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Icasa tables mobile broadband services inquiry discussion document

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published its discussion document on the mobile broadband services inquiry for public comment. Interested stakeholders have 45 working days from the date of publication to provide input on the preliminary findings of Icasa’s... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution tech will need protection from solar weather

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th November 2019 The phenomenon known as space weather was a cause for concern regarding the new generation technology systems that enabled the "Internet of Things" (IoT), which underpinned the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" (4IR). So warned South African National Space Agency (Sansa) Space Science MD Dr Lee-Ann... 

MTN, Huawei sign 5G development MoU

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN and information and communication technology solutions provider Huawei have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a joint fifth-generation (5G) innovation programme The partners will assess and work on new technologies, such as 5G and... 

MTN expands rural reach with OpenRan

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2019 Mobile operator MTN has expanded its rural telecommunications coverage across Africa through the use of open radio access networks (OpenRan) technology, bringing cost-effective connectivity to areas that were previously unconnected. The company has already deployed over 200 commercial rural sites... 

Africa leads the chat commerce drive

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2019 Chat commerce and chat banking is revolutionising the way African companies are engaging and serving their customers. The next generation of commerce enables companies to meet and engage with their clients on platforms such as WhatsApp, WeChat and Facebook Messenger without having to invest in... 

Etion returns to profitability

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2019 After plunging into the red earlier this year, JSE-listed Etion returned to profitability during the first half of the 2020 financial year as some of its initiatives started bearing fruit. Headline earnings a share and earnings a share for the six months ended September 30 surged to 0.97c, a 294%... 

Web inventor Berners-Lee launches global action plan to protect the web

By: African News Agency      25th November 2019 In a world where a fake story reaches people faster than a real story, English engineer, computer scientist, and inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, on Monday launched the Contract for the Web – the first-ever global plan to "protect the web as a force for good".  “The power of... 

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 South African software developer Dariel will introduce the finalised, fully realised version of its road freight logistics management software module TripX to the market by the end of the year.  “The company has been testing a simplified version of TripX since 2017 – along with other add-on... 

BRIDGING THE GAP
The weighbridge-based software modules enable users to track and control their logistics from supplier to customer
BRIDGING THE GAP The weighbridge-based software modules enable users to track and control their logistics from supplier to customer

Petrochemicals industry demand forecast to slow down by 2030

22nd November 2019 Management consulting firm McKinsey predicts that by 2030, global petrochemicals demand growth may slow from 3.6% to between 2% and 3%, says data management consultants Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie. 

HEMANT HARIE
Without effective data management and protection, organisations within the petrochemical industry may fall victim to data loss
HEMANT HARIE Without effective data management and protection, organisations within the petrochemical industry may fall victim to data loss

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

GOING FOR GOLD
The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Customisable tool offers logistics optimisation, quality control

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 A digital logistics planning tool developed by information technology logistics solutions company MacMobile provides a range of planning and optimisation capabilities for secondary distribution portions of supply chains, says MacMobile commercial director Andrew Dawson. Logistics and distribution... 

Energy efficiency gains in decline, IEA warns

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 The global rate of progress of improving energy efficiency is slowing and has declined for three consecutive years, leaving it well below the 3% minimum that intergovernmental organisation International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis shows is central to achieving global climate and energy goals,... 

Appropriate data protection fundamental in South African cybersecurity laws

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2019 Reasonable and appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect personal information are fundamental to comply with South African information privacy laws, notwithstanding the impossibility of completely preventing cybersecurity breaches, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills cybersecurity... 

Altron keeps focus on innovation as it reaches strategy halfway mark 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2019 As JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics (Altron) celebrates the half way mark of its five year plan, CEO Mteto Nyati, who took the helm nearly three years ago, indicates that the next phase for the company will focus on geographic expansion. Two-and a half years since implementing the... 

ALTRON CEO MTETO NYATI Altron has created a great environment for its workforce to meaningfully contribute to the growth of the company and it shows in the significant improvement in customer service
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the next steps for the company as it reaches the halfway mark of a five-year strategy. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Digital platforms in MRO hold opportunities for double-digit savings

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2019 The adoption of digital platforms by traditional brick-and-mortar companies can lead to savings of between 30% and 60% of their procurement budget if it is properly controlled. The net effect can be a saving on the bottom line of between 3% to 5%, through the effective digital management of key... 

Sound software asset management solid basis for cloud management

By: Schalk Burger     15th November 2019 Best practices to manage software assets provide companies with a robust foundation from which to manage cloud-based software assets and services, and achieve the goals and cost structures that companies seek when adopting cloud services, says South African information technology (IT) services... 

NICOLE OLIVEIRA
SAM is a business enabler that helps CIOs and facilitates CEOs’ digitalisation strategies
NICOLE OLIVEIRA SAM is a business enabler that helps CIOs and facilitates CEOs’ digitalisation strategies

Data-only network provider, rain, gets set for a 5G future

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2019 As South Africa’s sole data-only network, rain, continues its rapid fourth-generation (4G) network deployment, fifth-generation (5G) technology is currently being tested for the roll-out of Africa’s first 5G network. Earlier this year, rain announced it had, in partnership with information and... 

Data-only network provider, rain, gets set for a 5G future

Body-worn cameras poised to change the way crime is tackled

By: Kim Cloete     14th November 2019 A range of video security solutions, including body-worn cameras and an Artificial Intelligence-powered video platform, is starting to shape the way crime is tackled and scrutinised. The roll-out of secure, robust cameras worn by police, prison services officials, security teams and emergency... 

Body-worn cameras poised to change the way crime is tackled

If South Africa has the will, it could have its own satellite constellation

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th November 2019 South Africa has the technological capability to create its own constellation of nano- or micro-satellites to enable the country, the Southern African region, or even the whole African continent, to implement the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of People (IoP) across the country, region... 

Top innovators recognised at MTN’s IoT conference

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN’s latest Internet of Things (IoT) conference recognised several South African local developers playing a meaningful role in the future of IoT. The winner of the overall 2019 MTN Business IoT Solution of the Year Award was original-equipment manufacturer Informed... 

$100bn required to provide broadband access for all in Africa in next decade

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2019 Africa’s ambitions for universal, affordable and good quality Internet access by 2030 will require an investment of at least $100-billion over the next decade. About 1.1-billion more people across Africa, where less than a third of the population has access to broadband connectivity, need to be... 

Data skills emerging as key requirement in digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 Data specialists and experts are key elements of digital transformation drives and there has been significant demand in South Africa for data science and analytics courses, which is also leading to many professionals upskilling themselves in these fields, says data specialist company PBT Group... 

Blockchain entering third phase of its evolution

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 New blockchain solutions, including the IBM Blockchain platforms  on which users can build their own blockchain applications (apps), are allowing for quick development and ease of use to provide traceability and consensus systems for a range of industries, says information technology... 

GERHARD DINHOF
New solutions are stimulating innovation by allowing organisations to craft their own blockchain-based systems
GERHARD DINHOF New solutions are stimulating innovation by allowing organisations to craft their own blockchain-based systems

Accuracy of information key to attaining appropriate cybersecurity risk posture

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 Companies must establish the accuracy and truthfulness of information, including from third-parties, in their organisations to achieve an appropriate cybersecurity risk posture, says information technology (IT) services multinational Accenture head of cyber security practice Clive Brindley.... 

CLIVE BRINDLEY
The significance of data and its risk to an organisation will determine the scope of the mitigation measures
CLIVE BRINDLEY The significance of data and its risk to an organisation will determine the scope of the mitigation measures

‘Sky’s not the limit’ for Africa’s smartphone, space-bound Thakkar avers 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2019 Not even the sky’s the limit for Africa’s first homegrown smartphone, with Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar planning to take a ‘Made in Africa’ Mara phone with him when he journeys into space as part of Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage next year. Thakkar revealed this ambition during an interview... 

Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar

Internet uptake growing, but with a widening digital gender divide

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th November 2019 New data emerging from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) shows that, while half the world’s population – at 4.1-billion – is now online, more than half of the female population is not. “Women are still trailing men in benefiting from the transformational power of digital... 

Icasa publishes information memo on high-demand spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday published the awaited information memorandum for the high-demand spectrum licensing process for comment. The document, previously expected to be published by December 31, follows the July publication of the Policy on High... 

Icasa publishes information memo on high-demand spectrum

MTN committed to supporting Cell C – within reason

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2019 Telecommunications group MTN remains committed to “doing its part” in extending a helping hand to embattled Cell C; however, saving South Africa’s third largest mobile operator was not the responsibility of MTN. Cell C and MTN are currently in negotiations over a roaming deal that would... 

App designed to curb cell-tower battery theft wins innovation prize

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2019 The winners of telecommunications giant MTN’s latest edition of TADHackJHB have developed a cell tower protection application aimed at mitigating the growing crisis of vandalism and battery theft at telecommunications base stations. The CharOn solution, produced by the winning duo #1632, allows... 

Innovation challenge for ICT startups kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2019 Mobile operator Cell C has launch an innovation challenge that could provide a hand up for small information and communications technology (ICT) business innovators to accelerate their proposed solutions. The mobile operator, in partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency, will allow... 

Mobile giant takes another crack at mobile-money market

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2019 MoMo forms a critical part of the group’s growth prospects, and MTN South Africa is confident that MoMo can mimic the success of telephony and the Internet being revolutionised and democratised over the past two decades. 

WiFi 6 to provide enterprise-grade networks

By: Schalk Burger     1st November 2019 The next generation WiFi 6 provides consistent high performance for enterprise applications that require low latency, as well as for automated control and manufacturing systems, says information and communication technology firm Vox head of wireless Jacques Visser. WiFi 6 can be used to create... 

JACQUES VISSER
WiFi 6 can be deployed to expand and ready business networks for future needs and patterns of technology deployment
JACQUES VISSER WiFi 6 can be deployed to expand and ready business networks for future needs and patterns of technology deployment

Virtual reality solution adding new team-building dimension

By: Schalk Burger     1st November 2019 The Jenson8 multiplayer virtual reality (VR) team-building machine focuses on human behaviour and cooperation to build strong and unified teams by subjecting groups of people to various demanding training situations where they have to perform novel and unknown work to fulfil the simulation’s... 

VIRTUAL TEAM-BUILDING
A man explores a virtual simulation at the launch in Rosebank
VIRTUAL TEAM-BUILDING A man explores a virtual simulation at the launch in Rosebank

Steyn City luxury lifestyle development launches own app

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2019 The Steyn City luxury lifestyle development, in Gauteng, is tapping into the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), while keeping its promise of “creating a lifestyle like no other”, through the release of its Steyn City mobile application (app) for residents. With the intention of... 

MTN achieves strong Q3 results on the back of Ghana, Nigeria performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2019 A strong performance from MTN Ghana and MTN Nigeria has offset a weak performance from MTN South Africa during the nine months and quarter to September 30. The South African operations were impacted on by weaker consumer demand, a weak economy, the implementation of lower out-of-bundle data... 

Voice, data and mobile financial services supports MTN Ghana’s growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2019 MTN Ghana achieved a 22.7% service revenue growth to GH¢3 723-million during the nine months to September 30, supported by resilient growth in voice, data and mobile financial services. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) grew by 63% to GH¢1 875-million with an... 

MTN Nigeria delivers double-digit growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2019 MTN Nigeria posted double-digit growth in the nine months to September 30. The West Africa group delivered earnings before interest tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) growth of 39.3% to N460.1-billion, with a margin increase of 10.5 pp to 53.7%. 

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