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Hybrid-cloud services offer data control and security

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Information technology (IT) multinational subsidiary BT Africa’s managed cloud services enable companies to integrate multiple cloud infrastructure providers into one point of consumption, aligning costs and improving agility, as well as ensuring companies retain control over their data. Hybrid... 

MiX lifts FY19 guidance on strong Q3 performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 Dual-listed MiX Telematics delivered another strong performance in the third quarter ended December 31, 2018, with a 16% year-on-year increase in subscription revenue to R439-million, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margins again exceeded... 

Denel launches cybersecurity division; urges government to use it

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th January 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim was to ensure that cybersecurity for government information and... 

Adapt IT posts H1 earnings growth

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT has grown its turnover by 4% year-on-year to R667-million and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 10% year-on-year to R118-million for the six months ended December 31, it said in an... 

City of Cape Town, DST to host inaugural Africa Tech Week

By: African News Agency      28th January 2019 The City of Cape Town in partnership with the department of science and technology (DST) is set to host the inaugural Africa Tech Week that will introduce African small businesses to digital solutions and future business strategies and development. Africa Tech Week, under the theme “How to create... 

Rob Burger appointed Huge Telecom MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 Robert (Rob) Burger has been appointed MD of Huge Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Huge Group, with effect from January 23. After initially serving as Huge Telecom CFO, he was appointed acting MD in November 2018. 

SA’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African airspace, the Ministry of Science and Technology has announced. Space... 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 South Africa must continue to invest in travel technologies and Internet of Things technologies to tap the potential of tourism amid changing expectations of travel and modes of transport, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and Africa... 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth
SHERRY ZAMEER Tourism can contribute 600 000 jobs over the next decade

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors
WEG MOTOR SCAN The sensor measures the vibration, temperature and operational hours of electric motors to detect irregularities

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced late on Wednesday (South African time) that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas, in the US State of Virginia, on Tuesday. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight
Photo by Boeing
Boeing’s PAV prototype hovering during its first flight

Vodacom’s strong international operations offset South Africa’s lagging performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2019 JSE-listed Vodacom’s international operations have boosted the group’s financial performance in the quarter ended December 31, 2018, after a dip in the South African operations. The group’s revenue was up 1.5% to R23-billion and service revenue increased by 2.4% to R18.9-billion, while group data... 

Vodacom’s strong international operations offset South Africa’s lagging performance

MTN has paid $53m to settle Nigeria dispute – central bank 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 MTN has paid $53-million to settle a money transfer dispute with Nigeria's central bank and the matter has been withdrawn from court, Governor Godwin Emefiele said on Tuesday. The central bank had ordered MTN and its lenders to bring back a total of $8.1-billion it alleged the company had... 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

Uganda deports French, Rwandan MTN execs citing national security – police

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 Uganda has deported a French and a Rwandan executive from telecoms group MTN, accusing them of planning to compromise national security, police said on Tuesday. MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said its Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, was detained at Entebbe... 

Smart speakers become fastest growing connected device – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2019 Smart speakers, fifth-generation (5G) networks and cloud-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the baselines of increased connectivity and potential for innovation this year, the latest ‘Deloitte Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions’ report shows. The eighteenth... 

Half of the world’s population now using the Internet

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2019 For the first time, more than half the world’s population is using the Internet, marking an important milestone for connecting people to the digital economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that, by the end of 2018, 51.2% of the global population, or 3.9-billion people,... 

Tool designed for German football team opened to other sporting codes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Sports teams and administrators can use the enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Sports One unified platform to manage teams and players efficiently and use powerful analytical insights for performance optimisation, says SAP New Markets & Strategic Customers Sport & Entertainment global... 

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

Companies to boost cobot industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electronics company Omron Corporation and collaborative arm robot manufacturer Techman Robot have provided collaborative robots, or cobots, that can be used for a variety of applications such as electronics assembly, product testing and inspection. This comes after both companies signed an... 

Companies to boost cobot industry
ARMING THE FUTURE Collaborative robots are the way of the future, working in conjunction with people, rather than replacing them

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

High-tech to become fully embedded in core business processes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 During the next five years, the steadily growing adoption and application of innovative technologies will be firmly embedded in many of the core processes and technologies of businesses, says information technology services multinational Dimension Data group CTO Ettienne Reinecke. This prediction... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global transparency initiative

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab’s new data centre in Zurich, Switzerland, will process malicious and suspicious files shared by users of Kaspersky Lab products in Europe, and forms part of its Global Transparency Initiative, says Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The relocation of... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global  transparency initiative
EUGENE KASPERSKY Transparency is becoming the new normal for the IT industry and the cybersecurity industry

Connectivity and security balance critical as smart cities grow

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 A balance between the hyperconnected-and-vulnerable and overly-cautious, developmentally moribund poles of the smart-city spectrum must be sought to support and protect smart cities, says networking multinational F5 Networks major channel account manager Simon McCullough. As smart cities expand,... 

Asset management systems seen as way to bolster utility sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems, including metering and billing solutions, help utilities to run more efficiently and, thereby, support utility and infrastructure provision, says information technology services multinational Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van... 

Kenya's Safaricom's overdraft service exceeds expectations – CEO

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 Kenya's biggest telecoms operator, Safaricom, notched up one million users for its new overdraft feature on the M-Pesa platform in just eight days, surpassing its CEO's expectations, he said on Thursday. Started 11 years ago as a service to allow Kenyans without access to the banking network to... 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth  

17th January 2019 Team Authentic8 was crowned the winner of the Airports Company South Africa and University of the Witwatersrand's Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct’s security access management hackathon in November. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth
ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth

Ford, IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Carmaker Ford, technology giant IBM, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help... 

Uganda's president 'astonished' MTN charged less for telecom licence renewal

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has criticised the telecommunications regulator after it slashed MTN Uganda's fee for renewing its telecoms licence, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Local media reported on Tuesday that the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had decided to charge MTN... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets  

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Tuesday asked for public comment on a policy paper outlining the perceived risks and benefits associated with crypto assets, the available regulatory approaches around them and proposals to industry participants and stakeholders. In 2014, the National... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets

Helios Towers enters South Africa with Vulatel partnership

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Helios Towers entered the South African market by forming a partnership with Vulatel to build out wireless and fixed-line infrastructure in the country. Helios Towers expects South Africa to lead the way on 5G rollout in sub-Saharan Africa, it said in a statement on Monday. 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2019 The Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Monday that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African... 

South Africa’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

MTN best mobile network in South Africa – MyBroadband Insights report

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th January 2019 Mobile operator MTN has secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ fourth-quarter 2018 ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The quarterly report revealed MTN as South Africa’s best mobile network, based on 383 479 speed tests conducted between October 1 and December 31, 2018. 

Vodacom pays former worker for 'Please Call Me' idea after deadlock  

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Vodacom Group is paying out “reasonable compensation” to a former employee of the South African mobile-network operator for his idea to develop a popular call-back service after a former chief executive officer first took credit for the product. The settlement comes almost a decade after Kenneth... 

Africa’s telco industry sees a mobile-powered 2019, but 5G still on the agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a rapid shift from second-generation (2G) to fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology, driven by improved infrastructure and access to cost-effective smartphones. The continent is increasingly becoming connected, with mobile broadband expected to account for 87%... 

Adapt IT to acquire Wisenet Group businesses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Adapt IT, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Wisenet Group, as well as the business intellectual property (IP) and existing IP rights of Wakatipu Management (Wisenet SG) for at least S$5.22-million. The Wisenet Group comprises Kura... 

Intelsat joins GMSA to strengthen mobile connections

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has become a full member of London-based association GMSA in an effort to build stronger working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. The association represents more than 750... 

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