Liquid Telecom to acquire Neotel for R6.55bn

Liquid Telecom has revealed that it has entered into an agreement to acquire South African communications network operator, Neotel. The shareholders of Neotel – Tata Communications of India and minority shareholders led by Nexus Connexion (Nexus) – have agreed for Liquid Telecom to acquire Neotel for R6.55bn ($430 million at current rate of exchange.) Liquid […]

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2 lessons from Kenneth Nkosana Makate to fellow black South Africans

The landmark legal victory of Kenneth Mkosana Makate, an ex-Vodacom employee who created “Please call me” facility, typifies the rare plot of a determined humble individual taking on a multinational company and emerging triumphant. Of course, such stories are not unusual in developed countries, but in South Africa, given the country’s history of apartheid, least when the […]

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ICT product launched for SMEs

Pan-African telecoms service provider, Internet Solutions, has announced that it has launched Ignite, a suite of technology solutions specifically for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). “With the right digital tools, we believe that SMEs can be just as efficient, connected and productive as corporates with large ICT budgets, if not more so,” says Tony […]

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65 Percent of Global Businesses vulnerable to Email-Based Cyber-Attacks

   Isn’t this sufficient to warn South African companies to take precautionary measures?  Mimecast (NASDAQ: MIME), the email security, email continuity and email archiving cloud company, has released the results of its new global research study: Mimecast Business Email Threat Report 2016, Email Security Uncovered. The survey of 600 IT security professionals, shows that while […]

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Digital economy or Big Brother in disguise: are you being watched?

By Howard Blake In a world shaped by digital convergence, it is no longer realistic to expect a high level of privacy. If you consider just how connected the world has become, you realise that the digital economy doesn’t support anonymity. I remember standing in a foreign hotel and agreeing to draconian Wi-Fi conditions, more […]

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Mobile operators should put up or shut up

By Sanjeev “Mahatma” Gupta Majority of Historically Disadvantaged South Africans who are loyal subscribers of mobile phone operators’ services can now afford communicating with friends and family through platforms such as Whatssup, Viber and Skype at unbelievably low rates using their data. Now, they can chat and make calls for long hours. Prior to that, […]

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Training young software developers the smart way

It’s not just easy to find trained professional developers who have the skills and knowledge base for project undertakings. Founders of Gary Bannatyne, Brandon Muller and James Coetzee, co-founders and directors of The Digital Academy, believe their apprenticeship programme could play a role in addressing this critical skills gap. Calling it” the way for the […]

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Digital literacy key to unlocking human capital potential

A lot has been said about the need for Africa to manage its resources prudently so that the average citizenry should benefit. But what is often forgotten in the narrative is that the management of the abundant resources need the right quality of human capital. And the private sector, government and civil society have to […]

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Taking Wi-Fi to the majority

Njinjicom is on a mission to ensure that as many of the country’s households as can be practically possible have internet at their fingertips. The company recognises that one of the greatest obstacles to successfully transforming the country – that is addressing the wide economic imbalances that the system of apartheid created – is lack […]

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Digital divide: reaching the rural majority the biggest test yet

Forget about the hype that government’s broadband internet partnership with Telkom has created in the country’s ICT circles. The major challenge will be ensuring that the services produced reach rural areas, where the country’s majority are, at the rear end of the communications race. Observing this fact, Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko noted: “We cannot talk […]

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