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Altron delivers positive FY20 results 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) posted a 14% increase in earnings before interest tax and depreciation (Ebitda) to R1.84-billion during the year ended February 29. The adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 16 accounting standard positively contributed... 

Vodacom to use balloon-powered Internet solution in Mozambique

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom will use Alphabet subsidiary Loon’s balloon-powered Internet solution to expand its network in Mozambique. As part of a new agreement, Vodacom will leverage Loon’s network of floating cell phone towers that operate 20 km above Earth to provide service to unserved... 

T-Systems to make cyber defence accessible to more customers

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2020 Information and communication technology multinational T-Systems South Africa has relaunched its security operations centre (SOC) as a cyber defence centre (CDC), which leverages the latest cognitive technology and will offer its advanced cyber defence portfolio to customers as a managed service,... 

S&P downgrades Telkom in line with sovereign ratings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th May 2020 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has revised JSE-listed Telkom’s long-term issuer rating to be in line with the sovereign ratings downgrade in April. Telkom, which is viewed as a government-related entity, has been revised downwards from BB+ to BB, with the negative outlook revised to stable. 

Consumers becoming more active, aware of online presence

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2020 Nearly four out of five South African consumers have tried to remove private information from websites or social media and new research by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has found that consumers around the world want to take more action to protect and maintain control over their personal privacy,... 

Convergence Partners platform acquires some of Vodacom Business Africa operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2020 Convergence Partners’ pan-African digital service provider platform inq. Holdings, formerly Synergy Communications, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire. There are further plans to acquire the Cameroon operations, pending regulatory approvals. 

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2020 Changing patterns in telecommunications traffic owing to the various levels of Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide are shifting the goalposts for predictions in a post Covid-19 world. With increasing surges in connectivity demand, information and communication technology (ICT) firm Ericsson president... 

Ericsson president and CEO Börje Ekholm
Ericsson’s Börje Ekholm, Patrik Cerwall and Jasmeet Singh Sethi discuss the information and communication technology trends that have been seen over the past few months. Editing: Darlene Creamer

Budget reductions to impact on IT services providers

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2020 Providing technology services that enable digital transformation is a major area of business for information technology (IT) services vendors but, in the short-term, this business will come under pressure as clients look to reduce costs, says data and analytics company GlobalData Thematic... 

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2020 JSE-listed Vodacom has ended the year to March 31 with strong customer growth, increased revenue and earnings and increased traffic on its network. Vodacom’s group revenue increased 4.8% to R90.7-billion, with group service revenue up 5% to R73.3-billion during the financial year under review. 

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Ericsson appoints new Ericsson South and East Africa VP and head

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 Information and communication group Ericsson has appointed Todd Ashton as VP and head of Ericsson South and East Africa. Ashton has been with Ericsson for 22 years and has various sales and leadership positions in several countries across different continents, including as head of Ericsson... 

Kaspersky provides free parental control as child Internet use doubles

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2020 As more children are using the Internet while under lockdown, cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky is offering free use of its Safe Kids parental control feature for three months. Kaspersky Network Child Safety head Andrey Sidenko says it is crucial to help a child to navigate through the... 

HP, AUC to expand learning opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 HP and the African Union Commission (AUC) are working to expand digital learning opportunities for youth through two online learning platforms that contribute to the one-million by 2021 initiative. The collaboration covers various initiatives, including the exchange of information and expertise... 

South Africa’s telcos must evolve into digital services providers

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 South Africa’s telecommunications companies need to rapidly evolve into diversified digital services providers or risk “being left behind” in an ever-evolving world. The Covid-19 lockdown period has laid bare the legacy business of telecommunications operators as brick-and-mortar... 

Cloud processing offered for various applications

8th May 2020 Automation company Siemens offers users the opportunity to close the gap between conventional local and cloud-based data processing, depending on individual requirements. With Edge computing, large volumes of data can be processed locally almost in real time. 

Soft skills critical to leading in heterogeneous business world

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2020 Technology, connectivity, data and creativity have allowed the development of a range of new capabilities in all industries and improvements in industrial and business processes to the point where individuals and collectives, such as businesses, can have a potentially significant impact on their... 

Vodacom Business partners with Accenture

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom Business has partnered with Accenture to broaden its digital transformation smart service offering through cloud, security and analytics capabilities. Vodacom aims to create an industry-specific approach for clients that will enhance their business through... 

GFM repurposes agri-tech software to manage food parcel and voucher delivery

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2020 Software-as-a-service technology platform developer GreenFingers Mobile (GFM) has re-purposed its agri-tech software to assist the digital management of food parcel and voucher delivery initiatives. The free service supports nonprofits and community-based organisations to digitally manage and... 

Kit launched to strengthen passwords for World Password Day

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2020 Cybersecurity training company KnowBe4 on May 7 – World Password Day – launched a kit, tips, videos and tools to help strengthen passwords and improve password management. Cyberattackers do not need to crack weak passwords; they reuse the billions of passwords already available for sale on the... 

Healthcare platform launched to coordinate fight against Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2020 Business for South Africa’s (B4SA's) health workgroup has partnered with free digital health care platform Essential Medical Guidance (EMGuidance), which has launched a dedicated Covid-19 support channel for South African healthcare professionals (HCPs) in both the public and private sectors.... 

Teraco builds second Cape Town data centre

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2020 Carrier, cloud colocation and data centre services company Teraco on May 6 announced that it was building a second Teraco Cape Town (CT2) data centre facility. Driving this investment is the growth of cloud in the region, resulting in increased demand from cloud providers, enterprises and subsea... 

Local supply chain IT partnership provides view of last-mile retail supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2020 Supply chain technology company MACmobile and image recognition company Cognizance Processing have partnered to provide a live view of the retail sector supply chain from manufacturing to consumer sales and to the distributor or wholesaler in the main market, says MACmobile commercial director... 

Siemens ready to help Africa with digitalisation challenges

By: Shannon de Ryhove     5th May 2020 The effects of digitalisation are different worldwide, and Africa is no exception. German multinational Siemens senior VP for Digital Industries in Southern and Eastern Africa Ralf Leinen says that, for the first time, Africa has an opportunity to use smart technology to transform entire... 

Siemens ready to help Africa with digitalisation challenges

MTN donates R2m in ICT equipment to Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2020 Telecommunications group MTN is providing R2-million in critical information and communications technology (ICT) equipment and infrastructure across Gauteng in support of the fight against Covid-19. The group donated 20 desktop computers and is providing WiFi access, all valued at R800 000, to... 

DFA granted licence to operate in Zimbabwe

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2020 Open-access fibre-connectivity provider DFA has been granted an operating licence in Zimbabwe, enabling the build-out of a nationwide network for the provision of licensed telecommunications services. The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) awarded the firm an... 

Healthcare virtualisation to improve access, portability and delivery

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2020 Virtualising the healthcare ecosystem from a paper-heavy to paperless or paper-lite environment will enable healthcare providers to provide virtual healthcare services to their patients and provide greater access, portability, and ease of delivery of healthcare services, says information and... 

Vodacom launches 5G network in South Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network across three South African cities. Twenty 5G sites, 18 in Johannesburg and Pretoria and two in Cape Town, have been switched on, with further sites planned for other parts of the country in due course. 

Comms dept opens up television and film under level 4 lockdown regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2020 The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has green-lighted the resumption of certain film and television (TV) production operations within the risk-adjusted strategy for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Communications and Digital Technologies acting... 

Soar technology needed as more South African businesses digitise

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2020 The continued digitisation drive by businesses is driving a cybersecurity transformation and businesses that can adapt and leverage the new cybersecurity landscape will be better prepared to grow sustainably in an increasingly digital world, says information and communication technology... 

Pandemic highlights role of digital readiness in mitigating supply-chain risks

By: Schalk Burger     1st May 2020 Covid-19 is disrupting economic and social life, but it is occurring in a time of rapid digitalisation, which, in turn, is helping governments, businesses and consumers in their decision-making to respond and adapt to the situation. However, differences in digital readiness hamper the ability of... 

Pandemic highlights role of digital readiness in mitigating supply-chain risks

MTN asks US court to dismiss anti-terrorism case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2020 Telecommunications group MTN has asked a US court to terminate the case filed against it in December over a complaint for violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on December 27 on behalf of American service members and... 

Competition Commission, MTN formalise data agreement

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th April 2020 The Competition Commission has referred to the Competition Tribunal for confirmation as an order a consent agreement reached with telecommunications group MTN over data prices. The Commission had already reached agreements on data prices with rivals Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C following the... 

US supports free data for Western Cape 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th April 2020 The US Agency for International Development (Usaid) is funding Internet service provider TooMuchWifi’s initiative to offer free data to Western Cape communities to educate residents about ways to reduce Covid-19 infections. The R73 000 initiative is funded from the emergency reserve fund for... 

MTN Ghana achieves first quarter double-digit growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th April 2020 Telecommunications group MTN Ghana achieved a 20.4% quarter-on-quarter service revenue spike to GH¢1.4-billion, owing to double-digit growth in voice, data and mobile money (MoMo) revenue during the three months ended March 31. During the quarter under review, voice growth climbed 16.6%, driven... 

WEF launches blockchain supply chain toolkit

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched a comprehensive toolkit to accelerate the use of responsible blockchain by leaders to tackle supply chain failures exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Resilience of supply chains depends on transparency and integrity, which can be improved through the... 

Openserve to launch its copper-enabled broadband access network in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2020 Telecommunications infrastructure provider Openserve is planning to wholesale its copper-broadband access network through its new suite of Openserve Pure Connect products. This followed changes to its wholesale fixed-broadband products across its network earlier this month, with the wholesaling... 

MTN reports solid first quarter performance in Nigeria

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2020 MTN Nigeria has ended the first quarter of the year with double digit growth in service revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). During the three months ended March 31, service revenue increased by 16.7% to N328.5-billion, driven by voice and data... 

ITU postpones Digital World 2020

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2020 The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Viet Nam Ministry of Information and Communications have postponed the ITU Digital World 2020 as Covid-19 continues to spread across the world. The global technology event for government, industry and small- and medium-sized enterprises will... 

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