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Telecoms News

Altron appoints another acting CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 7 hours ago JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has appointed Andrew Holden acting CFO, effective October 19. This follows the resignation by acting CFO Tim Jacobs, who will assume a permanent CFO role at a multinational group as from October 19. 

Telecommunications industry loses billions of rands on the back of regulatory uncertainty

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours ago The South African telecommunications industry needs regulatory certainty or it will continue to lose billions of rands in investment, Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub warned on Thursday. Speaking during a question and answer panel at the MyBroadband conference, in Midrand, he explained that the... 

Liquid eyes further expansion as Cape to Cairo links up

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2018 Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom is eyeing further expansion across the African continent after completing its Phase 1 decade-long project of connecting a 60 000 km network from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt. The group on Thursday reported that, following the... 

Africans fear trend towards levies on data, services

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 The brisk business Julius Kirya did from his cash transfer kiosk in the Ugandan capital has slowed right down with a new tax on mobile money. Many of his customers have returned to sending banknotes by hand, in some cases via motorbike taxi. How to tax digital revenues, from fintech to social... 

Nigeria central bank, MTN getting closer to settlement – Minister

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Nigeria's central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1-billion, Nigeria's information minister said on Wednesday. The central bank says MTN transferred $8.1-billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of... 

Poverty comes with a data premium – Competition Commission hears 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2018 Just over a year since initiating a market inquiry into data services, the Competition Commission on Wednesday kicked off its three-day public hearings to obtain a clear understanding of what is causing or leading to high data prices, along with the current state of competition, in South Africa.... 

Telcos embracing once-feared OTTs

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 South Africa’s mobile operators are seemingly starting to embrace over-the-top (OTT) services, with offerings of OTT-related bundles with lower effective rates per megabyte of data, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) latest tariff analysis report shows. The... 

No digital migration funds have been wasted – Mokonyane

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 The Department of Communications (DoC) will continue to have the remaining set-top boxes (STBs) it has already procured distributed ahead of the implementation of the new broadcasting digital migration model in March next year. None of the R10-billion in expenditure or procurements undertaken to... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KwaZulu-Natal in TV white space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved plans for telecoms start-up AfriCanopy to embark on an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS) devices. AfriCanopy will now deploy high-speed, low-cost broadband using its new telecoms technology... 

Telecom connectivity for the South African market

12th October 2018 The Prysmian Connectivity Business Unit, a unit of Italian multinational corporation Prysmian Group, which manufactures electric power transmission and telecommunications cables and systems, visited South Africa in August to present product solutions to new and existing customers in the country... 

Cabinet approves revised digital migration model

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2018 Cabinet on Wednesday approved a revised digital migration delivery model that will see government step back from its involvement in the procurement of set-top boxes (STBs), warehousing, transportation and the installation of the devices. The new model for the implementation of the broadcast... 

Helios to enter South Africa within the next year, says CEO

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Helios Towers wants to enter South Africa within the next year, helping the mobile phone tower operator build scale as it prepares for a stock market listing as early as 2019. Helios is in talks with potential partners to comply with South Africa’s black economic empowerment requirements and... 

Telkom Kenya holds talks over two submarine cable landing deals

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Telkom Kenya is in talks with two unnamed parties over partnerships to allow it to sell high speed internet capacity from two undersea data cables that are about to land in the East African nation, its CEO said on Tuesday. The operator, which is the smallest in Kenya behind Safaricom and Bharti... 

Nigeria's Emefiele is said to meet with MTN, banks Tuesday

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Nigeria’s central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, will meet with MTN Group and four banks on Tuesday amid a dispute over $8.1-billion that the bank said was transferred illegally out of the country, two people familiar with the situation said. The people declined to be identified because the... 

MTN shares up 2% on possibility of reduced repatriation demand

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 South Africa's MTN Group shares rose as much as 2.55% after the Nigerian central bank governor said on Sunday the bank may reduce the amount it has ordered the telecoms firm to repatriate as part of an ongoing disagreement. MTN and the central bank are in a dispute over the transfer of $8.1... 

Logicalis Australia acquires CNI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 JSE-listed Datatec on Monday announced that its Australian subsidiary Thomas Duryea Logicalis has acquired Melbourne-based Microsoft-certified gold partner Computer Network Integration (CNI). CNI, which has yearly revenues of about $2-million, has been a focused Microsoft Azure partner since 2012... 

Icasa publishes discussion document to define its role and responsibilities in cybersecurity matters

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week published a discussion document to determine its role in the regulation of cybersecurity. Interested parties have until November 30 to make their written submissions on the matter, after which the authority will likely... 

Security as important as people, technology in ensuring organisational success

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 Security is as vital to organisational success as technology and people, and is fundamental for digital transformation, says market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC) sub-Saharan Africa associate VP Mark Walker. If systems are taught the wrong things at the start,... 

MTN mulls scrapping Nigeria IPO, seeks options as spat hurts

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 MTN Group, the wireless carrier facing a combined $10-billion in claims from authorities in Nigeria, said it may no longer seek to raise capital through an initial public offering on the country’s stock exchange. Africa’s largest mobile carrier is reconsidering the IPO amid a dispute with... 

MTN mulls scrapping Nigeria IPO, seeks options as spat hurts

Icasa finalises call termination rates regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has finalised the latest Call Termination Regulations (CTR), with plans to gazette the new glide path on Friday. The final 2018 CTR, which is effective October 1, follows the completion of a review of the 2014 CTR and is the... 

MTN tells Nigerian staff to stay at home due to strike

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 South Africa's telecoms group MTN on Thursday told its staff in Nigeria to stay at home after the country's main unions launched a nationwide strike to demand a higher minimum wage from the government. Talks between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the government to avert the strike broke... 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto 

27th September 2018 As part of a pilot phase, enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure provider Comsol Networks and mobile, television & appliances giant Samsung South Africa partnered to launch fifth-generation communications in Soweto. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto
Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto

Altron to post double-digit growth in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th September 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Tuesday said it expects a double-digit improvement in earnings for the six months ended August 31. Following the restructure of a number of core businesses, and the financial division of continuing and discontinued operations, the bulk of Altron’s... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

MTN shares rise after Nigeria says reviewing information to resolve $8.1bn dispute

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Shares in South Africa's MTN rose 5% on Thursday, after Nigeria's central bank said on Wednesday that it was reviewing information provided by the telecoms firm and four banks over a dispute on the repatriation of dividends. "The statement suggests there are some talks going on and the market... 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch
Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch

Uganda to renew MTN Group's telecoms operating licence

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Uganda will renew the operating licence of the local unit of South African telecom company MTN Group, the state-run Uganda Media Centre said on Tuesday. The renewal comes with "with new stringent terms," the agency tweeted, without providing details. 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister 

By: African News Agency      14th September 2018 The South African government was working to position state entities and small businesses as global players in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), according to telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele. “Our priority focus is to demonopolise the electronic and... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister
Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele

Bharti Airtel picks banks for London flotation of Africa business – sources

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 India's biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel has chosen UBS, JP Morgan and Citi to coordinate the London initial public offering of its Africa business, two sources familiar with the matter said. In February Bharti Airtel said the holding company for its Africa operations was looking at a... 

First Xeno 1 laser installation complete

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Product identification equipment manufacturer Cab Technology South Africa has completed the installation of a Xeno 1 laser marking system at cable and connector solutions supplier Hiconnex Industrial’s new facility, in Centurion, in Gauteng, says Cab Technology South Africa technical sales... 

First Xeno 1 laser  installation complete
XENO 1 LASER SYSTEM The Xeno 1 is a desktop system that meets all the requirements for a cyber-physical system

Many parts of the world not ready for super fast 5G network – MTN's CEO 

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Many parts of the world are not ready for next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in the next few years from now, MTN's chief executive of said on Tuesday. 5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas... 

MTN says Nigeria's attorney general exceeded powers in $2bn tax bill

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 Nigeria's attorney general exceeded his powers in demanding $2-billion in taxes and charges from MTN Group, the telecoms firm said in papers filed with Nigeria's High Court and reviewed by Reuters. The papers, filed on Monday in a move by the Nigerian arm of the South African firm aimed at... 

Alaris aiming to grow global footprint with solid FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 AltX-listed Alaris Holdings on Tuesday said its continuing operations performed well during the financial year ended June 30, with a number of large orders received from Europe and the Middle East. During the period, the technology holding company managed to grow revenue by 17% from... 

Govt to accelerate licensing of new radio spectrum – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the government will accelerate the long-delayed licensing of radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators. Allocation of spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services in Africa's most industrialized economy, where the high cost of... 

MTN CEO confident about Nigeria dispute as firm applies for injunction

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Telecoms firm MTN Group said on Monday it was confident a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Nigerian government would be resolved even as it applied for a court injunction to protect its Nigerian assets. Nigeria's central bank last month ordered MTN's Lagos-based unit to hand over... 

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that unless women, the youth and small businesses were intrinsically involved in technological advancement, the Fourth Industrial Revolution would fail. Ramaphosa made the remarks on Monday during his opening address at the International Telecoms Union (ITU)... 

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Blockchain for enterprise cloud platform to raise transaction trust

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cloud technology multinational Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service provides a development platform for enterprises and State organisations to build their own scalable and low-cost blockchain networks, says Oracle cloud platform business development director and Europe, Middle East and Africa... 

Blockchain for enterprise cloud platform to raise transaction trust
JOOST VOLKER Global shipping companies, multinational manufacturers, food producers and energy marketplaces are using Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service
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