – from ten-billion such devices this year to 34-billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) will fundamentally... 

Adoption of smart, Internet-connected devices set to accelerate
MARTIN WALSHAW All industrial and commercial sectors will be changed as more processes become automated, near real-time, augmented with analytics, context aware and personalised

Company optimises wired data transfer with new cable solution

     9th September 2016 Technical products and systems developer and producer Leoni has optimised all the components for wired data transfer involving flexible use of Cat 5e cable. Leoni offers a novel and flexible solution for wired, 100 MHz, Cat 5e data transfer. 

Elections prediction system showed accurate results in recent local polls

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has enjoyed considerable success in its operation to predict the outcomes of the recent local government elections, in the crucial (for the media and political analysts being interviewed) period between the closing of the polls and the... 

Risk of malfunctioning algorithms leads to calls for new AI regulation

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Although artificial intelligence (AI) is set to improve financial institutions' risk management, credit provision, asset management, trading and hedge funds, certain risks will remain, says multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie Banking and Finance partner Chris Hogan. These risks include... 

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector 

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology is developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector

Vendor certification for resellers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 In the security industry, it is essential for resellers to undergo training and obtain certification from vendors to ensure that a security solution or product is correctly specified and installed, maintained and operated, says mobile and remote closed-circuit television specialist Graphic Images... 

Vendor certification for resellers emphasised
LAURENCE SMITH Training provided by vendors can change the way a system operates, effectively giving the end-user the full benefit of the product

Human capital trends changing the business management landscape

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2016 Amid the increasing use of technologies such as mobile devices, three-dimensional printing, sensors, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things, which is changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver almost every product and service, digital disruption and social networking... 

Scientists closer to understanding 'dark matter'

By: News24Wire      8th September 2016 Wits University scientists are excited about getting closer to understanding “dark matter”, the institution said on Wednesday. The High Energy Physics Group (HEP) at the University of the Witwatersrand recently established the “Madala hypothesis”, in describing a new boson - or subatomic particle... 

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