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Telecoms News

Etion H1 earnings contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2020 JSE-listed Etion reported a decline in net profit to R4.9-million for the six months ended September 30, 2020, from R5.4-million reported in the corresponding six months last year. The group’s profit before tax increased by 45% from R5.4-million in the first half of 2019 to R7.9-million during... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2020 The data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international best practices of cybersecurity, but also to laws and regulation. Information and communication technology (ICT) and law experts indicate that... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

Liquid Telecom, Zayo partner to expand global network coverage

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2020 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom and communications infrastructure leader Zayo Group have partnered to leverage their existing networks for customers that have operations in Africa, Europe and North America. This partnership will see the duo add value for their customers through the use... 

Vodacom reports half-year surge

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom has reported a surge in data use that has led to an increase in service revenue for the six months ended September 30. The group’s revenue was up 7.8% to R47.8-billion during the half-year under review, underpinned by strong growth in Vodacom South Africa’s... 

AWS solutions unlock machine learning potential for Arçelik

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2020 Global household appliances manufacturer Arçelik is establishing a companywide analytics and machine learning programme, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), as it transforms its appliance manufacturing business into a data-driven organisation. AWS was selected as the preferred cloud provider... 

Telkom posts growth in interim headline earnings as working-from-home increased 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2020 Despite having experienced different impacts to its business units as a result of Covid-19 and the related lockdown, JSE-listed telecommunications company Telkom still came out of the first half of its financial year with improved profitability, strong liquidity and a strengthened balance sheet.... 

Telkom posts growth in interim headline earnings as working-from-home increased
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko shares the good and bad impacts of Covid-19 impacts on the business

Competition Commission reviews inputs to strategy to tackle digital economy competition

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2020 The Competition Commission is reviewing the submissions it has received in response to its proposed competitive strategy for South Africa’s digital economy in the future. The draft paper on Competition in the Digital Economy was published in September for public comment before October 30,... 

Teraco starts construction on 38 MW hyperscale data centre

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2020 Interconnection hub and vendor-neutral data centre provider Teraco Data Environments has broken ground on the construction of a new hyperscale data centre with 38 MW of critical power load in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg. The facility, known as JB4, is expected to be the largest single site data... 

MTN reports strong Q3 operational performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has reported double-digit growth in earnings and service revenue for the third quarter of 2020, as larger operations in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana deliver solid performances and subscriber numbers surge. In the three months to September, earnings before... 

MTN Nigeria’s revenue, earnings grow despite voice, data volatility

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2020 MTN Nigeria reported growth in revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) despite facing volatility in voice and data revenue over the nine months ended September 30. The group’s Ebitda increased 9.1% to N497.9-billion; however, its Ebitda margin contracted... 

Mboweni agrees to SAA's R10.5bn bailout; no funds for SABC, Post Office and Denel 

By: News24Wire      28th October 2020 South African Airways will get the R10.5-billion it has requested from government to fund its business rescue process. The monies will be made available from reductions from national departments and their entities as well as reductions from local and provincial conditional grants, according to... 

Mboweni agrees to SAA's R10.5bn bailout; no funds for SABC, Post Office and Denel

Icasa closes in on broadband inquiry, operators say effective spectrum allocation critical

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2020 Two years after the completion of the priority markets inquiry in 2018, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) aims to wrap up its Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry by March 31, 2021. The authority, which held public hearings on the December published Discussion... 

MTN Nigeria appoints new CEO, as Moolman returns to South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2020 MTN Nigeria CEO Ferdi Moolman is stepping down, effective March 31, 2021, to take up a role group chief risk officer in South Africa. MTN Group West and Central Africa (Weca) VP Karl Toriola has been appointed as the new MTN Nigeria CEO, also effective March 31. 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 The adoption of technology in a business must be strategic, informed and should be performed with the aim of streamlining and enhancing the existing business processes to ensure maximum value and efficiency, says business consultancy multinational BDO Financial Services Technology junior analyst... 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy
CHRIS O'FLAHERTY Clear communication of why a technology is being adopted and how it will help employees contributes to employees embracing the changes

Altron delivers growth during lockdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2020 JSE-listed technology company Allied Electronics (Altron) has achieved double-digit growth in revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) from continuing operatons during the six months to August 31, 2020. The group’s Ebitda increased 17% to R883-million for... 

Nokia to build cellular network on the Moon

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Information and communication technology giant Nokia has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to deploy the first long-term evolution (LTE) / fourth-generation (4G) communications system on the Moon. Nokia Bell Labs’ pioneering innovations will be used to... 

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Mobile operator Cell C’s strategic turnaround efforts are starting to reflect in the company’s underlying financial results performance during the six months to June 30, 2020, said CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson on October 20. The company’s net loss widened significantly from R875-million in the... 

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO
Cell C CFO Zaf Mahomed discusses Cell C’s financial performance for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

MTN withdraws Supreme Court challenges against Ghana market regulator

By: Reuters     13th October 2020 South African mobile operator MTN's Ghana unit said on Tuesday it was withdrawing a legal challenge it had filed to the Supreme Court over the market regulator's move to designate it a significant market power. "It is our expectation that this action will pave the way for further discussions and... 

Liquid Telecom South Africa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2020 Communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom South Africa has appointed Deon Geyser as CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Geyser, who is currently head of Nokia Southern Africa and Vodafone Africa and has held senior management positions at Siemens and Millicom International Cellular, holds a... 

MTN, Telecom Infra Project partner to evolve MTN’s transport infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2020 JSE-listed MTN Group and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have joined forces to support the evolution of MTN’s communication transport infrastructure, which will become a platform for future revenue growth and profitability. Through the partnership, communication transport capacity will be deployed to... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams establishes merger oversight forum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2020 Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has established a joint oversight forum to ensure a smooth merger process of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications. The formation of the Department of... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams establishes merger oversight forum
Stella-Ndabeni Abrahams

Satellite communications partnership formed to bolster remote operations

By: Donna Slater     6th October 2020 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with remote monitoring and communications specialist Harvest Technology Group and satellite and radio communication systems company AST to provide Harvest’s customers in the mining, energy and utilities sectors with... 

Nokia reaches 100 5G deals, 160 commercial 5G engagements

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2020 Information and communications technology group Nokia has reached the milestone of 100 commercial fifth-generation (5G) deals with individual customers and a total of 160 commercial 5G engagements, including paid trials. This following the signing of 17 new 5G commercial deals during the third... 

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry 

By: African News Agency      1st October 2020 The long-awaited announcement by the Independent Communications Authority of dates for the release of new spectrum will bring certainty to the industry, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Thursday. On Wednesday, regulator ICASA said its council had... 

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry
Communications & Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Icasa to issue spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will publish the invitations to apply (ITAs) for the licensing process for the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) and the International Mobile Telephony (IMT) spectrum no later than October 2. Icasa, in a September 30 briefing to... 

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity to provide free content

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2020 A WiFi content delivery solution can provide free wireless access to rich and curated education, training and entertainment content in areas that have minimal connectivity and where data costs prevent the majority of people from using digital channels. The solution is an integrated WiFi and... 

WiFi solution overcomes poor connectivity  to provide free content
VIEW4ALL HARDWARE The solution provides access to entertainment content and e-learning materials and can be used in areas with limited connectivity

JSE-listed Telkom tells of mixed hit from Covid-19 restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the national lockdown has impacted JES-listed Telkom’s business to varying degrees. In an update to the market, Telkom said that, while its consumer business benefitted from the increased demand from people working from home and online schooling, its BCX and Small... 

Affordability of communications critical for impact

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic brings South Africa’s widening digital divide into sharp focus in South Africa, having the latest generation connectivity, unaffordable for many, will not make much of an economic impact without lowering the costs. South Africa has had some success with its various... 

Blue Label sells 47.56% interest in Blue Label Mexico

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms is selling its 47.56% interest in Blue Label Mexico to co-shareholder Grupo Bimbo for $11.5-million. Blue Label will use the proceeds to settle its total parent guarantee obligations of $3.25-million payable to RBL Bank on behalf of Oxigen Services India, as well as... 

City of Johannesburg resumes free WiFi hotspots roll-out

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2020 The City of Johannesburg has relaunched its free Joburg WiFi hotspots roll-out project after four years. Digital inequality continues to be high in the city with at least 50% of people in Johannesburg and 80% of residents in informal settlements still without access to the Internet. 

VH Fibre Optics repositions to bridge the connectivity gap in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2020 VH Fibre Optics, part of Alviva Holdings, is expanding its portfolio and repositioning its offerings toward closing the availability gap of fast and stable connectivity in rural and semi-rural areas. The group will deliver an end-to-end offering and new solutions that bring cost-effective... 

Eutelsat, Paratus sign distribution agreement for capacity over South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2020 Eutelsat Communications and Paratus have signed a multi-year distribution agreement to bring high quality network connectivity to South Africa. The agreement will result in Paratus accessing the operational flexibility and power of high throughput satellite Eutelsat Konnect to bring connectivity... 

Paratus activates direct terrestrial fibre link from Teraco to Maputo

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus has completed a new terrestrial crossing between Johannesburg and Mozambique. The group lit up a 750 km route from Maputo, through Eswatini, to one of Paratus’ international colocation centres, Teraco Isando DC. 

Icasa to issue high demand spectrum ITA by end of September

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to auction the long-awaited high demand spectrum in March next year. The auction of the high demand spectrum, which was originally going to take place during December 2020, will now be completed by no later than March 31,... 

Covid-19 pushes cloud to forefront

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2020 A new study by World Wide Worx, in partnership with F5, Dell Technologies, Digicloud Africa and Intel, has revealed how the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed cloud computing to the front of decision-makers minds. The comprehensive Cloud in Africa 2020 report maps out latest cloud trends across... 

AfriForum submits commentary against proposed 5G policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2020 The civil rights organisation AfriForum has raised its concerns that the Draft Policy and Policy Direction on Rapid Deployment of Electronic Communication Networks and Facilities, or fifth-generation (5G) policy, will violate property rights and pose specific safety risks to landowners. In a... 

MTN Group appoints new audit committee chair and acting GCFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2020 JSE-listed MTN has appointed Sugentharan Perumal as its acting group CFO while it continues its rigorous recruitment process for a permanent replacement for newly appointed group CEO and president Ralph Mupita. Mupita will assume the role of CEO on September 1, as outgoing CEO Rob Shuter steps down. 

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