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5G poised to aid coronavirus fight

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2020 Fifth-generation (5G) technology will have a critical role to play in the world’s battle against Covid-19. A new white paper produced by advisory firm Deloitte and information and communications technology giant Huawei shows how the effectiveness of communication and data exchange has been... 

MTN seeks new leader as Shuter plans departure 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2020 As MTN group president and CEO Rob Shuter prepares to step down in March 2021 from the role he has held since 2017, a year-long hunt is on for his successor. Shuter, nearing the completion of his four-year fixed contract, plans to pass on the baton to “take a well-deserved rest” before figuring... 

MTN seeks new leader as Shuter plans departure
MTN president and CEO Rob Shuter discusses the company’s search for a new leader.

Ten-fold increase in attacks on networks expected as remote access grows

By: Schalk Burger     26th March 2020 Cybersecurity statistics show a sharp spike in network attacks in South Africa between March 15 and 21, with affected devices increasing from 20 000 to 30 000 a day on average to a peak at about 310 000 over these few days, cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky says. This coincided with a time in... 

Telkom zero-rates essential online government information sites

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2020 Telecommunications group Telkom has zero-rated zero rated access to essential on line government services, including free public access to the Government Communication Information System (GCIS) South African Government website. Telkom has also zero-rated access to educational institutions,... 

Icasa set to scale down operations as South Africa locks down

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is planning to significantly scale down its operations, as South Africa enters its Covid-19 national lockdown from midnight Thursday, March 26. The authority said on March 26 that it will align its operations to the measures... 

Mobile money accounts surpass one-billion globally

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2020 The number of registered mobile money accounts worldwide has surpassed the one-billion mark, with the processing of about $2-billion in transactions undertaken every day. A new GSMA ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money’ report shows that 2019 marked a major milestone for the mobile money... 

Tribunal approves Vodacom, Competition Commission settlement

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2020 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed, as an order, the consent agreement between the Competition Commission and telecommunications group Vodacom. The tribunal said in a statement that a copy of the order and agreement will be published on its website in due course. 

Tribunal to hear Vodacom, Competition Commission settlement

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th March 2020 The Competition Tribunal will, on March 25, consider the settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and telecommunications giant Vodacom. Following the conclusion of the agreement early in March, the duo are now applying to the Tribunal for the confirmation of their consent agreement... 

Alaris reports triple-digit earnings surge for H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2020 JSE-listed Alaris on March 24 posted a surge in earnings for the six months ended December 31 on the back of strong performance by its Alaris Antennas and Cojot business units. The group’s headline earnings a share increased by 256% from 5.42c in the corresponding period last year to 19.27c in... 

Huawei, China Economic Association donate R3m to South Africa’s Covid-19 battle

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2020 Information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart device provider Huawei has donated R1-million toward South Africa’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the Covid-19 disease. The South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association, at the Chinese... 

Vodacom says spectrum release critical for further data-price cuts

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom plans to reduce its data costs and embark on a programme to enable digital inclusion over the next two years after reaching an agreement with South Africa's Competition Commission. Following the publication of the commission’s ‘Final Findings and Recommendations... 

Customer trust, market relevance linked to data culture

By: Schalk Burger     20th March 2020 Market leadership is most frequently attained when an organisation establishes a high level of trust in the data from its customers, its own business processes and across its partner ecosystem, says information technology multinational IBM Institute for Business Value director Ian Fletcher. While... 

Drones a corporate espionage threat

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th March 2020 Although drones have been a positive business decision for various industries, such as agriculture, where drones are used for automated farming, drones can also pose a threat to companies when they are used for corporate espionage, says information and communications technology systems integrator... 

Drones a corporate espionage threat
CALLIE VAN VUUREN Smartphone applications can also be used to detect and locate nearby routers that may have been flown in by a drone

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

By: Donna Slater     20th March 2020 Regulations governing drones, officially referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), have been stagnant since July 2015, when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) first introduced regulations to formalise the industry.  

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

Telkom starts restructuring process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 Embattled telecommunications group Telkom on Friday announced the start of the first phase of its two-phase restructuring process. The group, starting its consultation processes, issued Section 189 notices, in addition to the offer of voluntary severance packages (VSPs) and voluntary early... 

Company upgrades its ERP for companies in food and bev industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Software company SYSPRO is working on upgrades to its SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) version 8 including some additional functionalities suitable for two large consumer products companies in South Africa and is also implementing the solution at two other food companies. “The SYSPRO ERP... 

Herotel works to consolidate acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 Last mile telecommunications group Herotel has kicked off the process of consolidating all of its assets under one brand following a successful acquisition drive. Herotel’s fibre assets and wireless Internet service provider (Wisp) brands will now be merged into a single, scaled-up national... 

ICT industry to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 45% by 2030

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 A new International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standard will require the global information and communication technology (ICT) industry to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% from 2020 to 2030. The ITU L.1470 standard puts forward emission-reduction trajectories for operators of... 

Lenovo leveraging channel partners to enhance solutions, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     13th March 2020 Information technology equipment company Lenovo reports good success of its strategy to use its channel partners to garner feedback from clients on what solutions and products they need, thereby honing the company’s solutions and offerings, says Lenovo Southern African territory channel and... 

Lenovo leveraging channel partners  to enhance solutions, customer experience
ABRIE VAN STADEN The company supplies customers with devices suited to their needs, as well as enabling them to interface with converged business environments

Data prices to fall 

12th March 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Vodacom's agreement with the Competition Commission to reduce its data prices by 40% over a two-year period and what this means for other telecoms companies. 

Data prices to fall
Data prices to fall

Vodacom agrees to drop data prices by 40% over next two years  

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has reached an agreement with South Africa's Competition Commission that will result in it reducing its prepaid data prices by 40% and enable digital inclusion over the next two years. Following the publication of the commission’s ‘Final Findings and... 

Vodacom agrees to drop data prices by 40% over next two years
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Cloud service provider attains Level 1 BEE status

By: Simone Liedtke     9th March 2020 Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services South Africa (AWS ZA) has attained Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) status. To achieve this, AWS ZA scored the maximum points for enterprise development, supplier development and ownership elements of the scorecard upon first... 

Companies urged to tap IT skills concentrated in some regions

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2020 Concentrations of high-level information technology (IT) skills in various regions worldwide can be tapped to provide expertise and overcome constraints in local talent pools for companies concentrated in a region or market and multinational companies, says local industrial enterprise resource... 

Companies urged to tap IT skills  concentrated in some regions
TERENCE MOOLMAN Companies must have ongoing training initiatives to arm the workforce with the correct skills in an ever-changing world

Local foundry leads to AI partnership

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 With a strong focus on growing its international business, machine learning solutions provider, DataProphet, has signed a partnership with a leading metallic parts enhancement company, Norican Group, to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the foundry industry. This came... 

Local foundry leads to AI partnership
SMART FOUNDRIES The aim is to improve manufacturing processes using AI in the foundry industry

Companies urged to embrace disruptive technology

By: Kim Cloete     5th March 2020 Companies and governments have been urged to embrace disruptive technology, as it can contribute to decarbonising energy and make it cleaner, greener and more accessible. Executives and experts attending the Africa Energy Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, outlined huge advances in electric... 

Altron gets green light for Ubusha buyout

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th March 2020   JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has secured Competition Commission approval for its R360-million acquisition of identity security company Ubusha Technologies. 

PIC terminates employment of listed equities head

3rd March 2020 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has terminated the employment contract of its executive head of listed investments, Fidelis Madavo.  Madavo was suspended by the PIC board in January 2019 on the basis of a preliminary report into the PIC’s investment in listed technology company Ayo... 

Sita sponsors cyberlab at school in rural KZN

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2020 The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) has sponsored an information and communication technology (ICT) laboratory at Manhlenga junior secondary school in Gazini village, in the uMhlabuyalingana local municipality. The sponsorship of a cyberlab for the rural KwaZulu-Natal school, 7km from... 

Cisco unveils multiyear plan for ‘building a new Internet’

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2020 Information, communication and networking equipment and software multinational Cisco’s long-term technology strategy is based on development and investments in the three key technology areas of silicon, optics and software for building a new Internet, Cisco chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins says.... 

Private equity fund eyes growth from early-stage 4IR startups

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th February 2020 As Campan exits its 20% stake in Ubusha Technologies, following JSE-listed Allied Electronics’ (Altron’s) 100% acquisition of the identity security provider, the private equity group is intensifying its focus on transformative Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) early-stage start-ups. Campan,... 

Skilled-worker gap to widen as technology develops

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2020 The gap between jobs and skilled workers is continuing to widen as the unprecedented speed of technological development brings rise to innovations and new business models that have changed the face of global economies. While 2019 proved to be a significant year for the technology sector, and 2020... 

4IR vocational training a viable alternative to Grade 12

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 The digital world being ushered in by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) requires more than just office workers; it requires engineers, technicians and artisans. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) enables learners to further their studies, as it creates more opportunities... 

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2020 Advocacy organisation, the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign on Wednesday held protests in Pretoria and Cape Town against what it says is the failure of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) to protect South African citizens’ right... 

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

Blue Label to conclude 3G Mobile deal, Blue Label Mobile at advanced stage

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label is set to receive its R544-million asking price, after all suspensive conditions relating to the disposal of subsidiary The Prepaid Company’s (TPC’s) interest in the 3G Mobile handset trading operations were on Friday fulfilled. In September last year, Blue Label announced... 

Digital transformation initiative for smallholder farmers

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2020 The Eswatini Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (ESWADE), in partnership with network operator Eswatini Mobile and South African agri-fintech company eSusFarm Africa, will use the eSusFarm Africa platform to provide information and services for 10 000 farmers on small-holdings. ESWADE... 

MTN to post double-digit growth in full-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2020 JSE-listed MTN expects to report double-digit growth in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended December 31. Reported on an International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 16 basis, the group expects a 30% to 50% increase in HEPS to between 438c and 506c for the year under review,... 

Skills shortages threaten South Africa’s 4IR progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2020 Skills shortages will be the single biggest challenge facing the South African information and communication technology (ICT) sector over the next ten years, the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) says. While South Africa’s highly innovative and... 

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