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Security response team launched to protect digital business

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Network security multinational F5 Networks has launched a security incident response team (SIRT) and the F5 Labs cybersecurity laboratory service in addition to a suite of cybersecurity systems to protect modern digital commerce, says F5 Networks senior engineer Martin Walshaw. The SIRT will... 

Cell C rejects Telkom’s buy-out offer  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2017 Mobile operator Cell C on Thursday confirmed that it had rejected an unsolicited nonbinding and conditional acquisition proposal from telecommunications giant Telkom. Media reports emerged this week that Telkom was planning to throw its hat in the ring for the buy-out of Cell C, which is being... 

Set top box policy amendment matter back in Constitutional Court

By: African News Agency      21st February 2017 Advocate Wim Trengove SC told the Constitutional Court on Tuesday that a decision on the amended set top box (STB) policy was unnecessary as it would have no legal binding effect. Trengove, who is acting for Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, was quizzed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and... 

Blue Label expects higher H1 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label expects to report a surge in earnings bolstered in part by 58.18%-owned subsidiary Oxigen Services India’s fair value gains of R150-million in the six months ended November 30, 2016. Earnings a share are expected to increase by 54% to 58% to between 80.79c and 82.89c for the... 

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused historical information

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The growing use of analytics to support business operations and the increasing complexity of data flows in all companies are leading companies of all sizes to adopt data management systems, says data management software firm Commvault Middle East, South Africa and Turkey systems engineering... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused  historical information
JOHAN SCHEEPERS Data management platforms enable companies to effectively manage data leak risks and threats, as well as manage the creation, storage, access and deletion of data

Encrypted traffic can hide malware and cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 Information technology security departments are challenged with rising malicious attacks, and cybercriminals who use stolen digital certificates and encrypted keys to acquire valuable enterprise and customer data, says network security multinational F5 Networks senior engineer Martin Walshaw. The... 

Encrypted traffic can hide malware and cyberattacks
MARTIN WALSHAW Cloud-based services are enabling cybercriminals to infiltrate networks with encrypted traffic without being detected, necessitating encrypted traffic inspection

Foundation-stage smart city systems can make cities safer, healthier

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The foundational systems of smart cities will provide significant health and security benefits for cities, say information technology multinational Wipro Africa business head Gavin Holme and Wipro Africa analytics practice manager Rudraksh Bhawalkar. These systems include connected street lights,... 

Foundation-stage smart city systems can make cities safer, healthier
GAVIN HOLME An important safety initiative for smart city planners is to build the tools with which citizens can report crimes anonymously

Rapid response required to protect ‘cybertrust’

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The digital economy relies on trust as one of its key currencies; the other currency is time. Cyberattacks erode not only the psychological currency of trust in organisations, but also that of customers in organisations’ ability to withstand future breaches and protect their interests, says... 

Rapid response required to protect ‘cybertrust’
TREVOR COETZEE An effective platform should enable swift on-boarding of new technologies along with automation and orchestration capabilities that lower operational complexity

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

S Africa to keep pace  with automotive  technology advances
BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT Ctrack’s range of on-board devices and mobile software can help fleet managers to prevent road accidents in South Africa

Icasa starts public hearings on draft National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday kicked off the public hearings on the revised draft update to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP), which is aimed at ensuring the most efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum. Stakeholders presenting at the... 

MTN shares fall on expectation of full-year loss 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2017 Telecommunications group MTN’s share price on the JSE fell by more than 6% on Wednesday morning after it announced it expects to report a headline loss a share and basic loss a share for the year ended December 31, as a result of a fine imposed on its MTN Nigeria business. The Nigerian... 

MTN shares fall on expectation of full-year loss

S&P’s downgrades Cell C

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2017 Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) Global Ratings on Tuesday announced the downgrade of mobile operator Cell C after ongoing delays in concluding a restructuring agreement and missed interest payments on its senior secured bonds, as well as other unrated debt instruments. The agency... 

MTN appoints executive for group transformation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN on Friday announced the immediate appointment of Saim Yaksan as executive for group transformation, following the launch of holistic transformation programme Ignite in the third quarter of 2016. Yaksan will be tasked with the development and execution of special... 

Big data could help SA overcome historical public transport issues

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 Big data systems can ease the transit flows for millions of daily commuters and unlock huge economic value, says information and communication technology subsidiary T-Systems South Africa transport industry subject matter expert Harry van Huyssteen. Initial use of big data systems will involve... 

Big data could help SA overcome historical public transport issues
HARRY VAN HUYSSTEEN Personalised services to support daily commuting is an opportunity for operators to grow new revenue streams

Detecting advanced cyberattacks to be key security focus in 2017

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 The rising dependence of economic and social systems on information technology (IT) systems has directly increased the risks to these systems from cyberattacks, the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2017 highlights. Cybercrime syndicates and attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated,... 

Detecting advanced cyberattacks to be key security focus in 2017

Insurancers adopting more advanced methods

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 The insurance industry is shifting away from traditional means of insurance towards more evolved methods that rely on advanced technology and new business models to meet the pace of a fast-changing, always-on-and-connected world, says information technology (IT) multinational Wipro South Africa... 

Insurancers adopting more advanced methods
JAQUELINE VAN EEDEN New technologies are helping insurance companies to move from a product-centric model to a customer-centric approach

MTN simplifies tower ownership structure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN Group will exchange its 51% interest in Nigeria Tower InterCo, the parent company of INT Towers, the Nigerian telecoms tower operator, for an additional shareholding in IHS Holding. As a result, MTN’s economic interest in IHS Group will increase from 15% to 29%, with... 

Vodacom reports higher Q3 revenue as South Africa drives growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2017 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom on Wednesday reported strong growth in South Africa during the three months to December 31. In a trading update to shareholders, Vodacom reported group service revenue of R17.4-billion and revenue of R21.2-billion, up 1.3% and 1.2% year-on-year... 

Vodacom reports higher Q3 revenue as South Africa drives growth
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative adoption of IoT solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 As the Internet of Things (IoT) embeds its early-stage unique shape across Africa, one thing is certain: the continent cannot afford to fall behind as it approaches the adoption of the interconnected way of life in its own way to drive growth and development. Despite an initially slow, hesitant... 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative  adoption of IoT solutions

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst  

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2017 Despite the positive, well-intended rationale behind South Africa’s new National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper, the implementation of the policy could turn the industry on its head and into untested, questionable territory. The implementation of... 

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst
Africa Analysis MD Dobek Pater discusses South Africa's new integrated ICT Policy White Paper. Date recorded: 25.01.17. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd

Telkom to support subsidiaries with R1.1bn cash injection

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 State-owned telecommunications services provider Telkom on Monday informed its shareholders that it would grant R1-billion in financial assistance to its subsidiary Business Connexion (BCX). The information and communication technology (ICT) firm was bought by Telkom for R2.6-billion in 2015,... 

Telkom to support subsidiaries with R1.1bn cash injection

Bespoke hybrid power system for outdoor telecoms sites

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 The eSite x10 hybrid power system aims to provide outdoor telecommunications sites, such as cellular towers, with high uptime and low power costs. The system is purpose built to outdoor telecommunications equipment standards for such sites. The sealed tamper-proof unit with passive convection... 

Hudaco buys two new businesses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2016 JSE-listed Hudaco Industries has acquired two businesses to complement its existing offerings in a deal valued at up to R111-million. Hudaco, which will pay an initial combined R28-million, will absorb voice and data solution provider SST Telecoms and core information technology systems and... 

'Pressure on' for African govts in 2017 in ICT

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2016 The involvement of governments across Africa will be a critical factor in the rise of information and communications technology (ICT) in 2017. Next year will be the year that solid ICT plans to guide investors and other stakeholders need to be developed, with the “pressure on” for governments to... 

Govt renegotiating software contracts to cut costs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The National Treasury, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Microsoft are renegotiating the existing contract between the parties, which will effect significant savings to the national fiscus on the government-wide software licences and services contract. In addition, it is... 

Windhoek goes hi tech in bid to be Africa’s safest

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Radwin, the global broadband wireless provider, on Thursday said it had installed a state-of-the-art wireless video surveillance network for the Windhoek Police Department as part of Namibia’s vision to be the safest African country by 2020. Radwin’s point-to-multipoint and point-to-point systems... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

App ensures improved security for businesses
CONNECTED SECURITY Users and businesses can connect monitoring equipment to the application

‘Intelligence amplification’ solution provides real-time cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Data analytics company Snode will deploy its ‘intelligence amplification’ cybersecurity system in South Africa, which uses machine-learning in conjunction with human expertise, predictive analytics and behavioural pattern analysis to provide real-time threat protection. The system uses advanced... 

‘Intelligence amplification’ solution provides real-time cybersecurity
NITHEN NAIDOO The system uses advanced mathematical algorithms, machine learning and predictive analytics to provide real-time intelligence to any size business

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system 

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction
Seacom Business head Grant Parker discusses the progress being made in the company's year-old enterprise segment. 30.11.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Vincent Pestana.

Blue Label, Blue Pencil join forces for business accelerator programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2016 JSE-listed Blue Label has teamed up with channel development, investment and business acceleration services firm Blue Pencil Management Architects to launch a new accelerator programme aimed at transitioning incubated start-ups into more mature operations. The companies will provide... 

SD-WAN technology transforming business connectivity

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 Software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology is displacing multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) for business connectivity, as the complex and open networks of business necessitate a different approach to managing and securing business data traffic, says telecommunications service... 

SD-WAN technology  transforming business connectivity
GREG DE CHASTEAUNEUF Data growth and businesses connectivity requirements necessitate the easy management of business-critical systems across all of the business’s information technology environments

Cell C's shareholder challenges Blue Label-led recapitalisation plan

By: Reuters     24th November 2016 South Africa's Cell C's shareholder CellSAF launched a court challenge against Blue Label Telecoms led recapitalisation plan and wants the transaction to be set aside, according to court papers seen by Reuters on Thursday. CellSAF said in the court papers that it was not informed of the deal or... 

Africa still behind on ICT rankings, despite improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2016 As the world increasingly becomes more connected, the latest International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report shows that nearly all 175 countries surveyed during the past year have improved their information and communication technology (ICT) development index (IDI) compared with 2015. The... 

MTN Zakhele Futhi to close this week

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2016 The final implementation of the 2016 edition of MTN’s new black economic empowerment scheme, MTN Zakhele Futhi, has started, with the expectation that it will close this week. MTN Zakhele Futhi opened to qualifying black investors and groups in September, with the public offer raising some... 

Fibre-to-the-home rolled out in Namibian estate

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications operator Paratus Telecoms has connected residents in the Finkenstein estate, east of Windhoek, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – a first in Namibia.   The developers of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village have partnered with Paratus Telecom to create the... 

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