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Africa Data Centres acquires major data centre from Standard Bank

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2020 Interconnected, carrier and cloud-neutral data centre facilities network Africa Data Centres has acquired a Tier IV data centre in Johannesburg from Standard Bank. The acquisition by the group, which is part of the Liquid Telecom Group, is expected to disrupt the South African data centre and... 

Kaspersky announces cyber capacity training programme to bolster IT resilience

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky on May 19 announced that, as part of the Global Transparency Initiative, it had developed a cybersecurity skills development programme. The Cyber Capacity Building Programme will be available during the latter part of the year, says Kaspersky public affairs... 

Online payment gateway sees 226% rise in new food industry business registrations

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2020 Online payment gateway PayFast has registered more than 7 000 new merchant accounts over the lockdown period, so far, and the company reports a 226% year-on-year increase in new business account registrations in the food industry since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place in March. The surge... 

Inflation risks, lack of banking infrastructure to drive cryptocurrency adoption in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2020 High inflation rates, volatile currencies and underdeveloped banking infrastructure are likely to result in an increase in the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Africa, a report by cryptocurrency multinational Luno and digital asset company Arcane Research shows. Cryptocurrencies also offer... 

Vodacom introduces community-based model to clamp down on battery theft

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has started engaging communities to intensify security around its base stations to guard against vandalism and battery theft. Communities members will be recruited, trained and accredited – work with police – serving as “monitoring personnel” under a new model to... 

MultiChoice to provide free online learning, more entertainment

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2020 Broadcaster MultiChoice South Africa is providing access to online learning platform Udemy through its DStv App for customers. DStv customers will have access to 600 free courses offered by Udemy until the end of July, as well as access, for DStv Premium customers, to a $5 rand equivalent voucher... 

Manufacturers encouraged to first pilot IIoT projects

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 The use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions in manufacturing grows in complexity and scale over time by providing solutions to specific requirements of the plant or manufacturer. Manufacturers should deploy pilot IIoT projects to address specific challenges and then scale up their... 

Digitalisation of manufacturing offers potential to increase efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 Digitalisation of the manufacturing sector provides a new opportunity to increase efficiency, but also brings with it new challenges, Rockwell Automation Europe, Middle East and Africa president Susana Gonzalez has highlighted. Rockwell recently hosted its first fully virtual conference to... 

Huge to report increased year-end earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2020 JSE-listed Huge Group expects an increase in earnings across the board for the year ended February 29. The company expects earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) to increase 0% to 5% year-on-year. 

Intelligent automation can enable services, commerce without physical contact

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 The use of intelligent automation can allow for business processes to operate more effectively, while also reducing physical contact, such as at healthcare facilities, by reducing or removing manual and physical processes, says consultancy firm EY Africa intelligent automation lead Paul St... 

Online platforms should adapt to ensure post-Covid-19 survival

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 With people around the world increasingly using Web-based platforms to communicate, buy, sell and otherwise inform themselves about current affairs, Accenture technology practice MD Kirtan Sita says such platforms need to prioritise and implement essential functions that come with this vital... 

Helios acquires 65 wireless telco sites in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2020 Independent telecommunications tower infrastructure company Helios Towers plans to acquire 65 wireless telecommunications sites in South Africa through a deal between its South African subsidiary HTSA Towers and Eagle Towers. The transaction aligns with the group’s strategy of broadening its... 

Majority of those working from home have not received cybersecurity training, guidance

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Three-in-four (73%) employees working from home have not yet received any specific cybersecurity awareness guidance or training to keep themselves secure from risks, a report published by cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky shows. While it can be more difficult to control the security of... 

Amid pandemic, short-term business risks need to be managed

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Upper-level management and executives will need to take the role of governance, risk and compliance teams very seriously during this time and in the months ahead, says legal and business information and analytics service multinational LexisNexis South Africa legal and compliance divisional... 

Local blockchain solution shortlisted for global award

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Blockchain construction contract management solution Sherlock, developed by DoshEx, has been selected as one of three shortlisted candidates for the Blockchain Trailblazer category of the 2020 IBM Beacon Award. An enterprise-ready smart contract management and administration solution, Sherlock... 

Datatec to report double-digit earnings rise for 2020 financial year

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2020 Information and communication technology company Datatec expects to post 20% higher earnings per share (EPS) for the year ended February 29. Underlying EPS is expected to be between 9.5c and 10.5c, in dollar terms, 44% to 59% higher than the 6.6c reported in the 2019 financial year. 

Consortium to build new subsea cable for Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2020 Several companies have teamed to up to build what is described as one of the largest subsea projects in the world to connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The new 37 000 km-long 2Africa subsea cable plans to interconnect Europe eastward through Egypt and the Middle East... 

Altron delivers positive FY20 results 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) posted a 14% increase in earnings before interest tax and depreciation (Ebitda) to R1.84-billion during the year ended February 29. The adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 16 accounting standard positively contributed... 

Altron delivers positive FY20 results
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the company’s financial performance during the year ended February

Vodacom to use balloon-powered Internet solution in Mozambique

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom will use Alphabet subsidiary Loon’s balloon-powered Internet solution to expand its network in Mozambique. As part of a new agreement, Vodacom will leverage Loon’s network of floating cell phone towers that operate 20 km above Earth to provide service to unserved... 

T-Systems to make cyber defence accessible to more customers

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2020 Information and communication technology multinational T-Systems South Africa has relaunched its security operations centre (SOC) as a cyber defence centre (CDC), which leverages the latest cognitive technology and will offer its advanced cyber defence portfolio to customers as a managed service,... 

S&P downgrades Telkom in line with sovereign ratings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th May 2020 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has revised JSE-listed Telkom’s long-term issuer rating to be in line with the sovereign ratings downgrade in April. Telkom, which is viewed as a government-related entity, has been revised downwards from BB+ to BB, with the negative outlook revised to stable. 

Consumers becoming more active, aware of online presence

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2020 Nearly four out of five South African consumers have tried to remove private information from websites or social media and new research by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has found that consumers around the world want to take more action to protect and maintain control over their personal privacy,... 

Convergence Partners platform acquires some of Vodacom Business Africa operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2020 Convergence Partners’ pan-African digital service provider platform inq. Holdings, formerly Synergy Communications, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire. There are further plans to acquire the Cameroon operations, pending regulatory approvals. 

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2020 Changing patterns in telecommunications traffic owing to the various levels of Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide are shifting the goalposts for predictions in a post Covid-19 world. With increasing surges in connectivity demand, information and communication technology (ICT) firm Ericsson president... 

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson
Ericsson’s Börje Ekholm, Patrik Cerwall and Jasmeet Singh Sethi discuss the information and communication technology trends that have been seen over the past few months. Editing: Darlene Creamer

Budget reductions to impact on IT services providers

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2020 Providing technology services that enable digital transformation is a major area of business for information technology (IT) services vendors but, in the short-term, this business will come under pressure as clients look to reduce costs, says data and analytics company GlobalData Thematic... 

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2020 JSE-listed Vodacom has ended the year to March 31 with strong customer growth, increased revenue and earnings and increased traffic on its network. Vodacom’s group revenue increased 4.8% to R90.7-billion, with group service revenue up 5% to R73.3-billion during the financial year under review. 

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20

Ericsson appoints new Ericsson South and East Africa VP and head

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 Information and communication group Ericsson has appointed Todd Ashton as VP and head of Ericsson South and East Africa. Ashton has been with Ericsson for 22 years and has various sales and leadership positions in several countries across different continents, including as head of Ericsson... 

Kaspersky provides free parental control as child Internet use doubles

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2020 As more children are using the Internet while under lockdown, cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky is offering free use of its Safe Kids parental control feature for three months. Kaspersky Network Child Safety head Andrey Sidenko says it is crucial to help a child to navigate through the... 

HP, AUC to expand learning opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 HP and the African Union Commission (AUC) are working to expand digital learning opportunities for youth through two online learning platforms that contribute to the one-million by 2021 initiative. The collaboration covers various initiatives, including the exchange of information and expertise... 

South Africa’s telcos must evolve into digital services providers

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 South Africa’s telecommunications companies need to rapidly evolve into diversified digital services providers or risk “being left behind” in an ever-evolving world. The Covid-19 lockdown period has laid bare the legacy business of telecommunications operators as brick-and-mortar... 

Cloud processing offered for various applications

8th May 2020 Automation company Siemens offers users the opportunity to close the gap between conventional local and cloud-based data processing, depending on individual requirements. With Edge computing, large volumes of data can be processed locally almost in real time. 

Soft skills critical to leading in heterogeneous business world

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2020 Technology, connectivity, data and creativity have allowed the development of a range of new capabilities in all industries and improvements in industrial and business processes to the point where individuals and collectives, such as businesses, can have a potentially significant impact on their... 

Vodacom Business partners with Accenture

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom Business has partnered with Accenture to broaden its digital transformation smart service offering through cloud, security and analytics capabilities. Vodacom aims to create an industry-specific approach for clients that will enhance their business through... 

GFM repurposes agri-tech software to manage food parcel and voucher delivery

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2020 Software-as-a-service technology platform developer GreenFingers Mobile (GFM) has re-purposed its agri-tech software to assist the digital management of food parcel and voucher delivery initiatives. The free service supports nonprofits and community-based organisations to digitally manage and... 

Kit launched to strengthen passwords for World Password Day

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2020 Cybersecurity training company KnowBe4 on May 7 – World Password Day – launched a kit, tips, videos and tools to help strengthen passwords and improve password management. Cyberattackers do not need to crack weak passwords; they reuse the billions of passwords already available for sale on the... 

Healthcare platform launched to coordinate fight against Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2020 Business for South Africa’s (B4SA's) health workgroup has partnered with free digital health care platform Essential Medical Guidance (EMGuidance), which has launched a dedicated Covid-19 support channel for South African healthcare professionals (HCPs) in both the public and private sectors.... 

Teraco builds second Cape Town data centre

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2020 Carrier, cloud colocation and data centre services company Teraco on May 6 announced that it was building a second Teraco Cape Town (CT2) data centre facility. Driving this investment is the growth of cloud in the region, resulting in increased demand from cloud providers, enterprises and subsea... 

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