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South Africa moves to reboot digital migration after years of delay 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2018 Following years since embarking on, and the subsequent stalling of, South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) hopes to revive its momentum after revising its digital migration delivery model. The revised model approved by Cabinet in... 

South Africa moves to reboot digital migration after years of delay

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2018 Following years since embarking on, and the subsequent stalling of, South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) hopes to revive its momentum after revising its digital migration delivery model. The revised model approved by Cabinet in... 

Rain to launch 5G network

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2018 South Africa’s newest data network provider, rain, is planning to deploy a fifth-generation (5G) broadband fixed-wireless network to support government’s drive for competition, lower data prices and improved access in the telecommunications industry. Teaming up with partners Huawei and Nokia, the... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KZN in TV white-space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 Telecoms start-up AfriCanopy is embarking on a R32-million fundraising programme, after securing approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), for an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS). AfriCanopy aims to deploy high-speed low-cost... 

Finalists named in IITPSA President’s Awards 2018

25th October 2018 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA (IITPSA) has named the finalists for the 2018 President’s Awards, including the prestigious IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year Awards and two new awards – a Technology Excellence Award and a Social Responsibility/Community Award.... 

Finalists named in IITPSA President’s Awards 2018

25th October 2018 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA has named the finalists for the 2018 President’s Awards, including the prestigious IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year Awards and two new awards – a Technology Excellence Award and a Social Responsibility/Community Award.  Now in... 

South Africa renews bid to accelerate digital migration process 

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The South African government on Friday announced steps to join fellow African nations which have migrated to broadcast digital terrestrial television, despite missing the June 2015 target. "The mere fact that 11 years since Cabinet has approved this project, and we are still this far behind... 

Africans fear trend towards levies on data, services

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 The brisk business Julius Kirya did from his cash transfer kiosk in the Ugandan capital has slowed right down with a new tax on mobile money. Many of his customers have returned to sending banknotes by hand, in some cases via motorbike taxi. How to tax digital revenues, from fintech to social... 

Prysmian Group At Ft-ETNO Summit 2018 Calls For Renewed Focus On Optical Fibre Broadband Infrastructure

15th October 2018 Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, drew attention to the importance of network infrastructure today at the FT-ETNO Summit 2018. The Group’s Senior Vice President for Telecoms, Philippe Vanhille, laid out a vision for a successful future telecoms and... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KwaZulu-Natal in TV white space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved plans for telecoms start-up AfriCanopy to embark on an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS) devices. AfriCanopy will now deploy high-speed, low-cost broadband using its new telecoms technology... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

More than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI by 2025

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 By 2025, more than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI, and data utilisation will reach 80%. AI services will be everywhere, creating an intelligent world that will reveal endless avenues of opportunity, according to the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) research by Huawei Technologies,... 

More than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI by 2025

9th October 2018 By 2025, more than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI, and data utilisation will reach 80%. AI services will be everywhere, creating an intelligent world that will reveal endless avenues of opportunity, according to the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) research by Huawei Technologies,... 

Jaco Maree

5th October 2018 This week we profile Jaco Maree, CEO and cofounder of WIRUlink, an Internet and telephone services company   

Orange, MainOne team up in submarine cable expansion

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2018 French telecommunications group Orange and connectivity and data centre services provider MainOne Cable have signed an agreement that will see Orange inject undisclosed major investments into the West African submarine cable system MainOne. Under the partnership, Orange will acquire additional... 

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)... 

VAST Networks engineers the smartest, wireless dumb pipe

10th September 2018 Technology aimed at pro-actively and cost-effectively addressing the lack of mobile spectrum Aimed at addressing South Africa’s spectrum shortage challenges and facilitating access to affordable connectivity, VAST Networks (VAST) - Africa’s largest public Wi-Fi provider - has developed the... 

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... 

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