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Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Uganda's telecoms regulator to probe MTN on mobile money policies

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Uganda's telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday it was setting up a committee to investigate the local unit of South Africa's MTN Group after uproar on social media about its mobile money policies. This week dozens of MTN's subscribers in Uganda took to Twitter to accuse it of making it... 

Telkom refocuses strategy on new revenue streams 

30th May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Telkom’s financial results for the 2018 financial year, the growth of its mobile platform and the growth opportunities it is pursuing. 

Telkom refocuses strategy on new revenue streams
Telkom refocuses strategy on new revenue streams

MTN announces Ghana IPO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN’s Ghana subsidiary Scancom, or MTN Ghana, has launched its initial public offer (IPO) with the intention of listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE). The listing formed part of the localisation requirement as part of the awarding to MTN Ghana of a fourth-generation... 

Smartphone sales back in the black in Q1 – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2018 Global sales of smartphones to end-users increased by 1.3% during the first quarter of the year to 384-million, market research multinational Gartner reported on Tuesday. Huawei and Xiaomi experienced the most growth during the quarter, and Apple returned to growth after sales declined during the... 

Kenyan regulator could force Safaricom to share agents' network

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Kenya's largest telecoms operator Safaricom could be forced to offer rivals access to its transmission sites and its vast network of mobile money outlets if a draft regulatory report on boosting competition in the sector is implemented. The recommendations are contained in a draft report that the... 

Icasa publishes National Radio Frequency Plan 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2018 to allocate radio frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3 000 GHz to radio services. The revised NRFP incorporates the decisions taken by the 2015 World Radiocommunication... 

Reunert posts marginal dip in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2018 JSE-listed Reunert has posted a dip in earnings for the first six months of the current financial year. During the six months ended March 31, the company maintained headline earnings per share (HEPS) of 275c, while normalised HEPS dropped 5% from 292c in the first half of 2017 to 276c in the... 

Afgri Equipment, John Deere launch agricultural equipment telematics, automation systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2018 Agricultural equipment company Afgri Equipment and agricultural equipment multinational John Deere have launched the JD Link telematics solution, which can connect any make and model of agricultural machinery in the field in near-real-time with the farmer’s office and mobile devices. Afgri CEO... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2018 South African enterprise Space Advisory Company (SAC), part of the Somerset West, Western Cape province-based SCS Aerospace Group, has supplied a key component for a joint Dutch-Chinese science payload on China’s recently launched Chang’e-4 spacecraft. The component is a digital controller unit,... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
The NCLE Digital Receiver with the SAC digital controller unit integrated into it

Telkom reports lower FY18 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 JSE-listed Telkom on Monday posted a 19.2% decline in profit after tax to R3.15-billion for the financial year ended March 31 The group attributed this mostly to a higher effective tax rate, which increased from 15.2% in 2017 to 26.4% in 2018 and a 3.6% decrease in earnings before interest, tax,... 

Telkom reports lower FY18 earnings
Photo by Dylan Slater
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Botswana court backs regulator's push for lower mobile call rates

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Botswana's telecoms regulator said on Friday its order that mobile phone companies cut fees they charge rivals to use their network by 41% has been endorsed by a local court. The ruling comes after Mascom, the country's biggest telecoms company, filed a court application last July seeking to have... 

SAAO, DST launch optical telescope that will serve as 'the eye' for the MeerKAT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on Friday inaugurated the MeerLICHT optical telescope, in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape, to function as "the eye" of the MeerKAT radio array – the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre... 

SAAO, DST launch optical telescope that will serve as 'the eye' for the MeerKAT
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
The MeerLICHT optical telescope

Uber adds new safety features for drivers

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 Ride-hailing service Uber hopes the launch of its latest safety feature will further improve the safety of drivers and passengers. It announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Aura, a security technology service that would allow Uber drivers to be connected to the closest private security... 

Lost in space?

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Analysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.  

Altron eyes next phase of growth following turnaround

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 After concluding a successful year of repositioning, restructuring and realignment, telecommunications and information technology (ICT) giant Allied Electronics (Altron) is now heading into the 2019 financial year as a group ready to deliver on growth. During the 2018 financial year ended... 

MiX Telematics subscriber base up threefold to 600 000 since 2008

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its JSE listing by ending the year to March 31, 2018, with strong results. The group, which was established in 1996 – and perceived to be the industry underdog that had “missed the boat” –... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage
AUTOMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA Mint Management Technologies hopes to help digitise the local engineering industry

Partnership brings alternative backup solutions to medical sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     25th May 2018 Integrated solutions provider Meditech South Africa (SA) and global data protection and management company Commvault have partnered to bring alternative back-up solutions to the South African medical sector. “We [Commvault] were brought in by Meditech to specifically solve a number of issues at... 

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

Telecom Egypt bags $200m financing facility to buy undersea Internet cable

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2018 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Wednesday that it will commit up to $200-million to Telecom Egypt (TE) in a bid to enable the telecommunication company finance working capital and investments in its infrastructure. The agreement for the short-term dual tranche facility would... 

Digital Skills Academy offers digital solution development free of charge to SMEs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Digital Skills Academy – a premier industry provider of online BSc degrees in digital skills – is inviting South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to register as industry partners and participate in its industry partner programme.  

Fintech activity in Africa on the rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Africa’s fragmented markets and lack of legacy foreign exchange trading infrastructure means that the continent has become a melting pot of fintech activity and innovation, says Standard Bank financial markets digital head Tim Hutchinson.  

Fintech activity in Africa on the rise
Standard Bank financial markets digital head Tim Hutchinson

SKA to cost South African airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the... 

Bloodhound timelines revised 

22nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the latest developments with the Bloodhound supersonic car’s landspeed record attempt, which will be held at the Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. 

Bloodhound timelines revised
Bloodhound timelines revised

Alaris Holdings to acquire US radio frequency manufacturer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Global radio frequency technology holding group Alaris Holdings’ Alaris Investment Holdings UK subsidiary has signed a membership interest purchase agreement for the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding membership interests of an undisclosed limited liability company based in the US... 

Small modular reactors offer great promise but face major challenges 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Telkom expects FY18 earnings drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 JSE-listed Telkom on Friday said it expected its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and basic earnings per share (BEPS) for the year ended March 31, to have declined by between 15% and 25% year-on-year. HEPS are expected to be between 541.1c and 611.1c, representing a 110c to 180c drop on the... 

MTN, Huawei deploy new spectrum-sharing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa and information and communications technology company Huawei have jointly deployed a commercial spectrum-sharing solution. CloudAir 2.0 will share spectrum between second-generation, third-generation, fourth-generation and narrow broadband Internet of... 

Company includes social media screening in background checks

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 Background screening and vetting specialists Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) has added social media screening to its inclusive background screening service offering, to help companies to better identify whether potential employees will be a risk to the company. 

Rapid advancement in mobile tech creates security complexities

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 The rapid advancement and adoption of mobile technology and the trend of ‘bring your own device’ have added new layers of complexity to protecting organisations and devices at work, says security technologies company BT Africa information technology (IT) security head Alessandro Postiglioni.  

System launched to enhance data protection

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 Software security company Gemalto has created the Gemalto Assurance Hub (GAH) system, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help protect data, such as login information, specifically of financial systems across Africa. 

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The growth of software-defined storage in Africa means businesses can have a bigger storage pool with a single storage budget and can add storage resources at the scaled needed, as well as changing their relationships with suppliers, says enterprise open source services multinational Suse Africa... 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost
MATTHEW LEE Software-defined systems enable companies to use hardware as a commodity and enabling them to scale rapidly and organically

Icasa sets new rules for data expiry and out-of-bundle pricing options

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has gazetted the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations to develop minimum standards for the provision of data, sms and voice services and dictate the actions required around data expiry and out-of-bundle services. The... 

Competition Commission, Icasa to publish data price findings within months – Cwele

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 The findings of data inquiries being undertaken by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the Competition Commission are on track for publication in June and August respectively, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele said on Thursday.... 

Disposals hit Datatec’s FY18 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 International information and communications technology (ICT) group Datatec posted earnings per share (EPS) of 20.5c for the year ended February 28, compared with the 1.4c reported in 2017, owing to the profits on the disposal of two businesses during the period under review. The company,... 

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