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Telecoms News

Zimbabwe reverses telecoms price hike after public backlash

By: Reuters     13th January 2017 Zimbabwe has reversed a decision to impose a drastic increase in mobile phone data charges, which provoked an angry response from customers and critics who accused President Robert Mugabe's government of trying to curtail the use of social media. Last year activists used the Internet to mobilise... 

Nigeria stock exchange says working with MTN to list its shares in 2017

By: Reuters     12th January 2017 Nigeria's stock exchange NSE is working "very closely" with South African cell operator MTN on a listing of its shares this year, the head of the bourse said on Thursday. "The pressure on MTN has never been higher to list," NSE CE Oscar Onyema told a business conference. "There's a project team... 

Angolan lawyers appeal ruling on president naming daughter oil CEO

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 Angolan lawyers, who argue that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' billionaire daughter was illegally appointed as the chief executive of the state oil company, have applied for their case to be heard in the Constitutional Court. Angola's Supreme Court on December 27 rejected an application by... 

Angolan lawyers appeal ruling on president naming daughter oil CEO

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... 

Ericsson’s latest Mobility report shows Africa’s IoT potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Africa’s reliance on mobile technology, as opposed to fixed-line technology, is a significant contributing factor in the rapid growth of mobile subscriptions, with the continent accounting for 15-million of the 80-million new mobile subscriptions recorded in the third quarter. Nigeria has led the... 

Angola Cables, Etix team up to provide direct US–Africa connection

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Angolan telecommunications company Angola Cables and Luxembourg-headquartered data centre and cable landing station specialist Etix Everywhere have partnered to build infrastructure to reduce the latency between the US and Africa, thereby eliminating the data route through Europe. The parties... 

MTN, Huawei partner to bring NB-IoT to Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Communication giants MTN and Huawei have teamed up to bring narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) to Africa to “revolutionise” the connectivity drive across the continent. MTN South Africa chief enterprise business officer Alpheus Mangale said NB-IoT was one of the best technologies for... 

MTN, Huawei partner to bring NB-IoT to Africa

Africa gets renewed broadband focus with Eutelsat offshoot

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Africa is set to benefit from a new broadband venture that aims to bridge the digital divide through the use of extensive, high-quality and affordable satellite infrastructure. Satellite communications provider Eutelsat’s newly established subsidiary Konnect Africa plans to deploy commercial... 

Liquid Telecoms’ buyout of Neotel nears final hurdle

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2016 The R6.5-billion buyout of converged communications network operator Neotel by privately owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is reaching its final hurdle – approval by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The acquisition was progressing “very well” and the... 

BCX integration, mobile business lifts Telkom’s H1 earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2016 JSE-listed Telkom on Tuesday posted higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R5.3-billion and an improved Ebitda margin of 26.1% for the six months to September 30. This was in line with the company’s outlook of maintaining an Ebitda margin of between 26%... 

Vodacom reports growth as South African operations shine

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th November 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom on Monday reported maintaining headline earnings a share of 440c for the six months ended September 30, with net profit marginally down at R6.2-billion and operating profit up 5.4% to R10.7-billion. Earnings a share for the first half of the year contracted 0.5%... 

Vodacom reports growth as South African operations shine
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

MTN eyes further network improvements, ‘excited’ for 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th November 2016 Continued network optimisation is on the cards for MTN South Africa as interim chief technology and information officer Babak Fouladi reports “visibly” improved operational efficiency, five months into his tenure. With its eye on key network priorities, MTN is planning to mimic the gains and... 

Cape Town emerging as a 'smart city'

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 While Cape Town is emerging as a 'smart city', it has much to learn from other cities about the potential of using Internet of Things (IoT) applications to make its operations more efficient, technology company Nokia said on Tuesday. Its latest 'The Smart City Playbook' report examines the... 

Cape Town emerging as a 'smart city'

Aggregated data layer crucial for creation of hyperconnected IoT environment

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2016 A normalised, aggregated data layer is required for companies to create hyperconnected Internet of Things (IoT) environments and effectively transition to digital enterprises, says multinational consultancy Deloitte South Africa Digital Transformation lead Gareth Rees. Companies have digitised... 

Aggregated data layer crucial for creation of hyperconnected IoT environment
GARETH REES Aggregating information from different islands of automation and making important information accessible in real-time improve companies’ agility

South Atlantic cable to offer cost, connectivity benefits

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2016 The $130-million South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will reduce latency between Africa and South America from 300 ms to 63 ms once it is completed in mid-2018, says Angola Cables CEO Antonio Nunes. The cable system, which traverses 6 500 km of the Atlantic between Fortaleza, Brazil, and Sangano,... 

MTN tests Facebook-designed Voyager platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2016 South African mobile operator MTN Group has deployed and tested the open optical packet transport platform Voyager, with indications that operators could now install a network at a lower cost. The group, working with Telecom Infra Project (TIP), field-tested the Voyager next-generation technology... 

Jasco’s disposal of M-Tec concluded

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2016 Community Investment Holdings subsidiary Malesela Holdings has paid the final balance due for its acquisition of Jasco Cables’ 51.1% shareholding in Malesela Taihan Electric Cable (M-Tec), JSE-listed Jasco said on Wednesday. The R60-million transaction was concluded this week after Malesela paid... 

MTN Group appoints new CFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2016 Rounding off its management team, JSE-listed MTN has appointed Old Mutual Emerging Markets CEO Ralph Mupita group CFO and executive director. This will take effect from April 3, 2017. Current acting group CFO Gunter Engling will assume the role of deputy CFO, reporting to Mupita. 

Tshwane’s TshWi-Fi wins global award for affordable connectivity

By: Anine Kilian     28th October 2016 The City of Tshwane’s free WiFi project, TshWi-Fi, made possible by telecommunications service provider Project Isizwe, has won a Wi-Fi NOW award for affordable connectivity.   Delivering free WiFi to more than two-million citizens in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria, TshWi-Fi is the biggest... 

Analogue transmission switch-off starts in Northern Cape as South Africa progresses digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2016 South Africa is starting to switch off its analogue transmissions following the completion of a dual-illumination period in the Northern Cape, a year-and-a-half after missing the International Telecommunications Union deadline for the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration. Ten years... 

MTN starts repatriation of Irancell funds, denies improper repatriation of Nigeria funds

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2016 As MTN Group starts the process of repatriating billions of rands from its 49%-owned MTN Irancell, the JSE-listed firm strongly denies the accusation that it is illegally shifting funds from embattled MTN Nigeria. After years of working to remit some of the R15.8-billion in accumulated dividends... 

MTN starts repatriation of Irancell funds, denies improper repatriation of Nigeria funds

South Atlantic submarine cable system to dramatically lower latency between Africa, South America

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 The $130-million South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will reduce latency between Africa and South America from 300 ms to 63 ms once it is completed in mid-2018, says Angola Cables CEO Antonio Nunes. The cable system, which traverses 6 500 km of the Atlantic between Fortaleza, Brazil, and Sangano,... 

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