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Information Technology News

Liquid appoints new CEO for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Kyle Whitehill CEO of its newly acquired subsidiary Neotel. Liquid fully concluded its R6.55-billion buyout of Neotel in February, with plans to focus on delivering enhanced network services to enterprises and consumers. 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

Data preparation should be part of business intelligence offering

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Business intelligence (BI) service providers should offer data preparation as an integral part of analytic platforms to overcome the delays and problems caused by unprepared, incorrectly formatted or “dirty” data, says business intelligence subsidiary AIGS Yellowfin South Africa sales and... 

Mobile app aims to help South Africans save and invest better

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 South African financial services provider Liberty launched its Stash investment application (app) earlier this month to help improve a local savings culture by providing a solution that removes the complexity and fear associated with investing. Stash is designed to mitigate all the complicated... 

New COO for data management company

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Local data management and security company M2TD announced the appointment of new COO Melusi Gumbi earlier this month, who joins the company from local information and communications (ICT) technology service provider Khauleza IT Solutions, where he was the ICT operations executive.   M2TD aims to... 

New WD solid-state drives launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Data storage multinational Western Digital has launched its new WD Green and Blue range of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) in South Africa for business and private users. The drives can be used to boost the performance of computer equipment, says Western Digital Storage Technology... 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

Jasco acquires majority stake in Reflex

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a majority 51% stake in Johannesburg-based information technology (IT) managed services group Reflex Solutions for R39.8-million. The acquisition of Reflex, which recently expanded into fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions, adding to a portfolio of hosted... 

Cabinet approves revised National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the revised National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2017, submitted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to ensure the most efficient use of radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South... 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

Datatec confident of improvements after modernisation hits FY17 financial results

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2017 Dual-listed Datatec is confident of improving its performance as it enters the final stages of the modernisation programme of subsidiary Westcon-Comstor that had significantly dragged the group’s financial performance in the year ended February 28. Over the last few years, the information and... 

South Africa advances new earth observation satellite

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reported recently that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has made significant progress in developing the country's next Earth observation (EO) satellite. She was giving the keynote address at the opening of the 37th International... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help fast-track Africa’s digitalisation

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Satellite connectivity has a role to play as part of hybrid infrastructure systems for Africa and can help companies digitally transform themselves and improve the competitiveness of economies, says satellite communications solutions company SES Africa commercial head Laurent Petit. African... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help  fast-track Africa’s digitalisation
LAURENT PETIT Africa must foster digital skills as part of transitioning the population from low-paid jobs and contribute to the creation of more high-value jobs

Cyberattacks have more than just financial costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the global proliferation of technology benefits users, it also increases the number and complexity of cyber risks, and companies cannot afford not to factor in the damage that a cyberattack can have on their reputation, says global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab Africa MD Riaan... 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 Despite the ongoing threats of cyber criminality, companies continue to fail to adequately protect their valuable data resources, says digital security provider Gemalto Africa identity and data protection manager Neil Cosser. 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business
Photo by Bloomberg
DATA PROTECTION IMPERATIVE Hackers are casting a wider net and are using easily attainable account and identity information as a starting point for high-value targets

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Data centre company Teraco’s neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) peering subsidiary NAPAfrica has grown to 170 Gb/s with 386 members since 2012, and is ranked as the third-largest IXP in the southern hemisphere, says Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk. The NAPAfrica IXPs are collocated in all Teraco data... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones
LEX VAN WYK Teraco continues to experience high demand for its neutral data centre facilities, underpinned by strong growth in Internet penetration into Africa and increased cloud adoption

South African companies must prioritise cybersecurity

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the information technology (IT) security systems available in South Africa are highly competitive, corporate spend on this aspect of business remains too low if the country is to keep up with international trends, says hacking and industrial espionage protection company Neworder Industries... 

Ransomware attacks should be tackled through a 'people-process-technology triangle' – Deloitte

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 Companies affected by ransomware attacks should not be tempted to pay a ransom, as the likelihood of receiving the decryption keys is often very slim. Following last week’s Wanna Cry malware attack, that locked up over 200 000 computers in more than 150 countries, including a retail company in... 

Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 The pending acquisition of a 35% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom will secure JSE-listed Vodacom a high-growth market that is as large as all of its international subsidiaries combined. The R35-billion deal, expected to be concluded in August, presented South Africa’s largest... 

Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub and CFO Till Streichert

EOH CEO steps down in broad board reshuffle

By: News24Wire      15th May 2017 IT service management company EOH announced on Monday that its founder and chief executive Asher Bohbot, will be stepping down at the end of June 2017 after 19 years at the helm. The move is part of a wider board reshuffle and succession planning process for the group’s leadership, EOH said in a... 

Vodacom eyes R35bn acquisition of 35% stake in Safaricom

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 JSE-listed Vodacom, which reported steady growth for the financial year ended March 31, on Monday announced the acquisition of an indirect 34.94% stake in Kenya-based Safaricom for R34.6-billion. The transaction will result in Vodacom buying out 87.5% of Vodafone Kenya, which holds a 39.93% in... 

Vodacom eyes R35bn acquisition of 35% stake in Safaricom
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2017 As JSE-listed Altron successfully transitioned from a family-controlled and managed business to an independent management structure, newly appointed successor to Robbie Venter, CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday promised to aggressively drive a strategy aimed at returning the company to its previous... 

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati talks to Engineering News Online about the group's performance over the past year and what plans he has for the group moving forward. Camerawork and video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Date Recorded: 11.05.2017.

Telkom expects improved FY17 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2017 JSE-listed Telkom expects to report improved earnings for the 12 months ended March 31, as the impact of voluntary severance and early retirement packages is reduced. The company, which will release its financial results for the year on June 5, anticipates a year-on-year increase of between 110%... 

AI systems seen as key to managing contact centre as volumes rise

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) systems will be necessary to effectively manage the volumes of simultaneous customer interactions over multiple contact channels in digital economies, says customer interaction software developer Hi.guru strategic business development consultant Nicholas... 

Banks warned of ATMs being infected remotely by malware

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab advises banks in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey to check random-access memory (RAM), network and registry logs to determine whether the fileless ATMitch malware is present. The ATMitch uses in-memory malware to infect banking networks. This malware is... 

Banks warned of ATMs being infected remotely by malware
AMIN HASBINI ATMitch uses in-memory malware to infect banking networks and is remotely installed and executed

Huawei's SA OpenLab to focus on safe city, smart grid solutions

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Information and communication technology multinational Hauwei has launched an OpenLab in South Africa that will focus on safe city and smart grid technologies, says Huawei South Africa deputy CEO Alex Du. The research and development laboratory is one of seven Huawei OpenLabs that will be opened... 

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

Online concrete technology courses launched
MOVING WITH THE TIMES The Concrete Institute is now able to track delegates’ progress through the online platform to ensure that they prepare adequately before sitting the exam

SA telcos broadening ICT services portfolios

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 South African telecommunications providers are pursuing mobile-data-driven diversification strategies that are creating growth opportunities for the industry and are bolstering their information and communication technology (ICT) services portfolios, Frost and Sullivan’s ‘South African ICT... 

AdaptIT acquires Micros

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2017 JSE-listed AdaptIT has acquired 100% of hospitality and retail-focused integrated software and hardware solutions provider Micros South Africa for an undisclosed amount. The targeted acquisition is in line with AdaptIT’s acquisitive growth strategy to expand, strengthen and reinforce its customer... 

Datatec FY earnings expected to drop on poor Westcon performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2017 A worse-than-expected performance from subsidiary Westcon-Comstor has dragged the earnings of information and communication technology group Datatec for the year ended February 28. The JSE-listed group expects to report double-digit decreases in earnings for the period under review, with headline... 

Altron lifts FY earnings as it works to reposition itself

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2017 Allied Electronics (Altron) on Thursday reported improvements in its full-year earnings for the year ended February 28, recovering somewhat from the battering it had experienced in recent years. Altron’s headline earnings a share shifted back into positive territory of 71c in the 2017 financial... 

FibreCo opens hosting facilities to boost WACS connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2017 Open-access infrastructure and connectivity provider FibreCo on Wednesday officially opened its hosting facility, adjacent to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) landing station in Yzerfontein, Western Cape. The open-access hosting and co-location facilities, which connected directly into the... 

BCX makes R60m contribution to coding skills incubator

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2017 A R60-million boost from information and communication technology group BCX has enabled nonprofit technology incubator WeThinkCode to expand its intake capacity by more than double and to kick-start an expansion programme to open its next campus in Cape Town. The tuition-free, peer-to-peer... 

BCX makes R60m contribution to coding skills incubator

National consultations on supporting ICT White Paper draft strategies begin

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Monday kicked off the first sessions of a planned national public consultation roadshow to unpack details of the three recently gazetted strategies to implement the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies... 

Cloud-based system offers marketing execs greater control over branding

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 A branding control platform provides fast, easy and traceable control over the use of company branding across all divisions and ensures that marketing executives fulfil their strategic roles more efficiently and effectively, says branding software firm BrandQuantum CEO Paula Sartini. The... 

Cloud-based system offers marketing  execs greater control over branding
PAULA SARTINI Any document will only be able to access the images and information on the cloud platform, ensuring that all information and materials are up to date and correct

Festo Didactic providing Industry 4.0 training for tertiary education

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 Employees in industry as well as students at vocational colleges and universities will need to be specially trained to work with Industry 4.0 systems to develop their understanding of fully automated digital production technologies, and knowledge of the layout and programming of digital system... 

Fewer, but larger, cybersecurity breaches reported in 2016

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 While the total number of cybersecurity breaches reported in 2016 was down by 4% compared to the previous year, the number of records increased by 86% compared to the previous year, says cybersecurity firm Gemalto data protection research and development director Joe Pindar. About 1.378-billion... 

Fewer, but larger, cybersecurity breaches reported in 2016
NEIL COSSER Additional cybersecurity measures, such as transaction authentication, behavioural analysis, multiple forms of two-factor authentication and layered security, improve security for users while providing a good user experience
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