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Telecoms News

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 The mobility of clients and demand for instantaneous services as a result of the boom of connected resources and services has made availability a business imperative, says availability and recovery multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa regional VP Gregg Petersen. Even historically... 

Scottish, South African scientists demonstrate entanglement swapping for quantum communications

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2017 A team of Scottish and South African researchers demonstrated entanglement swapping and teleportation of orbital angular momentum (OAM) patterns of light, which is a crucial step towards realising a quantum repeater for high-dimensional entangled states. The team of scientists from Heriot-Watt... 

Commission invites submissions for data services market inquiry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Competition Commission on Wednesday invited stakeholders wishing to participate in its market inquiry into data services to make formal submissions. Submissions would close on November 1. 

R2K picketers call for cellphone companies to ring in the changes

By: News24Wire      19th September 2017 Right2Know has led pickets outside the four major telecommunications companies in Gauteng on Tuesday, demanding affordable voice and data costs for South Africans. Tariffic, a research company, found that South Africa has the second highest data contract prices among seven countries, including... 

Zambia to tender for fourth voice mobile service provider

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Zambia plans to invite bidders for a fourth mobile phone voice service provider following approval of a new licensing regime, the Minister of Transport and Communication said on Tuesday. Zambia approved a law in June allowing more mobile phone voice service providers to boost competition. 

Certification upholds international standards

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, known as ISO 3834, is operated by independent company SAIW Certification, which is authorised by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as South Africa’s Authorised National Body for Company... 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection
NEW APPRAOCH The Delta Drone Group is responsible for inspecting 563 cellphone towers in France this year

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

Bringing data to life using advanced analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 Information services multinational Experian has established innovation laboratories, which it terms “DataLabs”, in the US, Brazil and UK to stimulate organic product development, says Experian VP Eric Haller. Since the first laboratory was launched in San Diego, in the US, in 2011, products... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative

Alviva to leverage services strength for growth over next year

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2017 Business information and communication technology (ICT) company Alviva will leverage the investments made into its subsidiaries and infrastructure, which has helped to reduce gearing, broadened its offerings and improved efficiencies, to drive growth over the next year. The firm had increased the... 

Cabinet to review plan to merge State-owned telecoms firms

By: Reuters     5th September 2017 A plan to merge two of South Africa's state-owned telecom firms into a single broadband network company will be reviewed by the cabinet in December, a senior government official told lawmakers on Tuesday. The government hopes to combine the fibre network and high-speed bandwidth capacity of... 

Cabinet to review plan to merge State-owned telecoms firms

Smartwatches set to dominate R4tr wearables market

By: News24Wire      1st September 2017 Over 300-million wearable devices are expected to be sold in 2017 generating almost R4-trillion, according to research firm Gartner. A recent study by the company revealed that wearable device sales are expected to grow by 16.7% during the year, with an estimated sale of 41.5-million smartwatches... 

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) service provider T-Systems South Africa has launched product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions for local industries, says T-Systems South Africa Automotive and Manufacturing Industries business development and strategy head Michael Frans. The... 

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA
MICHAEL FRANS The PLM solutions enable products and services to be managed from design and engineering through to the customer environment

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre confirms significant African appetite

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 The new Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility being built in Riverfields, Ekurhuleni, is an indication of the continuing growth in demand for hosting services in Africa, says neutral data centre firm Teraco Data Environments CEO Lex van Wyk. The demand is driven by big data and cloud... 

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre  confirms significant African appetite
JAN HNIZDO The Riverfields data centre facility represents about 20% of the capacity of the South Africa-based outsourced market

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base

Cell C disputes Icasa’s view that recapitalisation amounts to licensee control change

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2017 Telecommunications service provider Cell C on Thursday refuted that its recapitalisation amounted to a transfer of control that would have required approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). “Based on extensive legal advice, there has not been any transfer of... 

Digitalisation must be embraced by trucking industry

     25th August 2017 Digitalisation will rapidly transform the trucking industry in the near future, as it will force the industry to embrace this concept, or risk being unable to compete. This message was emphasised at this year’s fourth annual TruckX and FleetX conference and expo, which took place at the Kyalami... 

Digitalisation must  be embraced by  trucking industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTONOMY Autonomous vehicle technology is being tested around the world, and will force the trucking industry to adapt to technological innovations

Telkom unveils new digital entertainment product offering

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2017 Information and communications technology giant Telkom is continuing its post-restructure growth strategy with the unveiling of a new unlimited digital entertainment product offering called LIT. In what Telkom Consumer CEO Attila Vitai described as a first in the market, Telkom is delivering a... 

Telkom unveils new digital entertainment product offering
Telkom Consumer CEO Attila Vitai

South African operations lift Blue Label’s FY17 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday reported an improvement in its financial and operational performance for the year ended May 31, on the back of the organic growth of its South African segment. This comes as the group concludes its acquisition, post-period, of South Africa’s... 

South African operations lift Blue Label’s FY17 performance
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Armstrong to head WBS Chair in Digital Business

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2017 Professor Brian Armstrong has been selected to head up the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School’s (WBS’s) Chair in Digital Business. The former Telkom chief commercial officer, who described himself as "a business scientist and a scientific businessperson", envisages a fully... 

Altron sets sights on new era with new five-year strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2017 With the completion of a strategy review and a successful consolidation and realignment of the business, telecommunications and information technology giant Allied Technology (Altron) CEO Mteto Nyati has set his sights on shaking up the JSE-listed firm to unlock a “new era” of growth and... 

Altron sets sights on new era with new five-year strategy
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati

Cell C appoints new chairperson, deputy chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Telecommunications giant Cell C has appointed Kuben Pillay and Larry Nestadt to its board. The appointments follow the recent recapitalisation of Cell C whereby telecommunication company’s Blue Label Telecoms and Net1 respectively acquired 45% and 15% of the company’s share capital.   “We are... 

Competition Commission sets sights on high data costs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 The Competition Commission has initiated a market inquiry into data services following widespread calls by consumers for lower data costs and subsequent queries from at least three Ministers over high data costs and data affordability. With the gazetting of the terms of reference (ToR) of the... 

Cloud virtualization platform adds flexibility to legacy enterprise networks

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Cloud wide-area network (CloudWan), unifies and centralises complex corporate networks, as well as provide flexibility and control over hybrid cloud deployments, says information and communication technology firm Internet Solutions Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet executive head... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth in African demand

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Local neutral access Internet exchange peering service NAPAfrica achieved 200 Gb/s of traffic in July as a result of significant demand from neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa (sSA), says data centre company Teraco Data Environments business development manager Michele McCann. The... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth  in African demand
MICHELE MCCANN Teraco has invested in hardware and systems to support critical infrastructure in multiple countries

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

Icasa, CEO part ways

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued a statement confirming the “mutual separation” of the authority and its CEO Pakamile Pongwana. This followed the announcement in July that Pongwana had been placed on precautionary suspension pending an... 

Infraco to get new CEO as Kwele’s term ends

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cabinet on Thursday reported the appointment of AD Matseke as CEO of State-owned Broadband Infraco for a five-year term from September 1, 2017, to August 30, 2022. Further, the fixed-contract of current CEO Phuleng Kwele has been extended by three months from September 1 to November 30. 

Helios Towers Tanzania acquires Zantel’s mainland tower portfolio

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2017 Telecommunications infrastructure firm Helios Towers Tanzania (HTT) is acquiring all mainland unique telecoms tower sites from Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will bring the Helios Towers Africa (HTA) subsidiary’s telecoms tower sites in Tanzania to around 3... 

Icasa tackles data expiry woes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday gazetted proposed regulatory amendments aimed at mitigating mobile operators’ expiry of data and out-of-billing practices. The End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations 2017 aim to dictate that the... 

New committee set up to accelerate digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 With another new deadline set for South Africa’s long-awaited migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has set up an advisory committee to accelerate the project. In line with this, she has engaged key stakeholders, including... 

Blue Label concludes Cell C recapitalisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has wrapped up the R5.5-billion recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C, taking a 45% ownership, through subsidiary The Prepaid Company, of issued share capital of Cell C more than a year after first initiating the deal. In an update to shareholders on Monday,... 

Blue Label concludes Cell C recapitalisation
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

WiFi addresses connectivity at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 One of the key challenges with connectivity at a port, harbour or offshore environment is the constant movement of large objects such as ships coming in or containers being on- and offloaded.  

WiFi addresses  connectivity at ports
RIAAN GRAHAM It has become a necessity for ports to use connectivity and smart systems to make port operations more efficient and timely
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