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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

Date: 22 Apr 2014
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Episode 84: Agency focus - Source

Date: 2 Apr 2014
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Episode 82: An African Path to Success & Effective Measure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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Africa needs high quality solutions

Since its acquisition of iWayAfrica and Africa Online, pan African telecoms operator, Gondwana International Networks has focused on the development of its terrestrial and satellite network products and solutions.

23 Apr 2014 09:37

Telkom's cellular play - good news for local industry

The announcement by Telkom recently that it plans to replace almost 300 of its unprofitable copper-based exchanges with wireless 3G and LTE services is good news for the telecommunications industry.

By Rob Lith 22 Apr 2014 13:45

City of Cape Town's broadband achieves major milestone

The City is pleased to announce the signing of eight third-party service provider agreements, which is a major step in the City of Cape Town's Universal Broadband Network strategy. The fibre optic network has reached the point where it is robust and extensive enough to be leveraged off by the private sector.

18 Apr 2014 12:08

XDSL signs agreement with Dark Fibre Africa and Conduct

XDSL, a local internet service provider, has entered into an agreement with Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Conduct, DFAs last-mile fibre network subsidiary. The agreement provides XDSL with access to DFA's 8,000km of installed fibre, increasing the footprint and capacity of its national network. XDSL's clients can also rely on fast turnaround on fibre-to-the door connectivity with Conduct installing in just two to four weeks.

16 Apr 2014 11:35

Applications to register for gTLDs open soon

Applications to register domain names ending with .africa, .joburg, .capetown. and .durban open 1 May 2014. It is envisaged that these new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will exemplify Africa's growth and development, presenting an opportunity to identify the African continent and the main South African cities online.

By Donvay Wegierski and Janine Hollesen 16 Apr 2014 06:48

Internet exchange point opened in Swaziland

Late last week saw the African Union Commission (AUC) launch the internet exchange point (IXP) in Swaziland which will contribute to bringing efficiency in the routing of intra-country internet traffic and more secure exchange of intra-country internet traffic.

15 Apr 2014 09:51

Will Telkom's turnaround work?

It seems Telkom's Chief Executive Sipho Maseko has let slip its turnaround strategy but the big question is whether it can work.

By Gugu Lourie 14 Apr 2014 09:40

'Heartbleed' computer bug may rob you

South African internet users are advised to change their passwords on websites, and possibly even those used for their banks or financial institutions, after the discovery of the Heartbleed bug.

By Matthew Savides 14 Apr 2014 08:58

2014 Internet Banking SITEisfaction survey shows improvement in sector

Specialist online marketing research agency, Columinate, recently released its third annual 'Internet Banking SITEisfaction in South Africa' survey.

11 Apr 2014 12:03

Telkom's Maseko baulks at order to attend course

Telkom has instructed its lawyers to write a letter to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) demanding clarity on its decision that the group's Chief Executive‚ Sipho Maseko‚ attend a corporate governance and director's duties course.

By Thabiso Mochiko 11 Apr 2014 11:07

The battle for broadband

The fast-paced telecoms sector is one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa, but even so, we still lag behind the rest of the world in terms of internet penetration, speed and cost.

10 Apr 2014 11:03

Telkom plans to cut R1bn in costs a year

Telkom aims to cut R1bn in costs every year for the next five years as it restructures its business to revive its fortunes and unlock shareholder value‚ chief executive Sipho Maseko said.

By Thabiso Mochiko 10 Apr 2014 09:58

Consumers warned of email hacking for bank account details

Customers must prevent criminals from hacking into their email accounts to obtain bank account information or issue illicit instructions to their banks‚ the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has warned.

9 Apr 2014 09:38

Orange Horizons testing WiFi services in SA

Orange Horizons confirms that it has launched the initial research and test stage of its planned WiFi service offering in South Africa. Orange has partnered with Cape Town-based African Eagle Tourism, to provide free WiFi services within their fleet of vehicles.

7 Apr 2014 12:01

One-third of phishing attacks aim to steal money

According to the data collected for Kaspersky Lab's study Financial cyber threats in 2013, cybercriminals are trying harder than ever to acquire confidential user information and steal money from bank accounts by creating fake sites mimicking financial organisations.

4 Apr 2014 10:32

Blocking social media is not the answer to IT security risks

Like email, social media platforms have become a channel for the ingress of malware and a portal for data leaks. Like email, social media platforms have become an important channel for business communication and marketing. Like email, social media is here to stay. As with email, the associated security risks need to be managed, but blocking social media sites is not the solution to managing the IT security risks associated with the use of online platforms by employees.

31 Mar 2014 14:32

Mobile operators await termination fees ruling

Mobile operators MTN and Vodacom will know by today (31 March) whether they will have to cut their interconnection fees in half.

By Franny Rabkin 31 Mar 2014 07:28

Manufacturers move to the cloud

Manufacturers have one thing in common - they need to make themselves hassle free from a supply chain, distribution and services point of view. Many manufacturers are looking to cloud computing to improve their process, supply chain management, R&D as well as front and back office functions.

26 Mar 2014 13:38

Retailers miss deadline to foil online fraudsters

South African shopping websites have missed the deadline for a new payment system that would protect online shoppers from fraud.

26 Mar 2014 10:44

Text messages may save lives in flood-prone Africa

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages.

26 Mar 2014 06:23

Ties between software piracy and malware

Rather than hacking consumer PCs as well as home and business networks, cybercriminals are starting to rely upon the software piracy industry to leave the "security back door" open, enabling them to steal identities, passwords and your banking login details more easily.

24 Mar 2014 11:12

YouTube on crash course in SA

What do the fatal Pinetown truck crash, Miley Cyrus and a skincare company have in common?

24 Mar 2014 08:44

Three predictions for the future of the internet

It has been 25 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. Over the last two-and-a-half decades, we have experienced tremendous changes in how we share, access and consume information across the world's most powerful communication vehicle.

By Nathaniel Borenstein 21 Mar 2014 08:27

Solving the broadband challenge to leverage full cloud advantage

According to Ovum Research, next-generation broadband and cloud-based ICT services are two of the top emerging trends in the telecoms, media and technology space. These two trends are intrinsically interlinked, as the cloud requires fast, efficient and available bandwidth in order to deliver services and enable organisations of all sizes to leverage its many advantages.

By Paul Fick 20 Mar 2014 10:07

2014 MTN Radio Awards finalists announced

After an intensive adjudication process encompassing at least 2000 hours of listening and scoring, the finalists in the 2014 MTN Radio Awards have been determined.

19 Mar 2014 12:27

Wipro empowers rural KZN school

Wipro has launched a Computer Learning Incubator and a library at the Gobandlovu Primary School, Esikhawini, KwaZulu-Natal. The school is among those that lack both a library and basic computer equipment with internet access.

18 Mar 2014 16:11

T-Systems empowers the Emalahleni community

T-Systems in South Africa is empowering the community of Emalahleni, near Witbank, Mpumalanga, with the donation of 38 laptops including software, accessories and training, to 19 local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

17 Mar 2014 14:50

Stop illegitimate mails - save money and increase productivity

When the web was in its infancy, spam was a minor annoyance and not much more. However, as with all other aspects of the web, spam has evolved into something far more dangerous that is costing business enormously, in terms of bandwidth, productivity and down time.

17 Mar 2014 13:37

Data centres‚ cloud services key to MTN Business's growth plan

MTN Business‚ is set to open more data centres in key markets where it operates as it rolls out its cloud services and video-conferencing to more markets.

By Thabiso Mochiko 17 Mar 2014 07:39

MTN earnings up 27.3% to R13.86

MTN Group has reported a 27.5% rise in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to R13.86 for the year to December.

By Thabiso Mochiko 6 Mar 2014 09:20

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