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Telecoms News

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth in African demand

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Local neutral access Internet exchange peering service NAPAfrica achieved 200 Gb/s of traffic in July as a result of significant demand from neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa (sSA), says data centre company Teraco Data Environments business development manager Michele McCann. The... 

Cloud virtualization platform adds flexibility to legacy enterprise networks

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Cloud wide-area network (CloudWan), unifies and centralises complex corporate networks, as well as provide flexibility and control over hybrid cloud deployments, says information and communication technology firm Internet Solutions Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet executive head... 

Icasa, CEO part ways

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued a statement confirming the “mutual separation” of the authority and its CEO Pakamile Pongwana. This followed the announcement in July that Pongwana had been placed on precautionary suspension pending an... 

Infraco to get new CEO as Kwele’s term ends

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cabinet on Thursday reported the appointment of AD Matseke as CEO of State-owned Broadband Infraco for a five-year term from September 1, 2017, to August 30, 2022. Further, the fixed-contract of current CEO Phuleng Kwele has been extended by three months from September 1 to November 30. 

Helios Towers Tanzania acquires Zantel’s mainland tower portfolio

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2017 Telecommunications infrastructure firm Helios Towers Tanzania (HTT) is acquiring all mainland unique telecoms tower sites from Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will bring the Helios Towers Africa (HTA) subsidiary’s telecoms tower sites in Tanzania to around 3... 

Icasa tackles data expiry woes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday gazetted proposed regulatory amendments aimed at mitigating mobile operators’ expiry of data and out-of-billing practices. The End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations 2017 aim to dictate that the... 

New committee set up to accelerate digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 With another new deadline set for South Africa’s long-awaited migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has set up an advisory committee to accelerate the project. In line with this, she has engaged key stakeholders, including... 

Blue Label concludes Cell C recapitalisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has wrapped up the R5.5-billion recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C, taking a 45% ownership, through subsidiary The Prepaid Company, of issued share capital of Cell C more than a year after first initiating the deal. In an update to shareholders on Monday,... 

Blue Label concludes Cell C recapitalisation
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

WiFi addresses connectivity at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 One of the key challenges with connectivity at a port, harbour or offshore environment is the constant movement of large objects such as ships coming in or containers being on- and offloaded.  

WiFi addresses  connectivity at ports
RIAAN GRAHAM It has become a necessity for ports to use connectivity and smart systems to make port operations more efficient and timely

MTN sets out to prove it’s the best custodian of emerging market assets after H1 recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2017 As telecommunications giant MTN starts to recover from a turbulent 2016, new CEO Rob Shuter is laying the growth foundation to leverage future opportunities through an enhanced six-pillar strategy. Shuter, who took the reins in mid-March, unveiled the development of a new growth plan – dubbed... 

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

Spectrum constraints leave rural regions behind the data wave

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 One-million citizens in rural areas are still sidelined in the data communication evolution as it becomes increasingly more difficult – and costly – without additional spectrum to expand into the far flung areas that are home to a handful of South Africa’s population. Despite the unprecedented... 

SADC sees growth in electricity generation capacity  

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Mainland member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plan to add 30 646 MW of new electricity generation capacity by 2022. Addressing delegates at the SADC Infrastructure Week, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, SADC Secretariat transport senior programme officer Mapolao Mokoena... 

City of Cape Town’s support generates investment worth R2.67bn, with 6 236 jobs created in key growth industries 

By: African News Agency      31st July 2017 The City of Cape Town, via its enterprise and investment department under the directorate of the mayor, has facilitated R2.67-billion worth of investment which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town in the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017), the city said... 

Telkom slashes fixed-line prices, fluffs up uncapped package deals

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2017 Information and communication technology giant Telkom has unveiled a series of new pricing structures for its fixed-line uncapped data packages to entice more customers onto its network and deliver in-demand lower data fees. In an overhaul of the fixed-line product offering, aligning its... 

Telkom slashes fixed-line prices, fluffs up uncapped package deals

Education institutions struggling with connectivity

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Amid water, electricity and basic infrastructure challenges at various education institutions, the lack of Internet connectivity has also been a challenge, states wireless connectivity firm Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. 

Education institutions  struggling with connectivity
RIAAN GRAHAM Connectivity to the Internet is essential and if it is available at a school, WiFi can be used to distribute access to the students

Local presence drives Southern Africa demand for UK firm’s IIoT solutions

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 Mobile Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) service provider Eseye reports good growth in demand for its connectivity solutions in Southern Africa after it opened local offices in the region, says Eseye Southern Africa regional manager Jeremy Potgieter. The UK-based company has been providing its... 

Local presence drives Southern Africa demand for UK firm’s IIoT solutions
JEREMY POTGIETER The industrial-grade solutions enable clients to leverage commercial telecommunications networks for IIoT data connectivity

Multiple forms of biometrics to underpin contextual security authorisation

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 Various forms and combinations of biometric identification will be used to improve identification and authorisation, with each set of biometric identification methods specifically suited to the context of the application, says encryption and security multinational Gemalto Innovation marketing and... 

Mobile video equipment facilitates varied surveillance

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 The addition of new 12 megapixel 4k ultrahigh resolution cameras, new dome and corner cameras and new systems to optimise video streams over constrained communications network help South African customers to design video surveillance systems that meet their specific needs, says Graphic Image... 

Mobile video equipment facilitates varied surveillance
LAURENCE SMITH Video surveillance systems can be designed for specific applications, integrated with other video systems and managed from a single platform

MTN to swing back into the black in H1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2017 Telecommunications group MTN expects to report basic headline earnings a share of between 210c and 230c and basic earnings a share of between 280c and 300c for the six months ended June 30. This compares with a headline loss a share of 271c and an attributable loss a share of 301c in the six... 

Cell C appoints new chief digital officer

26th July 2017 Cell C has appointed Nihmal Marrie chief digital officer, effective August 1.   He will steer the digital transformation of Cell C and execute an aggressive strategic focus in the digitisation of the business.   “The telecommunications industry must adapt to the digital world or risk being left... 

SA to probe data costs as a hindrance to small business – Gigaba

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday said the South African government wanted to probe the cost of data and its limitations to doing business in the country, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. “We believe that further reforms in the telecommunications sector would be... 

SA to probe data costs as a hindrance to small business – Gigaba
Photo by Duane Daws
Angel Gurria & Malusi Gigaba

Telkom injects R200m into educational programmes

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 Telecommunications giant Telkom has pledged R200-million over the next five years towards a scalable three-phased strategy to deploy educational programmes in high schools in disadvantaged communities. Through the group’s Connected Schools Programme (CSP) and Supplementary Teaching Programme,... 

Icasa number portability report shows room for improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has recommended the establishment of a technical committee to ensure a “quicker response” to the requirements outlined in its newly published Number Portability Findings Report. The findings report, published earlier this week,... 

Cybersecurity needs to be integrated into business continuity strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The resilience of businesses and critical services amid cyberattacks and their ability to recover rapidly from such attacks or breaches are critical, especially as many business systems and processes are being connected to improve their efficiency or to monitor them, says information technology... 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus  as attacks increase

Mobile solution launched to great effect  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting has introduced its newly developed mobile application (app) for its KEY360 management software. The app was showcased at the Mobile App Launch breakfast in May at the Johannesburg Country Club. 

Mobile solution launched to great effect
SSG Consulting CEO Steven Golding discusses the KEY360 system. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Vodacom Q1 revenue rises on South African operation’s strong performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2017 Strong revenue growth in its South African operation boosted telecommunications group Vodacom’s group revenue for the quarter ended June 30, by 3.9% year-on-year to R20.7-billion. In South Africa, revenue grew by 7.8% year-on-year to R16.65-billion, underpinned by a 17% increase in equipment... 

Vodacom Q1 revenue rises on South African operation’s strong performance
Photo by Duane Daws
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

Increased demand for fibre connectivity cables and accessories

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Cable accessories company Tank Industries says the telecommunications industry is picking up, owing to the uptake of fibre-optic cables in domestic and new build commercial installations.  

Increased demand for fibre  connectivity cables and accessories
Photo by Reuters
SPEED OF LIGHT The demand for connectivity and higher speeds in cable networks has created many opportunities for cable companies on the telecommunications front for fibre-optic technology

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity

14th July 2017 As Industry 4.0 advances, the demands on cable and connection technology will also change, states cable connector producer the Lapp Group, predicting that the speed at which data is transferred will climb with the consistent networking of company and business processes, which is a development... 

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity
Photo by Bloomberg
SMALLER AND FASTER Lapp Group Southern Africa states it is an enormous challenge to combine the requirements of flexibility, robustness and the highest data rates into cable solutions

Industrial IoT platform enables companies to customise solutions

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 Network solutions provider Vula Telematix is inviting industrial and commercial organisations to develop fit-for-purpose industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems for their specific needs on an open IoT platform, which will help to stimulate local innovation and use of IoT, says Vula Telematix... 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday unveiled a series of aggressive planned interventions and action steps to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Icasa inquiry plans to slash data prices

By: News24Wire      11th July 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will hold an inquiry to try and reduce the country's high data costs. The inquiry will consist of four phases: a market study, discussion document, public hearings, and findings document, Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka said in a... 

Angola Cables starts construction on Brazil data centre 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 Multinational telecommunications company Angola Cables has started the construction of its South American data centre, located in Fortaleza, Brazil, connecting to the subsea Internet cable linking Africa to the Americas. The data centre will run two key routes – the South Atlantic Cable System... 

SA antenna technology used on Swiss Alps tunnel

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Antennas from South African wireless technology company Poynting Antennas are being used in the world’s longest and deepest train tunnel – the Gotthard Base Tunnel – which runs through the Swiss Alps mountain range, in Switzerland.  

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