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Telecoms News

High Court orders Telkom to stop disconnecting services to eNatis

By: African News Agency      26th October 2017 The Gauteng North High Court has ordered Telkom to restore telephone services to eNatis following an urgent application by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). In a statement late on Wednesday, Spokesperson Simon Zwane said: “The RTMC brought an application before the court today after... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

MTN impacted by exchange rates in Q3

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2017 Mobile operator MTN’s financial performance in the quarter ended September 30 ,has been negatively impacted on by exchange rate movements. The JSE-listed firm on Tuesday posted a 13.4% decline in total revenue and 14% decrease in group service revenue for the three months. 

Cell C not headed for all-out capex war – Levy

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has no immediate plans to make mobile operator Cell C a top contender in an all-out capital expenditure (capex) war with top mobile operators MTN and Vodacom, but will rather narrow the focus of its latest acquisition to the strategic deployment of the “best” urban... 

Cell C not headed for all-out capex war – Levy
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 The manufacturing sector was second only to the finance industry in terms of the most cyberattacks recorded in any sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2016, information technology (IT) services multinational Dimension Data’s ‘Global Threat Intelligence Report for 2017’ reveals.... 

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks
Dimension Data Security Solutions MEA executive Sean Duffy

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Information and communication technology multinational T-Systems South Africa is investing extensively in Microsoft Azure capabilities and offerings that will be provided as local Microsoft Azure cloud services, says T-Systems South Africa solutions, projects and portfolio Head Rajan Padayachee.... 

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources
GERT SCHOONBEE Microsoft Azure’s functionality makes it feasible for large or small corporations to move their critical infrastructure to the cloud

BT launches bandwidth on demand service

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) multinational BT has launched a service that enables customers to requisition additional bandwidth for their businesses or between sites for a set amount of time, says BT Network Services VP Keith Langridge. The service enables customers that rely on... 

BT launches bandwidth on  demand service
KEITH LANGRIDGE The virtualisation of network functions is a necessary component for the type of cloud-based flexibility of networks demanded by customers

4Sight lists on AltX

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2017 The first pure technology company to list on the JSE’s AltX in 18 years, technology decision support group 4Sight, has artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things and big data technology capabilities, which are reshaping business and individual lives worldwide, 4Sight CEO... 

4Sight lists on AltX
4Sight Group CEO Antonie Van Rensburg, Group executive merger & acquisitions Gary Lauryssen, Group CFO Jacques Hattingh and non-executive director Conal Lewer-Allen at the JSE on Thursday

Icasa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2017 Willington Ngwepe has been appointed CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), after having served as acting CEO from July 7. This follows after the suspension of former CEO Pakamile Pongwana, in July. Icasa and Pongwana in August agreed to a “mutual separation”. 

Finance and critical communications seen as initial markets for quantum encryption

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 A real-time quantum-encryption system can be deployed onto existing networks to secure communications in the banking and finance industries and for critical applications, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Physics professor Andrew Forbes. Forbes and his team, along with... 

Finance and critical communications seen as initial markets for quantum encryption
Photo by University of the Witswatersrand School of Physics
QUANTUM DEVICE The working prototype at the Wits School of Physics can differentiate between 200 patterns of OAM of photons simultaneously

Analytics helps firms identify pattern deviation to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Smart analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) can pinpoint pattern deviations and help companies to make informed decisions on where cybersecurity weak points are, as well as how to address them, says information technology (IT) multinational Wipro Cybersecurity and Risk Services-Africa... 

Analytics can mitigate the devastation of pandemics – SAS

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Access to large volumes of data, computational power to store and analyse the data in real time and sophisticated algorithms that can find patterns in the data and alert authorities to health problems will help to make pandemics less devastating than they have been in the past, SAS Analytics... 

BCX to sell Netcampus subsidiary

10th October 2017 End-to-end digital solutions provider BCX will sell its information and communications technology (ICT) training solutions subsidiary Netcampus. Netcampus managing executive Tebogo Makgatho will buy a 70% interest and Telkom enterprise development programme Telkom FutureMakers will acquire the... 

Company upgrades Verderflex Vantage 5000

6th October 2017 Pumps products and services provider Verder Liquids, part of the Verder Group, has released a new remote terminal unit (RTU) version of its Verderflex Vantage 5 000 peristaltic pump. The RTU brings easier system integration and real-time communication to form a sophisticated, remotely operated... 

Company upgrades Verderflex Vantage 5000
MODBUS UPGRADE The Verderflex Vantage 5 000 peristaltic pump has recently improved, integrating a Modbus RTU that allows for increased communication and control

Scottish, SA scientists demonstrate entanglement swapping for quantum communications

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 A team of Scottish and South African researchers demonstrated that quantum correlations could be established between previously independent photons and that this could be used to send information across a virtual link. In research published in science journal Nature Communications in September,... 

Scottish, SA scientists demonstrate entanglement swapping for quantum communications
Photo by University of the Witswatersrand School of Physics
OAM ENTANGLEMENT RIG Entanglement swapping allows the establishment of entanglement between two distant points

Identity verification, authentication service system for SA

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 South African identity and biometrics company Ideco has launched an identity assurance ecosystem that is designed to deliver fraud-proof identity authentication confirmed with a digital certificate of authenticity, says Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee. Built on Ideco’s Identity 4.0TM three-way digital... 

Biometrics security risks lie in data vulnerability

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 The use of biometrics is growing in the financial services sector, making the security of the technology behind these mechanisms increasingly important. For financial institutions the primary goal of digitisation is making banking simpler and more intuitive for customers, says networking company... 

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017 as the target of one in every three attacks on industrial control system (ICS) computers, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation... 

Altron grows UK presence with software reseller acquisition

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) company Altron, through its subsidiary Bytes UK, has acquired information technology (IT) reseller and solutions provider Phoenix Software. The acquisition has bolstered its presence in the UK value-added reseller market segment and... 

Icasa, SABS take next step for EMI/EMC certificates of compliance issuance

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 Post the June 2016 signing of a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a revised approach for the issue of Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility (EMI/EMC) Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the South African Bureau... 

Cell C appoints a COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2017 Mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday announced the appointment of former Telekom Networks Malawi CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson as its new COO effective September 26. Craigie Stevenson, who holds an MBA from the University of the Free State and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) from the... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 The mobility of clients and demand for instantaneous services as a result of the boom of connected resources and services has made availability a business imperative, says availability and recovery multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa regional VP Gregg Petersen. Even historically... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability
GREGG PETERSEN Veeam’s software enables the protection and management of data and processes in hybrid cloud environments

Scottish, South African scientists demonstrate entanglement swapping for quantum communications

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2017 A team of Scottish and South African researchers demonstrated entanglement swapping and teleportation of orbital angular momentum (OAM) patterns of light, which is a crucial step towards realising a quantum repeater for high-dimensional entangled states. The team of scientists from Heriot-Watt... 

Commission invites submissions for data services market inquiry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Competition Commission on Wednesday invited stakeholders wishing to participate in its market inquiry into data services to make formal submissions. Submissions would close on November 1. 

R2K picketers call for cellphone companies to ring in the changes

By: News24Wire      19th September 2017 Right2Know has led pickets outside the four major telecommunications companies in Gauteng on Tuesday, demanding affordable voice and data costs for South Africans. Tariffic, a research company, found that South Africa has the second highest data contract prices among seven countries, including... 

Certification upholds international standards

15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, known as ISO 3834, is operated by independent company SAIW Certification, which is authorised by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as South Africa’s Authorised National Body for Company... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection
NEW APPRAOCH The Delta Drone Group is responsible for inspecting 563 cellphone towers in France this year

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

Bringing data to life using advanced analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 Information services multinational Experian has established innovation laboratories, which it terms “DataLabs”, in the US, Brazil and UK to stimulate organic product development, says Experian VP Eric Haller. Since the first laboratory was launched in San Diego, in the US, in 2011, products... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative

Alviva to leverage services strength for growth over next year

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2017 Business information and communication technology (ICT) company Alviva will leverage the investments made into its subsidiaries and infrastructure, which has helped to reduce gearing, broadened its offerings and improved efficiencies, to drive growth over the next year. The firm had increased the... 

Smartwatches set to dominate R4tr wearables market

By: News24Wire      1st September 2017 Over 300-million wearable devices are expected to be sold in 2017 generating almost R4-trillion, according to research firm Gartner. A recent study by the company revealed that wearable device sales are expected to grow by 16.7% during the year, with an estimated sale of 41.5-million smartwatches... 

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre confirms significant African appetite

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 The new Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility being built in Riverfields, Ekurhuleni, is an indication of the continuing growth in demand for hosting services in Africa, says neutral data centre firm Teraco Data Environments CEO Lex van Wyk. The demand is driven by big data and cloud... 

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre  confirms significant African appetite
JAN HNIZDO The Riverfields data centre facility represents about 20% of the capacity of the South Africa-based outsourced market

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) service provider T-Systems South Africa has launched product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions for local industries, says T-Systems South Africa Automotive and Manufacturing Industries business development and strategy head Michael Frans. The... 

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA
MICHAEL FRANS The PLM solutions enable products and services to be managed from design and engineering through to the customer environment

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base

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