EXCLUSIVE: SA operators poised for early 5G spectrum bonanza

Icasa is poised to announce a plan to auction off radio frequency spectrum suitable for the roll-out of 5G infrastructure in a move that is likely to be widely welcomed by the telecommunications industry.

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Creatives Garage, a Kenyan firm that provides space for artists and content producers, has launched an online media streaming and video on demand platform specifically for African stories.

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Creatives Garage to launch new video on demand platform in Kenya

#EntrepreneurMonth: Make quick and easy payments to schoolsDouglas Hoernle attributes his success with the launch of Karri Payments to ‘picking a problem and solving it well’.
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Vox introduces easy, affordable e-mail archiving for SMEs

Promoted | Vox has launched a cloud-based e-mail archiving service, which is aimed at providing small and medium-sized South African businesses with peace of mind.

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MTN to offload R8-billion in tower assets

MTN Group is in advanced talks to sell stakes in tower assets in Ghana and Uganda worth as much as R8-billion as Africa’s largest wireless carrier looks to accelerate a broader disposal plan.

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Preparations for the 2nd Data, Information and Scientific Visualization Symposium in Africa (VIZAFRICA) conference which is taking place in Gaborone from the 18 to the 19 of November have reached the final stretch.

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VizAfrica conference preparations reach tail end

Liquid Telecom upgrades core network in South Africa

Liquid Telecom South Africa said on Thursday that it has built enhancements into its core network that will offer customers “near-unlimited bandwidth capacity”.

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Liquid Telecom upgrades core network in South Africa

Africa Data Centres expands use of solar with plant in Kenya

Africa Data Centres, a pan-African company that provides data services, has expanded its use of solar power by ordering the installation of a 1.2MW plant at its facility in Nairobi.

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Global network service provider, Workonline Communications, has launched Remote Cloud Connect, facilitating access to cloud services for Workonline customers over a dedicated Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service.

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Workonline launches Remote Cloud Connect services in Africa

MTN South Africa muddles along in tough market

MTN South Africa lost 300 000 customers in the quarter ended 30 September 2019, but still managed to eke out service revenue growth of 0.4%. It ended the period with 28.9 million subscribers.

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Image credit: Eirik Solheim on Unsplash.</span>Remember playing Snake on your bulky-brick of a Nokia 3310, Mxit-ing on your Motorola Razr, BBM-ing on your Blackberry and flipping your Samsung D500 like it ‘ain’t no thang’? When you consider the super-sleek design of today’s generation of ‘smarts’, the phones of our childhood feel like distant memories.
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How our phones have changed our lives

Is your backup protected against ransomware?So far this year, 4.1 billion private records have been exposed as a result of breaches and cyber attacks. From WhatsApp, to Capital One, to utilities, to city and state governments all over the world, organisations with multi-million dollar security budgets have found themselves making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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Is your backup protected against ransomware?

Mboweni says e-tolls here to stay; Outa vows to fight on

Finance minister Tito Mboweni has reiterated that government has decided to retain the user-pay principle and e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

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Mboweni says e-tolls here to stay; Outa vows to fight on

Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people.

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Companies Boost Mentorship and Training for Young People in SSA

Apple adjusts to the new reality of market saturation

Apple executives put aside their typical praise of the iPhone’s sleek design and breakthrough technology on Wednesday for more mundane topics such as installment plans, trade-in programmes and giveaways.

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Apple adjusts to the new reality of market saturation

SITA and Microsoft South Africa sign MOUIn a move which will accelerate the digital transformation of government services in South Africa, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Microsoft South Africa have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which paves the way for government adoption of public cloud services.
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SITA and Microsoft South Africa sign MOU

Dorsey takes swipe at Facebook as Twitter bans political ads

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday that the company will ban all political ads, delivering a jab to Facebook, which has come under fire for the way it’s handled advertising by candidates.

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Dorsey takes swipe at Facebook as Twitter bans political ads

How 4IR is solving unemploymentThere’s been much in the media about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it has the potential to change South Africa’s economy for the better.
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How 4IR is solving unemployment

Drones - a new threat that needs to be included in your cybersecurity strategyWith estimates that between 30,000 and 50,000 drones are currently being operated in South Africa, security experts advise that unmanned aerial vehicles have punched a gaping hole in existing physical and IT security strategies.
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Drones – a new threat that needs to be included in your cybersecurity strategy

‘Sell the damn thing’: Treasury talks up privatisation

National treasury wants to forge ahead with long-stalled plans to sell state assets to shore up the nation’s shaky finances despite opposition from other government departments and labour unions.

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‘Sell the damn thing’: Treasury talks up privatisation

Cell C is now paying up for roaming, MTN says

Cell C has regularised its payments to MTN South Africa for network roaming and has coughed up almost R750-million between July and September.

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Cell C is now paying up for roaming, MTN says

New battery design ‘could fully charge electric cars in 10 minutes’

Worries about charging electric cars could become a thing of the past as a team of engineers say they have developed a battery that can recharge in 10 minutes.

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New battery design ‘could fully charge electric cars in 10 minutes’

Rand plunges as Eskom crisis deepens

The rand plummeted and bonds extended declines as investors faced the stark reality of what bailouts for the embattled state power utility will cost South Africa.

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Rand plunges as Eskom crisis deepens

Eskom bailout bill rises by another R10-billion

The cost of propping up South Africa’s debt-stricken state power utility is mounting, placing severe pressure on the national budget and exacerbating the risk it poses to the nation’s finances.

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Eskom bailout bill rises by another R10-billion

Government spends R5-billion/year on cellphones: Mboweni

Finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday that government will stop buying cellphones for public representatives and senior managers in the public service.

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#ExperienceAdvantage: Closing the experience gap in the feedback economyMarc Emert, customer experience consultant at SAP’s Qualtrics, unpacked what he called “the perfect intersection of experience data (the whys) and operational data (the whats) and how to understand and prioritise the improvements that matter most,” at Kantar’s recent #ExperienceAdvantage event, in understanding that the future of business is emotion- and experience-based.
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Sub-Saharan African resellers can now add simplified intelligent enterprise networking and network security solutions to their business portfolio in support of next-generation technologies.

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Westcon-Comstor Now Distributor of Juniper Networks Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Althon Beukes to take Openserve reins as Alphonzo Samuels retires

Long-serving Telkom executive Alphonzo Samuels will retire at the end of March 2020, the company said on Wednesday.

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Althon Beukes to take Openserve reins as Alphonzo Samuels retires

Even though the local space science initiative has experienced some teething problems Botswana Government has recently endeavoured in the implementation of a new Space Strategy, one of the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. 


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Botswana Space Science project on course

Bluegrass reaffirms its dominance in the CMS domainUmbraco, the provider of the flexible, friendly, easy-to-use and full-featured open-source content management system (CMS), has renewed its partnership agreement with Bluegrass Digital, the only listed Umbraco Certified Partner in South Africa.
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Bluegrass reaffirms its dominance in the CMS domain

DNS-over-HTTPS: Why the Web’s latest privacy tech is causing an outcry

A new technology promises to make your Web browser more private than ever, keeping your Internet activity from prying eyes. But some argue your data won’t actually be all that private.

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DNS-over-HTTPS: Why the Web’s latest privacy tech is causing an outcry

Facebook suing Israeli company over ‘WhatsApp spyware’

Facebook is suing the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group for allegedly targeting some 1 400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware.

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DCDT and Huawei partner for women’s skills development

Promoted | Huawei South Africa has partnered with the department of communications & digital technologies to deliver a tailor-made 5G course for the department’s women staff.

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DCDT and Huawei partner for women’s skills development

MTN shares slide as Nigeria capex rises

MTN Group shares fell in Johannesburg on Wednesday after it said subscribers in its key Nigerian unit grew by only 0.1% in the quarter ended 30 September and capital expenditure rose.

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MTN shares slide as Nigeria capex rises

How barcode printing improves data managementSince its inception, barcode printing has evolved and grown into a global necessity, improving data management and accessibility, ultimately benefits a company’s bottom line, says Matthew Hall, product manager at Rectron.
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How barcode printing improves data management

Research reveals impact of tech investment and business growthA new research survey on Future Systems from Accenture sheds important light on the enormous impact that technology investment and adoption have on a company’s financial performance and most notably, the mindsets and behaviors of companies that are industry leaders.
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Research reveals impact of tech investment and business growth

4Sight Holdings board replaced in dramatic shake-up

Four more directors have quit the board of 4Sight Holdings, though the latest shake-up, which includes the appointment of seven new directors, may finally bring some stability to the troubled company.

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4Sight Holdings board replaced in dramatic shake-up

2019 MTN Business App of the Year Awards winnersThe eighth edition of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards concluded with the much-anticipated announcement of the overall and category winners in South Africa’s most prestigious app development competition.
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2019 MTN Business App of the Year Awards winners

Tim Berners-Lee warns Internet’s power for good is ‘under threat’

World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the Internet’s power for good is being “subverted” by those spreading hatred and threatening democracy.

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Tim Berners-Lee warns Internet’s power for good is ‘under threat’

Goodwell Investments has agreed to invest USD 2 million in fast growing on-demand delivery platform Sendy. The money will move the company closer to achieving its mission of improving the access of lower income groups to good quality basic products and services, at much lower prices.

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Goodwell invests USD 2 million in on-demand platform Sendy

Samsung teases folding clamshell smartphone

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday teased its next-generation Galaxy Fold design: a mini-clamshell phone that folds in from top to bottom, rather than the sides.

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Samsung teases folding clamshell smartphone

The fight for Just Eat gets ugly

Takeaway.com and Prosus haven’t started throwing egg rolls at each other, but they aren’t far off. With shareholders having to choose between two very different deals, the battle is turning ugly.

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The fight for Just Eat gets ugly

Financial inclusion took another step forward as local start-up, uKheshe, South Africa’s cheapest and most convenient QR cash card and micro transaction platform, won the 2019 Global Fintech Hackcelerator @ Southern Africa competition.

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uKheshe wins Global Fintech Hackcelerator @ Southern Africa

Backspace: ‘Eskom rescue plan’

View the latest contribution from TechCentral cartoonist Jerm.

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Backspace: ‘Eskom rescue plan’

Kitso Books beamed a broad smile all the way to the bank after scooping the first prize for this year’s as Orange Botswana celebrates victors in the 9th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize.


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Social Venture Prize: Kitso Books emerge victorious

Rand weakens on Eskom rescue plan

The rand weakened, leading emerging-market currency declines against the dollar on Tuesday, as the government unveiled a rescue plan for Eskom.

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Rand weakens on Eskom rescue plan

DDoS and RDoS attacks: What’s happening and how to fight back

Promoted | In the last week, Radware’s Emergency Response Team has been tracking an emerging global ransom denial-of-service campaign from a group identifying itself as Fancy Bear.

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Welcome to the age of quantum computing

Although the specific problem that Google’s computer solved won’t have much practical significance, simply getting the technology to work was a triumph; comparisons to the Wright brothers’ early flights aren’t far off the mark.

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Welcome to the age of quantum computing

The Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with the University of Dodoma announced today that the Fourth Annual Community Networks Summit will be held in Dodoma, Tanzania from 28 October – 2 November 2019.

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Summit Seeks to Connect Communities in Africa to the Global Internet

Government unveils its plan to save Eskom

South Africa has unveiled its long-awaited plan to save its debt-stricken state power utility, including exposing it to greater competition, lowering fuel costs, increasing renewable energy output and selling non-core assets.

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