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Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 36 minutes ago Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Kenya’s Konza Techno City emerging as Africa’s smart-city frontrunner

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 36 minutes ago The Konza Techno City, in Kenya, being developed about 60 km south-east of Nairobi, will be a smart city to better serve citizens and manage city operations, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. The focus will be on service delivery,... 

Software platform enables multiple-channel social media messaging

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 36 minutes ago Customer engagement platform developer BrandChat’s newest software tool enables companies to control social media engagement with customers over multiple channels simultaneously, says BrandChat director Pete Matthaei. Organisations can share targeted content across multiple social media and... 

Software platform enables multiple-channel social  media messaging
PETE MATTHAEI BrandChat provides control, visibility and information to improve the direct link between customer engagement and customer action

SA telcos broadening ICT services portfolios

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2017 South African telecommunications providers are pursuing mobile-data-driven diversification strategies that are creating growth opportunities for the industry and are bolstering their information and communication technology (ICT) services portfolios, Frost and Sullivan’s ‘South African ICT... 

Blue Label appoints COO for South African operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th April 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label has appointed Wayne McCauley as COO of its South African operations.  He will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing corporate and business strategies and will report to joint CEOs Mark and Brett Levy. “We welcome Wayne to our rapidly expanding South... 

More than half a million rand worth of copper recovered in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 The newly established anti-cable theft unit arrested 12 suspected cable thieves and recovered several tons of copper valued at more than half a million rand over the Easter weekend, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said on Thursday. He said the weekend arrests were in addition to 67 other... 

Competition commission says not pursuing pricing complaint against MTN, Vodacom 

By: Reuters     18th April 2017 South Africa's competition regulator has decided against pursuing a complaint of unfair pricing lodged against mobile phone giants MTN Group and Vodacom by smaller unlisted rival Cell C. Cell C made the complaint with the Competition Commission in 2013, accusing MTN and Vodacom of discriminatory... 

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Local telecoms provider Euphoria Telecom announced that it had partnered with South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) to offer affordable Voice over Internet Protocol to South African technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and students. Saben is an initiative... 

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership
GEORGE GOLDING For the education sector, reliable Internet means access to information for . . . teachers and students

Two in five industrial computers faced cyberattacks in second half of 2016

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2017 An average of two-in-five computers related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises were exposed to malicious software and targeted cyberattack in the second half of 2016, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Head of Critical Infrastructure Defence Department... 

South Africa’s cloud adoption lagging rest of the world, report shows

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 Networking specialist firm F5 Networks ‘State of App Delivery 2017’ report indicates that 41% of companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will continue to invest in private cloud technologies and services this year, although South Africa’s cloud adoption is lagging significantly behind... 

Vodacom chairperson to step down in July

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 Vodacom chairperson Peter Moyo will step down from the board at the company’s annual general meeting on July 18. He will join Old Mutual Emerging Markets as CEO in June. 

Limpopo schools offline project nears completion

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 The Limpopo Provincial Government’s Offline Content to Schools without Internet Connectivity project (Offline Content project for short) provides access to digital content for Limpopo schools without connectivity. The Offline Content project aims to develop information and communication... 

ICT council progresses sector's BBBEE code

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services’ Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Council has met all of its initial mandates and will now continue its work to guide and review the implementation of the amended and... 

High-speed wireless provides fibrelike connectivity to underserved areas

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 A 28 GHz last-mile wireless access solution is being rolled out in South Africa to provide fibre-like connectivity for underserved areas, says telecommunications operator Paratus Telecom SA MD Kallie Carlsen. The solution uses a combination of 28 GHz wireless line-of-sight solution for last-mile... 

New network platform simplifies complex implementations

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 The new version of application performance company Riverbed Technology’s software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solution supports complex enterprise environments and simplifies the implementation of large-scale SD-WAN deployments in data centres through nondisruptive network integration,... 

DBSA secures $100m AFD loan facility to support continental activity

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has secured a $100-million loan facility from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), earmarked for energy, water, transport and information and communication technology infrastructure across Africa. The DBSA aims to continue to advance... 

Smart projectors being used to enrich meetings and lessons

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Smart projectors that enable users to interact directly with the images and videos displayed are increasingly being used in commerce and education to make meetings and lessons rich and collaborative, says electronics multinational Epson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Visual Instruments... 

Icasa to publish findings on effect of pro-competitive conditions in the call termination regulations by April 30

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Wednesday held a stakeholder meeting on the impending review of the pro-competitive conditions imposed on licensees in the 2014 mobile call termination rate and fixed call termination rate regulations. The authority is conducting... 

Cell C posts first profit of R540m

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday posted a profit for the first time of R540-million for the year ended December 31, a reverse on the loss of R5.6-billion recorded in the prior financial year. The growth was attributed in bulk to foreign exchange-related gains... 

Cell C posts first profit of R540m
Photo by Duane Daws
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos

Slow economic conditions no barrier to digitisation

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 This year looks set to see broad business digitisation, partly as a result of years of investigation and validation of digital business systems, says information technology company Strato IT MD Cassie Lessing. This digitisation of business processes will continue despite anaemic economic growth,... 

Slow economic conditions no barrier to digitisation
CASSIE LESSING Digital systems improve workflow processes, automate many aspects of normal business transactions and help to remove delays and costs

Du Plessis to step down as Rio chair to join BT Group

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto has confirmed that chairperson Jan du Plessis will retire after the completion of an "orderly succession process". British multinational group BT Group announced earlier on Thursday that Du Plessis would join its board as nonexecutive director on June 1, and as... 

Du Plessis to step down as Rio chair to join BT Group
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Jan du Plessis

Altron selects MTN’s Nyati to replace Venter as CEO, narrows FY16 losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2017 Following a rigorous recruitment process and a global search for a suitable candidate, MTN South Africa (SA) CEO Mteto Nyati has been appointed the new group CEO of JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron), effective no later than July 1. Nyati, who will succeed outgoing Altron CEO Robbie Venter,... 

Altron selects MTN’s Nyati to replace Venter as CEO, narrows FY16 losses
Photo by Duane Daws
Altron outgoing CEO Robert Venter

Advice on how to ensure security of companies’ data

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2017 While the convergence and reinforcement of data will grow in volume and complexity, the way in which companies leverage and secure this information to improve operations and make users safe must be addressed, says business intelligence firm PBT Group technical business analyst Jessie Rudd. Many... 

Advice on how to ensure security of companies’ data
JESSIE RUDD Data must be protected like any other asset

Automation, use of intelligent cameras key trends in high-tech security

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2017 Intelligent cameras that detect and track intruders, the automation of control room systems that enable guards to be more proactive and growing rental demand are some of the key trends within the security industry, says integrated security multinational G4S South Africa technology director Tim... 

Automation, use of intelligent  cameras key trends in high-tech security
TIM TIMMINS Integrated systems and single physical security information management platforms remain crucial for customers

MTN optimistic of turnaround after plunging into the red in FY16  

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2017 JSE-listed MTN believes it is on the mend and is seeing the first signs of a turnaround after plunging into the red during what it described as the most challenging year in the company's 22-year history. With its Ignite initiative and various other strategies in play, MTN hopes to reverse the... 

MTN optimistic of turnaround after plunging into the red in FY16
MTN interim chairperson Phuthuma Nhleko discusses the group's financial performance for the year ended December 31, 2016, and the plans in place to reverse the losses. Date recorded: 02/03/2017. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Lionel da Silva.

Demand for subsidised set-top-boxes rising in SA – Muthambi

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2017 The Communications Department on Thursday said that the demand for government subsidised set-top-boxes was on the rise. “It is encouraging to see the growth in demand. The increase in registrations is a strong indication of the success of the migration project,” said Communications Minister Faith... 

Telecommunications department clears up ICT Policy confusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2017 In response to the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) comments this week on the National Integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) White Paper Policy and its implementation, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Tuesday assured that comprehensive public... 

Blue Label’s R5.5bn, 45% Cell C acquisition passes restructure hurdle

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2017 With several critical contracts entered into and the restructure of Cell C’s debt agreed, JSE-listed Blue Label is looking forward to wrapping up the final processes for a R5.5-billion deal that will see it take ownership of a 45% stake in South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator. Blue Label... 

Blue Label’s R5.5bn, 45% Cell C acquisition passes restructure hurdle
Blue Label joint-CEO Brett Levy

Brimstone pays out 15th consecutive dividend

By: News24Wire      28th February 2017 Brimstone recorded a 22% increase in revenue and a 147% increase in operating profit for the financial year ended 31 December 2016, the company announced on Monday. A dividend of 42c a share was declared. 

Free Market Foundation calls into question department’s claims of support for ICT policy proposals

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Monday said the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) was incorrect in asserting that the new National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy White Paper had the support and backing of industry. The ICT White... 

MTN quantifies FY16 loss 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 JSE-listed MTN on Monday provided better guidance on its expected loss for the financial year ended December 31, as its Nigerian regulatory fine, foreign exchange losses and charges relating to MTN Zakhele Futhi bites. In a trading update to shareholders, MTN said a basic headline loss a share of... 

Security response team launched to protect digital business

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Network security multinational F5 Networks has launched a security incident response team (SIRT) and the F5 Labs cybersecurity laboratory service in addition to a suite of cybersecurity systems to protect modern digital commerce, says F5 Networks senior engineer Martin Walshaw. The SIRT will... 

Security response team launched to protect digital business
MARTIN WALSHAW Sophisticated threat intelligence and response strategies in addition to simplified access controls for applications and data are essential to effectively support digital commerce

Cell C rejects Telkom’s buy-out offer  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2017 Mobile operator Cell C on Thursday confirmed that it had rejected an unsolicited nonbinding and conditional acquisition proposal from telecommunications giant Telkom. Media reports emerged this week that Telkom was planning to throw its hat in the ring for the buy-out of Cell C, which is being... 

Set top box policy amendment matter back in Constitutional Court

By: African News Agency      21st February 2017 Advocate Wim Trengove SC told the Constitutional Court on Tuesday that a decision on the amended set top box (STB) policy was unnecessary as it would have no legal binding effect. Trengove, who is acting for Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, was quizzed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and... 

Blue Label expects higher H1 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label expects to report a surge in earnings bolstered in part by 58.18%-owned subsidiary Oxigen Services India’s fair value gains of R150-million in the six months ended November 30, 2016. Earnings a share are expected to increase by 54% to 58% to between 80.79c and 82.89c for the... 

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused historical information

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The growing use of analytics to support business operations and the increasing complexity of data flows in all companies are leading companies of all sizes to adopt data management systems, says data management software firm Commvault Middle East, South Africa and Turkey systems engineering... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused  historical information
JOHAN SCHEEPERS Data management platforms enable companies to effectively manage data leak risks and threats, as well as manage the creation, storage, access and deletion of data
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