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Telecoms News

Liquid appoints new CEO for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Kyle Whitehill CEO of its newly acquired subsidiary Neotel. Liquid fully concluded its R6.55-billion buyout of Neotel in February, with plans to focus on delivering enhanced network services to enterprises and consumers. 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

Data costs to be subject of market inquiry

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 A market inquiry into high data costs in South Africa is on the horizon. “We will also in the budget speech, note that I will be making request to the Competition Commission to conduct a market inquiry into the high cost of data,” Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a media... 

Cabinet approves revised National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the revised National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2017, submitted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to ensure the most efficient use of radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South... 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help fast-track Africa’s digitalisation

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Satellite connectivity has a role to play as part of hybrid infrastructure systems for Africa and can help companies digitally transform themselves and improve the competitiveness of economies, says satellite communications solutions company SES Africa commercial head Laurent Petit. African... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help  fast-track Africa’s digitalisation
LAURENT PETIT Africa must foster digital skills as part of transitioning the population from low-paid jobs and contribute to the creation of more high-value jobs

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Data centre company Teraco’s neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) peering subsidiary NAPAfrica has grown to 170 Gb/s with 386 members since 2012, and is ranked as the third-largest IXP in the southern hemisphere, says Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk. The NAPAfrica IXPs are collocated in all Teraco data... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones
LEX VAN WYK Teraco continues to experience high demand for its neutral data centre facilities, underpinned by strong growth in Internet penetration into Africa and increased cloud adoption

Rwandan authority fines MTN subsidiary $8.5m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2017 The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority has fined MTN Rwanda $8.5-million owing to its noncompliance with directives prohibiting the inclusion of MTN Rwanda in the MTN South and East Africa information technology hub, based in Uganda. MTN Rwanda is studying the notification of the fine and says... 

Telekom Networks Malawi to invest $30m in 4G network

By: Reuters     17th May 2017 Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country's second-largest mobile network operator, said on Tuesday it is to spend an additional $30-million on improving its 4G broadband service. TNM, whose main rival is the local unit of India's Bharti Airtel, said it aimed to give better 4G coverage in... 

Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 The pending acquisition of a 35% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom will secure JSE-listed Vodacom a high-growth market that is as large as all of its international subsidiaries combined. The R35-billion deal, expected to be concluded in August, presented South Africa’s largest... 

Vodacom bolsters international portfolio with R35bn Safaricom stake buy
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub and CFO Till Streichert

Vodacom eyes R35bn acquisition of 35% stake in Safaricom

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2017 JSE-listed Vodacom, which reported steady growth for the financial year ended March 31, on Monday announced the acquisition of an indirect 34.94% stake in Kenya-based Safaricom for R34.6-billion. The transaction will result in Vodacom buying out 87.5% of Vodafone Kenya, which holds a 39.93% in... 

Vodacom eyes R35bn acquisition of 35% stake in Safaricom
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2017 As JSE-listed Altron successfully transitioned from a family-controlled and managed business to an independent management structure, newly appointed successor to Robbie Venter, CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday promised to aggressively drive a strategy aimed at returning the company to its previous... 

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati talks to Engineering News Online about the group's performance over the past year and what plans he has for the group moving forward. Camerawork and video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Date Recorded: 11.05.2017.

Telkom expects improved FY17 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2017 JSE-listed Telkom expects to report improved earnings for the 12 months ended March 31, as the impact of voluntary severance and early retirement packages is reduced. The company, which will release its financial results for the year on June 5, anticipates a year-on-year increase of between 110%... 

AI systems seen as key to managing contact centre as volumes rise

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) systems will be necessary to effectively manage the volumes of simultaneous customer interactions over multiple contact channels in digital economies, says customer interaction software developer Hi.guru strategic business development consultant Nicholas... 

Banks warned of ATMs being infected remotely by malware

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab advises banks in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey to check random-access memory (RAM), network and registry logs to determine whether the fileless ATMitch malware is present. The ATMitch uses in-memory malware to infect banking networks. This malware is... 

Banks warned of ATMs being infected remotely by malware
AMIN HASBINI ATMitch uses in-memory malware to infect banking networks and is remotely installed and executed

Huawei's SA OpenLab to focus on safe city, smart grid solutions

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Information and communication technology multinational Hauwei has launched an OpenLab in South Africa that will focus on safe city and smart grid technologies, says Huawei South Africa deputy CEO Alex Du. The research and development laboratory is one of seven Huawei OpenLabs that will be opened... 

SA telcos broadening ICT services portfolios

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 South African telecommunications providers are pursuing mobile-data-driven diversification strategies that are creating growth opportunities for the industry and are bolstering their information and communication technology (ICT) services portfolios, Frost and Sullivan’s ‘South African ICT... 

FibreCo opens hosting facilities to boost WACS connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2017 Open-access infrastructure and connectivity provider FibreCo on Wednesday officially opened its hosting facility, adjacent to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) landing station in Yzerfontein, Western Cape. The open-access hosting and co-location facilities, which connected directly into the... 

BCX makes R60m contribution to coding skills incubator

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2017 A R60-million boost from information and communication technology group BCX has enabled nonprofit technology incubator WeThinkCode to expand its intake capacity by more than double and to kick-start an expansion programme to open its next campus in Cape Town. The tuition-free, peer-to-peer... 

BCX makes R60m contribution to coding skills incubator

National consultations on supporting ICT White Paper draft strategies begin

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Monday kicked off the first sessions of a planned national public consultation roadshow to unpack details of the three recently gazetted strategies to implement the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies... 

Cloud-based system offers marketing execs greater control over branding

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 A branding control platform provides fast, easy and traceable control over the use of company branding across all divisions and ensures that marketing executives fulfil their strategic roles more efficiently and effectively, says branding software firm BrandQuantum CEO Paula Sartini. The... 

Cloud-based system offers marketing  execs greater control over branding
PAULA SARTINI Any document will only be able to access the images and information on the cloud platform, ensuring that all information and materials are up to date and correct

Festo Didactic providing Industry 4.0 training for tertiary education

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 Employees in industry as well as students at vocational colleges and universities will need to be specially trained to work with Industry 4.0 systems to develop their understanding of fully automated digital production technologies, and knowledge of the layout and programming of digital system... 

Fewer, but larger, cybersecurity breaches reported in 2016

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 While the total number of cybersecurity breaches reported in 2016 was down by 4% compared to the previous year, the number of records increased by 86% compared to the previous year, says cybersecurity firm Gemalto data protection research and development director Joe Pindar. About 1.378-billion... 

Fewer, but larger, cybersecurity breaches reported in 2016
NEIL COSSER Additional cybersecurity measures, such as transaction authentication, behavioural analysis, multiple forms of two-factor authentication and layered security, improve security for users while providing a good user experience

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Telecommunications giant sponsors  African Utility Week
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

Wireless communication to drive economic growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     5th May 2017 Large-scale information communication technology (ICT) investment can play a crucial role in fuelling gross domestic product growth through increased economic activity, innovation and productivity, but government, the private sector, donors and civil society need to take bolder steps to... 

Wireless communication to drive economic  growth in Africa
IMPROVED CONNECTIVITY Foreign direct investment and improvements to telecommunications infrastructure have spurred a boom in information communication technology spending in Africa

Discover Digital launches mobile Internet TV offerings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th May 2017 Video-on-demand solutions specialist Discover Digital on Thursday unveiled its new rental and subscription video entertainment on-demand services platform. Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD) offers various Internet television (TV) channels and bouquets of content direct to viewers’ phones,... 

MTN reports upward swing in Q1 revenue

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN Group on Wednesday reported an improved first-quarter operational performance as it works to recover from significant losses in 2016. The JSE-listed group delivered increases in revenue across several operations during the three months to March 31, with significant... 

MTN reports upward swing in Q1 revenue

South Africa to miss digital migration deadline again

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2017 South Africa could once again miss the deadline for digital migration due to “supply chain management irregularities" and "collusion issues" parliament's portfolio committee heard on Tuesday. The initial deadline, as determined by the International Telecommunication Union, was June 17, 2015. Due... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

Kenya’s Konza Techno City emerging as Africa’s smart-city frontrunner

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 The Konza Techno City, in Kenya, being developed about 60 km south-east of Nairobi, will be a smart city to better serve citizens and manage city operations, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. The focus will be on service delivery,... 

Software platform enables multiple-channel social media messaging

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Customer engagement platform developer BrandChat’s newest software tool enables companies to control social media engagement with customers over multiple channels simultaneously, says BrandChat director Pete Matthaei. Organisations can share targeted content across multiple social media and... 

Software platform enables multiple-channel social  media messaging
PETE MATTHAEI BrandChat provides control, visibility and information to improve the direct link between customer engagement and customer action

SA telcos broadening ICT services portfolios

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2017 South African telecommunications providers are pursuing mobile-data-driven diversification strategies that are creating growth opportunities for the industry and are bolstering their information and communication technology (ICT) services portfolios, Frost and Sullivan’s ‘South African ICT... 

Blue Label appoints COO for South African operations 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th April 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label has appointed Wayne McCauley as COO of its South African operations.  He will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing corporate and business strategies and will report to joint CEOs Mark and Brett Levy. “We welcome Wayne to our rapidly expanding South... 

More than half a million rand worth of copper recovered in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 The newly established anti-cable theft unit arrested 12 suspected cable thieves and recovered several tons of copper valued at more than half a million rand over the Easter weekend, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said on Thursday. He said the weekend arrests were in addition to 67 other... 

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Local telecoms provider Euphoria Telecom announced that it had partnered with South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) to offer affordable Voice over Internet Protocol to South African technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and students. Saben is an initiative... 

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership
GEORGE GOLDING For the education sector, reliable Internet means access to information for . . . teachers and students

Two in five industrial computers faced cyberattacks in second half of 2016

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2017 An average of two-in-five computers related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises were exposed to malicious software and targeted cyberattack in the second half of 2016, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Head of Critical Infrastructure Defence Department... 

South Africa’s cloud adoption lagging rest of the world, report shows

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 Networking specialist firm F5 Networks ‘State of App Delivery 2017’ report indicates that 41% of companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will continue to invest in private cloud technologies and services this year, although South Africa’s cloud adoption is lagging significantly behind... 

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