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Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

Moody's places MTN on review for downgrade

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 MTN Group has been put on review by Moody's for downgrade after the South African mobile phone operator said it was on the hook for a total of $10.1-billion from its biggest market Nigeria, the ratings agency said on Thursday. "MTN's ratings have been placed on review for downgrade to reflect... 

Telkom, universities partner to develop national Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Telecommunications giant Telkom and the universities of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg (UJ) and Fort Hare on Wednesday launched SA4IR, which is a national response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The partnership between the company and the universities seeks to build an inclusive... 

Research glider programme reaches unprecedented altitudes

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th September 2018 In just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights... 

Research glider programme reaches unprecedented altitudes
Photo by Airbus
The Perlan 2 glider, at a lower altitude over the Andes

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

In latest clash, Nigeria hands South Africa's MTN $2bn tax bill

By: Reuters     4th September 2018 MTN Group faces a $2-billion demand for taxes in Nigeria, the latest in a series of skirmishes with authorities in the South African mobile phone company's most lucrative but increasingly problematic market. The announcement of the tax bill incurred over the last decade comes days after the west... 

MTN says concludes sale of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company MTN said on Tuesday it had concluded the sale of 100% of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom. MTN announced on July 16 that its wholly owned subsidiary, MTN Dubai Limited, had entered into an agreement for the deal. 

Datatec subsidiary acquires Cape Town-based Clarotech

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed technology firm Datatec’s Logicalis South Africa subsidiary has acquired Cape Town-based Clarotech. Clarotech offers Internet protocol telephony and call centre cloud and managed services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the region. 

Spectrum challenge likely to be resolved by next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2018 South Africa's years-long limbo over spectrum licensing and allocation could possibly be fully resolved by this time next year. Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) director-general Robert Nkuna on Monday promised action on the much-debated subject, as industry becomes... 

World’s most powerful particle accelerator benefits from South African computing expertise

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2018 South African researchers have played a key role in developing and running the very powerful computer system, and the subsequent data analysis, that supports the Atlas detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC lies on... 

World’s most powerful particle accelerator benefits from South African computing expertise
Photo by CERN
The Atlas detector in the LHC

Safaricom faces $4.5m fine for failing to connect small firms

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom faces a fine of around $4.5-million for failing to connect calls made to smaller firms, according to company and regulatory documents reviewed by Reuters. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has imposed a fine on Safaricom, part-owned by South... 

Chinese bank to lend Nigeria $328m for fixing telecom infrastructure

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 China’s Exim bank will lend Nigeria $328-million towards improving the West African country’s telecoms infrastructure, Reuters reported. Poor telecoms are a major challenge for businesses operating in Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest oil producer, most populous country and has one of the... 

South Africa wins bid to host world’s largest astronomy meeting in 2024

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 South Africa has won the bid to host the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), marking its first assembly on African soil in its 105 years of existence. The next General Assembly will be held in South Korea in 2021, followed by Cape Town in 2024. 

South Africa wins bid to host world’s largest astronomy meeting in 2024
Photo by Dylan Slater
The MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Telecoms dept to bolster investment with ITU 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2018 As South Africa prepares to host the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2018, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and its sponsoring partners aim to bolster investment in the country, and the rest of Africa, by showcasing homegrown talent.... 

Jacobs to continue as Altron acting CFO until Feb

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 A recruitment process to identify a permanent CFO for information and communications technology company Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron) is ongoing. Tim Jacobs, who was appointed acting CFO in March, will, therefore, continue to serve as acting CFO until February 28, 2019. 

MTN Uganda bets on music streaming as voice business slows

By: Reuters     31st August 2018 Telecom firm MTN Uganda is betting on a new music streaming product to boost revenue and counter declining voice call sales, its chief marketing officer said in an interview. The carrier, a unit of Johannesburg-listed MTN Group, is the largest in the East African country where it has a subscriber... 

Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The Aeronautical Society of South Africa’s (AeSSA’s) yearly conference will take place at Hoogeind Manor, in Somerset West, on October 24 to 25 and is themed Aerospace for All. The theme captures the increasing relevance of aeronautics and space to achieve outputs for economic and societal... 

Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration
TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITY The local aviation industry has to remain relevant in terms of technology

R&D must be prioritised as Industry 4.0 disrupts

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 Research and development (R&D) is crucial for the aviation industry and government should establish it as a national priority, says the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) GM Ndiphiwe Ntuli. Barsa submitted its comments to the Department of Transport on the Revised White... 

R&D must be  prioritised as  Industry 4.0 disrupts
NDIPHIWE NTULI Closer collaboration between industry roleplayers is key to unlocking the growth potential of aviation

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Sci-Ba focuses on providing highly technical analytical services for commercial companies across a range of industries and has been divided into ten sector-focused laboratories to cater for the needs of specific industries, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director David Long. Developing new tests and... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services
INDUSTRIAL TESTING Sci-Ba’s scientists are specialised in chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, geology and mineralogy serving Africa, Europe and the Middle East clients

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

SA contribution to achieving SKA milestone

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) recently announced that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 South African enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro’s version 8 offers artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) platforms and analytics as part of its capabilities to allow for near real-time monitoring of all aspects of a business. Syspro Africa product manager... 

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering
DEIDRE FRYER A continuous, real-time flow of data makes production and business processes visible, predictable and controllable

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 Shares in MTN Group plunged as much as 19% early on Thursday, a day after Nigeria ordered the South African telecoms group and its bankers to return $8.1-billion. Nigeria's central bank said the funds had been illegally moved abroad. MTN denies the allegations. 

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

Machine learning, knowledge management tools changing legal industry

By: Schalk Burger     29th August 2018 The legal profession, as with most other knowledge professions, is changing through, besides others, the use of machine learning tools used to ensure that legal information is leveraged and disseminated efficiently to lawyers to fulfil their tasks more quickly and more accurately, law firm Cliffe... 

New call termination rate proposal will entrench duopoly – Telkom

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2018 The new draft Call Termination Rates need to take into account South Africa’s telecommunications market “reality” and not ignore the global convergence where fixed and mobile are no longer distinguished, information and communications technology group Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said on Monday. The... 

Vodacom launches 5G internet service in Lesotho

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 South Africa's Vodacom launched what it said was Africa’s first commercial 5G internet service in Lesotho on Saturday, but said it would only be able to provide a similar service in its home market once spectrum was made available. Vodacom, South Africa's biggest mobile operator by market value,... 

International research team discovers two new Chinese dinosaurs

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 An international research team on Thursday, announced the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs – the Bannykus and the Xiyunykus – both alvarezsaurs, an enigmatic group of theropod (meat-eating) dinosaurs. “Alvarezsaurs are weird animals,” said Professor Jonah Choiniere from the University of... 

Secure multicloud environments key to digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Providing application-centric security for multi-cloud environments is necessary to secure the many and increasing complex and cross-platform interactions of modern business and industry. Flexibility of use, movement of resources, data, workloads and accessibility across a range of devices are... 

Secure multicloud environments key to digital transformation
GAD ELKIN Running services as software packages enables F5 to protect and control apps wherever they reside

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

Blue Label holds its own in tough environment

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label’s achievement of relatively strong growth in a “tough year” illustrates the technology group’s resilience and robustness to weather the storm, joint CEO Mark Levy told media on Wednesday. Speaking at the group’s financial results presentation for the year ended May 31, he... 

Mobile consumer survey reveals industry change

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 The mobile industry is changing at an exponential rate as new influences shape the way consumer expectations rise and the competition, new and old, pile on advancements such as artificial intelligence, Deloitte’s ‘South Africa Mobile Consumer Survey 2017’ shows. Deloitte global telecoms, media... 

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

Cell C narrows losses, Ebitda rises in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has posted a 16% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R2.4-billion, as its net loss after tax narrowed by 33% to R645-million for the first half of this year, from a net loss of R968-million in the comparative period last... 

Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream... 

Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced on Friday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope
Photo by South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Precursor to the SKA: a recent photo of part of South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array, which falls under SARAO

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