A year after having its offer to buy 20% of Telkom spurned by the South African government, Korea's KT Corp has agreed to pour US$140m into building a national fourth-generation (4G) mobile network in Rwanda that will serve 95% of that country's population.
By Duncan McLeod 11 Jun 2013 19:50
South Africa appears to be losing its status as the preferred investment destination on the continent for international technology companies. That honour, increasingly, is going to Kenya, which may be on the cusp of a technology-fuelled era of economic growth.
By Duncan McLeod 10 Jun 2013 09:09
Former Virgin Mobile SA CEO Steve Bailey has quit Nigeria's Glo Mobile after only a month on the job. Bailey resigned from Virgin at the end of May to take on the role of chief commercial officer at Glo, which is the second largest mobile phone operator in Nigeria after MTN.
By Duncan McLeod 18 Jul 2012 11:00
Technology group Altech has reported a 27% decrease in adjusted headline earnings per share, from 529c to 388c, on poor performance from its operations in West Africa and continuing underperformance of its businesses in East Africa.
By Duncan McLeod 25 Apr 2012 09:52
After years of rigorous debate, the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has finally issued the final draft minimum standard for the set-top box decoders that will be used to receive digital terrestrial television signals in SA. The draft spec outlines a basic receiver that does not include a return path for interactivity.
By Duncan McLeod 20 Apr 2012 09:24
Convergence Partners chairman Andile Ngcaba hinted strongly on Tuesday [20 March 2012] that he wants to build an African version of Telehouse Europe, the carrier-neutral colocation facility based in London's Docklands that serves as the main hub of internet traffic in the UK.
By Duncan McLeod 23 Mar 2012 10:29
The lack of fibre-optic transmission networks outside SA's main urban centres could prove a huge stumbling block to rolling out next-generation long-term evolution (LTE) networks in rural areas and add significant costs for operators wanting to meet roll-out obligations for these networks.
By Duncan McLeod 16 Mar 2012 09:44
TopTV has no immediate plans to introduce a personal video recorder (PVR) or high-definition (HD) broadcasts, despite earlier promises by former CEO Vino Govender, who recently left the pay-TV operator's employ, that it would introduce such products.
By Duncan McLeod 23 Feb 2012 13:43
Stellenbosch-based social networking company MXit has a one-year window of opportunity to improve and expand its products and services if it's going to fend off an onslaught of rival services like instant-messaging application WhatsApp, says its new CEO, Alan Knott-Craig.
By Duncan McLeod 14 Feb 2012 10:18
Simon Camerer, the man who "appointed" comedian Trevor Noah as Cell C's CEO ("chief experience officer") and who led the makeover of the cellular operator's brand, is set to take the top sales and marketing job at DStv operator MultiChoice on 1 February 2012.
By Duncan McLeod 30 Jan 2012 12:19