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Cisco 2022 tech trend predicts ethical, responsible, explainable AI

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Information and communications network technology company Cisco says the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) to process extreme quantities of data means AI needs to be transparent, so everyone using the system understands how the insights have been produced. Transparency must be present... 

Helios in talks with Africa mobile operators on fintech billions

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 Helios Investment Partners is in talks with African telecom operators and banks about ways the private-equity firm can help them cash in on their mobile-money and digital-payments platforms. Africa’s largest wireless carriers, including MTN Group and Airtel Africa, are among companies exploring... 

Airbus, NTT, Docomo and SKY Perfect JSAT jointly studying connectivity services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Airbus, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT Docomo and SKY Perfect JSAT have jointly announced that they have begun studying the feasibility of collaborating on future high-altitude platform station- (Haps-) based connectivity services as part of a future space-based wireless... 

Low-orbit satellites may improve banking for developing world

13th January 2022 Will residents of the developing world thank their lucky stars as low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites start to usher in the next era of global digital transformation? The cause of Africa's internet deficiency is, predictably, cost. Africa has the most expensive internet in the world. According to... 

Telkom files for spectrum ITA interdict

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has filed an application at the Gauteng High Court to have the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) spectrum Invitations To Apply (ITAs) reviewed and set aside. Included in the application is an urgent interdict to prevent Icasa from... 

Operators receive provisional high-demand spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communication technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the provisional... 

Public interest objectives of spectrum licensing must be prioritised, webinar participants hear

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2021 South Africa's telecommunications industry, policy makers and regulators must prioritise the various developmental objectives sought from radio frequency spectrum's use to overcome the multiyear challenges to assigning spectrum for use, mobile telecommunications company Vodacom policy and... 

SKF commits to net zero supply chain by 2050

30th November 2021 SKF announced its commitment to have a supply chain with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, says: “Having already made significant progress on our journey to reducing emissions from our own operations to net zero by 2030, we are today committing to an... 

First #ActivistEngineering project calls on engineers to tackle indoor air pollution

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 Industrial and electronic products distributor RS Components has launched an activist engineering programmem urging the DesignSpark community to engineer for a better world. The first project calls on engineers to tackle indoor air pollution using the new DesignSpark environmental sensor... 

Icasa temporarily halts Woan licensing process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has temporarily suspended the licensing timetable for the release of the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) spectrum. Reviewing the licensing timelines, issued on October 1, the authority said that the suspension is to allow the... 

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