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Telecoms News

Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream... 

Uganda wants unit of MTN Group to list locally before licence extension

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Uganda has asked the local unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group to list some of its shares on the local stock exchange as a condition for renewing its operating licence, a top official told Reuters on Wednesday. Godfrey Mutabazi, head of telecoms sector regulator Uganda Communications... 

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
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SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN on Wednesday posted improved financial results on a constant currency basis for the first half of 2018, with growth achieved in service revenue and an increase in margins on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). For the six months... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

Supply-chain blockchain can improve traceability, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Using a blockchain-based supply chain management system can significantly improve the transparency of supply chains, provide information for customers about quality and to trace product origins, as well as improving the agility and adaptability of supply chains, says information technology (IT)... 

Supply-chain blockchain can improve  traceability, customer experience
VISHAL BARAPATRE Blockchain can help to counter disruptions in complex supply chains

Huge Telecom appoints new FD

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 Robert Burger has been appointed FD of JSE-listed Huge Group subsidiary, Huge Telecom, effective August 1. He is a chartered accountant with 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which he gained while working for Vodacom. 

IIoT-enabled businesses expected to boost revenues by 10% by 2023

By: Schalk Burger     24th July 2018 Companies across the global supply chain expect the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to increase their yearly revenues by 10% within five years, a global study by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat, released on Tuesday, showed. IIoT is the application of networked sensors, which... 

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom on Tuesday reported strong momentum during the first quarter of the year, with normalised group revenue and service revenue having increased by 5% and 5.2% to R21.5-billion and R17.8-billion respectively. During the quarter ended June 30, the group reported its results on an... 

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

MTN’s Van Coller takes the reins at EOH Holdings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN digital services, data analytics and business development VP Stephen van Coller has resigned, effective August 31, to take the reins at JSE-listed EOH Holdings on September 1. Van Coller joins EOH as group CEO following the announcement of a strategy shake-up that... 

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya in 2019

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 Alphabet's Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X,... 

Kenya's Safaricom in 'advanced talks' to take M-Pesa to Ethiopia

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 Kenya's Safaricom is in "advanced talks" with the Ethiopian government to introduce its popular M-Pesa mobile money service to neighbouring Ethiopia, a market of 100-million people, two sources said on Tuesday. Britain's Vodafone, Safaricom's parent company, will license the use of the M-Pesa... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

MTN disposes of its MTN Cyprus holdings for R4.1bn

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2018 JSE-listed MTN Group subsidiary MTN Dubai has sold 100% of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom for R4.1-billion in cash. The deal, which forms part of the group’s ongoing portfolio review, values the Cyprus subsidiary eight times that of reported 2017 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

MTN disposes of its MTN Cyprus holdings for R4.1bn

Cable theft stunts connectivity availability

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 South Africa’s cable-theft pandemic has made the prospect of a copper-based fixed digital subscriber line (DSL) infrastructure framework unachievable for the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs), says international wireless connectivity provider RADWIN. RADWIN sales director Nick Ehrke... 

Cable theft stunts  connectivity availability
CABLE FREE COUNTRY The significant cost associated with cable theft in South Africa is forcing internest service provider to find alternative methods of providing connectivity

Modest growth in device shipments expected this year – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2018 Worldwide shipments of devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets and mobile phones, are on pace to record 0.9% growth this year to reach 2.28-billion units, says market research and advisory multinational Gartner. The PC and tablet market is expected to decline by 1.2% this year, while... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct 

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2018 An incubation hub for digital audio-visual content opened on Monday in the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, through the support of the French development institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). A... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct CEO Lesley Williams

MTN Uganda says security personnel raided its data centre

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said security personnel had raided its data and disconnected four of its servers. The firm said in a July 3 letter to the State-run telecommunications regulator that it had "reported to police a case of illegal intrusion into the data centre... 

Second-hand textbook sales app wins e-commerce competition

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 A second-hand textbook transaction application (app) written by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student was used from the start of the current academic year, and is being developed further to manage transactions after it won the UCT incubation competition. The app, Quillo, was developed by UCT... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions
STEPHEN LUDLOW The growth of connected devices, systems and people necessitates a change in the concepts of production and use of data

Kenya to use Alphabet's balloons for rural Internet

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Kenya will use Alphabet Inc's system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT minister said. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X, the company's innovation lab. It was used by US telecom... 

Kenya to use Alphabet's balloons for rural Internet

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Neutral data centre provider Teraco will be expanding its largest infrastructure build project to date, the Teraco Isando Campus (JB1), in Gauteng, by adding 2 000 cabinets during Phase 1, which will boost JB1’s capacity to 5 700 cabinets.  

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre
Teraco CFO Jan Hnizdo

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum 

4th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about how South Africa’s high-demand spectrum can benefit the country and the challenges telecommunications operators are facing as they await the allocation of this spectrum. 

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum
Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum

South Africa works on policy as fintech gives rise to innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s complex financial technology (fintech) domain is in flux and morphing into never-seen-before services within every aspect of the financial sector, with regulators and policymakers working on a coordinated approach to policymaking that will leverage fintech innovation in a way that... 

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Intelligent data management  capabilities support future services
GREGG PETERSEN Data in enterprises includes multiple devices and data sources per user, as well as multiple public and private cloud systems

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

Telkom appoints successor to CFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2018 JSE-listed Telkom has appointed Tsholofelo Molefe as CFO and executive director, effective July 1, 2018, succeeding Deon Fredericks, who has been appointed as chief investment officer to enhance the group’s investment strategy. Qualified chartered accountant Molefe joined Telkom on July 1, 2016,... 

Telkom appoints successor to CFO
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Telkom chief investment officer Deon Fredericks

Years-long delayed digital terrestrial television project assigned dedicated PMO

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2018 As the years-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project remains beset with numerous challenges inhibiting the full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) has starting building a dedicated project management office (PMO) outside the... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 Security imagery specialist Graphic Imaging Technologies (GIT) has made a free-to-use camera placement tool available and has launched a solution that enables Internet protocol (IP) streams to be sent over older analogue coaxial cables, enabling users to use existing infrastructure to support new... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal
LAURENCE SMITH All data of the TruWitness body-worn cameras are encrypted on the devices

Zimbabwe regulator cuts mobile data tariffs by 60 percent

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has cut the price of mobile data by 60% with effect from next month, it said on Thursday, adding that it will now review charges annually. Lower prices will likely increase the country's Internet penetration rate, which the country's regulator says stood at 50.8%... 

Ethiopia plans to split telecoms monopoly in two to spur competition

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Ethiopia plans to sell a 30% to 40% stake in its State-run telecoms monopoly to big telecoms companies and will split the company in two to spur competition, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday. Selling stakes in its lucrative telecoms monopoly and other assets could open Ethiopia, one of... 

MTN aims to launch mobile service in Namibia around August

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, is aiming to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters. Currently state-owned operator MTC dominates in Namibia, a country of two-million people. 

Digital revolution sees ticketless rail future, says Trenitalia

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 The digital revolution will soon affect rail operations at a station and ticketing level, said Trenitalia passenger affairs deputy director Enrico Trapazzo at Africa Rail, held in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. Barrier-less ticketing will enable passengers to walk straight through a station and... 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday detailed work researchers are doing to put social media to use in identifying public safety incidents, including traffic collisions, crime incident patterns, emergencies, terrorism incidents and pandemics, and to develop tools... 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

Altron acquires iS Partners Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Allied Electronics (Altron) is moving to acquire the entire issued share capital of iS Partners for R225-million, effective July 1. Through wholly owned subsidiary Altron TMT, a share sale agreement was concluded that included iS Partners primary subsidiaries Karabina Solutions and Zetta Business... 

Vodacom embarks on new R17.5bn BEE deal 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has initiated a R17.5-billion deal that will increase its effective black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership to about 20% and provide exposure to Vodacom's local and international operations. The transaction will see existing BEE partners YeboYethu exchange... 

Vodacom embarks on new R17.5bn BEE deal
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Court order delays implementation of new end-user regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has succeeded in its court bid to postpone the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) stipulated deadline for the implementation of the end-user and subscriber services charter regulations. The High Court on Thursday granted the urgent interdict to... 

Companies moving towards emerging technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is strong indication that manufacturing companies will in the short term start using emerging technologies. This is according to ‘The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2018’ report, based on research conducted by research organisation World Wide Worx, in partnership with enterprise... 

Companies moving towards  emerging technologies
DEIRDRE FRYER Using the most suitable technology in the right areas can give rise to large cost reductions for businesses
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