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‘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... 

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... 

WiFi 6 to provide enterprise-grade networks
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 reality solution adding new team-building dimension
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%. 

Collaborative initiative to boost African chemistry research

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2019 The Cirrus Initiative will focus on the analysis of research data in chemistry and collaborate with physics, technology and engineering projects using machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). The collaborative research initiative will assist in driving a step-change in the research... 

Mozambique launching Industry 4.0 skills project

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2019 A major project is being launched in Mozambique to help prepare the country to meet the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), also known as the Next Production Revolution (NPR) or Industry 4.0. This is the “Smart Ecosystem for Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Growth in... 

Cybersecurity evolving as cloud platform use matures

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2019 Moving data, workloads and business applications (apps) into and out of cloud service platforms, which must be addressed by cybersecurity solutions, is part of the maturing use of cloud by businesses, says cybersecurity Europe, Middle East and Africa Fortinet chief information security officer... 

Minister urges continuation of fibre-deployment push

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2019 next generation of connectivity and is a critical enabler for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the amount of fibre currently deployed is not “nearly adequate” enough to serve the future needs of the telecommunications industry. Citing data from FTTX Council, Communications and Digital... 

FTTX Council punts open-source architecture for network development 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2019 With the increasing growth of data and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is a need to review the potential use of open-source architecture in the design and building of fibre networks, says FTTX Council president Andile Ngcaba. The open-source community has “changed the classic information... 

FTTX Council punts open-source  architecture for network development
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Many organisations unlikely to successfully tackle cybersecurity demands – Deloitte

By: Schalk Burger     24th October 2019 There are notable gaps in organisations’ abilities to meet the cybersecurity demands of the future, the ‘2019 Future of Cyber’ survey conducted by consulting multinational Deloitte found. The findings indicate that many organisations are challenged in ensuring prioritisation of cyber risk across... 

Altron remains on track to achieve its five-year Ebitda goal 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2019 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Thursday posted positive interim results as it continued to track towards its five-year goal of doubling its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 2022. Ebitda improved by 19% to R803-million during the six months... 

Altron remains on track to achieve its five-year Ebitda goal
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the group's financial performance in the six months to August 31. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Vodacom launches 4G smart feature phone

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2019 Telecommunications group Vodacom on Tuesday unveiled its new fourth-generation (4G) smart feature phone, the Vodacom Vibe 4G. With a R299 price tag, the phone comes equipped with 150 MB of data a month for a 12-month period. 

South Africa could have its own satellite constellation – if it has the will 

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2019 South Africa has the technological capability to create its own constellation of nano- or micro-satellites to supply the country, the Southern African region, or even the whole African continent, to enable the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of People (IoP) across... 

South Africa could have its own satellite constellation – if it has the will
Photo by SCS
A computer-generated image of a 6U-Nanosatellite designed by SCS

EOH Mthombo sells Data World Group interests for R101m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 JSE-listed information and communication technology service provider EOH has announced the sale of its interest in Data World, Xcallibre and Evaluations Enhance Property Appraisals – together Data World Group – for R101.8-million. EOH Mthombo, the EOH unit that has been implicated in dubious... 

Privacy passports control third-party data access

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2019 Information technology multinational IBM has launched its z15 enterprise platform data privacy passports, which allows users to control who gets access to data through policy-based controls. The passports allow for tracking and instantly revoking access to a company's data held by partners in its... 

Barcodes add value to Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 There is an opportunity, through Industry 4.0, to make the data derived from barcodes more useful across industrial value chains, says industrial automation provider Omron South Africa product manager Khotso Majoe. 

Barcodes add value  to Industry 4.0
KHOTSO MAJOE Omron partners with clients to offer holistic solutions where production processes are integrated in one house

EOH blacklists 50 enterprise development partners; full-year loss widens

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2019 Technology services company EOH's headline loss a share for the financial year ended July 31 widened by 208% year-on-year to R16.81, while its net asset value decreased by 68% year-on-year to R1.96-billion. “The past 12 months have been very difficult for EOH. We have spent extensive time... 

New report suggests possible spectrum-sharing trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2019 A new white paper reveals that new forms of spectrum sharing could enable many more people to benefit from broadband connectivity and digital services. The ‘Enhancing Connectivity Through Spectrum Sharing’ paper explores how spectrum sharing can help bring more rural communities across Colombia,... 

Jasco’s full-year losses widen

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2019 JSE-listed Jasco on Friday reported a widened loss and headline loss a share for the financial year ended June 30. The group’s loss for the year attributable to ordinary shareholders widened to R29.1-million during the year under review, from a loss of R7.7-million in the prior financial year. 

Digital transformation of industries creates new ways to compete

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2019 Gathering and using data to improve the speed, agility and accuracy of processes are resulting in companies changing their ways of competing in a range of industries, from restaurants to industrial operations, says integration and analytics multinational Tibco Software analytics strategy senior... 

New digital industrial supply chain platform launched

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2019 Multinational industrial equipment manufacturer Siemens has launched its MindSphere industrial supply chain platform, which provides ways of securely sharing information for companies and enable experts to offer their services directly to companies, says Siemens digital industry senior VP Ralf... 

Altron secures Microsoft licensing solution provider contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th October 2019 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has been appointed Microsoft’s licensing solution provider (LSP) in South Africa. The move is in line with Altron’s ambitions of positioning its recently acquired subsidiary Altron Karabina as the “go-to partner for everything Microsoft”, says Altron Group... 

South Africa's development undermined by a lack of good governance, ethics

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2019 South Africa’s development and social trajectory has been undermined by a lack of good governance, morality and ethics, says consultancy Deloitte Africa Alchemy School of Management dean Dr Martyn Davies. He spoke at Deloitte’s yearly risk conference, which was themed “The State of Governance and... 

Most cyberattacks motivated by espionage

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2019 Research by the Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association (SOFF) shows that 94% of all cyberattacks currently aimed at the manufacturing industry are motivated by espionage, usually with the intent to steal trade secrets or sabotage plants, says network and applications (apps) security... 

IT-OT convergence brings benefits and cyberrisks

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2019 The manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and transportation sectors are incorporating information technology (IT) capabilities, such as big data analytics and machine learning, into operational technology (OT) systems, which allow manufacturers to improve productivity and efficiency, says... 

SARB announces 12 finalists for its fintech demonstration day

By: Schalk Burger     3rd October 2019 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Thursday announced 12 financial technology (fintech) solutions to be showcased at its Fintech Demo Day, on October 29, in Johannesburg, when it would select the two winning solutions. The 12 solutions were identified through the Global Fintech... 

Datatec expects H1 earnings surge

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd October 2019 JSE-listed Datatec expects to report a more than 20% year-on-year increase across all earnings per share (EPS) metrics for the six months ended August 31. Headline earnings per share are expected to be between 2c and 2.5c for the first half of the year, a more than 100% increase on the 0.7c... 

Sars intent on slashing invoicing fraud and improving services

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2019 The South African Revenue Services (Sars) is on a modernisation drive that aims to strip out invoicing fraud and streamline services, Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has told the annual World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (Fiata), in Cape Town.... 

Sars intent on slashing invoicing fraud and improving services
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter
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