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Telecoms News

Tanzania internet users hit 23m; 82% go online via phones – regulator

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16% at the end of 2017 to 23-million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said on Friday.    Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted a surge in earnings for the six months to November 30, following the acquisitions of 45% of mobile operator Cell C and 47.37% of 3G Mobile. The group’s earnings per share and headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased by 110% to 167.43c and 109%... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Icasa to hold public hearings on end-user and subscriber service charter regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that March 1 and 2 have been earmarked for public hearings into the second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations. Following the receipt of 13 written submissions, the communications authority... 

Cell C FY17 rallies on Blue Label recapitalisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday posted strong financial results for the year ended December 31, bolstered by the R5.5-billion recapitalisation programme led by JSE-listed Blue Label last year. The recapitalisation, which resulted in Blue Label earning a 45% stake in... 

Cell C FY17 rallies on Blue Label recapitalisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos

Altron secures R585m Limpopo broadband project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altech Radio has been awarded a three-year, R585-million contract to establish an affordable, secure, open-access broadband network in Limpopo. Phase one of the Limpopo provincial government-led project, implemented through Limpopo Connexion, will... 

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA
NEW COOL The data centre uses a closed-loop water heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, which only uses a small amount of water for humidification

Blue Label to post higher interim earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday said it expects its basic earnings per share (EPS) and headline and core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended November 30 to surge by between 93% and 115%. The company expects to post EPS of between 159.25c and 175.61c apiece for... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei
EDWIN DIENDER The smart city concept is about developing a broad platform to support a wide and dynamic range of initiatives and functions

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern  financial demands
BANKSERVAFRICA BankservAfrica, in Selby, Johannesburg, facilitates payments clearing between financial organisations

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Nimbus takes 26.5% stake in Paratus Namibia

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2018 Namibian Stock Exchange- (NSX-) listed capital-pool company Nimbus Infrastructure has bought a 26.5% stake in Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus Africa’s Namibian operations for N$95-million. The deal resulted in Nimbus acquiring 8% of the issued share capital in Paratus for a cash... 

Hotels urged to capitalise on sharing economy

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 The hospitality industry is facing strenuous competition from short-term rental services provided through the Internet, such as those provided by Airbnb, so hoteliers should see how they can join in, says renowned Swiss hospitality management school Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne senior lecturer... 

Vodacom revenue climbs 6.7%, makes solid gains in South Africa, internationally

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom has reported a strong group performance during the quarter ended December 31, as growth continues in the South African and international operations. Vodacom posted a 6.7% increase in group revenue to R22.6-billion and a 5.5% rise in service revenue to R18.4-billion. 

Reunert acquires SkyWire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2018 JSE-listed electronics and electrical engineering company Reunert has moved to acquire wireless broadband service provider SkyWire Technologies in an effort to expand its information and communications technology (ICT) portfolio. This acquisition complements the ICT segment’s expansion strategy... 

Nigeria's 9mobile takeover looms as advisers evaluate bids – sources

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Barclays Africa is examining takeover bids from five prospective buyers for Nigeria's debt-laden 9mobile, two banking sources said, although a deal may take a few months as it will involve restructuring the company's debt after a default last year. Barclays Africa, appointed by Nigerian banks to... 

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 Digital technologies are providing cities worldwide, including several in Africa, with a new set of tools to improve service delivery and bolster social and economic inclusion. The focus of the smart city movement is how technology can serve citizens, how it can make cities more equal and provide... 

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

Communications department needs R6.6bn to complete digital migration by 2019 deadline

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 The department of communications needs another R6.6-billion to successfully complete the implementation of the broadcasting digital migration policy before the worldwide June 2019 deadline. Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and acting director-general Thabiso Thiti appeared before... 

Communications department needs R6.6bn to complete digital migration by 2019 deadline

MTN optimistic about Africa’s future growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2018 Nine months after taking the reins as president and CEO of MTN, Rob Shuter remains confident of the future of the company and its opportunities across its 22 markets in the Middle East and Africa. Addressing delegates at Deloitte’s yearly Africa Outlook conference, Shuter said there were more... 

MTN takes top spot in Q4’s best network rankings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2018 The fourth-quarter edition of MyBroadband’s Mobile Network Quality Report shows mobile operator MTN outperforming its rivals as the best network in South Africa. The report and network scores were based on about 113 000 speed tests performed by more than 8 000 MyBroadband Android Speed Test App... 

Personal devices soon to become more intuitive, Gartner predicts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 As artificial intelligence (AI) development continues on a path of exponential growth, a new research report by Gartner indicates that, by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual's emotional state “than his or her own family”. The ‘Predicts 2018: personal devices’ report notes... 

Phone company MTN assigns its long dated shareholder loan to IHS Holding

By: African News Agency      29th December 2017 Mobile phone company MTN said on Thursday it had, through MTN Nigeria Towers, assigned its shareholder loan of approximately $231-million, which was due in 2024/25, to IHS Holding. The group said the agreement allowed MTN Nigeria to continue to invest in its network more efficiently, and further... 

Phone company MTN assigns its long dated shareholder loan to IHS Holding

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Information technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Telco infrastructure still relevant in IoT world, but models are changing

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The changes being wrought by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including the need for collaboration and sharing across various portions of commercial supply chains, are forcing companies to change their business models, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Delays in information and communication technology (ICT) policy implementation, as well as a lack of improvement in basic education and current, coordinated data, are reducing the potential economic contribution of the ICT sector, according to the University of the Witwatersrand-based... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows
ADRIAN SCHOFIELD South Africa is lagging its peers in Africa to unlock the value of technology for economic growth and social development

Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals – study

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Electronic waste rose to a record 45-million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a UN-backed study showed on Wednesday. Rising incomes and falling prices for everything from solar... 

Blue Label concludes 3G acquisition after Competition Tribunal thumbs up

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label has secured Competition Tribunal approval for the acquisition of the remaining 52.63% of mobile device distributor 3G Mobile. The local telecommunications firm had, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquired 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion, with the initial acquisition... 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

WiFi can aid  in water crisis
NICK WATSON Mobile data rates are quite prohibitive. Most people can afford the handsets, but they simply can not afford the connection

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

Quality reprioritised in local battery market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 With its battery anti-theft solution successfully protecting more than 15 000 lead acid batteries in South Africa, battery and related-components supplier Aztec is seeing an increase in demand for premium quality batteries with a longer operating life. 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market
POSITIVE RESPONSE NorthStar ACE was launched in South Africa this year and Aztec has seen a positive local market response to its advanced capabilities

Extending digital backbone to remote regions will stimulate development

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 Business software company Microsoft South Africa is proposing the use of its low frequency technology that uses television white spaces to provide connectivity to support development in remote and rural communities in South Africa, says Microsoft South Africa public-sector director Lillian... 

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 A newly built R100-million fibre-optic production facility in Waltloo, Tshwane, will manufacture optical fibre, optical-fibre cabling and speciality phototonic solutions for the telecommunications industry in Africa, says telecommunications specialist distributor Dartcom Fibre Solutions... 

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry
DARTCOM WALTLOO FACTORY The factory has fibre colour, ringmarking, buffer tube production, SZ stranding and dual-jacket equipment to produce complete cables

CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the recent CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International... 

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2017 Carving out a position in South Africa’s fibre race and bolstering growth through suitable acquisitions looks to be the theme of the new financial year, as pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom reports another year of solid progress. Acquisitions and partnerships are expected to continue... 

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018
Seacom business head Grant Parker

Ansys boosts its IP, skills to capture future business

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2017 AltX-listed digital technology solutions company Ansys has invested in developing its intellectual property (IP) and human capital to capture new business as a result of the digitalisation of operations in the sectors in which it operates, Ansys Group CEO Teddy Daka said during a presentation of... 

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