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Telecoms News

South Africa works on policy as fintech gives rise to innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s complex financial technology (fintech) domain is in flux and morphing into never-seen-before services within every aspect of the financial sector, with regulators and policymakers working on a coordinated approach to policymaking that will leverage fintech innovation in a way that... 

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Intelligent data management  capabilities support future services
GREGG PETERSEN Data in enterprises includes multiple devices and data sources per user, as well as multiple public and private cloud systems

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

Telkom appoints successor to CFO

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2018 JSE-listed Telkom has appointed Tsholofelo Molefe as CFO and executive director, effective July 1, 2018, succeeding Deon Fredericks, who has been appointed as chief investment officer to enhance the group’s investment strategy. Qualified chartered accountant Molefe joined Telkom on July 1, 2016,... 

Telkom appoints successor to CFO
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Telkom chief investment officer Deon Fredericks

Years-long delayed digital terrestrial television project assigned dedicated PMO

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2018 As the years-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project remains beset with numerous challenges inhibiting the full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) has starting building a dedicated project management office (PMO) outside the... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 Security imagery specialist Graphic Imaging Technologies (GIT) has made a free-to-use camera placement tool available and has launched a solution that enables Internet protocol (IP) streams to be sent over older analogue coaxial cables, enabling users to use existing infrastructure to support new... 

Free camera placement tools, IP solution aiding tech renewal
LAURENCE SMITH All data of the TruWitness body-worn cameras are encrypted on the devices

Zimbabwe regulator cuts mobile data tariffs by 60 percent

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has cut the price of mobile data by 60% with effect from next month, it said on Thursday, adding that it will now review charges annually. Lower prices will likely increase the country's Internet penetration rate, which the country's regulator says stood at 50.8%... 

Ethiopia plans to split telecoms monopoly in two to spur competition

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Ethiopia plans to sell a 30% to 40% stake in its State-run telecoms monopoly to big telecoms companies and will split the company in two to spur competition, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday. Selling stakes in its lucrative telecoms monopoly and other assets could open Ethiopia, one of... 

MTN aims to launch mobile service in Namibia around August

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, is aiming to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters. Currently state-owned operator MTC dominates in Namibia, a country of two-million people. 

Digital revolution sees ticketless rail future, says Trenitalia

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 The digital revolution will soon affect rail operations at a station and ticketing level, said Trenitalia passenger affairs deputy director Enrico Trapazzo at Africa Rail, held in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. Barrier-less ticketing will enable passengers to walk straight through a station and... 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday detailed work researchers are doing to put social media to use in identifying public safety incidents, including traffic collisions, crime incident patterns, emergencies, terrorism incidents and pandemics, and to develop tools... 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

Altron acquires iS Partners Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Allied Electronics (Altron) is moving to acquire the entire issued share capital of iS Partners for R225-million, effective July 1. Through wholly owned subsidiary Altron TMT, a share sale agreement was concluded that included iS Partners primary subsidiaries Karabina Solutions and Zetta Business... 

Vodacom embarks on new R17.5bn BEE deal 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has initiated a R17.5-billion deal that will increase its effective black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership to about 20% and provide exposure to Vodacom's local and international operations. The transaction will see existing BEE partners YeboYethu exchange... 

Vodacom embarks on new R17.5bn BEE deal
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Court order delays implementation of new end-user regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has succeeded in its court bid to postpone the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) stipulated deadline for the implementation of the end-user and subscriber services charter regulations. The High Court on Thursday granted the urgent interdict to... 

Companies moving towards emerging technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is strong indication that manufacturing companies will in the short term start using emerging technologies. This is according to ‘The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2018’ report, based on research conducted by research organisation World Wide Worx, in partnership with enterprise... 

Companies moving towards  emerging technologies
DEIRDRE FRYER Using the most suitable technology in the right areas can give rise to large cost reductions for businesses

Icasa steps closer to priority markets review

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has taken its next step in pursuing a priority markets review to identify markets for a regulatory review that could lead to lower communications costs. Icasa on Thursday embarked on public hearings on the discussion document on... 

Tanzania charges telecoms executives with fraud in tax evasion crackdown

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Tanzanian prosecutors on Wednesday charged two chief executives of mobile phone companies and four other suspects with fraud as part of a crackdown against tax evasion in the East African nation. The executives charged were Le Van Dai, 35, managing director of Halotel Tanzania, owned by... 

Davies launches R1bn ICT factory in East London

By: African News Agency      6th June 2018 South Africa has not been able to manufacture enough electronics products but has relied on imported tablets, cell phones and all kinds of electronic equipment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. "What we are witnessing today [Tuesday], is a company that is getting into... 

MTN continues Turkcell defence

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th June 2018 South African telecommunications giant MTN on Tuesday said representatives from South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation obtained documents from MTN’s internal and external legal counsel over the ongoing legal dispute between it and Turkish mobile operator Turkcell. Turkcell... 

Telecoms company Seacom upgrades subsea cable system

By: African News Agency      5th June 2018 Pan African telecommunications company Seacom said on Tuesday it had upgraded its key submarine network system from its southern and eastern African coastline landings into Europe at a total capacity of 1.5 terabits per second, adding 500G of new capacity on the system. Seacom said the latest... 

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... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management
MAANDA RAMUTUMBU Analytical tools can empower utilities to manage their water resources more efficiently and enable them to take proactive steps

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... 

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