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Telecoms News

Helios scraps listing plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa-focused telecommunications tower operator Helios Towers has scrapped plans for a main listing on the LSE and a secondary inward listing on the main board of the JSE after shareholders scuppered the plans. Earlier in March, the tower operator outlined its intention of listing,... 

Digital payments can boost urban economies, support smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Digital payments technology is a crucial enabler of smart cities and can provide significant benefits to consumers, businesses, governments and economies. Changes to the way in which people and companies pay for goods and services – brought about mainly by digital technologies – present an... 

Cloud services helping companies change business IT

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Transitional cloud services and offerings are helping companies to change their business information technology (IT) and hardware gradually, allowing them to familiarise themselves with the new business objectives of responsiveness, adaptability and data stewardship, says Oracle Africa cloud... 

Zambia picks Unitel unit as fourth mobile operator

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Zambia has selected a unit of Dutch company Unitel International Holdings as the country's fourth mobile phone service provider, the communications regulator said on Monday. The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) said in a statement that Unitel had pledged to... 

Company expands offering through IoT partnership

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Industrial automation software developer and supplier Adroit Technologies has expanded its offerings through its partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) network provider SqwidNet.   Adroit Technologies MD Dave Wibberley says the global industrial automation industry is robust and growing... 

Company expands  offering through  IoT partnership
CHETAN GOSHALIA, RESHAAD SHA, DAVE WIBBERLEY, GRANT JOYCE, JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZEN Adroit Technology recognises the Internet of Things as a rapidly growing local market which has resulted in its recent partnership with Internet of Things network provider SqwidNet

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way cybercriminals and their bots scan for and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate and utility networks, but the same tools can also be used to defend against adapting cyberthreats. Cybersecurity multinationals Fortinet, Trend... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

ICT infrastructure still following the money, but new model possible

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure being built to support the growing use of digital technologies is following wealth and, by extension, apartheid spatial-patterns, but this can be corrected through development financing and city planning, says University of... 

Regulation still a constraint, despite potential benefits of IoT

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 The regulatory framework and new regulations governing the applications and use of new technologies is still restrictive and does not make allowance for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases that can improve efficiencies and benefit civil society, speakers at the IoT Forum Africa, in Midrand, said... 

Minister says data prices in South Africa won't fall because industry is highly concentrated

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele said on Tuesday that the cost of communication and data prices in South Africa were not declining because the industry was "highly concentrated" with customers enjoying no competition. The #DataMustFall campaign gained... 

Programme to prepare digital talent in SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 The Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) is a series of education courses that aims to equip junior and mid-level engineers and industry professionals with the necessary skills to harness artificial intelligence, the industrial Internet of Things and advanced analytics for their... 

South Africa eyes March 2019 for radio spectrum allocation

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 South Africa plans to allocate delayed radio frequency spectrum by March next year, the telecommunications ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. Allocation of the spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services in Africa's most industrialised economy, where the high cost of... 

African telecoms towers operator Helios plans London listing

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 African mobile towers operator Helios Towers plans to list on the London Stock Exchange in early April, it said on Friday, with an expected valuation of about £2-billion ($2.75-billion). Helios is the third African mobile towers business scheduled to float in 2018, with IHS Towers and Eaton... 

Icasa to finalise End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations by end April

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to publish the final End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations by the end of April following a round of public hearings to unpack industry submissions over the perceived high cost of data and high out-of-bundles data... 

Icasa to finalise End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations by end April

Icasa chairperson to be removed after conviction

By: News24Wire      28th February 2018 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications announced on Tuesday that it would institute a process to remove Rubben Mohlaloga as a member and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Mohlaloga, who was appointed chairperson of Icasa in December 2017,... 

Blue Label raises R900m in bookbuild

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label has raised gross proceeds of R900-million, before expenses, following the completion of an accelerated bookbuild offering of new ordinary shares. A maximum of 72-million new Blue Label shares will be issued at a price of R12.50 a share, representing 7.6% of the ordinary... 

Alaris posts promising interim results; focuses on organic growth, US opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2018 AltX-listed specialist antenna firm Alaris Holdings has posted a 67% year-on-year increase in profit after tax to R21.6-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue increased by 21% to R102.6-million, headline earnings a share from continuing operations increased by 125% to 18.62c and... 

Tanzania internet users hit 23m; 82% go online via phones – regulator

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16% at the end of 2017 to 23-million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said on Friday.    Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted a surge in earnings for the six months to November 30, following the acquisitions of 45% of mobile operator Cell C and 47.37% of 3G Mobile. The group’s earnings per share and headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased by 110% to 167.43c and 109%... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Icasa to hold public hearings on end-user and subscriber service charter regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that March 1 and 2 have been earmarked for public hearings into the second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations. Following the receipt of 13 written submissions, the communications authority... 

Cell C FY17 rallies on Blue Label recapitalisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday posted strong financial results for the year ended December 31, bolstered by the R5.5-billion recapitalisation programme led by JSE-listed Blue Label last year. The recapitalisation, which resulted in Blue Label earning a 45% stake in... 

Cell C FY17 rallies on Blue Label recapitalisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos

Altron secures R585m Limpopo broadband project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altech Radio has been awarded a three-year, R585-million contract to establish an affordable, secure, open-access broadband network in Limpopo. Phase one of the Limpopo provincial government-led project, implemented through Limpopo Connexion, will... 

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA
NEW COOL The data centre uses a closed-loop water heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, which only uses a small amount of water for humidification

Blue Label to post higher interim earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday said it expects its basic earnings per share (EPS) and headline and core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended November 30 to surge by between 93% and 115%. The company expects to post EPS of between 159.25c and 175.61c apiece for... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei
EDWIN DIENDER The smart city concept is about developing a broad platform to support a wide and dynamic range of initiatives and functions

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern  financial demands
BANKSERVAFRICA BankservAfrica, in Selby, Johannesburg, facilitates payments clearing between financial organisations

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Nimbus takes 26.5% stake in Paratus Namibia

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2018 Namibian Stock Exchange- (NSX-) listed capital-pool company Nimbus Infrastructure has bought a 26.5% stake in Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus Africa’s Namibian operations for N$95-million. The deal resulted in Nimbus acquiring 8% of the issued share capital in Paratus for a cash... 

Hotels urged to capitalise on sharing economy

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 The hospitality industry is facing strenuous competition from short-term rental services provided through the Internet, such as those provided by Airbnb, so hoteliers should see how they can join in, says renowned Swiss hospitality management school Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne senior lecturer... 

Vodacom revenue climbs 6.7%, makes solid gains in South Africa, internationally

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom has reported a strong group performance during the quarter ended December 31, as growth continues in the South African and international operations. Vodacom posted a 6.7% increase in group revenue to R22.6-billion and a 5.5% rise in service revenue to R18.4-billion. 

Reunert acquires SkyWire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2018 JSE-listed electronics and electrical engineering company Reunert has moved to acquire wireless broadband service provider SkyWire Technologies in an effort to expand its information and communications technology (ICT) portfolio. This acquisition complements the ICT segment’s expansion strategy... 

Nigeria's 9mobile takeover looms as advisers evaluate bids – sources

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Barclays Africa is examining takeover bids from five prospective buyers for Nigeria's debt-laden 9mobile, two banking sources said, although a deal may take a few months as it will involve restructuring the company's debt after a default last year. Barclays Africa, appointed by Nigerian banks to... 

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 Digital technologies are providing cities worldwide, including several in Africa, with a new set of tools to improve service delivery and bolster social and economic inclusion. The focus of the smart city movement is how technology can serve citizens, how it can make cities more equal and provide... 

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

Communications department needs R6.6bn to complete digital migration by 2019 deadline

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 The department of communications needs another R6.6-billion to successfully complete the implementation of the broadcasting digital migration policy before the worldwide June 2019 deadline. Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and acting director-general Thabiso Thiti appeared before... 

Communications department needs R6.6bn to complete digital migration by 2019 deadline

MTN optimistic about Africa’s future growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2018 Nine months after taking the reins as president and CEO of MTN, Rob Shuter remains confident of the future of the company and its opportunities across its 22 markets in the Middle East and Africa. Addressing delegates at Deloitte’s yearly Africa Outlook conference, Shuter said there were more... 

MTN takes top spot in Q4’s best network rankings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2018 The fourth-quarter edition of MyBroadband’s Mobile Network Quality Report shows mobile operator MTN outperforming its rivals as the best network in South Africa. The report and network scores were based on about 113 000 speed tests performed by more than 8 000 MyBroadband Android Speed Test App... 

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