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Telecoms News

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration to improve cyberdefence

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 A security strategy that integrates cyber and physical security operations is best practice to protect against increasing cyberattacks and cybercriminal acts that are a challenge for utilities to mitigate, says BT Africa IT Security Sales head Alessandro Postiglioni. Physical and virtual assets... 

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration  to improve cyberdefence
ALESSANDRO POSTIGLIONI Refined controls and new technologies allow utilities to build effective prevention capabilities across business networks and the growing number of endpoints in their environments

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Along with prevention and proactive cyberdefence measures, back-up is an increasingly vital layer to protect critical infrastructure systems from the risks of cyberattacks and subsequent disruption, says data management and availability multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa VP Gregg... 

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure
GREGG PETERSEN Bolstering cybersecurity is important as more critical public services become supported by data networks and cloud-hosted assets

Uganda's telecoms regulator to probe MTN on mobile money policies

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Uganda's telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday it was setting up a committee to investigate the local unit of South Africa's MTN Group after uproar on social media about its mobile money policies. This week dozens of MTN's subscribers in Uganda took to Twitter to accuse it of making it... 

Telkom refocuses strategy on new revenue streams 

30th May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Telkom’s financial results for the 2018 financial year, the growth of its mobile platform and the growth opportunities it is pursuing. 

Telkom refocuses strategy on new revenue streams
Telkom refocuses strategy on new revenue streams

MTN announces Ghana IPO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN’s Ghana subsidiary Scancom, or MTN Ghana, has launched its initial public offer (IPO) with the intention of listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE). The listing formed part of the localisation requirement as part of the awarding to MTN Ghana of a fourth-generation... 

Smartphone sales back in the black in Q1 – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2018 Global sales of smartphones to end-users increased by 1.3% during the first quarter of the year to 384-million, market research multinational Gartner reported on Tuesday. Huawei and Xiaomi experienced the most growth during the quarter, and Apple returned to growth after sales declined during the... 

Kenyan regulator could force Safaricom to share agents' network

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Kenya's largest telecoms operator Safaricom could be forced to offer rivals access to its transmission sites and its vast network of mobile money outlets if a draft regulatory report on boosting competition in the sector is implemented. The recommendations are contained in a draft report that the... 

Icasa publishes National Radio Frequency Plan 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2018 to allocate radio frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3 000 GHz to radio services. The revised NRFP incorporates the decisions taken by the 2015 World Radiocommunication... 

Afgri Equipment, John Deere launch agricultural equipment telematics, automation systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2018 Agricultural equipment company Afgri Equipment and agricultural equipment multinational John Deere have launched the JD Link telematics solution, which can connect any make and model of agricultural machinery in the field in near-real-time with the farmer’s office and mobile devices. Afgri CEO... 

Telkom reports lower FY18 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 JSE-listed Telkom on Monday posted a 19.2% decline in profit after tax to R3.15-billion for the financial year ended March 31 The group attributed this mostly to a higher effective tax rate, which increased from 15.2% in 2017 to 26.4% in 2018 and a 3.6% decrease in earnings before interest, tax,... 

Telkom reports lower FY18 earnings
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Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Botswana court backs regulator's push for lower mobile call rates

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Botswana's telecoms regulator said on Friday its order that mobile phone companies cut fees they charge rivals to use their network by 41% has been endorsed by a local court. The ruling comes after Mascom, the country's biggest telecoms company, filed a court application last July seeking to have... 

Uber adds new safety features for drivers

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 Ride-hailing service Uber hopes the launch of its latest safety feature will further improve the safety of drivers and passengers. It announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Aura, a security technology service that would allow Uber drivers to be connected to the closest private security... 

Altron eyes next phase of growth following turnaround

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 After concluding a successful year of repositioning, restructuring and realignment, telecommunications and information technology (ICT) giant Allied Electronics (Altron) is now heading into the 2019 financial year as a group ready to deliver on growth. During the 2018 financial year ended... 

Telecom Egypt bags $200m financing facility to buy undersea Internet cable

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2018 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Wednesday that it will commit up to $200-million to Telecom Egypt (TE) in a bid to enable the telecommunication company finance working capital and investments in its infrastructure. The agreement for the short-term dual tranche facility would... 

Telkom expects FY18 earnings drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 JSE-listed Telkom on Friday said it expected its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and basic earnings per share (BEPS) for the year ended March 31, to have declined by between 15% and 25% year-on-year. HEPS are expected to be between 541.1c and 611.1c, representing a 110c to 180c drop on the... 

MTN, Huawei deploy new spectrum-sharing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa and information and communications technology company Huawei have jointly deployed a commercial spectrum-sharing solution. CloudAir 2.0 will share spectrum between second-generation, third-generation, fourth-generation and narrow broadband Internet of... 

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Icasa sets new rules for data expiry and out-of-bundle pricing options

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has gazetted the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations to develop minimum standards for the provision of data, sms and voice services and dictate the actions required around data expiry and out-of-bundle services. The... 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The growth of software-defined storage in Africa means businesses can have a bigger storage pool with a single storage budget and can add storage resources at the scaled needed, as well as changing their relationships with suppliers, says enterprise open source services multinational Suse Africa... 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost
MATTHEW LEE Software-defined systems enable companies to use hardware as a commodity and enabling them to scale rapidly and organically

Competition Commission, Icasa to publish data price findings within months – Cwele

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 The findings of data inquiries being undertaken by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the Competition Commission are on track for publication in June and August respectively, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele said on Thursday.... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Johannesburg-based Poynting Group is seeking to expand its business to the rest of the Africa, says CEO Michael Howard. Poynting is already well known outside Africa, with 50% of its revenue flowing from Europe, the US, Australia and Scandinavia. Manufacturing is based in Midrand and China, with... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally
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Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Vodacom breaks through 100m subscriber mark

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2018 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom achieved double-digit growth in net profit for the financial year ended March 31, boosted by its acquisition of Safaricom, as well as the profit from the sale of Helios Towers Tanzania. This comes as Vodacom surpasses the 103-million customer mark after... 

Vodacom breaks through 100m subscriber mark
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Altron posts double-digit improvements for FY18

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Thursday posted double-digit growth in revenue and earnings from continuing operations for the year ended February 28. Revenue for the continuing operations rose 14% to R14.7-billion during the year under review, while earnings before interest, taxes,... 

MTN’s Iran headaches return as US reimposes economic sanctions

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2018 In the wake of fresh US sanctions against Iran, telecommunications group MTN will remain alert to the challenges of continuing the repatriation of its cash from 49%-owned MTN Irancell. The US on Tuesday withdrew from the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement and... 

MTN’s Iran headaches return as US reimposes economic sanctions

Altron’s Bytes UK signs five-year R2.5bn deal with NHS

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2018 JSE-listed technology group Allied Electronic’s (Altron’s) wholly-owned subsidiary Bytes UK has signed a five-year, £150-million (R2.5-billion) contract with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to roll out Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, to all NHS computers. The... 

Jonas, Tshabalala join MTN board

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2018 Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and consulting and investment holding company Barbican Advisory Group executive director Bajabulile Tshabalala will join the board of telecommunications heavyweight MTN as nonexecutive directors, effective June 1. Tshabalala and Jonas bring extensive... 

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 The quality of services for rural and remote users, often served using 2G technology, can be significantly improved using virtualisation technologies, such as network function virtualisation and software-defined networking, says network virtualisation company Parallel Wireless president,... 

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services
RAJESH MISHRA Virtualised network orchestrator gateways and small-cell converged wireless systems can improve service quality and lower costs to roll out telecommunications infrastructure

MTN’s subscriber base, revenue grow in Q1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Mobile network operator MTN’s subscribers increased by 1.9% quarter-on-quarter with net additions of 4.1-million in the first quarter of this year, while active MTN mobile money users increased by 3.9% quarter-on-quarter to 22.7-million.  

MTN’s subscriber base, revenue grow in Q1

Kenya's Safaricom pilots messaging app linked to mobile money

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 Safaricom, Kenya's biggest telecoms company, is piloting a social messaging app that will link to its mobile money platform in an attempt to move the company into the application business, the company said on Tuesday. Bonga, meaning 'chat' in Kiswahili, will be integrated with the company's... 

Icasa announces new regulations for mobile network service providers

By: African News Agency      26th April 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued new regulations which seek to prohibit mobile network providers from charging out-of-bundle tariffs without the consent of their subscribers in a bid to regulate runaway data prices.  This comes after Icasa last... 

MTN commits to creating 1 000 jobs in support of the YES initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th April 2018 Telecommunications company MTN Group has committed to the creation of 1 000 jobs within the first year of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative. President Cyril Ramaphosa last month launched the initiative – a business-led collaboration with government and labour which aims to empower... 

Semiconductor revenue buoyed by industrial, automotive, IoT – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2018 Revenue generated by the global semiconductor market grew by 21.6% to $420.4-billion in 2017, driven by strong growth in the memory market. Suppliers for the top 25 semiconductor vendors experienced significant growth as two key markets – industrial and automotive – continued to achieve... 

Vodacom Tanzania bets on data and mobile money to stay on top

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 Vodacom Tanzania is focusing on growing its data business, mobile payments system and cloud services to stay on top of the East African nation's competitive telecoms market, the head of the company said on Friday. Investment in these areas will ensure the company retains first mover advantage,... 

Biometrics set to play crucial verification role in digital identity ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Digital identities, identification and verification systems are at the heart of modern business and civil processes and form the core of global trends of Internet of Things and customer-centric service models. The speed of interactions and the broad use of digital identities, for everything from... 

Fibrelike satellite connectivity to bolster African telecoms

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Satellite connectivity provides a key link in the African telecommunications ecosystem by improving the delivery of data services and digital video content in support of and partnership with mobile network operators and telecommunications service providers, says satellite operator SES Africa... 

Fibrelike satellite connectivity to bolster African telecoms
CLINT BROWN High-throughput spot-beams and medium Earth orbit satellites provide fibre-like broadband connectivity regardless of location

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