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Information Technology News

McAfee reports increase in cyberattacks amid Covid-19 lockdowns

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2020 Cybersecurity multinational McAfee's 'Quarterly Threats' report shows that there were nearly 7.5-million external attacks on cloud user accounts during the second quarter of this year across all major industries globally, including financial services, healthcare, public sector, education, retail,... 

Etion H1 earnings contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2020 JSE-listed Etion reported a decline in net profit to R4.9-million for the six months ended September 30, 2020, from R5.4-million reported in the corresponding six months last year. The group’s profit before tax increased by 45% from R5.4-million in the first half of 2019 to R7.9-million during... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2020 The data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international best practices of cybersecurity, but also to laws and regulation. Information and communication technology (ICT) and law experts indicate that... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

AWS solutions unlock machine learning potential for Arçelik

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2020 Global household appliances manufacturer Arçelik is establishing a companywide analytics and machine learning programme, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), as it transforms its appliance manufacturing business into a data-driven organisation. AWS was selected as the preferred cloud provider... 

Kagiso Capital invests in local IoT commercial technology development company

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2020 Transformative investment holding company Kagiso Capital has invested R100-million in Stellenbosch-based specialised technology investment group Alphawave Group, which is focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). The Alphawave Group’s 12 businesses traverse technologies from sensor technology,... 

Digital network launched to support wine sector

13th November 2020 The Western Cape government, in partnership with agency for tourism, trade and investment promotion for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro, as well as wine marketing specialists Wines of South Africa (WoSA), have announced the launch of the Cape Export Network (CEN). Launched in September,... 

Digital network launched to support wine sector
TECH TALK The Cape Export Network uses technology to introduce producers and buyers on a secure platform

Africa’s Internet economy gaining traction with increased contribution to GDP

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 It is estimated that Africa’s Internet economy has the potential to reach 5.2% of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, contributing about $180-billion to the continent’s economy, a report released by Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on November 11 shows.... 

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct 

12th November 2020 Chinese information and communication technology giant Huawei, data-only network operator Rain and the University of the Witwatersrand have partnered to launch South Africa’s first 5G laboratory, located at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Johannesburg. Natasha Odendaal tells... 

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct
New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

Competition Commission reviews inputs to strategy to tackle digital economy competition

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2020 The Competition Commission is reviewing the submissions it has received in response to its proposed competitive strategy for South Africa’s digital economy in the future. The draft paper on Competition in the Digital Economy was published in September for public comment before October 30,... 

Teraco starts construction on 38 MW hyperscale data centre

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2020 Interconnection hub and vendor-neutral data centre provider Teraco Data Environments has broken ground on the construction of a new hyperscale data centre with 38 MW of critical power load in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg. The facility, known as JB4, is expected to be the largest single site data... 

MTN Nigeria’s revenue, earnings grow despite voice, data volatility

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2020 MTN Nigeria reported growth in revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) despite facing volatility in voice and data revenue over the nine months ended September 30. The group’s Ebitda increased 9.1% to N497.9-billion; however, its Ebitda margin contracted... 

Icasa closes in on broadband inquiry, operators say effective spectrum allocation critical

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2020 Two years after the completion of the priority markets inquiry in 2018, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) aims to wrap up its Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry by March 31, 2021. The authority, which held public hearings on the December published Discussion... 

CDC Group invests further $40m into Africa’s connectivity, data centres

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 UK development finance institution and impact investor CDC Group has invested an additional $40-million of equity into African independent fibre, data centre and cloud technology provider Liquid Telecom. This marks the CDC’s second investment into the company, after an initial equity investment... 

MTN Nigeria appoints new CEO, as Moolman returns to South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2020 MTN Nigeria CEO Ferdi Moolman is stepping down, effective March 31, 2021, to take up a role group chief risk officer in South Africa. MTN Group West and Central Africa (Weca) VP Karl Toriola has been appointed as the new MTN Nigeria CEO, also effective March 31. 

Maritime industry grappling with cyber-physical security as IT/OT converge

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 A panel of maritime and cybersecurity experts on October 21 discussed the changing demands on the maritime industry to ensure the physical security of vessels and shore side infrastructure and operations as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) converge. The convergence is... 

AI-powered tool improves document analysis for legal use

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 South African artificial intelligence (AI) consulting company Deep Learning Café has launched an AI-powered tool that is able to sort through large volumes of data to find specific search phrases, improving the efficiency of document analysis for legal use. This is particularly useful for smaller... 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 The adoption of technology in a business must be strategic, informed and should be performed with the aim of streamlining and enhancing the existing business processes to ensure maximum value and efficiency, says business consultancy multinational BDO Financial Services Technology junior analyst... 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy
CHRIS O'FLAHERTY Clear communication of why a technology is being adopted and how it will help employees contributes to employees embracing the changes

Altron delivers growth during lockdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2020 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics (Altron) has achieved double-digit growth in revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) from continuing operatons during the six months to August 31, 2020. The group’s Ebitda increased 17% to R883-million for... 

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology  

22nd October 2020 Mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services has conducted what it claims is the first Autonomy Level 2 flight in South Africa, using a drone-mounted light detection and ranging payload fitted to a drone. Donna Slater tells us more. 

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology
Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology

Troye, Citrix helping local companies build digital workplaces

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2020 Managed information technology (IT) services firm Troye is, through its partnership with digital workspace, networking and analytics multinational Citrix, helping customers build digital workplaces on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This enables end-users to work securely on virtually any device from... 

Nokia to build cellular network on the Moon

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Information and communication technology giant Nokia has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to deploy the first long-term evolution (LTE) / fourth-generation (4G) communications system on the Moon. Nokia Bell Labs’ pioneering innovations will be used to... 

Company warns of high cost of fraud during pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2020 Biometric identity company iiDENTIFii says hundreds of millions of rands has potentially been claimed from the Unemployment Insurance Fund's (UIF's) Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS ) through fraudulent or corrupt applications that could have been eradicated with the correct... 

People, visibility and timely updates key steps for SMEs to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can improve their cybersecurity by focusing on three aspects, namely empowering their personnel through regular training, ensuring that the information technology (IT) department has visibility across the business and staff have secure access, and... 

ABB process control systems connect with IBM security platform to provide digital threat visibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2020 Global engineering and industrial technologies group ABB and enterprise cybersecurity subsidiary company IBM Security on October 15 announced a collaboration focused on connecting cybersecurity and operational technology (OT). The first result of this collaboration resulted in ABB developing a... 

New secure data exchange platform expected to lower fraud risks

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2020 Financial services information exchange company Astute Financial Services Exchange has established a secure data exchange platform that reduces fraud and costs related to insurance and financial controls, says Astute Financial Services Exchange CEO Jacques Rossouw. This platform builds on its... 

Liquid Telecom South Africa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2020 Communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom South Africa has appointed Deon Geyser as CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Geyser, who is currently head of Nokia Southern Africa and Vodafone Africa and has held senior management positions at Siemens and Millicom International Cellular, holds a... 

Schneider Electric CEO urges acceleration of digital transformation

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Energy management and automation provider Schneider Electric CEO and chairperson Jean-Pascal Tricoire has urged businesses to accelerate their digital transformation to better position themselves to recover from the upheaval brought about as a result of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams establishes merger oversight forum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2020 Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has established a joint oversight forum to ensure a smooth merger process of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications. The formation of the Department of... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams establishes merger oversight forum
Stella-Ndabeni Abrahams

Nokia reaches 100 5G deals, 160 commercial 5G engagements

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2020 Information and communications technology group Nokia has reached the milestone of 100 commercial fifth-generation (5G) deals with individual customers and a total of 160 commercial 5G engagements, including paid trials. This following the signing of 17 new 5G commercial deals during the third... 

T-Systems, Fortinet to open Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 Information technology services company T-Systems South Africa and integrated, automated cybersecurity solutions company Fortinet have announced plans to launch a specialised Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa during October. The academy will be incorporated into T-Systems South Africa's... 

Leap-Biz automated business management tool for entrepreneurs launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 A newly launched automated business management tool Leap-Biz uses integrated information flow to keep business owners consistently up to date about their businesses, enabling them to make informed decisions. “Leap-Biz takes a holistic approach and provides integrated functionality for all... 

Icasa to issue spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will publish the invitations to apply (ITAs) for the licensing process for the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) and the International Mobile Telephony (IMT) spectrum no later than October 2. Icasa, in a September 30 briefing to... 

App to help customers diagnose, fix slow Internet

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2020 Internet services provider RocketNet has launched its Probe app to help customers diagnose and fix problems with their Internet speed. The app, available for Apple and Android devices, removes the guesswork of diagnosing a customer’s internal network and points the company to the exact issue,... 

Sendmarc fund to protect South African healthcare workers against phishing attacks

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 Anti-phishing company Sendmarc has established a R1-million fund – the Sendmarc Protect our Protectors programme – to help South Africa’s frontline responders protect their staff, patients and suppliers from phishing attacks amid the Covid-19 global pandemic. The fund was launched in September in... 

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity to provide free content

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2020 A WiFi content delivery solution can provide free wireless access to rich and curated education, training and entertainment content in areas that have minimal connectivity and where data costs prevent the majority of people from using digital channels. The solution is an integrated WiFi and... 

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity  to provide free content
VIEW4ALL HARDWARE The solution provides access to entertainment content and e-learning materials and can be used in areas with limited connectivity

Digitally enabled Bureau Veritas completes 5 000 remote inspections

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2020 Testing, inspection and certification multinational Bureau Veritas Southern Africa has completed more than 5 000 remote inspections of clients' assets and operations in Africa amid restricted-movement regulations to combat the spread of Covid-19. Bureau Veritas Southern Africa VP Sal Govender... 

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Radio frequency (RF) technology group Alaris Holdings’ financial results for the year ended June 30, was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent hard lockdown, leading to a 24% decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 25.8c. “There would have been some growth, had it... 

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges
Alaris executive finance director Elsie Müller gives more detail on the company's results for the 2020 financial year. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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