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Information Technology News

Tech startup legislation, incentives needed to drive Africa's digital economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Africa’s digital economy could contribute nearly $180-billion to the region’s growth by mid-decade, but, with only 39% of the population using the Internet, Africa is currently the world’s least connected continent. Governments should pass startup legislation, embed startup incentives in... 

AI could help reduce SA crime as early as 2023 – Aura

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 When a social media site throws out an advert for a product you were just discussing over the phone, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that ‘they’ must be listening, says Aura CEO and co-founder Warren Myers. The truth, however, is that the site employed artificial intelligence (AI) to predict... 

5G, integration key to unlocking South African technology value

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 Most South African companies, 80%, are adopting digital technologies and 78% plan to invest in fifth generation- (5G-) enabled campus networks. However, 65% of executives perceive tremendous challenges in navigating the network and digital technology integration complexity, extracting return on... 

Cyber-risks a major concern for South African, African businesses – Allianz

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Cyber-risks are the biggest concern for companies globally, in South Africa, Africa, the Middle East and Nigeria in 2022, and the threat of ransomware attacks, data breaches or major information technology outages are of greater concern to companies than business and supply chain disruption,... 

Cybersecurity perception gap remains, public safety threatened as cyberattacks spike – WEF

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Ransomware attacks increased by 151% in 2021, and there were on average 270 attacks per organisation, or a 31% increase compared with 2020. However, 92% of business executives surveyed say cyber-resilience is integrated into enterprise risk-management strategies, while only 55% of cybersecurity... 

Comair leveraging Google Cloud to provide seamless travel experiences in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Cloud technology and services provider Google Cloud and sub-Saharan African airline Comair are collaborating to accelerate the aviation group’s digital transformation plans in line with its mission to deliver seamless travel experiences for customers and help the travel industry regain momentum.... 

Africa Data Centres outlines expansion plans as it launches the flagship JHB1 data centre 

12th January 2022 Carrier-neutral co-location data centre provider Africa Data Centres has showcased its latest data centre at its Midrand campus, which forms an integral part of what it says are the most ambitious data centre expansion plans Africa has ever witnessed. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Africa Data Centres outlines expansion plans as it launches the flagship JHB1 data centre

Sub-Saharan Africa lost R30bn due to govt internet shutdowns, report says

By: News24Wire      12th January 2022 Countries in Sub-Sahara Africa lost a combined R30.88-billion from their economies because of widespread internet shutdowns by regimes, as demonstrations and crackdowns on opposition and civic society ensued last year. This is contained in the Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns 2021 report,... 

Nyati to step down from Altron

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2022 Mteto Nyati is stepping down as group CEO of JSE-listed technology company Altron, effective June 30. In an update to shareholders, Altron noted that the decision was informed by Nyati’s impending completion of a five-year term with the Altron Group, his successful contribution to increasing... 

MTN best South African mobile network for 2021

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2022 Telecommunications group MTN has been named the best mobile network in South Africa for 2021. The latest MyBroadband Mobile Network Quality Report shows that South Africa had an average mobile download speed of 40.86 Mb/s and an average upload speed of 13.82Mb/s during 2021. 

MTN set to oppose Telkom’s planned interdict on spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN has filed papers to oppose rival Telkom’s urgent application to interdict the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from proceeding with the spectrum Invitations To Apply (ITAs). On January 4, Telkom took to the courts to halt Icasa’s planned... 

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Icasa confirms receipt of court papers filed by Telkom

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th January 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed that it has been served with an urgent application filed by Telkom in the High Court, in Pretoria. In the application, filed on January 4, Telkom seeks to interdict Icasa from auctioning the International Mobile... 

Privacy, transparency, defensive data deletion to grow in 2022

By: Schalk Burger     5th January 2022 Online privacy will continue to grow as global technology companies embrace privacy protection efforts, while privacy-conscious ordinary consumers require transparency to know what data about them is collected and how it is used. Further, defensive deletion of so-called data graveyards will... 

Telkom files for spectrum ITA interdict

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has filed an application at the Gauteng High Court to have the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) spectrum Invitations To Apply (ITAs) reviewed and set aside. Included in the application is an urgent interdict to prevent Icasa from... 

Blue Label maintains cautionary

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th January 2022 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has issued a cautionary, advising shareholders to continue to exercise caution when dealing in their Blue Label shares amid a transaction that could have a material impact on its JSE share trades. This followed the August 26, 2021, announcement that Blue Label’s... 

Digital Realty to acquire majority of Teraco

By: Schalk Burger     4th January 2022 NYSE-listed cloud and carrier-neutral data centre multinational Digital Realty has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 55% of carrier-neutral data centre company Teraco Data Environments from a consortium of investors, including investment companies Berkshire Partners and Permira, with... 

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Teraco CEO Jan Hnizdo

Bottom-line technology to provide business opportunities that cybercriminals will target in 2022

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 Next year is likely to hold many possibilities for companies and cybercriminals alike, says cybersecurity company Trend Micro Cloud and Alliances. Business development manager Willem Barnard and Trend Micro sub-Saharan Africa senior cybersecurity sales engineer Yash Pillay, therefore, advise... 

Icasa issues spectrum ITA

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued the final Invitation To Apply (ITA) for the licensing process for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. Interested stakeholders are required to submit their applications by January 31, 2022, with the... 

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Rapidly expanding emergency marketplace Aura secures R62m in funding

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Africa-based security and medical response marketplace Aura has secured R62-million in a Series A funding round led by MultiChoice Group (MCG), KLT Holdings and Buffet Investments.  Aura says this funding will boost its global expansion plans. 

MTN appoints chief technology and information officer for digital, fintech

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Telecoms company MTN Group has appointed Hermann Tischendorf chief technology and information officer for digital and fintech, effective December 1. MTN Group chief digital and fintech officer Serigne Dioum says the group is “delighted” to have a seasoned executive of Tischendorf’s calibre... 

Ramaphosa reappoints four members of Information Regulator for five-year term

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reappointed advocate Pansy Tlakula as chairperson of the Information Regulator. Advocate Lebogang Stroom-Nzama and Advocate Collen Weapond have also been reappointed as full-time members of the Information Regulator. 

Data protection critical during power cuts

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Although downtime and damage to electrical equipment are common concerns for businesses during load-shedding, many business owners do not sufficiently consider the protection of their data, information technology (IT) company Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg tells Engineering News. When... 

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RAEFORD LIEBENBERG A backup strategy for your backup is more important than making sure your equipment stays on during load-shedding

Broadband Infraco relaunches Basadi in Telecoms initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2021 Broadband Infraco (BBI), in collaboration with Sentech, has resuscitated the Basadi in Telecoms Programme to empower to women-owned businesses and help provide business opportunities. The programme was initially launched in 2015 by the late former BBI CEO Puleng Kwele. 

Unicef, Liquid partner in Giga initiative

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to support the Giga initiative’s ambitions of connecting every school to the Internet. Liquid will share anonymised data to support the work of Giga, which was founded by... 

Etion reports improved half-year results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2021 JSE-listed Etion has reported an improved financial performance during the six months ended September 30, 2021. The group posted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R100.1-million during the six months to September 30, 2021, a significant improvement on the... 

Icasa awards provisional spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain Networks, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communications technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the... 

WIOCC secures $80m equity capital raise

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 A new multimillion-dollar capital raise will enable WIOCC to accelerate its growth across Africa while introducing a new investor into the company. Verdant Capital advised WIOCC on an $80-million equity capital raise, $75-million of which was invested by CAPE IV, a fund managed by African private... 

Liquid Intelligent Technologies achieves BBBEE Level 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa has achieved broad-based black economic empowerment level 1 status, a goal it had been working toward since expanding its operations in the country through the 2017 acquisition of Neotel. “This is an excellent achievement for us, which we do not take... 

South Africa still tracking well on renewed digital migration efforts 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2021 South Africa is firmly on the path to digital migration, said Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni during a monthly update on the country’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television under the broadcasting digital... 

Chemicals, media Setas team up to drive digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2021 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) and the Media, Information & Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority ((MICT Seta) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage greater cross-Seta collaboration on digital transformation... 

First #ActivistEngineering project calls on engineers to tackle indoor air pollution

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 Industrial and electronic products distributor RS Components has launched an activist engineering programmem urging the DesignSpark community to engineer for a better world. The first project calls on engineers to tackle indoor air pollution using the new DesignSpark environmental sensor... 

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Despite accelerated IoT adoption, unreliable connectivity still a key barrier

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Research by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat reveals that, despite the accelerating speed of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, poor or unreliable connectivity is a key barrier limiting the success of IoT projects for most organisations in... 

SMEs need to take up 4IR tech to align with larger players

By: Donna Slater     23rd November 2021 Smart manufacturing is important to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because such businesses account for between 95% and 99% of every major country’s manufacturing sectors, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association vice-chairperson Dr Ananth Seshan said during the organisation’s year-end... 

MTN, Nedbank partner for cost-effective ATM cash-out solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN has partnered with banking group Nedbank to enable Mobile Money (MoMo) customers to withdraw cash at all Nedbank ATMs or any of the participating retail stores, such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, OK Foods and USave, across South Africa at competitive rates. The... 

Icasa temporarily halts Woan licensing process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has temporarily suspended the licensing timetable for the release of the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) spectrum. Reviewing the licensing timelines, issued on October 1, the authority said that the suspension is to allow the... 

Additive manufacturing in South Africa boosted by local technology developments

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2021 Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a very real impact on the sector, both globally and locally, all signs are that additive manufacturing (AM) – popularly called 3D printing – is set to grow rapidly in the coming years, both in South Africa and around the world. That was a clear consensus at... 

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System aims to improve driver performance, safety

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Software company 5DT’s (Fifth Dimension Technologies’) new DriveVUE is an automated artificial intelligence (AI) driver behaviour improvement system that aims to improve driver performance and safety. “DriveVUE, [our] latest AI product, is a device mounted behind the rear-view mirror of a... 

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DriveVUE When the DriveVUE device detects an event, it gives the driver an audio warning –essentially speaking to the driver
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