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Microsoft’s Eskom problem

26 May, 2017
The two new data centres that Microsoft plans to build in South Africa will one day provide cloud computing services to the entire African continent. The power they use, however, will be generated and consumed entirely within

Podcast | MTN SA tech chief Giovanni Chiarelli

26 May, 2017
In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to MTN South Africa chief technology and information officer Giovanni Chiarelli. It's a fascinating discussion about the technological

Gigaba implicated in graft report

26 May, 2017
Finance minister Malusi Gigaba has been placed at the centre of efforts by President Jacob Zuma and his allies to raid state assets and reap billions of rand from government contracts, a study by

‘Kill 3G, not 2G’

26 May, 2017
In South Africa, it may make more sense for mobile operators to discontinue their 3G networks, replacing them with 4G/LTE, while keeping legacy 2G infrastructure in place. That view might seem

Spectrum crunch is looming, MTN warns

26 May, 2017
MTN South Africa will hit a "spectrum ceiling" soon that could affect its ability to continue to expand services to consumers. That’s the warning from the mobile operator’s recently appointed chief

Watch: Zuckerberg warns of isolationism

26 May, 2017
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Harvard graduates on Thursday that they need to help others find purpose in a world where machines are taking away some of the steady jobs and communities aren’t as stable

Why SA must embrace ‘smart cities’

26 May, 2017
Along with the rest of the world, South Africa is in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, in which the smart use of information and technology is reshaping societies. One of the most apparent ways in which

Airtel bets on 4G to best MTN in Nigeria

26 May, 2017
Bharti Airtel’s Nigeria unit said a partnership with China’s ZTE to provide 4G high-speed broadband will see it add subscribers and narrow the gap with market leader MTN Group in Africa’s most populous country. The Indian company

DStv unit fined R180m for price fixing

25 May, 2017
MultiChoice’s advertising sales business, DStv Media Sales, has been fined R180m for price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions in contravention of the Competition Act. The fine was imposed by the Competition Tribunal as part of a consent

DJI’s new drone flies from your hand

25 May, 2017
China’s SZ DJI Technology has unveiled a small camera drone starting at US$499 that can take off and land from the palm of a hand, seeking to appeal to the broader consumer market. The new Spark drone weighs 300g, is equipped with a

Neotel appoints new CEO

25 May, 2017
Econet Wireless Global unit Liquid Telecom has appointed former Vodafone Group executive Kyle Whitehill to head up South African telecommunications operator Neotel and oversee the company’s expansion plans. Whitehill was previously CEO of Vodafone Qatar and

TalkCentral: Ep 177 – ‘Siyabonga, Cwele’

25 May, 2017
It's podcast time! In this week's episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele's decision to reverse course on a plan to

We made a R30m mistake: Eskom

25 May, 2017
Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane admits in court papers that the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) rules do not permit the large pension payout the board tried to wangle for its CEO Brian Molefe. This was

Have we hit peak TV?

25 May, 2017
For some TV networks, the Golden Age of Television is losing its lustre. MTV, A&E and WGN are all cutting back on high-end productions after failing to attract big enough audiences in an increasingly crowded

High noon for President Zuma

25 May, 2017
President Jacob Zuma faces a key battle for his political survival this weekend when senior members of his ruling party say they’ll push for its decision-making national executive committee to order him to step down. Zuma goes into the meeting

Net1 founder Serge Belamant to retire

25 May, 2017
Net1 UEPS Technologies founder Serge Belamant will retire early after a storm of controversy over a contract it holds in South Africa to distribute billions of rand of welfare payments to 17m people. Belamant, who founded the

Podcast | Denel Spaceteq engineer Jonathan Lun

24 May, 2017
On this episode of the TechCentral podcast, we chat to South African space engineer Jonathan Lun about being named winner of Singularity University's Global Impact Challenge Southern Africa for 2017. As part of his prize, Lun will travel

Sticky stuff hits the fan, but there’s upside

24 May, 2017
About a year ago, communications regulator Icasa took fright at the national integrated ICT policy white paper and, within months, gazetted an invitation to network operators to participate in an auction for much sought-after high-demand

Rand rallies on prospect of Zuma exit

24 May, 2017
Will he stay or will he go? As leaders of South Africa’s ruling party prepare to discuss a potential ouster of President Jacob Zuma, investors are turning bullish on the country’s currency

SACF lauds ICT policy ‘breakthrough’

24 May, 2017
  The South African Communications Forum (SACF), an industry grouping whose members include telecommunications operators and technology companies, has welcomed the “breakthrough” over ICT policy for the implementation of wireless wholesale open-access network (Woan). The organisation described the development as a “significant step towards furthering a more competitive and representative ICT sector through the level […]

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