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Digital transformation pros and cons

19th April 2019 All businesses are having to transform digitally and embrace technology in order to survive in this smart digital world, says digital technology solutions provider Etion. “We’re living in a technology-driven environment that is defined by a succession of catchphrases such as digitalisation, the... 

New revolution prompts need for tight security

19th April 2019 With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the rapid growth of the Internet and the speed at which the cyber environment is developing, State-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate Denel says security spaces need to be tightly monitored.   The defence and national security environments... 

New revolution prompts need for tight security
‘TANKS’ A LOT Denel defends South Africa on land, in the air and now in cyberspace

Digital initiatives could unlock trillions in value for SA, research shows

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture says. Research indicated that the value that can be... 

Digital initiatives could unlock trillions in value for SA,  research shows
VUKANI MNGXATI Unlocking the value from digital transformation within the economy will require efforts by the public and private sectors

Minister says spectrum policy directive should be issued this month

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2019 After years-long delays, the now-urgent final policy directive on spectrum allocation is expected to be issued by the end of April, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterates. Over the past few months, movement has been seen in resolving the years-long limbo over the high-demand... 

Technology disruption becoming the business of technology

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 The continuing disruption of businesses caused by technological developments is evolving into the “business of technology”, or how business and technology leaders are harnessing the forces of change sweeping through industries and economies to improve their operations, says the tenth yearly... 

Nokia secures thirtieth commercial 5G deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2019 The March addition of a commercial contract with Austria's A1 has marked Nokia’s thirtieth fifth-generation (5G) deal spanning the full end-to-end spectrum of 5G technologies across major global regions. The 30 commercial deals – including 16 with publicly named service provider customers – offer... 

Dimension Data, Cisco sign co-innovation agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2019 Information and technology groups Dimension Data and Cisco have entered into a new co-innovation agreement to develop a deeper collaboration environment and framework to jointly solve clients’ business needs. The agreement will provide the duo scale and market reach, leveraging the companies’... 

Angola mobile tender dials back on transparency pledge

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Since assuming power in 2017, Angolan President Joao Lourenco has repeatedly vowed to steer sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer into a new era of transparency. Last week, he missed a golden opportunity to deliver on that promise. The sale of the country’s fourth telecommunications... 

S&P Global downgrades Cell C on liquidity risks 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has downgraded South Africa’s third largest mobile operator Cell C to 'CCC-', with a developing outlook, on the back of considerable short-term liquidity and refinancing risks. The mobile operator’s rating was lowered from ‘CCC+’ and ‘B-‘ on S&P’s issuer credit... 

EOH shares surge as restructuring takes form 

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2019 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) service provider EOH’s share price rose by 55.76% on Tuesday as the company reported its financial results for the six months ended January 31. The company reported a loss for the six months of R3.3-billion mainly owing to one-off costs... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2019 Regulatory and market pressures are prompting financial services organisations to modernise, and integrate their risk and finance processes, says analytics multinational SAS Africa head of risk Gabor Szalontai. There is much more data available to assess risks, with platforms designed to help... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices
GABOR SZALONTAI The risk processes of banks and financial service providers will continue to evolve in the digital space, increasing analytics requirements

Employment in SA telecoms sector rose in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2019 The information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to South Africa’s mainstream economy, the latest ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows. The fourth iteration of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) review... 

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2019 The use of information technology- (IT-) driven innovations and Internet of Things (IoT) systems will help to combat and treat non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and  Africa IoT solutions... 

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision
SHERRY ZAMEER Mobile- and e-health technology can drive efficiency, improve patient outcomes and boost preventative healthcare

MTN granted more Nigerian spectrum after long regulator battle

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2019 MTN Group was awarded additional broadband spectrum in Nigeria related to its 2015 acquisition of Visafone Communications following a lengthy regulator battle. The Nigerian Communications Commission approved the transfer of 800-megahertz spectrum following a public inquiry into the boost the move... 

MTN has best mobile network – MyBroadband Insights

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN has once again secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ quarterly ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The first quarter 2019 report, which ranks South Africa's mobile networks on a network quality score, shows MTN boasts South Africa’s best mobile network. 

Early crypto-asset regulations indicate firmer rules on the way

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 The initial regulations proposed by a crypto-asset regulations consultation paper, released by the South African Reserve Bank in January, indicate that a firmer regulatory regime will be put in place, says legal firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr finance and banking director Bridget King and Cliffe... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments become more connected

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Industrial enterprise resource specialist company Syspro says data will become more consistent and accurate as more machines and business systems are connected, which will also lead to greater volumes of data. This will necessitate that companies analyse this stream of data intelligently, as well... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments  become more connected
DEIRDRÉ FRYER AI provides insight into probability so that users are equipped to deal with business challenges and manage expectations

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

Africa's largest tower company plans growth in Middle East

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 IHS Holding plans to enter new markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asia to bulk up ahead of a potential attempt to sell shares in either New York or London. Africa’s largest operator of the telecommunications towers is looking to build on two recent deals in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, CEO Sam... 

Consumers moving away from traditional forms of entertainment, media consumption – study

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2019 PwC’s ‘2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey’ has revealed that consumers are increasingly using digital technology for more than just shopping, with a revolution occurring in how customers access entertainment and media. For example, 38% of global consumers stream entertainment at least daily... 

Vodacom Tanzania says MD questioned by police over network use

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 Vodacom Tanzania said on Wednesday that its managing director and several employees have been questioned by the police over alleged fraudulent use of network facilities, but no charges have been brought. "No formal charges have been (brought) against these employees, but we have been advised that... 

Final spectrum policy directive will be issued by end-April – Ndabeni-Abrahams

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2019 After years-long delays, the now-urgent final policy directive on spectrum allocation is expected to be issued by the end of April, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterated this week. Following an information and communications technology industry engagement earlier this week... 

Altron appoints risk and compliance executive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2019 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics (Altron) has appointed Sayeeda Khan group executive of risk and compliance, effective April 1, as it elevates the risk management and compliance function to an executive committee role. “We see corporate governance, positive control posture and... 

Competition Commission to release provisional data inquiry report, extends conclusion to year-end

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2019 The Competition Commission is preparing to release a provisional report on its data inquiry by the end of April, with the intention of finalising its investigation and releasing the final outcomes by December 31, months later than the initial planned March conclusion. The commission on Monday... 

Employment within the ICT sector showing growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 The information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to South Africa’s mainstream economy, the ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows. The fourth iteration of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) review of the... 

Broader use of biometrics will reduce fraud in public, private sectors

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Broadening the use of biometrics beyond current applications will help to reduce fraud in the public and private sectors, says biometrics multinational HID Global regional sales manager for Africa Claude Langley. Biometrics is predominantly a fraud-prevention mechanism that is used to manage... 

MTN drops as Nigeria urges court not to block $2bn penalty  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 MTN Group shares fell almost 7% after Nigeria’s government said Africa’s biggest mobile operator evaded taxes and urged a Lagos court not to block a $2-billion penalty. The High Court of Lagos should throw out the Johannesburg-based company’s attempt to stop it from paying backdated taxes, TA... 

Icasa appoints acting chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th March 2019 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday announced the appointment of Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as acting chairperson, effective immediately. Modimoeng, appointed following a special council meeting, will remain in the acting position until a permanent successor to... 

EOH Microsoft licence partnership woes deepen

By: Schalk Burger     25th March 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH announced in a statement on Monday that it had, on March 12, received a 30-day notice period from software multinational Microsoft Ireland of its intention to terminate the Partner Network Agreement with a number of EOH group companies, and... 

Cape Town forum to look at how data can enable South African cities to build resilient govts

By: African News Agency      25th March 2019 Cape Town is hosting a conference from Monday which will explore how cities can utilise data to build resilient and responsive local governments. In a statement, the city said the British High Commission had brought in representatives from United Kingdom organisations specialising in the use of... 

Communications Minister removes Mohlaloga as Icasa chair

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has given effect to a National Assembly resolution and removed Rubben Mohlaloga as a councillor and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). On March 19, the National Assembly resolved that Mohlaloga should be... 

Convicted fraudster seeks to stop parliamentary processes aimed at removing him as Icasa chair

By: News24Wire      18th March 2019 Fraud and money-laundering convict Rubben Mohlaloga will not only be fighting to stay out of prison but to also remain chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment last month but currently on bail pending an appeal of his... 

Local firm tackles general-use mobile payments

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Local mobile payments company Celbux has developed a platform to address the crucial enablers of low-costs and ease of use for an open, general-use mobile payments environment, says Celbux CEO Kobus du Plooy. The platform-as-a-service architecture is open to consumers and businesses. There are no... 

Local firm tackles general-use mobile payments
KOBUS DU PLOOY The simplest technology solution is the way to solve real problems

Data mobility seen as key to supporting new cloud, digital era

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Changing from physical to virtual information technology (IT) resources – like cloud systems – requires that companies monitor and manage the movement and security of data across on-premise and external resources, says backup and intelligent data management multinational Veeam Software Southern... 

MTN aims to expand local shareholding of its Ugandan unit to 20% – CEO

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 MTN Group's Uganda unit is looking to boost local shareholding to 20% from 4% this year, the South African telecoms giant's Chief Executive Robert Shuter said. The move to expand local ownership appears a bow to pressure from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who has said he would like the firm... 

MTN to list Nigeria unit towards April and May – MTN Nigeria CEO

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 MTN Group expects its Nigeria unit to list on the local stock exchange "probably more towards April and May," the unit's chief executive said on Wednesday. The listing should be no later than halfway through the year, said Ferdi Moolman, chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria, speaking to... 

Ten worst South African performers tell tale of battling economy

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 It’s not even the end of the first quarter and already there’s a plethora of once-significant South African companies that have either collapsed or had their share prices hit the wall. The likes of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, tech provider EOH Holdings, Blue Label Telecoms and Aspen Pharmacare... 

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