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Telkom injects R200m into educational programmes

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 Telecommunications giant Telkom has pledged R200-million over the next five years towards a scalable three-phased strategy to deploy educational programmes in high schools in disadvantaged communities. Through the group’s Connected Schools Programme (CSP) and Supplementary Teaching Programme,... 

Icasa number portability report shows room for improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has recommended the establishment of a technical committee to ensure a “quicker response” to the requirements outlined in its newly published Number Portability Findings Report. The findings report, published earlier this week,... 

Cybersecurity needs to be integrated into business continuity strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The resilience of businesses and critical services amid cyberattacks and their ability to recover rapidly from such attacks or breaches are critical, especially as many business systems and processes are being connected to improve their efficiency or to monitor them, says information technology... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus  as attacks increase

Mobile solution launched to great effect  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting has introduced its newly developed mobile application (app) for its KEY360 management software. The app was showcased at the Mobile App Launch breakfast in May at the Johannesburg Country Club. 

Mobile solution launched to great effect
SSG Consulting CEO Steven Golding discusses the KEY360 system. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Vodacom Q1 revenue rises on South African operation’s strong performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2017 Strong revenue growth in its South African operation boosted telecommunications group Vodacom’s group revenue for the quarter ended June 30, by 3.9% year-on-year to R20.7-billion. In South Africa, revenue grew by 7.8% year-on-year to R16.65-billion, underpinned by a 17% increase in equipment... 

Vodacom Q1 revenue rises on South African operation’s strong performance
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Guinea Bissau reaches $47m deal on submarine cable

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 Guinea Bissau has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank, Orange and MTN for a $47-million project to link the country to a submarine telecoms cable connecting Africa with Europe, the government said on Wednesday. Under the agreement, French telecoms company Orange and South... 

Vodacom Tanzania extends deadline for stock market listing

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Vodacom Tanzania has extended the offer period for its initial public offering for a second time to allow foreign investors to take part, the telecom operator said on Wednesday. The company, a subsidiary of South Africa's Vodacom Group, said it had received approval from Tanzania's capital... 

Increased demand for fibre connectivity cables and accessories

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Cable accessories company Tank Industries says the telecommunications industry is picking up, owing to the uptake of fibre-optic cables in domestic and new build commercial installations.  

Increased demand for fibre  connectivity cables and accessories
Photo by Reuters
SPEED OF LIGHT The demand for connectivity and higher speeds in cable networks has created many opportunities for cable companies on the telecommunications front for fibre-optic technology

Industrial IoT platform enables companies to customise solutions

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 Network solutions provider Vula Telematix is inviting industrial and commercial organisations to develop fit-for-purpose industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems for their specific needs on an open IoT platform, which will help to stimulate local innovation and use of IoT, says Vula Telematix... 

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity

     14th July 2017 As Industry 4.0 advances, the demands on cable and connection technology will also change, states cable connector producer the Lapp Group, predicting that the speed at which data is transferred will climb with the consistent networking of company and business processes, which is a development... 

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity
Photo by Bloomberg
SMALLER AND FASTER Lapp Group Southern Africa states it is an enormous challenge to combine the requirements of flexibility, robustness and the highest data rates into cable solutions

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday unveiled a series of aggressive planned interventions and action steps to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Icasa inquiry plans to slash data prices

By: News24Wire      11th July 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will hold an inquiry to try and reduce the country's high data costs. The inquiry will consist of four phases: a market study, discussion document, public hearings, and findings document, Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka said in a... 

Angola Cables starts construction on Brazil data centre 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 Multinational telecommunications company Angola Cables has started the construction of its South American data centre, located in Fortaleza, Brazil, connecting to the subsea Internet cable linking Africa to the Americas. The data centre will run two key routes – the South Atlantic Cable System... 

SA antenna technology used on Swiss Alps tunnel

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Antennas from South African wireless technology company Poynting Antennas are being used in the world’s longest and deepest train tunnel – the Gotthard Base Tunnel – which runs through the Swiss Alps mountain range, in Switzerland.  

Icasa CEO placed on ‘precautionary suspension’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2017 The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said CEO Pakamile Pongwana has been placed on precautionary suspension pending an undisclosed internal disciplinary process. Icasa COO Willington Ngwepe will take over the position’s responsibilities until... 

Cloud-based security services to be worth $9bn in 2020, Gartner forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Global research and advisory firm Gartner forecasts that cloud-based security services will grow by 21% this year and will be worth almost $9-billion by the end of the decade. Overall growth in the cloud-based security services market is above that of the total information security market growth,... 

Data analytics seen improving delivery and public-sector revenue streams

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Public sector organisations should begin to analyse the large volumes of data they at their disposal to service delivery and citizen engagement, says analytics specialist firm SAS Public Sector and Utilities GM Kroshlen Moodley. Analysis of data public that sector organisations have, as well as... 

Fingerprint readers adapted for use in tough operating conditions

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Biometric multinational HiD Global has made several improvements to its compact Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint solutions and they can now be used in many different and difficult operating conditions for identity verification applications, says HiD Global solutions business development VP Greg... 

Firm reports growing demand for access control and video as a service

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Internet protocol-based security systems company Genetec is reporting growing interest in its Internet of Things (IoT) platform for access control and video as a service (ACaaS and VaaS) offerings in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says Genetec Africa regional sales manager Brent Cary. The... 

Firm reports growing demand for access control and video  as a service
BRENT CARY Demand for cloud-based IoT platforms – owing to the cybersecurity protection – is starting to pick up across Africa

Strides made in smart solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 An early flood warning app designed for the city of Accra, in Ghana, will make all the difference to the city’s resilience, its people and their future wellbeing, posits Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke Mastenbroek. The app is a notable example of a smart water solution... 

Mobile technology transforming Africa, manufacturing needs to step up

By: Anine Kilian     28th June 2017 Mobile technology has been a transformative factor for various sectors across Africa and could bolster the manufacturing industry across the continent, according to former GE Africa senior leader Vishal Agarwal. Addressing the Manufacturing Indaba in Kempton Park on Wednesday, Agarwal noted that,... 

Mobile technology transforming Africa, manufacturing needs to step up
GE Africa senior leader Vishal Agarwal

Cell C extends fibre-to-the-home footprint

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2017 Mobile operator Cell C has progressed its plans to extend its commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offering with one network agreement with Openserve cemented and discussions under way with two open-access network providers for additional agreements. “Customers that are in areas covered by... 

Cell C appoints new CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Mobile services provider Cell C has appointed Tyrone Soondarjee CFO, effective July 1. “We are excited to welcome such an esteemed member of the financial services industry to lead Cell C into its next phase as a business,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.    Soondarjee brings 30 years of... 

Blue Label to acquire mobile device distributor in R1.9bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Local telecommunications firm Blue Label will, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquire mobile device distributor 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion. The shares in 3G Mobile will be acquired in two stages, with the initial acquisition of 47.37% of the issued share capital for R900-million,... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components
ANDREY NIKISHIN The partnership will build a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies

Ansys outperforms in tough FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2017 AltX-listed Ansys celebrated a successful turnaround, its thirtieth year in operation and its tenth year as a listed company with a surge in earnings in what CEO Teddy Daka described as an exceptional 12 months to March 31. The technology-based solutions company had registered a second... 

Logicalis to acquire majority stake in Packet Systems Indonesia

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th June 2017 JSE-listed Datatec has set its sight on another acquisition to integrate into its platform, this time that of a majority stake in information and communication technology (ICT) systems integrator and service company Packet Systems Indonesia (PSI). The ICT giant’s Logicalis subsidiary will acquire... 

Blue Label seals amended binding Cell C recapitalisation agreements

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecom’s implementation of its recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C is scheduled for the first week of August as the final amended equity transaction agreements are signed. The amended binding Cell C recapitalisation agreements will see Blue Label narrow the mobile... 

New era in large satellite propulsion marked by recent launch

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 The world’s first high-power satellite employing an all-electrical propulsion system, Eutelsat 172B, has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana, manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space announced on June 2. The new satellite will provide broadcast, in-flight broadband, and improved... 

Vodacom appoints new chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 Telecommunications group Vodacom has appointed Jabu Moleketi chairperson. He will succeed Peter Moyo, who will retire at the forthcoming annual general meeting in July. 

Towercos could hold the key to mobile tower market growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 Third-party tower companies (towercos) may be the key to accelerating connectivity and network coverage market growth across sub-Saharan Africa, Frost & Sullivan said on Wednesday. To focus on their core operations, mobile network operators (MNOs) are increasingly becoming more comfortable with... 

Vodacom sets up R20m disaster relief fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has set up a R20-million disaster recovery fund to provide support to those hit by the fires and storms in the Western and Southern parts of the Cape. Some R10-million has been made available immediately to sustain an emergency partnership with the Department of... 

Icasa calls for input in call termination discussion document

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has gazetted a discussion document following a review of the procompetitive conditions imposed on licensees in the 2014 mobile call termination rate and fixed call termination rate regulations. Stakeholders now have 21 days from... 

MTN donates R1.5m towards relief efforts following Cape storm, fires 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN on Friday set aside R1.5-million to contribute to relief efforts across the Western and Eastern Cape after storms and fires this week caused several deaths and displaced thousands of people, as well as causing structural infrastructure damage. The funds would be used... 

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