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Telecoms News

Icasa publishes second draft of End-User and Subscriber Service Charter

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published a second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations for public input. Interested stakeholders have until January 3 to submit their written comments, following which, Icasa will host public... 

Benin government requests MTN Benin CEO to leave the country

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Benin government has ordered MTN Benin CEO Stephen Blewett to leave the country within seven days. Blewett, who has lived in the country since 2015, on Friday received official notification to exit the country by November 24 on the basis of his alleged engagement in “activities detrimental to... 

Organisations’ digital memory gets cloud boost

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The new multipurpose cloud archiving solution, launched by e-mail management multinational Mimecast, can be used to ensure effective archiving of the email communications and documents that function as a company’s “digital memory”, says Mimecast Sales Enablement Manager Nick Saunders. The... 

Organisations’ digital memory  gets cloud boost
NICK SAUNDERS Email serves as the digital memory of companies and remains the main medium for business communications

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The effective use of analytics to interrogate data related to, for example, geography, population and mobile device usage can help authorities discern underlying patterns and associations that will allow for relevant emergency services to quickly react to floods, fires and other pressing... 

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters
ANESHAN RAMLOO Emergency response agencies can model potential disasters and their effects, and enable authorities to develop proactive plans to prevent or mitigate harmful consequences

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

Vodacom’s M-Pesa ambitions heat up post Safaricom transaction

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2017 Following the R35-billion acquisition of a 34.94% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom, JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom plans to drive the development of its newly revamped M-Pesa platform. Speaking at Vodacom’s interim results, in Midrand, on Monday, CEO Shameel Joosub... 

Vodacom records H1 uptick in headline earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2017 JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday posted a 1.1% uptick in headline earnings a share to 445c for the first half of the financial year. In the six months ended September 30, group earnings before interest and taxes contracted by 0.2% to R10.8-billion, as a result of higher growth in depreciation and... 

Vodacom records H1 uptick in headline earnings
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Telkom eyes business portfolio review

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2017 As JSE-listed Telkom delivers muted half-year financial results, the group plans to continue seeking a sustainable growth framework, reviewing its business portfolio and prioritising strategic initiatives. This includes a review of the telecommunications giant’s legacy network and information... 

Telkom eyes business portfolio review
Photo by Duane Daws
Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko

MTN receives notice of regulatory hearing in Benin

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2017 Telecommunications firm MTN Benin on Friday confirmed the receipt of a notification from the telecommunications regulator Arcep for a review into nonpayment of outstanding frequency fees. The company, in a statement, explained that it would continue to engage the regulatory authorities in Benin... 

Challenging economic environment keeps Telkom H1 financials flat

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2017 The latest half-year financial results delivered by JSE-listed Telkom have been marred by a tough economic climate and increased competition that have muted overall growth across the board for the six months ended September 30. During the first half of the year, an uncertain political, economic... 

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households, says industrial switchgear, automation and energy efficiency product distributor ElectroMechanica (EM)... 

Monitoring energy consumption  fosters efficiency
SMART SOLUTIONS ElectroMechanica’s smart home solutions enable users to control and monitor their energy consumption from their smartphone

Integrated, automated security fabric to protect business devices and data

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 The complexity of cyberattacks on businesses and the difficulty in proactively protecting dynamic and flexible networks, as well as the devices and data used in daily business processes, has increased the need for businesses to deploy integrated and automated security technologies. A consolidated... 

Telkom appoints CEO of property management unit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Lesiba Maloba as CEO of its property management business unit, Gyro Group, from November 13. Gyro was established on April 1 to unlock value by commercialising the Telkom property portfolio, extracting value from excess building capacity and... 

MTN, Ericsson to collaborate on 5G

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th November 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN and information and communication technology group Ericsson have teamed up to trial a range of fifth-generation (5G) use cases and applications in South Africa. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to start trials of use cases and applications during the... 

Nigeria's Senate approves report exonerating MTN Nigeria over fund transfers

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 Nigeria's Senate approved on Wednesday a report largely exonerating South African telecoms company MTN Group Ltd's Nigerian unit, after the business was accused of illegally repatriating $14 billion to its parent. But the Senate report also asked Nigeria's central bank to sanction Stanbic IBTC... 

Angola Cables to establish second PoP in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2017 Angola Cables plans to establish a second point of presence (PoP) in South Africa as it continues to expand its presence since entering the market a year ago. By the end of this year, the group will launch a new PoP in Cape Town to further expand its network reach, attend to local Internet and... 

Finland's Nokia joins Vodacom to trial 5G technology in South Africa

By: Reuters     7th November 2017 Finnish network equipment maker Nokia will trial its 5G technology in South Africa in collaboration with Vodacom Group, the firms said on Tuesday, as they seek to provide faster data delivery. Under a Memorandum of Understanding with Vodacom, Nokia will share its latest 5G innovations including... 

Africa set to top 1bn mobile internet connections in five years – study

By: Reuters     6th November 2017 Africa's mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks. A report by research and consulting firm Ovum in London estimates that mobile broadband connections will rise from... 

BCX unveils new digital learning platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2017 Telecommunications giant BCX on Monday launched a new digital learning platform aimed at providing free access to online educational content. No charge will be levied for the maths and science learning material and content that learners, educators, school administrators and parents can access... 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) social enterprise technology SolarTurtle, which provides low-cost energy for remote and unconnected communities, has been profitable and operational for more than two years in various communities, says SolarTurtle inventor, founder and manager James van der... 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone
SOCIAL SOLAR ENTERPRISE The SolarTurtle with its solar panels open

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 “Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation, competition in information and communication technology, as well as easier access to research and development tax incentives would significantly help to create jobs... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

Vodacom commercially launches narrow-band IoT in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2017 Mobile operator Vodacom has operationalised its first commercially available narrow-band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Gauteng. The commercial rollout of NB-IoT is expected to accelerate IoT adoption rates. Vodacom currently averages 55 000 new IoT connections a month. 

Turkcell welcomes litigation progress in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2017 Turkish mobile operator Turkcell has welcomed the progress made in its legal battle with South African mobile operator MTN. MTN this week filed a Statement of Defence plea in the South African High Court over a disputed 2004 telecommunications operating licence bid in Iran. 

MTN files its plea against Turkcell’s Iran litigation drive

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN this week filed a Statement of Defence plea as its protracted legal battle with Turkish mobile operator Turkcell rages on over a 2004 telecommunications operating licence bid in Iran. The Turkish rival has brought several international and local claims against MTN for... 

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017, with one in every three industrial cyberattacks carried out against industrial control system (ICS) computers, says global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab critical infrastructure defence head... 

Altron’s continuing operations maintain performance despite ‘tough’ H1

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics’ continuing operations delivered results in line with expectations in the six months ended August 31, despite difficult local economic conditions, a strengthening currency and one-off costs associated with the group’s restructuring processes. Speaking at a... 

Spectrum crunch not sustainable as disappointment sets in over lack of auction

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa on Thursday expressed its disappointment that the spectrum impasse has not yet been resolved, reiterating that data costs will not decline until the high-demand spectrum, at the very minimum in the 2 600 MHz band, is released. Speaking at the yearly... 

Vumatel seeks to drive down fibre costs to provide access to more people

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2017 Neighbourhood fibre provider Vumatel is moving to offset its role in widening South Africa’s digital divide by seeking out and piloting a new viable model to drive down the cost of high-speed unlimited fibre access for those least able to afford it. Vumatel emerged as a formidable fibre player in... 

High Court orders Telkom to stop disconnecting services to eNatis

By: African News Agency      26th October 2017 The Gauteng North High Court has ordered Telkom to restore telephone services to eNatis following an urgent application by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). In a statement late on Wednesday, Spokesperson Simon Zwane said: “The RTMC brought an application before the court today after... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

MTN impacted by exchange rates in Q3

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2017 Mobile operator MTN’s financial performance in the quarter ended September 30 ,has been negatively impacted on by exchange rate movements. The JSE-listed firm on Tuesday posted a 13.4% decline in total revenue and 14% decrease in group service revenue for the three months. 

Cell C not headed for all-out capex war – Levy

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has no immediate plans to make mobile operator Cell C a top contender in an all-out capital expenditure (capex) war with top mobile operators MTN and Vodacom, but will rather narrow the focus of its latest acquisition to the strategic deployment of the “best” urban... 

Cell C not headed for all-out capex war – Levy
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 The manufacturing sector was second only to the finance industry in terms of the most cyberattacks recorded in any sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2016, information technology (IT) services multinational Dimension Data’s ‘Global Threat Intelligence Report for 2017’ reveals.... 

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks
Dimension Data Security Solutions MEA executive Sean Duffy

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Information and communication technology multinational T-Systems South Africa is investing extensively in Microsoft Azure capabilities and offerings that will be provided as local Microsoft Azure cloud services, says T-Systems South Africa solutions, projects and portfolio Head Rajan Padayachee.... 

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources
GERT SCHOONBEE Microsoft Azure’s functionality makes it feasible for large or small corporations to move their critical infrastructure to the cloud

BT launches bandwidth on demand service

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) multinational BT has launched a service that enables customers to requisition additional bandwidth for their businesses or between sites for a set amount of time, says BT Network Services VP Keith Langridge. The service enables customers that rely on... 

BT launches bandwidth on  demand service
KEITH LANGRIDGE The virtualisation of network functions is a necessary component for the type of cloud-based flexibility of networks demanded by customers

4Sight lists on AltX

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2017 The first pure technology company to list on the JSE’s AltX in 18 years, technology decision support group 4Sight, has artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things and big data technology capabilities, which are reshaping business and individual lives worldwide, 4Sight CEO... 

4Sight lists on AltX
4Sight Group CEO Antonie Van Rensburg, Group executive merger & acquisitions Gary Lauryssen, Group CFO Jacques Hattingh and non-executive director Conal Lewer-Allen at the JSE on Thursday

Icasa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2017 Willington Ngwepe has been appointed CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), after having served as acting CEO from July 7. This follows after the suspension of former CEO Pakamile Pongwana, in July. Icasa and Pongwana in August agreed to a “mutual separation”. 

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