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EOH sells CCS, LCD interests for R239m

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2020 Information and communication technology services firm EOH has sold its remaining 30% stake in Construction Computer Software (CCS) for R143-million and returned the remaining shares of open-source software company LSD, estimated to be worth R96-million, back to the sellers to settle all... 

MultiChoice invests R4.5m in community TV stations

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2020 Broadcaster MultiChoice is injecting funding of R4.5-million into three South African community television (TV) stations. Bay TV, Soweto TV and Tshwane TV stations will each receive R1.5 million to create fresh, new content. 

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antarctica, space

By: Tracy Hancock     20th April 2020 From collecting data in sub-zero Antarctica to rapid circuit prototyping on the International Space Station (ISS), South African modular “xChip” manufacturer XinaBox, pronounced "X-in-a-box", claims to be  reinventing the way in which the Internet of Things (IoT) is approached while inspiring... 

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antarctica, space

Power of IoT unlocked by intelligent platform, automation

By: Schalk Burger     17th April 2020 The benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) are only fully realised if the data from IoT devices are integrated on an intelligent platform that allows for the information to be analysed and used to automate and improve processes, says information and communication technology service provider and... 

Icasa assigns temporary spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th April 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on April 17 assigned temporary spectrum to qualifying operators. Earlier this month, Icasa invited operators to apply for temporary radio frequency spectrum assignments in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2 300 MHz, 2 600 MHz and 3 500 MHz... 

Icasa assigns temporary spectrum

Vodacom reports network use surge during lockdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2020 As network traffic increases significantly during South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown, telecommunications giant Vodacom is working to avoid any disruptions. The group has noted a 40% surge in data traffic on the network compared with pre-lock down levels, attributed to employees working from home,... 

Huawei donates cloud and AI solutions to boost South Africa’s Covid-19 fight

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2020 Information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei has donated four Huawei Artificial Intelligence (AI) Cloud diagnostic systems and four thermal scanning systems to boost the Department of Health’s fight against Covid-19. The AI Cloud solution allows for fast, highly... 

Teraco assists schools with broadband initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2020 Data centre provider Teraco has announced it will provide a support grant valued at R7.5-million to the South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) through the Teraco Connect Foundation. Teraco will partner with Saben to support the national drive to end bandwidth poverty in South... 

EOH undertakes technology partnership with Solidarity Fund

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2020 Information and communication technology company EOH, and its subsidiary iOCO, mobilised its teams and built a Web presence for the Solidarity Fund in under 48 hours following a call from government. The project was undertaken on a pro bono basis as part of the group’s ongoing support and... 

Vodacom to inject R500m into networks over two months 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom South Africa plans to accelerate its network spend over the next two months. Over R500 million has been set aside to add network capacity and increase network resilience during South Africa’s lockdown period and to help cope with any possible loadshedding. 

MTN unveils R250m relief package for Covid-19 fight across its markets

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN Group will deploy a R250-million relief package across its operations in an effort to aid the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The group will customise its response, with the package focused on five key intervention initiatives, namely for its employees, customers... 

National State of Disaster brings complex privacy limitations – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many countries adopting extraordinary, and sometimes unprecedented, measures in an effort to contain, or at least slow the spread of the virus. In many instances, peoples' movement has been severely restricted and even monitored, resulting in new privacy... 

Cell C, Telkom ink agreements with Competition Commission

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2020 Telecommunications groups Telkom and Cell C have signed agreements with the Competition Commission over IP Connect’s pricing and data prices respectively. Telkom agreed to a significant reduction of wholesale broadband access costs in order to remove excessive pricing concerns in respect of IP... 

Icasa receives 35 spectrum applications

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has received 35 applications for the emergency spectrum it intends temporarily releasing during South Africa’s state of disaster. Icasa last week said it would temporarily release the high-demand International Mobile... 

Vodacom directs R40m phone, data donation to Health Dept for Covid-19 fight

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has committed to donating 20 000 smartphones, 100 Tb of data and 10-million voice call minutes to the Department of Health for frontline use in the battle against the Covid-19 crisis. The donation, valued at R40-million, will enable frontline health workers... 

Facebook launches Covid-19 information centres in 17 African countries

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 Social media platform Facebook has expanded its Covid-19 Information Centre to include another 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The firm’s information centres aim to provide the latest news and trusted information on Covid-19 at the top of the social media network’s news feed as the virus... 

Trusted smart homes need legal privacy safeguards

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2020 Smart home systems must have legal safeguards in place to ensure that data generated and transmitted does not threaten the safety and privacy of individuals, says law firm Werksmans Attorneys director and Data Privacy Practice Group head Ahmore Burger-Smidt. "Privacy is an articulated concept,... 

Cybersecurity best practices critical as attacks spike

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2020 Companies should ensure that employees follow cybersecurity best practices as cybercriminals try to exploit the Covid-19 crisis and penetrate corporate defences via unsecured home networks, says University of Stellenbosch Business School digital transformation senior lecturer Dr Martin Butler.... 

BCX sets up Covid-19 response call centre for NICD, DoH

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2020 Technology group BCX has established an on-demand contact centre for the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Department of Health (DoH) to assist with the overwhelming influx of queries being received. The contact centre on demand (CCOD), implemented within 48 hours, aims... 

EMEA telcos will prevail post Covid-19 crisis, but not unscathed

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2020 The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic is unlikely to lead to many downgrades within the telecommunications industry across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) as rising connectivity demand insulates against the worst economic and credit distress. Some telecommunications companies may hit a “few... 

Vodacom, Safaricom to accelerate M-Pesa growth following acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2020 Telecommunications groups Vodacom and Safaricom plan to accelerate the expansion of M-Pesa into Africa following its acquisition for an undisclosed amount from Vodafone. The duo have formed a joint venture (JV) to incorporate the M-Pesa brand and its product development and support services, and... 

EOH reports lower interim revenue, but operating costs decrease by 31%

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2020 Information and communication technology (ICT) services company EOH's revenue for the six months ended January 31, decreased by 21.8% year-on-year to R6.35-billion, mainly as a result of lower hardware and software sales, as well as legacy public sector enterprise resource planning implementation... 

Aladon opens South African software development office

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2020 Asset management multinational Aladon has opened a new asset management software development office in South Africa. This forms part of the company's expansion into software development as part of its continued commitment to delivering high-quality, easy-to-use, cost effective and cutting-edge... 

Cooperative Governance dept launches Covid-19 citizen interface portal

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2020 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on April 4 announced the launch of a digital communication platform, Unathi, through which, using natural language-guided questions, citizens can anonymously report Covid-19 symptoms in themselves or their family members,... 

Secure, designated digital channels important for remote work

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2020 Flexible and remote working arrangements may pose a substantial and costly risk to employers from a cybersecurity perspective and it is imperative for business to review and adopt an information security policy that employees must adhere to, multinational law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr says.... 

Banking cyberattacks rise significantly in South Africa, 34% of computers vulnerable

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2020 In January and February, almost 1% of connected South Africans were the targets of malicious programs targeting users’ bank accounts compared to 1% of local market being targeted during 2019 and the projections for the remainder of the year could be massive, says cybersecurity multinational... 

MTN maintains best mobile network status

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN has been named South Africa’s best mobile network for the first quarter of 2020. The MyBroadband Insights quarterly Mobile Network Quality Report shows that MTN has a network quality score of 9.69, down slightly from its score of 9.85 in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Broadband Commission pushes for action to extend Internet access and boost capacity to fight Covid-19

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2020 The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has adopted an Agenda for Action outlining immediate measures that governments, industry, the international community and civil society can take to ensure a strengthened collective technological response to the Covid-19 crisis. The agenda,... 

Technology, software quality assurance provides business value, supports innovation

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2020 Companies in Africa have recognised the value and importance of quality assurance processes for technology and software, as it underpins business growth, end-user satisfaction, cost control and security, quality assurance and software testing company Africonology CEO Mandla Mbonambi said in a... 

South African tech community throngs to help government fight Covid-19 threat

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2020 Hundreds of volunteer information and communication technology (ICT) professionals have contributed data, tools and skills to develop a vulnerability map that illustrate the communities most at risk from the Covid-19 pandemic. This map has been presented to a Presidential planning meeting,... 

Broadband Infraco, ItakaneICT partner to enable cashless platforms

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2020 Broadband Infraco and ItakaneICT have partnered to deploy cashless payment platforms to rural and disadvantaged communities. The move will help in dispensing and transacting financially without using physical cash amid the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Digital tools emerge as key means to support rural teachers

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2020 Research has found that mobile messaging service WhatsApp can provide rural teachers with organisational support, serve as virtual communities of practice (VCoPs) and support skills and professional development, Stellenbosch University (SU) Life Sciences facilitator and SU Centre for Pedagogy... 

Agri-fintech company moves to provide digital support for small-scale farmers

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2020 Agri-fintech company eSus Africa is supporting small-scale and emerging farmers by gathering and using data. Its onsite system enables farmers to gather machine and sensor data, monitor inputs and feeds from weather and agriculture agencies for planning and decisions, as well as record yields,... 

Schneider Electric academy develops smart energy management skills

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2020 As global power capacity is set to double by 2040, and with 80% more renewable sources than there are currently, Schnieder Electric is providing energy management training to meet the needs of heterogeneous and automated buildings and infrastructure, says Schneider Electric head of sustainability... 

Vodacom Business launches Fast Forward Season 2

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2020 Vodacom has kicked off the second season of its “Fast Forward” business workshops to equip entrepreneurs with the digital skills required to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Following the success of its first series last year, Fast Forward returned in March and has extended... 

Vodacom, Discovery to offer Covid-19 screening platform 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2020 Vodacom and Discovery have teamed up to develop risk assessment and virtual healthcare tools for citizens to assess their Covid-19 risk, schedule virtual healthcare professional consultations and get advice. The Covid-19 online healthcare platform can help to identify people who need health... 

Vodacom, Discovery to offer Covid-19 screening platform
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Altron seeks unbundling, London listing for subsidiary Bytes UK

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) is pursuing a potential unbundling and separate listing of its UK subsidiary, Bytes Technology Group. Following a strategic review, Altron is mulling a listing and potential share offering of Bytes UK on the London Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on... 

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