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Information Technology News

Digital healthcare can take sophisticated medical services to unsophisticated environments

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 Digital healthcare, which is the use of information and communications technologies and devices to provide medical services, can enable the local use of expert and international resources, as well as augment the capabilities of medical practitioners even in resource-constrained environments. This... 

Bakwena rolls out tap-and-go technology along N1/N4 route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th July 2021 The Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire has rolled out tap and go technology at selected plazas along the N1/N4 toll route in an effort to increase safety, with the country currently experiencing the third wave of the Covid-19 infections. This technology was extensively tested and refined... 

An image showing the new tap and go technology for selected plazas along the N1/N4 toll route
Tap and go

NAPAfrica continues strong growth amid increased connectivity demand

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2021 As NAPAfrica nears its tenth year of operations, the group announced that it has reached a peering throughput milestone of more than 2 Tb/s, with over 500 organisations now actively peering. Launched in 2012 to stimulate the development of an Internet exchange (IXP) within a truly vendor-neutral... 

Cable theft and vandalism costing economy R187bn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2021 Cable theft and infrastructure vandalism across South Africa is costing billions of rands and, if not reduced, will lead to a slower economic recovery. The persistent challenge has led to R7-billion a year in direct losses for Telkom, Eskom, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and... 

E-governance could improve service delivery by the public sector

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2021 Forays into public sector digitalisation and e-governance are laying a foundation for a future in which large-scale digital adoption by government systems have the potential to vastly improve the lives of citizens on the ground in emerging economies, says management consultancy multinational... 

International partnership to provide African SMEs with IT skills

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2021 Financial services group Ecobank Group has partnered with various organisations to provide training to equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s digital world. The partnership includes information technology... 

Eskom enhances its digital platforms

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has embarked on a digital journey to increase its availability and accessibility to its customers. The enhanced MyEskom Customer app and the introduction of Alfred the chatbot are the first of many digital solutions to be launched to enhance Eskom’s customer... 

Maseko resigns as Telkom chief

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd July 2021 Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko will step down as CEO and executive director of the company and its subsidiaries, effective June 30, 2022. Maseko joined Telkom on April 1, 2013, and, during his eight-year tenure, evolved the business from a traditional fixed business to a portfolio of businesses... 

Vodacom reports strong 2021 first quarter

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd July 2021 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has reported strong results for the quarter ended June 2021 on the back of a good performance in South Africa and a recovery in the international business. Group revenue climbed 9% to R24.8-billion, while group service revenue increased 2.2% to R19.2-billion. On a... 

German corporation invests in fibre provider

23rd July 2021 German investment corporation Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) has supported the successful placement of a bond issued by the African fibre optic network operator Liquid Telecommunications on the international capital market. DEG announced in March that it is investing... 

A farmer having connectivity out in the field
GROWING ROOTS The German investment firm DEG has agreed to invest in South African company Liquid Telecommunications

Quantum computing to add $850bn in value by 2040, says Boston Consulting Group

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 Investors are moving aggressively to increase their spend on quantum computing and confidence is growing that quantum computers will solve major problems that are beyond the reach of traditional computers, says management consultancy multinational Boston Consulting Group (BCG). This upturn in... 

Transnet IT app outage affecting container terminal operations

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet says it is experiencing a disruption in some of its information technology (IT) applications, although only container terminals are affected. "Operations across the group are continuing, with the Freight Rail, Pipelines, Engineering and Property... 

New entity EY-Parthenon to boost strategy consultation business in Africa

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2021 Professional services firm EY launched its global strategy consulting organisation EY – Parthenon (EY-P) across Africa on July 22, bringing in a connected corporate and transactions strategy offering to the continent. EY-P is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, and has 40 offices... 

Africa experiencing cyberattacks comparable to other parts of world

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 About 10% of computers experienced at least one malware attack in 2020, research by cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky shows. In some African countries, including South Africa, the figure was only slightly under the global 10% average, making the African region comparable to that of North... 

Phase 1 digital service delivery platform launched in Johannesburg, Cape Town

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 The first phase of the free-to-use My Smart City service delivery platform, which allows citizens to report potholes, monitor power or water outages and communicate with local municipal officials, besides other activities, has been launched in Johannesburg and Cape Town. “My Smart City is giving... 

Study finds a third of companies will retain hybrid working models

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 The 'Digital Corporation in South Africa 2021' study, undertaken by technology market research firm World Wide Worx, shows that one-in-four medium-sized and large companies in South Africa are fully digitally transformed and that about one-third of companies will not insist that employees return... 

IQbusiness acquires ITQ Business Solutions to bolster expertise

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 Consulting, research and contracting company IQbusiness has acquired a controlling stake in business services company ITQ Business Solutions (ITQ), which focusses on software support, consulting and development in key growth sectors. IQbusiness CEO Adam Craker says the acquisition will serve to... 

Veeam foresees growth as changed world of work, IT makes data backup important

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 The significant changes adopted by organisations to enable remote working on an unprecedented scale worldwide has contributed to an increase in opportunistic and targeted cyberattacks on the larger attack surface of companies. This has resulted in an increase in requirements for effective data... 

Committee calls for nominations for positions at Icasa

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Communications is calling for members of the public and organisations to nominate suitably qualified persons to fill four vacancies at the council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Nominations for the vacancies, to be filled in terms... 

Banking sector can transform through data, APIs and automation - Kearney

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2021 The global Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the need for the retail banking sector to more quickly transform to a customer-centric service that is digitised, personal and convenient. Data, application programming interfaces (APIs) and automation could be leveraged to satisfy these... 

BMW Group launches quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 Automotive manufacturer BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to crowd-source innovation. The challenge encourages entrants to come up with innovative quantum algorithms and test their solutions on real quantum computing technologies. 

Specialised services offered by engineering group

16th July 2021 Detection services company Bosch Munitech and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects – both part of multidisciplinary consulting engineering group Bosch Holdings in KwaZulu-Natal – is offering specialised services that encompass aerial surveys, laser scanning and three-dimensional (3D)... 

LONG TIME RUNNING
Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year
LONG TIME RUNNING Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of business this year

Cybercrimes Act a good foundation to build case law, develop capacity, says advocate 

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The Cybercrimes Act, which is yet to enter into force, provides key definitions of cybercrimes, cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes; guidelines for gathering evidence; deals with issues of jurisdiction; and sets out obligations for electronic communications services providers and financial... 

IoT use in South Africa to grow by 14% a year to 2025

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in South Africa is expected to grow by 14% a year from 2020 to 2025, says information and communications technology market research firm IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey associate VP for sub-Saharan Africa Mark Walker. He notes that IoT adoption is expected... 

Etion, Altron extend conditions date for LawTrust acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 JSE-listed firms Allied Electronics (Altron) and Etion have extended the fulfillment or waiver date for the conditions precedent to the LawTrust acquisition until August 31. Altron subsidiary Altron TMT signed an agreement with Etion in April to acquire Etion’s cyber and information security... 

MTN maintains best mobile network status

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has maintained its position of South Africa’s best mobile network during the second quarter MyBroadband Insights report. The mobile operator achieved a network quality score of 9.79 during the second quarter of 2021, an increase on the score of 9.73 reported in the... 

Icasa urges communities to help protect towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has written to the National Joints Operations and Intelligence Services to prioritise the safeguarding and protection of critical telecommunications infrastructure and calls on communities to assist. This comes as the ongoing acts... 

Nokia, Africell to scale telco network in Angola

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th July 2021 Information and communication technology group Nokia and Angola’s new mobile telecommunications operator Africell have signed a deal that will result in the deployment of a new network in Luanda. Nokia will deploy its comprehensive network technologies to Africell to provide second-generation... 

Around-the-clock vaccine freezer monitoring

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 Local automation and control industry electronic products manufacturer Omniflex is providing Data2Desktop technology to monitor and detect slight internal temperature deviation in Covid-19 vaccine storage facilities.  

More companies looking to digital adoption platforms to accelerate digital programmes

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 More companies are looking to digital adoption platforms (DAPs) to add value to and realise their technology investments. Digital adoption enables employees to fully understand the company’s digital tools and assets, thereby maximising the use of applications. 

Nedbank, AWS Cloud providing 15 youths with cloud practitioner skills

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 Financial services firm Nedbank and cloud infrastructure multinational Amazon Web Services (AWS) are providing 15 unemployed youths with free cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start programme – a free, 12-week training programme covering fundamental AWS Cloud... 

Eutelsat, Aspen in broadband drive for rural vaccination centres

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2021 Satellite communications operator Eutelsat Communications has partnered with pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to 13 Covid-19 vaccination centres in Mpumalanga. The socioeconomic development partnership, which is cofounded by the two... 

Aveva signs partnership with RIB Software to enhance project execution solution

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2021 Industrial software multinational Aveva has signed a partnership agreement with construction digital technologies company RIB Software to enhance Aveva's project execution portfolio offering for process and plant industries. The integration will extend the Aveva Unified Project Execution solution... 

EOH reiterates commitment to transparency amid possible blacklisting

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2021 The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is due to make its recommendations to the National Treasury soon about whether information technology services company EOH should be blacklisted from participating in State tenders. In response, EOH on July 6 reiterated its stance that it has treated... 

Liquid, Facebook partner to build fibre network in DRC

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) and Facebook have partnered to build a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help connect East and West Africa. The project will see Facebook invest in the fibre build and support network planning, while LIT will own, build and... 

Fraunhofer Institute to further research manufacturing IT vulnerability

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2021 After having determined that manufacturing companies that network their machines and systems are particularly at risk from security vulnerabilities and attacks on their information technology (IT) infrastructure, research organisation the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) wants... 

ARB CEO Neasham to retire

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2021 JSE-listed ARB on July 2 announced the retirement of CEO Billy Neasham. Neasham, who will retire within the next six months, joined ARB as financial director in June 2000 before being appointed as CEO in February 2015. 

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