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Telecoms News

Icasa boss sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud, money laundering 

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and money laundering. Mohlalonga was sentenced - alongside former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu - on... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Companies are expected to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) systems and dynamic encryption algorithms to combat the expected complex cyberattacks arising from the growing use of AI by cybercriminals, reports digital security multinational Gemalto. Gemalto Africa identity and data protection... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats
NEIL COSSER Encryption renders data useless to any unauthorised person, effectively protecting it from being misused

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Local cryptocurrency trading platform Luno country manager Marius Reitz praises the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) approach to developing a regulatory response to cryptoassets in South Africa, which aims to protect cryptocurrency users and support the growth and development of the... 

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach
MARIUS REITZ The regulations aim to ensure that the platforms are safe for people to use and combat illicit capital flows

Huawei to build data centres in South Africa

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 China's Huawei will build two data centres in South Africa from March, it said, as part of plans to expand cloud services across Africa. "The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centres in Johannesburg initially and later Cape Town," Huawei said in a... 

Minister withdraws telecoms amendment Bill

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has withdrawn the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which was tabled before Parliament in October last year. This decision, she explained in a statement on Tuesday, would enable further consultations and to align the Bill with the drive... 

Data emerging as high-value asset for businesses

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 Data is one of the most valuable assets businesses can leverage and will drive digital agendas in 2019, with a focus on rapid analysis and use, says data management firm PBT Group executive Kevin Kemp. It is at the forefront of most digital and technology business strategies, and allows for... 

AI and machine learning expected to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 An increase in the productivity and pace of business processes can be expected owing to the use of artificial intelligence (AII) and machine learning (ML), says cloud service firm Oracle South Africa MD Niral Patel. An autonomous enterprise requires less time for manual tasks and lower chances of... 

Nigerian court adjourns MTN case until March 26

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 A judge has adjourned a Lagos court case between South African telecoms firm MTN Group and Nigeria’s attorney general over a $2-billion tax demand until March 26, the court said on Thursday. MTN faces the demand from the country’s attorney general, a claim which the company has said is without... 

VEON says aims to buy out Egypt's Global Telecom for $600m

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 Telecoms operator VEON Ltd said on Tuesday it intends to offer 5.30 Egyptian pounds ($0.3005) per share for the 42.3% of Cairo-listed Global Telecom Holding it does not already own. The offer for the stake in Global, formerly known as Orascom, represents a 20% premium to its closing price on... 

MTN expects 20% improvement in FY18 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th February 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN expects its earnings for the year ended December 31, 2018, to increase by 20%. Its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and attributable earnings per share (EPS) are anticipated to be 36.4c and 49.2c respectively higher than the HEPS and EPS of 182c and 246c recorded in... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate artificial intelligence with ERP systems

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Agility has become a key requirement for industrial companies that need to make decisions more quickly and accurately, and is a key trend in 2019, says industrial enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro Africa product manager Deidre Fryer. “Industrial companies will look to... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate  artificial intelligence with ERP systems
DEIRDRE FRYER ERP systems fed with unstructured data from connected devices provide a more accurate overview of businesses

Digital trust next cybersecurity model as attacks and protection evolve

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Organisations will move from zero trust to digital trust cybersecurity models, enabling companies to create digital fingerprints of their employees, improving access to data and applications, and preparing for more mature cyberattack approaches, says information and communication technology... 

Hybrid-cloud services offer data control and security

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Information technology (IT) multinational subsidiary BT Africa’s managed cloud services enable companies to integrate multiple cloud infrastructure providers into one point of consumption, aligning costs and improving agility, as well as ensuring companies retain control over their data. Hybrid... 

Hybrid-cloud services offer data control and security
KEVIN KRIGE Hybrid-cloud creates a suitable environment for businesses to move to platform-based models when required

MiX lifts FY19 guidance on strong Q3 performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 Dual-listed MiX Telematics delivered another strong performance in the third quarter ended December 31, 2018, with a 16% year-on-year increase in subscription revenue to R439-million, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margins again exceeded... 

Rob Burger appointed Huge Telecom MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 Robert (Rob) Burger has been appointed MD of Huge Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Huge Group, with effect from January 23. After initially serving as Huge Telecom CFO, he was appointed acting MD in November 2018. 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 South Africa must continue to invest in travel technologies and Internet of Things technologies to tap the potential of tourism amid changing expectations of travel and modes of transport, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and Africa... 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth
SHERRY ZAMEER Tourism can contribute 600 000 jobs over the next decade

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Vodacom’s strong international operations offset South Africa’s lagging performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2019 JSE-listed Vodacom’s international operations have boosted the group’s financial performance in the quarter ended December 31, 2018, after a dip in the South African operations. The group’s revenue was up 1.5% to R23-billion and service revenue increased by 2.4% to R18.9-billion, while group data... 

Vodacom’s strong international operations offset South Africa’s lagging performance

MTN has paid $53m to settle Nigeria dispute – central bank 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 MTN has paid $53-million to settle a money transfer dispute with Nigeria's central bank and the matter has been withdrawn from court, Governor Godwin Emefiele said on Tuesday. The central bank had ordered MTN and its lenders to bring back a total of $8.1-billion it alleged the company had... 

Uganda deports French, Rwandan MTN execs citing national security – police

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 Uganda has deported a French and a Rwandan executive from telecoms group MTN, accusing them of planning to compromise national security, police said on Tuesday. MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said its Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, was detained at Entebbe... 

Smart speakers become fastest growing connected device – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2019 Smart speakers, fifth-generation (5G) networks and cloud-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the baselines of increased connectivity and potential for innovation this year, the latest ‘Deloitte Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions’ report shows. The eighteenth... 

Half of the world’s population now using the Internet

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2019 For the first time, more than half the world’s population is using the Internet, marking an important milestone for connecting people to the digital economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that, by the end of 2018, 51.2% of the global population, or 3.9-billion people,... 

Tool designed for German football team opened to other sporting codes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Sports teams and administrators can use the enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Sports One unified platform to manage teams and players efficiently and use powerful analytical insights for performance optimisation, says SAP New Markets & Strategic Customers Sport & Entertainment global... 

High-tech to become fully embedded in core business processes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 During the next five years, the steadily growing adoption and application of innovative technologies will be firmly embedded in many of the core processes and technologies of businesses, says information technology services multinational Dimension Data group CTO Ettienne Reinecke. This prediction... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global transparency initiative

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab’s new data centre in Zurich, Switzerland, will process malicious and suspicious files shared by users of Kaspersky Lab products in Europe, and forms part of its Global Transparency Initiative, says Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The relocation of... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global  transparency initiative
EUGENE KASPERSKY Transparency is becoming the new normal for the IT industry and the cybersecurity industry

Connectivity and security balance critical as smart cities grow

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 A balance between the hyperconnected-and-vulnerable and overly-cautious, developmentally moribund poles of the smart-city spectrum must be sought to support and protect smart cities, says networking multinational F5 Networks major channel account manager Simon McCullough. As smart cities expand,... 

Asset management systems seen as way to bolster utility sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems, including metering and billing solutions, help utilities to run more efficiently and, thereby, support utility and infrastructure provision, says information technology services multinational Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van... 

Kenya's Safaricom's overdraft service exceeds expectations – CEO

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 Kenya's biggest telecoms operator, Safaricom, notched up one million users for its new overdraft feature on the M-Pesa platform in just eight days, surpassing its CEO's expectations, he said on Thursday. Started 11 years ago as a service to allow Kenyans without access to the banking network to... 

Uganda's president 'astonished' MTN charged less for telecom licence renewal

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has criticised the telecommunications regulator after it slashed MTN Uganda's fee for renewing its telecoms licence, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Local media reported on Tuesday that the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had decided to charge MTN... 

Helios Towers enters South Africa with Vulatel partnership

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Helios Towers entered the South African market by forming a partnership with Vulatel to build out wireless and fixed-line infrastructure in the country. Helios Towers expects South Africa to lead the way on 5G rollout in sub-Saharan Africa, it said in a statement on Monday. 

MTN best mobile network in South Africa – MyBroadband Insights report

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th January 2019 Mobile operator MTN has secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ fourth-quarter 2018 ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The quarterly report revealed MTN as South Africa’s best mobile network, based on 383 479 speed tests conducted between October 1 and December 31, 2018. 

Vodacom pays former worker for 'Please Call Me' idea after deadlock  

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Vodacom Group is paying out “reasonable compensation” to a former employee of the South African mobile-network operator for his idea to develop a popular call-back service after a former chief executive officer first took credit for the product. The settlement comes almost a decade after Kenneth... 

Africa’s telco industry sees a mobile-powered 2019, but 5G still on the agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a rapid shift from second-generation (2G) to fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology, driven by improved infrastructure and access to cost-effective smartphones. The continent is increasingly becoming connected, with mobile broadband expected to account for 87%... 

Intelsat joins GMSA to strengthen mobile connections

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has become a full member of London-based association GMSA in an effort to build stronger working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. The association represents more than 750... 

New COO to start at Huge in March

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Newly appointed COO and director Andrew Openshaw will assume his new roles at Huge Group from March 1. Huge announced Openshaw’s appointment in December; however, the start date remained subject to his restraint of trade commitments to Reunert being waived or fulfilled. 

Liquid Telecoms to launch 'multi-billion rand' wholesale 4G network

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, on Friday announced that it would establish a multi-billion rand 4G network in South Africa. From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across its network nationwide. 

Liquid Telecoms to launch 'multi-billion rand' wholesale 4G network

MTN announces executive appointments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN has announced several new executive appointments, including the position of chief technology and information officer and executive for corporate services and sustainability. Charles Molapisi has been appointed as the company’s group chief technology and information... 

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