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Telecoms News

Nigeria's Emefiele is said to meet with MTN, banks Tuesday

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Nigeria’s central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, will meet with MTN Group and four banks on Tuesday amid a dispute over $8.1-billion that the bank said was transferred illegally out of the country, two people familiar with the situation said. The people declined to be identified because the... 

MTN shares up 2% on possibility of reduced repatriation demand

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 South Africa's MTN Group shares rose as much as 2.55% after the Nigerian central bank governor said on Sunday the bank may reduce the amount it has ordered the telecoms firm to repatriate as part of an ongoing disagreement. MTN and the central bank are in a dispute over the transfer of $8.1... 

Logicalis Australia acquires CNI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 JSE-listed Datatec on Monday announced that its Australian subsidiary Thomas Duryea Logicalis has acquired Melbourne-based Microsoft-certified gold partner Computer Network Integration (CNI). CNI, which has yearly revenues of about $2-million, has been a focused Microsoft Azure partner since 2012... 

Icasa publishes discussion document to define its role and responsibilities in cybersecurity matters

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week published a discussion document to determine its role in the regulation of cybersecurity. Interested parties have until November 30 to make their written submissions on the matter, after which the authority will likely... 

Security as important as people, technology in ensuring organisational success

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 Security is as vital to organisational success as technology and people, and is fundamental for digital transformation, says market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC) sub-Saharan Africa associate VP Mark Walker. If systems are taught the wrong things at the start,... 

MTN mulls scrapping Nigeria IPO, seeks options as spat hurts

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 MTN Group, the wireless carrier facing a combined $10-billion in claims from authorities in Nigeria, said it may no longer seek to raise capital through an initial public offering on the country’s stock exchange. Africa’s largest mobile carrier is reconsidering the IPO amid a dispute with... 

MTN mulls scrapping Nigeria IPO, seeks options as spat hurts

Icasa finalises call termination rates regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has finalised the latest Call Termination Regulations (CTR), with plans to gazette the new glide path on Friday. The final 2018 CTR, which is effective October 1, follows the completion of a review of the 2014 CTR and is the... 

MTN tells Nigerian staff to stay at home due to strike

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 South Africa's telecoms group MTN on Thursday told its staff in Nigeria to stay at home after the country's main unions launched a nationwide strike to demand a higher minimum wage from the government. Talks between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the government to avert the strike broke... 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto 

27th September 2018 As part of a pilot phase, enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure provider Comsol Networks and mobile, television & appliances giant Samsung South Africa partnered to launch fifth-generation communications in Soweto. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto
Comsol, Samsung bring 5G communications to Soweto

Altron to post double-digit growth in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th September 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Tuesday said it expects a double-digit improvement in earnings for the six months ended August 31. Following the restructure of a number of core businesses, and the financial division of continuing and discontinued operations, the bulk of Altron’s... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

MTN shares rise after Nigeria says reviewing information to resolve $8.1bn dispute

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Shares in South Africa's MTN rose 5% on Thursday, after Nigeria's central bank said on Wednesday that it was reviewing information provided by the telecoms firm and four banks over a dispute on the repatriation of dividends. "The statement suggests there are some talks going on and the market... 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch
Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch

Uganda to renew MTN Group's telecoms operating licence

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Uganda will renew the operating licence of the local unit of South African telecom company MTN Group, the state-run Uganda Media Centre said on Tuesday. The renewal comes with "with new stringent terms," the agency tweeted, without providing details. 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister 

By: African News Agency      14th September 2018 The South African government was working to position state entities and small businesses as global players in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), according to telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele. “Our priority focus is to demonopolise the electronic and... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister
Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele

Bharti Airtel picks banks for London flotation of Africa business – sources

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 India's biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel has chosen UBS, JP Morgan and Citi to coordinate the London initial public offering of its Africa business, two sources familiar with the matter said. In February Bharti Airtel said the holding company for its Africa operations was looking at a... 

First Xeno 1 laser installation complete

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Product identification equipment manufacturer Cab Technology South Africa has completed the installation of a Xeno 1 laser marking system at cable and connector solutions supplier Hiconnex Industrial’s new facility, in Centurion, in Gauteng, says Cab Technology South Africa technical sales... 

First Xeno 1 laser  installation complete
XENO 1 LASER SYSTEM The Xeno 1 is a desktop system that meets all the requirements for a cyber-physical system

Many parts of the world not ready for super fast 5G network – MTN's CEO 

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Many parts of the world are not ready for next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in the next few years from now, MTN's chief executive of said on Tuesday. 5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas... 

MTN says Nigeria's attorney general exceeded powers in $2bn tax bill

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 Nigeria's attorney general exceeded his powers in demanding $2-billion in taxes and charges from MTN Group, the telecoms firm said in papers filed with Nigeria's High Court and reviewed by Reuters. The papers, filed on Monday in a move by the Nigerian arm of the South African firm aimed at... 

Alaris aiming to grow global footprint with solid FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 AltX-listed Alaris Holdings on Tuesday said its continuing operations performed well during the financial year ended June 30, with a number of large orders received from Europe and the Middle East. During the period, the technology holding company managed to grow revenue by 17% from... 

Govt to accelerate licensing of new radio spectrum – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the government will accelerate the long-delayed licensing of radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators. Allocation of spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services in Africa's most industrialized economy, where the high cost of... 

MTN CEO confident about Nigeria dispute as firm applies for injunction

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Telecoms firm MTN Group said on Monday it was confident a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Nigerian government would be resolved even as it applied for a court injunction to protect its Nigerian assets. Nigeria's central bank last month ordered MTN's Lagos-based unit to hand over... 

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that unless women, the youth and small businesses were intrinsically involved in technological advancement, the Fourth Industrial Revolution would fail. Ramaphosa made the remarks on Monday during his opening address at the International Telecoms Union (ITU)... 

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Blockchain for enterprise cloud platform to raise transaction trust

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cloud technology multinational Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service provides a development platform for enterprises and State organisations to build their own scalable and low-cost blockchain networks, says Oracle cloud platform business development director and Europe, Middle East and Africa... 

Blockchain for enterprise cloud platform to raise transaction trust
JOOST VOLKER Global shipping companies, multinational manufacturers, food producers and energy marketplaces are using Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure
RIAAN GRAHAM The deployment of smart systems can be enabled by introducing a core design principle established by provincial and/or national government

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

Moody's places MTN on review for downgrade

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 MTN Group has been put on review by Moody's for downgrade after the South African mobile phone operator said it was on the hook for a total of $10.1-billion from its biggest market Nigeria, the ratings agency said on Thursday. "MTN's ratings have been placed on review for downgrade to reflect... 

In latest clash, Nigeria hands South Africa's MTN $2bn tax bill

By: Reuters     4th September 2018 MTN Group faces a $2-billion demand for taxes in Nigeria, the latest in a series of skirmishes with authorities in the South African mobile phone company's most lucrative but increasingly problematic market. The announcement of the tax bill incurred over the last decade comes days after the west... 

MTN says concludes sale of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company MTN said on Tuesday it had concluded the sale of 100% of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom. MTN announced on July 16 that its wholly owned subsidiary, MTN Dubai Limited, had entered into an agreement for the deal. 

Datatec subsidiary acquires Cape Town-based Clarotech

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed technology firm Datatec’s Logicalis South Africa subsidiary has acquired Cape Town-based Clarotech. Clarotech offers Internet protocol telephony and call centre cloud and managed services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the region. 

Spectrum challenge likely to be resolved by next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2018 South Africa's years-long limbo over spectrum licensing and allocation could possibly be fully resolved by this time next year. Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) director-general Robert Nkuna on Monday promised action on the much-debated subject, as industry becomes... 

Safaricom faces $4.5m fine for failing to connect small firms

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom faces a fine of around $4.5-million for failing to connect calls made to smaller firms, according to company and regulatory documents reviewed by Reuters. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has imposed a fine on Safaricom, part-owned by South... 

Chinese bank to lend Nigeria $328m for fixing telecom infrastructure

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 China’s Exim bank will lend Nigeria $328-million towards improving the West African country’s telecoms infrastructure, Reuters reported. Poor telecoms are a major challenge for businesses operating in Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest oil producer, most populous country and has one of the... 

Telecoms dept to bolster investment with ITU 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2018 As South Africa prepares to host the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2018, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and its sponsoring partners aim to bolster investment in the country, and the rest of Africa, by showcasing homegrown talent.... 

Jacobs to continue as Altron acting CFO until Feb

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 A recruitment process to identify a permanent CFO for information and communications technology company Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron) is ongoing. Tim Jacobs, who was appointed acting CFO in March, will, therefore, continue to serve as acting CFO until February 28, 2019. 

MTN Uganda bets on music streaming as voice business slows

By: Reuters     31st August 2018 Telecom firm MTN Uganda is betting on a new music streaming product to boost revenue and counter declining voice call sales, its chief marketing officer said in an interview. The carrier, a unit of Johannesburg-listed MTN Group, is the largest in the East African country where it has a subscriber... 

New tech blurring human-machine lines – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Five emerging technology trends will blur the lines between humans and machines, says market research multinational Gartner. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for example, play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available and connected to business... 

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