17 Apr 2012

IT & Telecommunications


The SKA's the limit... or not

After much hype and talk that South Africa is the preferred site for the Square Kilometre Array - and incidentally one of the largest investments in this country - it seems the project might end up being 'shared' between SA and Australia. This is despite even more talk from both sides that 'sharing' is not an option - so that comes about, the investment might not be as large as we had hoped, had we won the bid outright. Which is not to say we won't... or will... we just have to await the final decision, fingers crossed.

On the mobile front there are now claims that Turkcell tried to extort US$4.2bn from MTN... It seems things get murkier by the minute.

How should SA business spend their money? Paddy Hartdegen takes issue with Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, who apparently had some thoughts on the subject. Hartdegen points out that rather than trying to tell SA business what to do with their cash, Gigaba should rather start telling his fellows in government to stop sending out mixed signals. It makes business nervous, you see.

Oh kyk! 'Da Boss' is in town... For you food fanatics who sit glued to the magic box as Buddy Valastro and his team create (with some histrionics, to add flavour) yet another masterpiece for little Hank's party, or whatever, here's your chance to see the man in 'da flesh', so to speak. Why? How can this be? Because da 'Cake Boss' is due to bake up a storm in Cape Town.

Lastly, something for you petrol-heads out there - particularly those with around R1.4m in loose change aching to be spent... Our motoring editor, Henrie 'Schumacher' Geyser waxes lyrical on the 2012 Nissan GT-R, which seems to have made him weak at the knees - apparently quite a common reaction on the part of those of us who get all emotional when we spy a vision in metal (marred only by the e-tag, unfortunately).

Rod Baker, content director

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Turkcell tried to extort US$4.2bn from MTN
[Paul Vecchiatto] Cellular network operator MTN was approached by its Iranian mobile license rival Turkcell Iletism late last year in an attempt to "extort" the US$4.2 billion (R33 billion) the Turkish company is now claiming in a US court. Read more >>

Broadband can help move to low-carbon economies
[Thabiso Mochiko] A study released recently by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development has found that broadband can help the world to switch to a low-carbon economy and address climate change. Read more >>


Mobility is the new driver of IT strategy
[William Hardie] The hype around cloud computing has often tended to obscure an equally important development for enterprise technology strategy: The rise of mobility and the increasing consumerisation of IT. Read more >>

SKA, Telkom leave Northern Cape on hold
Rural dwellers caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, writes Sarah Wild. Read more >>

Tough arbitration fight awaits Telkom
[Nick Wilson] Telkom and ZTE Mzanzi, a telecoms infrastructure provider, are heading for a nasty arbitration battle. Judging by a statement Telkom released last week, after the court interdict that in effect stopped the rollout of its R13bn network upgrade and the conclusion of any service level agreement with the bidders, it is unlikely that the company will back down easily. Read more >>


Software service revenue to rise
Worldwide software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach US$14,5bn this year, a 17,9% rise from US$12,3bn last year, according to a report released last week by US-based technology research firm Gartner. Read more >>

Microsoft counting down to the end of Windows XP
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is counting down the days until it is through with the Windows XP operating system for personal computers. Read more >>

Samsung Galaxy smartphones protected by Norton
Norton by Symantec announced that Samsung Electronics will provide Norton Mobile Security an application for Android OS to select smartphone users worldwide. Samsung will offer a full-featured, complimentary 90-day subscription of Norton Mobile Security in multiple languages to Samsung Galaxy users through Samsung Apps. Read more >>

Kaspersky Lab offers 'Kaspersky Flashfake Removal Tool'
MOSCOW, RUSSIA: As recently published, Kaspersky Lab's experts analysed the Flashfake botnet and found a total of 670 000 infected computers worldwide, with more than 98% of the computers most likely running Mac OS X. Read more >>

PwC survey - Consumers' mobile broadband usage
LONDON, UK: Findings of a PwC survey on consumers' mobile broadband usage have found that mobile broadband operators risk losing revenue or failing to optimise network investments, because their data charges are unclear and because alternatives such as WiFi are becoming easier to access and are often free. Read more >>

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Informa comment: Sony's latest strategy
[Andrew Ladbrook] LONDON, UK: In the past week Sony announced that it was likely to post record losses of US$6.4bn. Later, new CEO Kazuo Hirai announced the latest strategy to try and turn the company around. Much of the talk focused on the idea of 'One Sony' but many have tried and failed to make Sony at least as valuable as the sum of its parts. Read more >>

DA says MTN fudging response to allegations
The Democratic Alliance (DA) believes that the response by Sifiso Dabengwa, president and CEO of the MTN Group (Ltd), to allegations of corruption and human rights violations is a fudge, and MTN, meanwhile says it was Turkcell's own failures and not MTN that had caused the Turkish group to lose out on the second cellular licence in Iran. Read more >>

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