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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

Cell C disputes Icasa’s view that recapitalisation amounts to licensee control change

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2017 Telecommunications service provider Cell C on Thursday refuted that its recapitalisation amounted to a transfer of control that would have required approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). “Based on extensive legal advice, there has not been any transfer of... 

Digitalisation must be embraced by trucking industry

25th August 2017 Digitalisation will rapidly transform the trucking industry in the near future, as it will force the industry to embrace this concept, or risk being unable to compete. This message was emphasised at this year’s fourth annual TruckX and FleetX conference and expo, which took place at the Kyalami... 

Digitalisation must  be embraced by  trucking industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTONOMY Autonomous vehicle technology is being tested around the world, and will force the trucking industry to adapt to technological innovations

Telkom unveils new digital entertainment product offering

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2017 Information and communications technology giant Telkom is continuing its post-restructure growth strategy with the unveiling of a new unlimited digital entertainment product offering called LIT. In what Telkom Consumer CEO Attila Vitai described as a first in the market, Telkom is delivering a... 

Telkom unveils new digital entertainment product offering
Telkom Consumer CEO Attila Vitai

South African operations lift Blue Label’s FY17 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday reported an improvement in its financial and operational performance for the year ended May 31, on the back of the organic growth of its South African segment. This comes as the group concludes its acquisition, post-period, of South Africa’s... 

South African operations lift Blue Label’s FY17 performance
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Armstrong to head WBS Chair in Digital Business

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2017 Professor Brian Armstrong has been selected to head up the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School’s (WBS’s) Chair in Digital Business. The former Telkom chief commercial officer, who described himself as "a business scientist and a scientific businessperson", envisages a fully... 

Altron sets sights on new era with new five-year strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2017 With the completion of a strategy review and a successful consolidation and realignment of the business, telecommunications and information technology giant Allied Technology (Altron) CEO Mteto Nyati has set his sights on shaking up the JSE-listed firm to unlock a “new era” of growth and... 

Altron sets sights on new era with new five-year strategy
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati

Cell C appoints new chairperson, deputy chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Telecommunications giant Cell C has appointed Kuben Pillay and Larry Nestadt to its board. The appointments follow the recent recapitalisation of Cell C whereby telecommunication company’s Blue Label Telecoms and Net1 respectively acquired 45% and 15% of the company’s share capital.   “We are... 

Competition Commission sets sights on high data costs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 The Competition Commission has initiated a market inquiry into data services following widespread calls by consumers for lower data costs and subsequent queries from at least three Ministers over high data costs and data affordability. With the gazetting of the terms of reference (ToR) of the... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

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... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth  in African demand
MICHELE MCCANN Teraco has invested in hardware and systems to support critical infrastructure in multiple countries

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... 

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