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Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister

By: African News Agency      14th September 2018 The South African government was working to position state entities and small businesses as global players in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), according to telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele. “Our priority focus is to demonopolise the electronic and... 

Vodacom Group launches commercial 5G service in Lesotho

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom Group has launched a standards-based, commercial fifth-generation (5G) service in Lesotho. Delivering early-access to the new technology, using 3.5 GHz spectrum, the company will initially provide fixed-wireless access broadband services to two enterprise customers in Lesotho. 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Govt to accelerate licensing of new radio spectrum – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the government will accelerate the long-delayed licensing of radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators. Allocation of spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services in Africa's most industrialized economy, where the high cost of... 

Youth, women, SMMEs at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      10th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that unless women, the youth and small businesses were intrinsically involved in technological advancement, the Fourth Industrial Revolution would fail. Ramaphosa made the remarks on Monday during his opening address at the International Telecoms Union (ITU)... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

Telkom, universities partner to develop national Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Telecommunications giant Telkom and the universities of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg (UJ) and Fort Hare on Wednesday launched SA4IR, which is a national response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The partnership between the company and the universities seeks to build an inclusive... 

Narrowing divide

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2018 The mobile phone has undergone an almost dramatic transition in the past two decades from a status symbol affordable only by the well-to-do to a ubiquitous device that even those of very modest means now regard as a must-have. The market penetration of this handy invention has been facilitated by... 

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

Mobile consumer survey reveals industry change

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 The mobile industry is changing at an exponential rate as new influences shape the way consumer expectations rise and the competition, new and old, pile on advancements such as artificial intelligence, Deloitte’s ‘South Africa Mobile Consumer Survey 2017’ shows. Deloitte global telecoms, media... 

Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream... 

Intelsat joins alliance developing specs for inflight connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2018 Integrated satellite solutions group Intelsat has become the latest member of the consortium Seamless Air Alliance to accelerate the development of standards to facilitate better, more seamless, inflight connectivity. The Seamless Air Alliance was formed earlier this year to develop... 

FibreCo boosts broadband connectivity in Kroonstad

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2018 Open-access infrastructure and connectivity provider FibreCo Telecommunications has lit up its first city along its national fibre route between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Under the “FibreCo Kroonstad connectivity project”, Free State city Kroonstad is the first in FibreCo’s town connectivity... 

Cable theft stunts connectivity availability

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 South Africa’s cable-theft pandemic has made the prospect of a copper-based fixed digital subscriber line (DSL) infrastructure framework unachievable for the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs), says international wireless connectivity provider RADWIN. RADWIN sales director Nick Ehrke... 

AfricaOnline Launches JET-Powered Wireless Network to Deliver Fast Broadband in Namibia

12th July 2018 Marc Gregan, MD, AfricaOnline “We have launched a new 5GHz JET and customer feedback is that they are ecstatic with the 100Mbps they’re getting”   AfricaOnline, one of the largest ISPs in Nambia, has launched a wireless broadband network powered by RADWIN’s JET 5GHz Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP)... 

Spectrum release expected to bring big economic and social benefits 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 The much-anticipated release of South Africa’s high-demand spectrum has the potential to reshape the country’s economy by stimulating innovation and open the way for the country's full participation in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, industry analysts stress that the manner... 

Spectrum release expected to bring big economic and social benefits

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 The much-anticipated release of South Africa’s high-demand spectrum has the potential to reshape the country’s economy by stimulating innovation and open the way for the country's full participation in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, industry analysts stress that the manner... 

2018 to be a pivotal year for ICT industry, report asserts

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 With the unprecedented continuous and rapid developments in fifth-generation (5G) and the Internet of Things (IoT), 2018 will not be “just another year” for an industry that has become accustomed to high smartphone subscription and mobile traffic growth. Over the next five years, there are... 

FibreCo to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Kroonstad

4th July 2018 Internet connectivity in Kroonstad will benefit from a substantial enhancement as FibreCo Telecommunications completes its roll out of fibre in the town, making reliable high-speed broadband connectivity more accessible to the community.   [1]Given that only 5.4% of households in the province... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

CSIR developing test-bed to ready South Africa for 5G technologies

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2018 Fifth-generation (5G) technologies are increasingly moving to the forefront as a significant player in enabling digital inclusion, industrialisation in Africa and the transformation of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. In line with this, the Council for Scientific and... 

Plans afoot to pilot project to bring broadband connectivity to rural Uganda

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2018 Internet service provider iWayAfrica and off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator Winch Energy are preparing to embark on a pilot programme to bring high-quality, affordable broadband connectivity to five rural communities in Uganda. The companies will deploy ‘The Winch Hub’,... 

Huawei Launches the Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network Solution

19th June 2018 Accelerating Digital Transformation of Industries and Maximizing Business Value Huawei launched its Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network (IDN) Solution at CEBIT 2018, held in Hannover, Germany. By building intelligent, simplified, ultra-broadband, open, and secure intent-driven networks, this... 

Winch Energy and iWayAfrica Partner to launch The Winch Hub® to Accelerate Energy and Internet Access into Rural Areas of Uganda

11th June 2018 Winch Energy is a global off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator, providing turnkey remote power and communication solutions for rural communities iWayAfrica is a leading African ISP, offering pan-regional connectivity solutions over satellite, fibre and wireless access networks 

Icasa steps closer to priority markets review

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has taken its next step in pursuing a priority markets review to identify markets for a regulatory review that could lead to lower communications costs. Icasa on Thursday embarked on public hearings on the discussion document on... 

Connecting Africa through 5G broadband technologies

6th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently developing a 5G testbed, to prepare for the advent of 5G technologies and to ensure that Africa is able to adapt to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The testbed is expected to be launched later this year at the... 

Telecoms company Seacom upgrades subsea cable system

By: African News Agency      5th June 2018 Pan African telecommunications company Seacom said on Tuesday it had upgraded its key submarine network system from its southern and eastern African coastline landings into Europe at a total capacity of 1.5 terabits per second, adding 500G of new capacity on the system. Seacom said the latest... 

Icasa publishes National Radio Frequency Plan 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2018 to allocate radio frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3 000 GHz to radio services. The revised NRFP incorporates the decisions taken by the 2015 World Radiocommunication... 

Telecom Egypt bags $200m financing facility to buy undersea Internet cable

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2018 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Wednesday that it will commit up to $200-million to Telecom Egypt (TE) in a bid to enable the telecommunication company finance working capital and investments in its infrastructure. The agreement for the short-term dual tranche facility would... 

MTN, Huawei deploy new spectrum-sharing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa and information and communications technology company Huawei have jointly deployed a commercial spectrum-sharing solution. CloudAir 2.0 will share spectrum between second-generation, third-generation, fourth-generation and narrow broadband Internet of... 

Promise and perils

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2018 While President Cyril Ramaphosa was having a breakfast meeting with his Economic Cluster Ministers at Genadendal last week, to deliberate on ways to deliver on the $100-billion-investment goal, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report highlighting just how important investment is... 

Competition Commission, Icasa to publish data price findings within months – Cwele

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 The findings of data inquiries being undertaken by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the Competition Commission are on track for publication in June and August respectively, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele said on Thursday.... 

Vodacom Tanzania bets on data and mobile money to stay on top

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 Vodacom Tanzania is focusing on growing its data business, mobile payments system and cloud services to stay on top of the East African nation's competitive telecoms market, the head of the company said on Friday. Investment in these areas will ensure the company retains first mover advantage,... 

Fibrelike satellite connectivity to bolster African telecoms

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Satellite connectivity provides a key link in the African telecommunications ecosystem by improving the delivery of data services and digital video content in support of and partnership with mobile network operators and telecommunications service providers, says satellite operator SES Africa... 

Icasa tables discussion document for digital audio broadcasting services

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has launched an inquiry to review and determine the prospects of digital sound broadcasting (DSB) services in South Africa. The inquiry also aims to unpack how the implementation of DSB – an audio broadcasting technology – could... 

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