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Telecoms News

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... 

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 Shares in MTN Group plunged as much as 19% early on Thursday, a day after Nigeria ordered the South African telecoms group and its bankers to return $8.1-billion. Nigeria's central bank said the funds had been illegally moved abroad. MTN denies the allegations. 

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

New call termination rate proposal will entrench duopoly – Telkom

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2018 The new draft Call Termination Rates need to take into account South Africa’s telecommunications market “reality” and not ignore the global convergence where fixed and mobile are no longer distinguished, information and communications technology group Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said on Monday. The... 

Vodacom launches 5G internet service in Lesotho

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 South Africa's Vodacom launched what it said was Africa’s first commercial 5G internet service in Lesotho on Saturday, but said it would only be able to provide a similar service in its home market once spectrum was made available. Vodacom, South Africa's biggest mobile operator by market value,... 

Secure multicloud environments key to digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Providing application-centric security for multi-cloud environments is necessary to secure the many and increasing complex and cross-platform interactions of modern business and industry. Flexibility of use, movement of resources, data, workloads and accessibility across a range of devices are... 

Secure multicloud environments key to digital transformation
GAD ELKIN Running services as software packages enables F5 to protect and control apps wherever they reside

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

Blue Label holds its own in tough environment

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label’s achievement of relatively strong growth in a “tough year” illustrates the technology group’s resilience and robustness to weather the storm, joint CEO Mark Levy told media on Wednesday. Speaking at the group’s financial results presentation for the year ended May 31, he... 

Mobile consumer survey reveals industry change

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 The mobile industry is changing at an exponential rate as new influences shape the way consumer expectations rise and the competition, new and old, pile on advancements such as artificial intelligence, Deloitte’s ‘South Africa Mobile Consumer Survey 2017’ shows. Deloitte global telecoms, media... 

Cell C narrows losses, Ebitda rises in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has posted a 16% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R2.4-billion, as its net loss after tax narrowed by 33% to R645-million for the first half of this year, from a net loss of R968-million in the comparative period last... 

Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream... 

Uganda wants unit of MTN Group to list locally before licence extension

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Uganda has asked the local unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group to list some of its shares on the local stock exchange as a condition for renewing its operating licence, a top official told Reuters on Wednesday. Godfrey Mutabazi, head of telecoms sector regulator Uganda Communications... 

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
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SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN on Wednesday posted improved financial results on a constant currency basis for the first half of 2018, with growth achieved in service revenue and an increase in margins on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). For the six months... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

Supply-chain blockchain can improve traceability, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Using a blockchain-based supply chain management system can significantly improve the transparency of supply chains, provide information for customers about quality and to trace product origins, as well as improving the agility and adaptability of supply chains, says information technology (IT)... 

Supply-chain blockchain can improve  traceability, customer experience
VISHAL BARAPATRE Blockchain can help to counter disruptions in complex supply chains

Huge Telecom appoints new FD

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 Robert Burger has been appointed FD of JSE-listed Huge Group subsidiary, Huge Telecom, effective August 1. He is a chartered accountant with 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which he gained while working for Vodacom. 

IIoT-enabled businesses expected to boost revenues by 10% by 2023

By: Schalk Burger     24th July 2018 Companies across the global supply chain expect the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to increase their yearly revenues by 10% within five years, a global study by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat, released on Tuesday, showed. IIoT is the application of networked sensors, which... 

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom on Tuesday reported strong momentum during the first quarter of the year, with normalised group revenue and service revenue having increased by 5% and 5.2% to R21.5-billion and R17.8-billion respectively. During the quarter ended June 30, the group reported its results on an... 

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

MTN’s Van Coller takes the reins at EOH Holdings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN digital services, data analytics and business development VP Stephen van Coller has resigned, effective August 31, to take the reins at JSE-listed EOH Holdings on September 1. Van Coller joins EOH as group CEO following the announcement of a strategy shake-up that... 

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya in 2019

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 Alphabet's Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X,... 

Kenya's Safaricom in 'advanced talks' to take M-Pesa to Ethiopia

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 Kenya's Safaricom is in "advanced talks" with the Ethiopian government to introduce its popular M-Pesa mobile money service to neighbouring Ethiopia, a market of 100-million people, two sources said on Tuesday. Britain's Vodafone, Safaricom's parent company, will license the use of the M-Pesa... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

MTN disposes of its MTN Cyprus holdings for R4.1bn

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2018 JSE-listed MTN Group subsidiary MTN Dubai has sold 100% of MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom for R4.1-billion in cash. The deal, which forms part of the group’s ongoing portfolio review, values the Cyprus subsidiary eight times that of reported 2017 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

MTN disposes of its MTN Cyprus holdings for R4.1bn

Cable theft stunts connectivity availability

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 South Africa’s cable-theft pandemic has made the prospect of a copper-based fixed digital subscriber line (DSL) infrastructure framework unachievable for the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs), says international wireless connectivity provider RADWIN. RADWIN sales director Nick Ehrke... 

Cable theft stunts  connectivity availability
CABLE FREE COUNTRY The significant cost associated with cable theft in South Africa is forcing internest service provider to find alternative methods of providing connectivity

Modest growth in device shipments expected this year – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2018 Worldwide shipments of devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets and mobile phones, are on pace to record 0.9% growth this year to reach 2.28-billion units, says market research and advisory multinational Gartner. The PC and tablet market is expected to decline by 1.2% this year, while... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct 

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2018 An incubation hub for digital audio-visual content opened on Monday in the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, through the support of the French development institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). A... 

Digital content incubator launched at Tshimologong precinct
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct CEO Lesley Williams

MTN Uganda says security personnel raided its data centre

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said security personnel had raided its data and disconnected four of its servers. The firm said in a July 3 letter to the State-run telecommunications regulator that it had "reported to police a case of illegal intrusion into the data centre... 

Second-hand textbook sales app wins e-commerce competition

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 A second-hand textbook transaction application (app) written by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student was used from the start of the current academic year, and is being developed further to manage transactions after it won the UCT incubation competition. The app, Quillo, was developed by UCT... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions
STEPHEN LUDLOW The growth of connected devices, systems and people necessitates a change in the concepts of production and use of data

Kenya to use Alphabet's balloons for rural Internet

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Kenya will use Alphabet Inc's system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT minister said. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X, the company's innovation lab. It was used by US telecom... 

Kenya to use Alphabet's balloons for rural Internet

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Neutral data centre provider Teraco will be expanding its largest infrastructure build project to date, the Teraco Isando Campus (JB1), in Gauteng, by adding 2 000 cabinets during Phase 1, which will boost JB1’s capacity to 5 700 cabinets.  

Teraco to invest R1bn to expand Isando data centre
Teraco CFO Jan Hnizdo

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum 

4th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about how South Africa’s high-demand spectrum can benefit the country and the challenges telecommunications operators are facing as they await the allocation of this spectrum. 

Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum
Unlocking South Africa’s high-demand spectrum

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