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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... 

South African mining seen a winner as Ramaphosa woos investors

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 South Africa's embattled mining industry could be first in line to benefit from a boost in foreign direct investment (FDI) if the new leader of the ruling party Cyril Ramaphosa implements measures seen as vital to draw in more cash, analysts said. The governing African National Congress (ANC)... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation and competition in information and communication technology (ICT), as well as easier access to research and development (R&D) tax incentives, would significantly help... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 “Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation, competition in information and communication technology, as well as easier access to research and development tax incentives would significantly help to create jobs... 

Otel Maps Fibrehoods Online

25th July 2017 Independent telco and fibre provider, OTEL Telecoms, has launched an easy visual guide mapping the location of 250 000 square kilometres of fibre optic cable within South Africa.   By visiting www.fibre2thehome.co.za, prospective high-speed broadband Internet customers can easily determine if... 

Icasa starts public hearings on draft National Radio Frequency Plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday kicked off the public hearings on the revised draft update to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP), which is aimed at ensuring the most efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum. Stakeholders presenting at the... 

Africa gets renewed broadband focus with Eutelsat offshoot

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Africa is set to benefit from a new broadband venture that aims to bridge the digital divide through the use of extensive, high-quality and affordable satellite infrastructure. Satellite communications provider Eutelsat’s newly established subsidiary Konnect Africa plans to deploy commercial... 

Communication costs hindering South Africa’s BPO potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 South Africa has what it takes to become a business process outsourcing (BPO) “destination of choice”; however, the high cost of communication is limiting its potential. Deloitte South Africa on Tuesday said South Africa’s BPO industry accounted for 1% of global revenue in 2014, with expectations... 

Cost of telecoms limiting BPO growth in SA

30th August 2016 Even though South Africa is considered to be an attractive emerging offshoring destination for business process outsourcing (BPO), there are several factors limiting the growth potential of the country, according to Deloitte South Africa. In 2014, the South African BPO industry accounted for 1%... 

Respublica boosts student accommodation in Johannesburg

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 With the growing need for more student accommodation facilities, student housing developer Respublica is set to open the new Yale Village residence in 2017. The village will cater to students from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and other campuses... 

Telecoms Minister threatens to sue Icasa over spectrum auction

By: News24Wire      26th July 2016 Telecoms and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, plans suing a local communications regulator over its auctioning off of spectrum for high-speed broadband. In a surprise move, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this month invited applicants to apply for... 

Cell C unhappy with R3bn spectrum price 

By: News24Wire      19th July 2016 South Africa’s third largest mobile network, Cell C, has expressed its concern over having to fork out at least R3bn to bid for radio frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday invited applicants to apply for spectrum licences in the 700 MHz,... 

Icasa opens auction for long-awaited spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2016 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week opened the simultaneous licence applications for several long-awaited radio frequency spectrum bands, years after first starting the process. Interested mobile operators now had until August 4 to apply for one of the... 

Telkom Group’s Openserve to peer at NAPAfrica

4th May 2016 In another significant move to strengthen customer focus through a more flexible and agile operating model, Telkom Group’s Openserve wholesale and networks division has announced that it is peering at Africa’s largest Internet eXchange Point, NAPAfrica. Lex van Wyk, CEO, Teraco, says the... 

Cape Town to connect fibre to all CBD buildings

By: News24Wire      12th April 2016 The City of Cape Town is rolling out fibre broadband access to all buildings in the central business district (CBD) as part of its investment into a municipal broadband network project. The city announced on Tuesday that it had connected an additional 49 private buildings to high-speed fibre... 

CSIR, BITRI ink dynamic spectrum access research deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2016 South Africa- and Botswana-based research institutions have teamed up to research dynamic spectrum access and the sharing of television (TV) band frequencies using a TV white space (TVWS) experimental network. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) committed to... 

Computer Laboratory Container handover

1st February 2016 Whole new world of possibility has opened up for learners at Mabotha Secondary School in the small rural village of Ga-Kibi near All Days in Limpopo Province. This follows Barloworld Equipment’s generous donation of a computer laboratory on 28 January 2016. The computer laboratory, housed in a... 

Over-the-top services needed for ICT development, argues Ispa

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2016 The regulation of over-the-top (OTT) Internet services will likely hinder information and communication technology (ICT) development across Africa as it will stifle broadband access, the Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa) said on Monday. Mobile operators and networks needed to develop... 

Durban to house R150m Chinese fibre-optics plant

By: News24Wire      2nd December 2015 Chinese fibre maker YOFC is injecting R150-million into a local manufacturing facility to produce one million kilometres of cable each year. Durban’s Dube Tradeport Special Economic Zone will house the fibre-making facility, which is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2016. 

Nokia eyes top-three spot after Alcatel takeover

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2015 Nokia Networks is aggressively clawing its way back to a top-three spot in the mobile broadband and network industry, as it prepares for a first-quarter acquisition wrap-up of the company that will plug its capability and market gaps. Nokia planned to start merging rival Alcatel-Lucent into its... 

FibreCo & Teraco say open access is critical for the success of ICT

20th October 2015 Cape Town will be home to the third Open Access ICT networking event hosted by Africa’s only vendor neutral data centre, Teraco and independent fibre network operator, FibreCo. Taking place at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Wednesday 18th November, the “by invitation only” event will pull together... 

MTN eyes public partnership to bridge digital divide

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2015 Telecommunications giant MTN has spent in excess of R3.4-billion on networks for rural communities over two years in an attempt to narrow the mobile broadband access deficit experienced across South Africa and bridge the digital divide. However, the impact could be significantly more widespread... 

S Africa’s fibre gap nearly half of current infrastructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th October 2015 South Africa requires nearly 160 000 km of fibre to connect all of its citizens to broadband, but a gap of around half remained, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Kobus Roux said on Thursday. Speaking at the CSIR’s fifth conference, in Pretoria, he said the council’s... 

ICT sector urged to rethink energy use in power-constrained economies

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2015 The global information and communication technology (ICT) sector consumed around 109 GW of electricity in 2013 – representing about 6% of the world’s total electricity consumption. It is becoming critical to curtail power use amid a rapidly rising number of connected devices, particularly in... 

Alcatel-Lucent to advance China Mobile and China Unicom’s move to the cloud with ultra-broadband access, IP networking and NFV technology

14th July 2015 Companies sign frame agreement to allow smooth transition to dynamic cloud-based networks in order to deliver faster, more affordable ultra-broadband access under the Broadband China initiative. Alcatel-Lucent has signed comprehensive frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom, two of... 

Alcatel-Lucent and Korea’s KT sign collaboration agreement to deliver 5G mobile networks of the future

26th May 2015 Technological collaboration to advance 5G development in South Korea with initial testing focusing on virtualized RAN to support next generation mobile architecture. Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korean telecommunications... 

Spectrum policy to be published this year, Cwele assures

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2015 Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Thursday promised to finalise the much-anticipated spectrum policy this year. While giving no indications of a timeline, he told media prior to the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Budget Vote, that he was... 

Joburg mayor launches initiative to help unemployed youth

By: News24Wire      6th May 2015 A total of 200 000 Johannesburg youths will be given opportunities to either further their education or get job opportunities by 2016, the city's Mayor Mpho Parks Tau said on Wednesday. "The Vulindlel' eJozi programme will enable them to enter work, education and training, as well as improve... 

IT adoption may offer hope for more efficient service delivery

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 The increase in smartphones and broadband connections presents an opportunity for governments in Africa to roll out more comprehensive, effective and tailored services to more citizens using information technology (IT), which could also reduce the costs of service delivery. Security remains a... 

Icasa publishes final IMT Roadmap for broadband

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th November 2014 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday published the final International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap aimed at promoting investments, enabling a “vibrant and competitive” telecommunications industry and ensuring universal broadband access. The roadmap, which... 

MTN, Alcatel to build superfast network in Nigeria

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2014 Alcatel-Lucent and MTN Nigeria have teamed up to deliver a superfast 100 Gb/s fibre-optic network based on MTN’s existing infrastructure across the West African country. The pair would roll out the ultra-broadband network this year using existing telecommunication assets to preserve the more than... 

ICT growth in Africa dependent on mobile broadband access

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th October 2014 Cloud computing and information and communication technology (ICT) in Africa will grow on the back of mobile broadband access but the challenge will be receiving a return on the investment.  

Alcatel-Lucent closes sale of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to China Huaxin

1st October 2014 Company Annoucement - Alcatel-Lucent it has closed the sale of its subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center. Cash proceeds to Alcatel-Lucent are Eur 202 million. As previously announced, Alcatel-Lucent will retain a 15% minority... 

Parkview calls for own FTTH network

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2014 Parkview and Greenside East have followed in the footsteps of their neighbour Parkhurst to take charge of their own broadband access ambitions and called on companies to table their fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) proposals. Service providers have until September 26 to submit their plans to build and... 

SA behind other African countries in broadband access

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2014 Despite being Africa’s economic powerhouse, South Africa has fallen behind in terms of the number of people per 100 that have access to fixed and mobile broadband, Saab Grintek Technologies CTO Suraj Ramlall said on Tuesday. Broadband in South Africa was generally concentrated in urban areas and,... 

Icasa calls for public comment on IMT roadmap

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2014 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday called for comment on a new roadmap aimed to promote investments, enable a “vibrant and competitive” telecommunications industry and ensure universal broadband access. Stakeholders would have until October 7 to provide... 

'Internet of Things' technology platforms being built, but Africa set to lag

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2014 With the average ten-year time cycle between two generations of communications infrastructure narrowing, several companies and organisations worldwide are accelerating research and development into the technology platforms that will lay the basis for the “next frontier” of mobile innovation.... 

'Internet of Things' technology platforms being built, but Africa set to lag

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2014 With the average 10-year time cycle between two generations of communications infrastructure narrowing, several companies and organisations worldwide are accelerating research and development into the technology platforms that will lay the basis for the “next frontier” of mobile innovation.... 

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