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Telecoms News

Firm reports growing demand for access control and video as a service

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Internet protocol-based security systems company Genetec is reporting growing interest in its Internet of Things (IoT) platform for access control and video as a service (ACaaS and VaaS) offerings in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says Genetec Africa regional sales manager Brent Cary. The... 

Cloud-based security services to be worth $9bn in 2020, Gartner forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Global research and advisory firm Gartner forecasts that cloud-based security services will grow by 21% this year and will be worth almost $9-billion by the end of the decade. Overall growth in the cloud-based security services market is above that of the total information security market growth,... 

Fingerprint readers adapted for use in tough operating conditions

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Biometric multinational HiD Global has made several improvements to its compact Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint solutions and they can now be used in many different and difficult operating conditions for identity verification applications, says HiD Global solutions business development VP Greg... 

Mobile technology transforming Africa, manufacturing needs to step up

By: Anine Kilian     28th June 2017 Mobile technology has been a transformative factor for various sectors across Africa and could bolster the manufacturing industry across the continent, according to former GE Africa senior leader Vishal Agarwal. Addressing the Manufacturing Indaba in Kempton Park on Wednesday, Agarwal noted that,... 

Mobile technology transforming Africa, manufacturing needs to step up
GE Africa senior leader Vishal Agarwal

Cell C extends fibre-to-the-home footprint

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2017 Mobile operator Cell C has progressed its plans to extend its commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offering with one network agreement with Openserve cemented and discussions under way with two open-access network providers for additional agreements. “Customers that are in areas covered by... 

Cell C appoints new CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Mobile services provider Cell C has appointed Tyrone Soondarjee CFO, effective July 1. “We are excited to welcome such an esteemed member of the financial services industry to lead Cell C into its next phase as a business,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.    Soondarjee brings 30 years of... 

Blue Label to acquire mobile device distributor in R1.9bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Local telecommunications firm Blue Label will, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquire mobile device distributor 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion. The shares in 3G Mobile will be acquired in two stages, with the initial acquisition of 47.37% of the issued share capital for R900-million,... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components
ANDREY NIKISHIN The partnership will build a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies

Ansys outperforms in tough FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2017 AltX-listed Ansys celebrated a successful turnaround, its thirtieth year in operation and its tenth year as a listed company with a surge in earnings in what CEO Teddy Daka described as an exceptional 12 months to March 31. The technology-based solutions company had registered a second... 

Logicalis to acquire majority stake in Packet Systems Indonesia

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th June 2017 JSE-listed Datatec has set its sight on another acquisition to integrate into its platform, this time that of a majority stake in information and communication technology (ICT) systems integrator and service company Packet Systems Indonesia (PSI). The ICT giant’s Logicalis subsidiary will acquire... 

Blue Label seals amended binding Cell C recapitalisation agreements

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecom’s implementation of its recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C is scheduled for the first week of August as the final amended equity transaction agreements are signed. The amended binding Cell C recapitalisation agreements will see Blue Label narrow the mobile... 

New era in large satellite propulsion marked by recent launch

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 The world’s first high-power satellite employing an all-electrical propulsion system, Eutelsat 172B, has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana, manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space announced on June 2. The new satellite will provide broadcast, in-flight broadband, and improved... 

Vodacom appoints new chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 Telecommunications group Vodacom has appointed Jabu Moleketi chairperson. He will succeed Peter Moyo, who will retire at the forthcoming annual general meeting in July. 

Towercos could hold the key to mobile tower market growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 Third-party tower companies (towercos) may be the key to accelerating connectivity and network coverage market growth across sub-Saharan Africa, Frost & Sullivan said on Wednesday. To focus on their core operations, mobile network operators (MNOs) are increasingly becoming more comfortable with... 

Vodacom sets up R20m disaster relief fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has set up a R20-million disaster recovery fund to provide support to those hit by the fires and storms in the Western and Southern parts of the Cape. Some R10-million has been made available immediately to sustain an emergency partnership with the Department of... 

Icasa calls for input in call termination discussion document

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has gazetted a discussion document following a review of the procompetitive conditions imposed on licensees in the 2014 mobile call termination rate and fixed call termination rate regulations. Stakeholders now have 21 days from... 

MTN donates R1.5m towards relief efforts following Cape storm, fires 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN on Friday set aside R1.5-million to contribute to relief efforts across the Western and Eastern Cape after storms and fires this week caused several deaths and displaced thousands of people, as well as causing structural infrastructure damage. The funds would be used... 

Telkom boasts new fit-for-purpose operating model  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about how Telkom’s restructuring has benefited the group and contributed to an improved financial performance for the year ended March 31. 

Telkom boasts new fit-for-purpose operating model
Telkom boasts new fit-for-purpose operating model. Video Camera person and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ZACR opens second round of dotAfrica domain name applications

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2017 A second round of applications has been opened to secure preferential access to coveted dotAfrica domain names under ZA Central Registry's (ZACR's) dotAfrica pioneer programme. This followed on the drive earlier this year to encourage Africa's leading brands to apply for their desired domain names. 

Datatec sells Westcon to US-based Synnex in $830m deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2017 Dual-listed Datatec has sold 100% of its technology distribution division Westcon-Comstor North America and Latin America operations and 10% of Westcon International to NYSE-listed Synnex for $800-million and $30-million respectively. The aggregate $830-million consideration comprises payment of... 

Telkom eyes growth through fit-for-purpose operating model

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th June 2017 After four years of an aggressive turnaround, JSE-listed Telkom is now on stable ground and has been left with a fit-for-purpose operating model, housing five entities that are expected to be self-sustaining. The group reported significant strides made in a difficult operating environment to set... 

Telkom eyes growth through fit-for-purpose operating model
Photo by Duane Daws
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Telkom reports improved FY financial performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2017 JSE-listed Telkom on Monday declared a dividend of 422c a share – a year-on-year jump of 56.3% – as it reported improved profitability for the year ended March 31. The telecommunications giant reported a 12.4% increase in headline earnings a share to 731.4c on the back of improved operating... 

PIC says in support of Vodacom’s Safaricom acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom on Friday secured the green light from 15.63% shareholder, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to acquire an indirect 34.94% interest in Safaricom. State investment arm, the PIC, provided Vodacom with a letter of support for the proposed... 

Free WiFi in Tshwane still on, for now

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 A project to roll out free WiFi in Tshwane is back on track, despite the Auditor General having raised concerns about it under the previous administration, a city official said on Thursday. "While this city government may not have conceived of free WiFi, our aim is to perfect it," mayoral... 

Biometrically secured banking cards seen as way to improve security

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2017 Biometric identification can help to overcome the typical problem facing industries, where introducing more rigorous security imposes delays on customer services and worsens the experience, says cybersecurity multinational Gemalto Africa Banking and Payments marketing manager Viwe Ndzamela.... 

Biometrically secured banking cards seen as way to improve security
VIWE NDZAMELA Combining smart card technology with biometrics allows strong verification of cardholder identity and authentication of transactions

Turkcell’s licensing fight with MTN gets go-ahead in South African courts

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2017 Turkish mobile operator Turkcell’s protracted $4.2-billion claim against South African mobile operator MTN is heading for trial in the South Gauteng High Court after years of legal battles over a 2004 telecommunications operating licence bid in Iran. The Turkish rival had brought several... 

Net1 exits Blue Label vendor placement, continues to acquire direct Cell C stake

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2017 Dual-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies on Thursday said it will continue to progress its plans to acquire a 15% direct interest in mobile operator Cell C for R2-billion after cancelling its agreement to subscribe for shares in Blue Label. Net1 had initially committed to subscribe for R2-billion of... 

Minister offers assurances on spectrum 

31st May 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the progress that has been made in a standoff between government and telecoms operators regarding high-demand spectrum. 

Minister offers assurances on spectrum
Minister offers assurances on spectrum

Reunert posts strong H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2017 JSE-listed Reunert is optimistic of continued growth in the new financial year after delivering solid “real growth” during the six months ended March 31. Profit for the period edged up 4% to R469-million, with basic and headline earnings a share steady at a respective 275c and 276c in the first... 

Liquid appoints new CEO for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Kyle Whitehill CEO of its newly acquired subsidiary Neotel. Liquid fully concluded its R6.55-billion buyout of Neotel in February, with plans to focus on delivering enhanced network services to enterprises and consumers. 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

Data costs to be subject of market inquiry 

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 A market inquiry into high data costs in South Africa is on the horizon. “We will also in the budget speech, note that I will be making request to the Competition Commission to conduct a market inquiry into the high cost of data,” Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a media... 

Cabinet approves revised National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the revised National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2017, submitted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to ensure the most efficient use of radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South... 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help fast-track Africa’s digitalisation

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Satellite connectivity has a role to play as part of hybrid infrastructure systems for Africa and can help companies digitally transform themselves and improve the competitiveness of economies, says satellite communications solutions company SES Africa commercial head Laurent Petit. African... 

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help  fast-track Africa’s digitalisation
LAURENT PETIT Africa must foster digital skills as part of transitioning the population from low-paid jobs and contribute to the creation of more high-value jobs

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Data centre company Teraco’s neutral Internet exchange point (IXP) peering subsidiary NAPAfrica has grown to 170 Gb/s with 386 members since 2012, and is ranked as the third-largest IXP in the southern hemisphere, says Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk. The NAPAfrica IXPs are collocated in all Teraco data... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reaches 170 Gb/s and five-year milestones
LEX VAN WYK Teraco continues to experience high demand for its neutral data centre facilities, underpinned by strong growth in Internet penetration into Africa and increased cloud adoption

Rwandan authority fines MTN subsidiary $8.5m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2017 The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority has fined MTN Rwanda $8.5-million owing to its noncompliance with directives prohibiting the inclusion of MTN Rwanda in the MTN South and East Africa information technology hub, based in Uganda. MTN Rwanda is studying the notification of the fine and says... 

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