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Telecoms News

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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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

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

4Sight to establish JV in China

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings has signed an agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen Rongmei Science and Technology (RM) to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China. 4Sight said in a statement on Monday that it aims to expand its business operations, opportunities and customer footprint in the... 

Icasa tables discussion document for digital audio broadcasting services

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has launched an inquiry to review and determine the prospects of digital sound broadcasting (DSB) services in South Africa. The inquiry also aims to unpack how the implementation of DSB – an audio broadcasting technology – could... 

Mobile enterprise technology use in SA on the rise – Syspro

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 About two-thirds of large companies in South Africa commonly use mobile enterprise technologies, and almost half noted their intentions to adopt new business technologies, including robotics and Internet of Things (IoT), says enterprise software multinational Syspro Africa MD Mark Wilson. ‘The... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

MTN expects IPO of Nigerian business this year

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 South Africa's MTN aims to list its Nigerian unit in an initial public offering this year, subject to market conditions, group chief executive Rob Shuter told Reuters on Tuesday. Shuter said plans were well advanced and the company would provide exact terms of the IPO in the next few months. 

Telkom Kenya to merge some operations with Airtel Kenya – source

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Telkom Kenya and Bharti Airtel's local units plan to merge some operations as a first step as Telkom plans to acquire all of Airtel's Kenyan assets, a source at the industry regulator said on Tuesday. Telkom Kenya plans to take over all of Airtel Kenya eventually but it has yet to decide on a... 

Vodacom Tanzania picks Safaricom executive as its new managing director

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Vodacom Tanzania on Monday named Safaricom's head of consumer business as its new managing director to lead the company that listed in Dar es Salaam last year amid government efforts to expand local ownership of the industry. Sylvia Mulinge, who has been at Safaricom since 2006, will take over on... 

Global IT spending to grow to $3.7tr in 2018 amid new growth cycle – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2018 The total global spend on information technology (IT) is projected to rise by 6.2% to $3.7-trillion this year, indicating a new growth cycle, a forecast released by market research multinational Gartner, on Monday, reveals. “This is the highest annual growth rate that Gartner has forecast since... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Visa launches challenge to create payment innovations

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Payment technology multinational Visa launched its global Everywhere Initiative in Africa for financial technology (fintech) start-ups to stimulate payment innovations and the nascent fintech industry in the region. “The goal is to allow for cashless economies and financial inclusion. Visa aims... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

Cyberattacks to grow as hackers target greater financial returns – Trend Micro

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2018 The increase in ransomware, cryptocurrency mining and business email compromise attempts throughout 2017 will continue this year as cybercriminals refine and target their attacks for greater financial return, says cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro. Cybercriminals are increasingly abandoning... 

Huge to pursue secondary listing on A2X

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th April 2018 Telecommunications firm Huge Group is preparing for a secondary listing on another South African stock exchange, A2X, next week. Huge, which will retain its primary listing on the JSE, expects the secondary listing will lower transaction costs for its shareholders. 

Communications Committee recommends removal of Icasa chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Communications has recommended the removal of Rubben Mohlaloga from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council. This follows a request from Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to start the removal process after the Pretoria... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

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