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Personal devices soon to become more intuitive, Gartner predicts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 As artificial intelligence (AI) development continues on a path of exponential growth, a new research report by Gartner indicates that, by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual's emotional state “than his or her own family”. The ‘Predicts 2018: personal devices’ report notes... 

Phone company MTN assigns its long dated shareholder loan to IHS Holding

By: African News Agency      29th December 2017 Mobile phone company MTN said on Thursday it had, through MTN Nigeria Towers, assigned its shareholder loan of approximately $231-million, which was due in 2024/25, to IHS Holding. The group said the agreement allowed MTN Nigeria to continue to invest in its network more efficiently, and further... 

Phone company MTN assigns its long dated shareholder loan to IHS Holding

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Information technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Telco infrastructure still relevant in IoT world, but models are changing

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The changes being wrought by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including the need for collaboration and sharing across various portions of commercial supply chains, are forcing companies to change their business models, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Delays in information and communication technology (ICT) policy implementation, as well as a lack of improvement in basic education and current, coordinated data, are reducing the potential economic contribution of the ICT sector, according to the University of the Witwatersrand-based... 

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows
ADRIAN SCHOFIELD South Africa is lagging its peers in Africa to unlock the value of technology for economic growth and social development

Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals – study

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Electronic waste rose to a record 45-million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a UN-backed study showed on Wednesday. Rising incomes and falling prices for everything from solar... 

Blue Label concludes 3G acquisition after Competition Tribunal thumbs up

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label has secured Competition Tribunal approval for the acquisition of the remaining 52.63% of mobile device distributor 3G Mobile. The local telecommunications firm had, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquired 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion, with the initial acquisition... 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

WiFi can aid  in water crisis
NICK WATSON Mobile data rates are quite prohibitive. Most people can afford the handsets, but they simply can not afford the connection

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Trust is the underlying factor supporting financial systems – from the value of currency and financial transactions to public spending. Similarly, trust underpins almost all information transfers, and money is a medium that allows people to communicate value throughout an economy, says financial... 

Blockchain set to change transactions, information flow and business processes

Quality reprioritised in local battery market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 With its battery anti-theft solution successfully protecting more than 15 000 lead acid batteries in South Africa, battery and related-components supplier Aztec is seeing an increase in demand for premium quality batteries with a longer operating life. 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market
POSITIVE RESPONSE NorthStar ACE was launched in South Africa this year and Aztec has seen a positive local market response to its advanced capabilities

Extending digital backbone to remote regions will stimulate development

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 Business software company Microsoft South Africa is proposing the use of its low frequency technology that uses television white spaces to provide connectivity to support development in remote and rural communities in South Africa, says Microsoft South Africa public-sector director Lillian... 

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 A newly built R100-million fibre-optic production facility in Waltloo, Tshwane, will manufacture optical fibre, optical-fibre cabling and speciality phototonic solutions for the telecommunications industry in Africa, says telecommunications specialist distributor Dartcom Fibre Solutions... 

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry
DARTCOM WALTLOO FACTORY The factory has fibre colour, ringmarking, buffer tube production, SZ stranding and dual-jacket equipment to produce complete cables

CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the recent CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International... 

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2017 Carving out a position in South Africa’s fibre race and bolstering growth through suitable acquisitions looks to be the theme of the new financial year, as pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom reports another year of solid progress. Acquisitions and partnerships are expected to continue... 

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018
Seacom business head Grant Parker

Ansys boosts its IP, skills to capture future business

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2017 AltX-listed digital technology solutions company Ansys has invested in developing its intellectual property (IP) and human capital to capture new business as a result of the digitalisation of operations in the sectors in which it operates, Ansys Group CEO Teddy Daka said during a presentation of... 

Huge Group appoints new Huge Telecom MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Huge Group has appointed MTN deputy CFO Gunter Engling MD of Huge Telecom. His appointment will be effective April 1, 2018, following the completion of his notice period with MTN. 

Icasa tables new draft Number Portability Regulations for comment

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published its Draft Number Portability Regulations for public comment. This followed a review, completed in March, that showed while number portability has positively evolved in South Africa since its launch more than ten years... 

BCX, GE deploy agritech solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 Information and communication technology group BCX and NYSE-listed digital industrial company GE have teamed up to provide integrated, tailored, end-to-end digital technological solutions to the South African agroprocessing sector. The jointly developed agritech solution, dubbed the Digital Farm,... 

Icasa publishes second draft of End-User and Subscriber Service Charter

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published a second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations for public input. Interested stakeholders have until January 3 to submit their written comments, following which, Icasa will host public... 

Benin government requests MTN Benin CEO to leave the country

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Benin government has ordered MTN Benin CEO Stephen Blewett to leave the country within seven days. Blewett, who has lived in the country since 2015, on Friday received official notification to exit the country by November 24 on the basis of his alleged engagement in “activities detrimental to... 

Organisations’ digital memory gets cloud boost

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The new multipurpose cloud archiving solution, launched by e-mail management multinational Mimecast, can be used to ensure effective archiving of the email communications and documents that function as a company’s “digital memory”, says Mimecast Sales Enablement Manager Nick Saunders. The... 

Organisations’ digital memory  gets cloud boost
NICK SAUNDERS Email serves as the digital memory of companies and remains the main medium for business communications

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The effective use of analytics to interrogate data related to, for example, geography, population and mobile device usage can help authorities discern underlying patterns and associations that will allow for relevant emergency services to quickly react to floods, fires and other pressing... 

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters
ANESHAN RAMLOO Emergency response agencies can model potential disasters and their effects, and enable authorities to develop proactive plans to prevent or mitigate harmful consequences

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

Vodacom’s M-Pesa ambitions heat up post Safaricom transaction

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2017 Following the R35-billion acquisition of a 34.94% stake in Kenya’s largest telecoms group Safaricom, JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom plans to drive the development of its newly revamped M-Pesa platform. Speaking at Vodacom’s interim results, in Midrand, on Monday, CEO Shameel Joosub... 

Vodacom records H1 uptick in headline earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2017 JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday posted a 1.1% uptick in headline earnings a share to 445c for the first half of the financial year. In the six months ended September 30, group earnings before interest and taxes contracted by 0.2% to R10.8-billion, as a result of higher growth in depreciation and... 

Vodacom records H1 uptick in headline earnings
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Telkom eyes business portfolio review

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2017 As JSE-listed Telkom delivers muted half-year financial results, the group plans to continue seeking a sustainable growth framework, reviewing its business portfolio and prioritising strategic initiatives. This includes a review of the telecommunications giant’s legacy network and information... 

Telkom eyes business portfolio review
Photo by Duane Daws
Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko

MTN receives notice of regulatory hearing in Benin

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2017 Telecommunications firm MTN Benin on Friday confirmed the receipt of a notification from the telecommunications regulator Arcep for a review into nonpayment of outstanding frequency fees. The company, in a statement, explained that it would continue to engage the regulatory authorities in Benin... 

Challenging economic environment keeps Telkom H1 financials flat

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2017 The latest half-year financial results delivered by JSE-listed Telkom have been marred by a tough economic climate and increased competition that have muted overall growth across the board for the six months ended September 30. During the first half of the year, an uncertain political, economic... 

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households, says industrial switchgear, automation and energy efficiency product distributor ElectroMechanica (EM)... 

Monitoring energy consumption  fosters efficiency
SMART SOLUTIONS ElectroMechanica’s smart home solutions enable users to control and monitor their energy consumption from their smartphone

Integrated, automated security fabric to protect business devices and data

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 The complexity of cyberattacks on businesses and the difficulty in proactively protecting dynamic and flexible networks, as well as the devices and data used in daily business processes, has increased the need for businesses to deploy integrated and automated security technologies. A consolidated... 

Telkom appoints CEO of property management unit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Lesiba Maloba as CEO of its property management business unit, Gyro Group, from November 13. Gyro was established on April 1 to unlock value by commercialising the Telkom property portfolio, extracting value from excess building capacity and... 

MTN, Ericsson to collaborate on 5G

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th November 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN and information and communication technology group Ericsson have teamed up to trial a range of fifth-generation (5G) use cases and applications in South Africa. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to start trials of use cases and applications during the... 

Angola Cables to establish second PoP in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2017 Angola Cables plans to establish a second point of presence (PoP) in South Africa as it continues to expand its presence since entering the market a year ago. By the end of this year, the group will launch a new PoP in Cape Town to further expand its network reach, attend to local Internet and... 

BCX unveils new digital learning platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2017 Telecommunications giant BCX on Monday launched a new digital learning platform aimed at providing free access to online educational content. No charge will be levied for the maths and science learning material and content that learners, educators, school administrators and parents can access... 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) social enterprise technology SolarTurtle, which provides low-cost energy for remote and unconnected communities, has been profitable and operational for more than two years in various communities, says SolarTurtle inventor, founder and manager James van der... 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone
SOCIAL SOLAR ENTERPRISE The SolarTurtle with its solar panels open

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 “Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation, competition in information and communication technology, as well as easier access to research and development tax incentives would significantly help to create jobs... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

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