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Information Technology News

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.

JSE-listed Telkom tells of mixed hit from Covid-19 restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the national lockdown has impacted JES-listed Telkom’s business to varying degrees. In an update to the market, Telkom said that, while its consumer business benefitted from the increased demand from people working from home and online schooling, its BCX and Small... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2020 As the world becomes more connected through information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), ABB local division manager for mining solutions John Manuell warns that cybersecurity will need “to remain front of mind”. With the advent and increasing use of digital technologies,... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

Blue Label sells 47.56% interest in Blue Label Mexico

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms is selling its 47.56% interest in Blue Label Mexico to co-shareholder Grupo Bimbo for $11.5-million. Blue Label will use the proceeds to settle its total parent guarantee obligations of $3.25-million payable to RBL Bank on behalf of Oxigen Services India, as well as... 

Study points to increased cybersecurity risks for oil and gas companies

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2020 International oil and gas companies are facing an increased risk of cyber-attacks and will need to change the way they approach risk management to reduce the impact of cyberthreats, a recent master study by Stellenbosch University political scientist Kayla Mc Ewan shows. She says that, by... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2020 With many things having changed, never to be the same, Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel says of the power of technology: “It will always help people and organisations to adapt, re-invent and transform”. South Africa’s mining industry contributed R360-billion to the country's... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining
Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel

Puleng to offer buguroo behavioural biometric solution to South African banking clients

By: Schalk Burger     11th September 2020 Local user, data and cybersecurity architectures company Puleng Technologies has partnered with Madrid-based online fraud prevention specialist multinational buguroo to reduce the impact of online bank fraud in South Africa. Puleng Technologies will offer and support buguroo’s behavioural... 

Liquid Telecom launches managed cybersecurity service for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th September 2020 Africa-focused network and telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has launched a cybersecurity unit, which provides end-to-end managed services for digital security and is designed to protect customers' digitally transformed businesses including networks, people and systems. Liquid Telecom CEO... 

Sasol gives insight into its automation, digital journey

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Implementing a digital transformation strategy is a “must”, rather than an option, and is driven by both external and internal forces, petrochemicals company Sasol Chemicals digital lead Oratile Sematle said on September 8. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar as part of this year’s... 

Sasol gives insight into its automation, digital journey

Ozow launches new payment innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2020 Digital payments company Ozow has launched a series of new payment platforms to simplify payments for consumers and merchants and enable greater financial and digital inclusion. Ozow’s payments innovations were traditionally only available to enterprise and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)... 

Data key to long-term optimisation, says SAIMC's first-ever female president 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Describing data as the “new oil” or “new water” of the world, Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) president Annemarie van Coller has emphasised the importance of changing data from “just data to insights”. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar hosted... 

Data key to long-term optimisation, says SAIMC's first-ever female president
SAIMC president Annemarie van Coller gives viewers some insight into the data journey. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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