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Information Technology News

South African, Chinese researchers jointly make quantum communications breakthrough

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2020 A joint team composed of researchers from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, and China’s Huazhang University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, has successfully demonstrated the transmission of “multiple quantum patterns of twisted light” down a 250... 

MTN realises R14bn in asset sales in 2019

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 JSE-listed telecommunications giant MTN has secured proceeds of R14-billion to date through its asset realisation programme (ARP). The programme kicked off in March last year with the aim of simplifying the group’s portfolio, reducing debt and risk, improving returns and realising proceeds of at... 

MTN relaunches MoMo in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 JSE-listed telecommunications group MTN is going live with its mobile money (MoMo) service in South Africa. The company’s third attempt at deploying MoMo services in the country follows the finalisation of engagements with all the relevant regulatory bodies and authorities, including the South... 

IoT revenue expected to more than double in Middle East and Africa by 2023

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 Africa and the Middle East (AME) is set to be the second-fastest growing region, behind Asia Pacific, for Internet of Things (IoT) revenue, as interest gains momentum. While IoT is still in the early stages of uptake, stakeholders are exploring and identifying key areas of growth throughout a... 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
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THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

Blue Label expects half-year earnings improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label is optimistic of a more than 20% increase in half-year earnings. Basic, headline and core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended November 30, 2019, are expected to improve by 2.52c, 3c and 2.28c. 

Boeing announces further delay in return-to-service of its 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing reported on Tuesday that its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner would remain grounded for longer than the company had hoped. The grounding of the aircraft was imposed after two fatal crashes, in late 2018 and early 2019, which killed a total of 346 people. A system fitted... 

Boeing announces further delay in return-to-service of its 737 MAX
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Grounded 737 MAX airliners parked near Boeing Field, Seattle

Dual submarine cable restoration process under way

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 Telkom’s infrastructure provisioning division, Openserve, on Tuesday confirmed that the cable consortia for both of the undersea fibre cables that broke last week have tasked their respective restoration processes to a single chief of mission aboard the Leon Thevinin. The Leon Thevinin is a... 

Dual submarine cable restoration process under way
The Leon Thevinin

Openserve hit by dual submarine cable outage

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2020 Infrastructure provider Openserve has been hit by reduced speed on international browsing, with international voice calling and mobile roaming also impacted, after an “unusual” dual cable break on the submarine systems connecting South Africa to Europe. The West Africa Cable System (WACS) and... 

Granular data to drive supply chain productivity

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2020 Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) supply chain companies must aim to collect granular data – detailed, accurate data– to improve productivity and reduce costs in the sector, says information technology logistics solutions company MACmobile commercial director Andrew Dawson. FMCG supply chain... 

Granular data to drive supply chain productivity
ANDREW DAWSON Better analytical infrastructure will enable companies to better engage with customers and supply chain partners

Smart infrastructure that meets broad needs crucial for smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2020 Developing infrastructure that caters to the needs of society is fundamental to create smart cities, which are not the result of new buildings, but of the increasingly critical role that technology plays in making urban buildings smart, says Johnson Control sub-Saharan Africa GM Archibald... 

Asset discovery improves security response and efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2020 Information technology (IT) asset discovery software provides an accurate picture of assets that enables organisations to identify which technology needs to be refreshed or replaced, leading to better IT asset management, says IT multinational BT commercial contracts chief information security... 

Kaspersky partners with jeweller on biometric data protection

By: Schalk Burger     16th January 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky has partnered with the three-dimensional (3D) accessory designer Benjamin Waye and creative agency Archetype to create a special ring that has a printed artificial fingerprint pattern that can be used for authentication, the company announced on Wednesday.... 

South Africans show interest in innovative mobility services, connected technologies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th January 2020 Deloitte’s ‘2019 Global Automotive Consumer Study’ reveals that while South Africans still aspire to own their own vehicles – and concerns around autonomous, as well as connected vehicles remain – they are interested in innovative mobility services and willing to pay for connected technologies.... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams announces major ICT sector overhauls 

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2019 State-owned companies Sentech and Broadband Infraco will be merged to create a new State digital infrastructure company, Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announced on Thursday. The Communications and Digital Technologies Minister said her department was finalising the business case for the merger... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams announces major ICT sector overhauls
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

EOH sells dental information business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 JSE-listed technology services group EOH’s EOH Abantu subsidiary has announced it will sell all of its shares in Dental Information Systems Holdings (Denis) to Afrocentric Health for R250-million. Denis and its subsidiaries were acquired by EOH in 2012 to provide the group with healthcare... 

Staff training one of the ways to reduce companies’ cyberattack risk

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 People remain one of the key weak links in cybersecurity defence, but training them and testing their propensity to fall for phishing attacks delivered by email, social media messages or WhatsApp can significantly reduce the risks of cyberattacks against companies, says cybersecurity training... 

Staff training one of the ways to reduce companies’ cyberattack risk
ANNA COLLARD Enterprises should include training to reduce the cybersecurity risks from attacks on employees

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

MTN argues Commission's data recommendations not based on bigger view  

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN on Thursday argued that the Competition Commission has localised their recommendations to an area that accounts for only a third of the operators current data revenue, with MTN’s pricing realistically deemed “in the middle of the road”. The issuance of the Competition... 

Reliable, affordable data connectivity issues still plague Africa – Seacom

By: African News Agency      12th December 2019 Despite developments on international subsea infrastructure, reliable and affordable data connectivity issues continue to plague Africa, with internet penetration only increasing in recent years largely due to the roll out of mobile networks, pan-African telecoms company Seacom says. Sixteen of... 

Icasa to review end-user charter’s impact 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to investigate whether the amended End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations are being adhered to. The authority is calling for public comments and submissions, within 30 days, on its intention to undertake a... 

Income redistribution no ‘silver bullet’ for inequality, UN says

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 Inequality has spread through so many areas of life that tilting tax systems in favor of the less well-off won’t be enough to address the gap, a new UN report said. While a full redistributive package that includes more progressive income taxes and earned income discounts at low income levels... 

Altron to buy next-gen IT security services provider

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2019 Allied Electronics (Altron) has entered into a R360-million deal to buy identity security provider Ubusha Technologies to strengthen its existing capability in the information technology (IT) security market. Through subsidiary Altron TMT, the group inked a share sale agreement with Ubusha... 

Data management in construction adds resilience, efficiency benefits

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Effectively managing data in construction sector businesses helps them to be more resilient in the event of a cybersecurity breach or loss of data, and helps them to use their data efficiently to support operations , says data management consulting company Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie.... 

Data management in construction  adds resilience, efficiency benefits
HEMANT HARIE Effectively managing the flow and protection of data improves resilience and supports operational efficiency

Employee hacking a growing cyber concern in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 South African enterprises are subjected to an array of cyberattacks, with sophisticated and specifically targeted type attacks – advanced persistent threats (APT) – being used to break into targeted companies’ networks, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Global Research and Analysis Team... 

Digital mine reaping benefits before ramp up 

5th December 2019 JSE-listed resources group Exxaro Resources’ Belfast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, is enjoying the benefits of being a digital and connected mine, and is on track to start up ahead of schedule next year. Tracy Hancock tells us more.  

Digital mine reaping benefits before ramp up
Digital mine reaping benefits before ramp up

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... 

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability
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. 

Petrochemicals industry demand forecast to slow down by 2030
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... 

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

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