Zimbabwe’s police have accused Econet Wireless, the country’s dominant mobile phone company, of money laundering, demanded a list of its subscribers and issued a search warrant against it. Click here to discuss this article.

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TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod is joined by Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz for a discussion on the company’s recent acquisition of Standard Bank’s Samrand data centre.

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Interview: Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz

Teraco Data Environments plans to invest R4-billion in Africa to meet rising demand for data as the continent’s governments battle the coronavirus.

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Teraco earmarks R4-billion for data centre expansion

Africa Data Centres is acquiring Standard Bank’s giant data centre facility in Samrand, north of Johannesburg, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is subject to the approval of the competition authorities.

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Africa Data Centres buys huge Standard Bank DC facility

FNB explains why it’s closing crypto-exchange bank accounts

First National Bank provided more insight on Wednesday into why it has given notice to cryptocurrency trading platforms in South Africa that it will shut their bank accounts.

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Interview: Cathy Smith on repairing SAP Africa after ‘kickbacks’ scandal

Podcast | Following the explosive reports in 2017 that SAP Africa paid “kickbacks” to Gupta-owned companies to secure contracts at state-owned enterprises, MD Cathy Smith has said the organisation is on the mend.

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Huawei calls for end to ‘unjust treatment’ by US government

Huawei has urged the US government to end its “unjust treatment” of the Chinese technology giant after it was granted an extension to a temporary trade licence in the country.

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Icasa to probe Cell C, MTN deal

Communications regulator Icasa said on Tuesday that it will probe the just-signed expanded roaming agreement between MTN South Africa and Cell C.

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Takealot expects 80% leap in Black Friday sales

Takealot expects Black Friday sales to rise by about 80% to R352-million this year. The online retail group sees the last Friday of November as a key driver and measure of its growth in South Africa.

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Takealot expects 80% leap in Black Friday sales

Telkom rubbishes talk of hostile bid for Cell C

Telkom on Tuesday rubbished talk among some JSE traders that it is planning a hostile bid for Cell C.

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Andre de Ruyter: The man tasked with saving Eskom

After months of speculation and delays, South Africa named Andre de Ruyter as CEO of its debt-crippled state power utility, surprising investors with an unexpected choice and angering a key union.

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Andre de Ruyter: The man tasked with saving Eskom

The best company to build a mobile app for your business

Promoted | Many South African companies are looking to build an Android and iOS app, but do not know where to start. Fortunately, the answer is simple: contact Codehesion.

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The best company to build a mobile app for your business

Andre de Ruyter is surprise choice to lead Eskom

Andre de Ruyter has been appointed as CEO of Eskom, the debt-strapped utility that provides about 95% of the nation’s electricity and poses the biggest threat to its economy.

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Andre de Ruyter is surprise choice to lead Eskom

Telkom reacts to Cell C, MTN deal

Telkom said that it expects that the “parties involved” will have considered the newly announced, much-expanded roaming agreement between Cell C and MTN South Africa “in the context of the discussions with Telkom”.

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Telkom reacts to Cell C, MTN deal

Huge Group partners with MTN following Cell C dispute

JSE-listed telecommunications specialist Huge Group said on Monday that it has partnered with MTN South Africa to provide additional GSM voice services to its subsidiary companies.

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Huge Group partners with MTN following Cell C dispute

Telkom shares tumble as Cell C, MTN cosy up

The share price of Telkom tumbled on Monday morning while Blue Label Telecoms rose after MTN South Africa and Cell C announced they had signed a massively expanded roaming deal.

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Telkom shares tumble as Cell C, MTN cosy up

Ford unveils electric Mustang

Ford is reinventing one of its marquee models – the Mustang muscle car – as a battery-powered crossover to become a player in the electric-vehicle market that is expected to take off in the coming decade.

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MTN, Cell C deal ‘meets regulatory requirements’

Cell C’s expanded roaming agreement with MTN South Africa, which was signed at the weekend, “adheres to all applicable legal and regulatory requirements”, the companies said.

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MTN, Cell C deal ‘meets regulatory requirements’

MTN, Cell C ink new roaming deal

MTN South Africa and Cell C have signed a comprehensive new roaming deal, potentially making it more complicated for Telkom to pursue an acquisition of Cell C.

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MTN, Cell C ink new roaming deal

Study suggests objective reality does not exist

In the micro-world of atoms and particles that is governed by the strange rules of quantum mechanics, two different observers are entitled to their own facts.

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Study suggests objective reality does not exist

‘A disaster’: Labour plan to nationalise UK broadband slammed

Jeremy Corbyn sent shockwaves through London’s financial district as he unveiled plans to nationalise the UK’s broadband network, providing free Internet access for every home in the country.

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‘A disaster’: Labour plan to nationalise UK broadband slammed

Orange starts work toward IPO of its Africa business

Orange, France’s dominant phone company, is starting preparations for a potential initial public offering of its Africa and Middle East unit, people familiar with the matter said.

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Orange starts work toward IPO of its Africa business

Jack Ma sees huge e-commerce opportunity in Africa

Jack Ma, the co-founder of Alibaba Group, said African entrepreneurs will find countless opportunities in e-commerce, logistics and e-payments as the continent prepares for the start of a free-trade deal.

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Jack Ma sees huge e-commerce opportunity in Africa

Intrigue as JSE intervenes in Telkom’s Cell C pursuit

Telkom on Friday informed investors that it is pursuing an acquisition of Cell C. So, why didn’t Telkom just say so in the first place? By Duncan McLeod.

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Telkom confirms it’s pursuing Cell C

Telkom on Friday confirmed what everyone already knows: that it is pursuing an acquisition of the financially troubled mobile operator Cell C.

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Telkom confirms it’s pursuing Cell C

Is Telkom on a fool’s errand with Cell C?

Any deal for Cell C has to resolve its roughly R9-billion debt problem, which is about R1.5-billion larger than it was last May. By Hilton Tarrant.

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Is Telkom on a fool’s errand with Cell C?

Failing cities stymie South African bid to revive growth

South African municipalities’ inability to provide consistent power is exacerbating supply disruptions by the debt-stricken state electricity utility, hobbling efforts to revive the nation’s economy.

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Failing cities stymie South African bid to revive growth

Iconic Motorola Razr is back, now as a foldable smartphone

Motorola is rebooting the iconic Razr flip phone as a 6.2-inch smartphone with a foldable display that gives the Lenovo-owned brand a unique selling point against Apple and Samsung’s finest.

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Iconic Motorola Razr is back, now as a foldable smartphone

Cell C rescue deal must comply with the rules: Icasa

Communications regulator Icasa on Wednesday moved to caution those involved in various efforts to rescue mobile operator Cell C that any deal must meet “regulatory compliance requirements”.

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Cell C rescue deal must comply with the rules: Icasa

Big profit miss at Tencent sends Naspers, Prosus tumbling

Tencent posted quarterly earnings that missed the lowest analyst’s estimate after a weakening economy hurt advertisement revenue.

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Big profit miss at Tencent sends Naspers, Prosus tumbling

Telkom CEO blasts Icasa’s 5G licensing proposal

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said communications regulator Icasa is making a grave mistake in the way it proposes to license access to the 5G-suitable 3.5GHz radio frequency spectrum band.

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Telkom CEO blasts Icasa’s 5G licensing proposal

Post Office to retrench workers as jobs axe swings at SOEs

The Post Office is cutting several hundred jobs, the second state-owned company in as many days to detail plans to lay off workers as the government looks to slash its wage bill.

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Post Office to retrench workers as jobs axe swings at SOEs

As it bleeds fixed-line users, Telkom faces its day of reckoning

In the past year, Telkom lost 186 141 copper broadband lines but only gained 55 577 fibre connections. This has caused tremendous pressure on its revenue line.

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As it bleeds fixed-line users, Telkom faces its day of reckoning

Disney hit by technical glitches as it rolls out Netflix rival

Walt Disney’s much-anticipated debut of its new streaming video service was marred by technical glitches and crashes for some users, though it still stirred excitement online.

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Disney hit by technical glitches as it rolls out Netflix rival

Michael Jordaan’s Bank Zero readies for launch

Bank Zero, the digital bank backed by former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, is on track to launch in the first half of next year and is promising innovations to stamp out card fraud.

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Michael Jordaan’s Bank Zero readies for launch

Telkom sets date for 2G network switch-off

Telkom will terminate 2G services in March 2020, CEO Sipho Maseko said in an interview with TechCentral on Tuesday. It will be the first national operator in South Africa to do so.

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Telkom sets date for 2G network switch-off

Why Telkom is back at Cell C’s door

Telkom wants to buy Cell C in a plan that will include reducing its troubled rival’s debt and renegotiating contracts with suppliers, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

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Why Telkom is back at Cell C’s door

Imtiaz Patel to relinquish executive MultiChoice role

Long-serving MultiChoice Group director Imtiaz Patel will relinquish his executive duties in September 2020, the pay-television broadcaster said on Tuesday.

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Imtiaz Patel to relinquish executive MultiChoice role

Vodacom’s plan to leapfrog its rivals (again)

Not enough attention is paid to the extent to which Vodacom, the country’s largest mobile operator, leverages resources from (and executes the global strategy of) parent Vodafone.

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Vodacom’s plan to leapfrog its rivals (again)

Telkom poised to make a move on Cell C?

Telkom issued a cautionary notice to shareholders on Tuesday saying it is in discussions in relation to a possible acquisition – and the most likely target is Cell C.

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Telkom poised to make a move on Cell C?

Apple working on standalone AR, VR headset

Apple is working on a range of augmented and virtual reality devices underpinned by a new 3D sensor system, according to people familiar with the plans.

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Apple working on standalone AR, VR headset

Fixed-line bloodbath at Telkom

Though Telkom continues to invest in fibre-to-the-home broadband, the number of fixed lines in service fell by almost a quarter year on year in the six months to end-September 2019.

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Fixed-line bloodbath at Telkom

Telkom capex skyrockets as mobile base jumps 75%

Telkom’s spending on its mobile network has skyrocketed – with capital expenditure well above guidance – as it invests big money to ensure its network can keep pace with rapidly growing demand.

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Telkom capex skyrockets as mobile base jumps 75%

DStv rakes in subscribers, but they’re spending less on average

MultiChoice Group’s average revenue per user has fallen by 5% in South Africa as consumers continue to flock to lower-priced bouquets.

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DStv rakes in subscribers, but they’re spending less on average

Vodacom South Africa capex jumps 18%

Vodacom spent almost R4.8-billion on expanding and improving its network in South Africa in the six months to 30 September 2018, an 18.2% jump from the same period a year ago.

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Vodacom South Africa capex jumps 18%

Load shedding could strike at any time this week, Eskom warns

Eskom has warned that the supply of electricity remains constrained, with a probability of load shedding all week.

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Load shedding could strike at any time this week, Eskom warns

Amazon Web Services to invest R365-million in black ICT firms

Amazon Web Services plans to invest more than R365-million in developing 100% black-owned small ICT businesses in South Africa as part of an “equity equivalence” programme.

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Amazon Web Services to invest R365-million in black ICT firms

Vodacom bolstered by data demand, international growth

Vodacom Group eked out a 1.2% improvement in normalised operating profit for the six months ended 30 September 2019 on the back of 2.5% growth in both normalised revenue and service revenue.

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Vodacom bolstered by data demand, international growth

Will renewables cut electricity prices in South Africa? It’s complex

The transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energies is a global pursuit. But it’s faster and more intensive in some countries than others. Take the case of South Africa.

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Will renewables cut electricity prices in South Africa? It’s complex

Netflix is coming for password cheats

A coalition that includes Netflix is stepping up efforts to crack down on password sharing, discussing new measures to close a loophole that could be costing companies billions.

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Netflix is coming for password cheats