18 Sep 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Telkom in the firing line

There are some people who might be forgiven for having a sense of schadenfreude at the news that while Telkom is appealing against the fine it got for uncompetitive behaviour, the Competition Commission is also appealing - for a heftier fine. For years South Africans from all walks of life have bemoaned Telkom's high charges. Organisations need to know that when people reckon they are being ripped off, there can be consequences.

Good news for Denel is that a new agreement strengthens Denel Aerostructures' role in A400M manufacturing. It's hoped that the development will contribute significantly to the financial turnaround of the South African company and confirm its position as a top-tier supplier on the world's most advanced military airlifter.

There's more to climate change than just higher food prices... Robbie Louw writes that recent research, conducted in Cambridge, Massachusetts, links the social unrest that plagued the world during 2008/9 and 2011 to high world food prices. The research linked 28 events of social unrest in 22 countries, in which more than 12,000 people died, to the food price index exceeding a critical level.

In the wake of the Woolies saga, the government has plans to strengthen the employment equity law.

Finally, from a man who himself epitomises French flair and panache, our tame motoring editor, Henrie Geyser reckons that the new Renault Fluence literally oozes French flair.

Rod Baker, content director

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Commission seeks heftier Telkom fine
[Craig Wilson] Not only is Telkom appealing against the Competition Tribunal's ruling that found the fixed-line operator guilty of anticompetitive behaviour, but now the Competition Commission has filed a "cross appeal" against sections of the tribunal's findings and wants Telkom to face a higher penalty than the R449m the tribunal imposed in August. Read more >>


Datacentrix centralises support offerings at control centre
Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions, has invested in a multi-million Rand monitoring and control centre, in order to further improve customer satisfaction and availability on a 24/7 basis. The centre has allowed the company to centralise all support offerings at its Samrand-based offices in Midrand, Gauteng, underpinned by shared world-class facilities and sophisticated monitoring and control tools. Read more >>


Uncapped internet may be throttled, users should shop around
MWEB suggests that consumers consider all aspects of a product offering when evaluating their options on uncapped ADSL to make sure they understand what they are signing up for, especially where usability and speeds are concerned. Read more >>

Friedrich Lindenberg to talk at Hacks Hackers Cape Town
Hacks Hackers Cape Town has managed to organise data scraper and data journalism champion, Friedrich Lindenberg, to talk to delegates this Friday evening, 14 September 2012 from 5.30pm-8pm. Read more >>


Launch of wireless access solution for VoIP SME clients
Euphoria Telecom is launching a wireless access solution for VoIP providers seeking better quality than ADSL for their SME clients in the country's main centres. It will be available in Johannesburg during September 2012 for all VoIP service providers. In coming months, coverage will extend to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Read more >>

ICT enabler SEACOM appoints new chief commercial officer
SEACOM, the pan-African ICT enabler, has appointed Byron Clatterbuck as its chief commercial officer (CCO) with immediate effect. Read more >>


Mango goes mobi
Low-cost airline Mango is reported to have become the first African airline to offer a near complete portfolio of products and services through its mobi-site and tablet applications. The functionality, available from 20 September, will make it possible for South Africans to book and pay for flights, choose seating and purchase ancillary products on the go. Read more >>

Huawei celebrates 11 years in Uganda
[Jude Bukenya] Huawei Technologies, a global ICT service provider, has celebrated its 11 years of business in Uganda. Read more >>

In the global village, does geography still matter?
[Bruce von Maltitz] Saying that we're living in a global village, or a virtual world, is stating the obvious. Video calling, high-speed Internet, social media and teleconferencing have given us the ability to connect instantly, regardless of our location. Nowhere is this more obviously demonstrated than in the realm of call centres, where customers in countries such as the UK and US regularly interact with support services in the Philippines, India and, of course, South Africa. Read more >>


Ten drivers of cloud computing for South African businesses
[Andre Joubert] While cloud computing remains a rather fluffy concept for many South African business people, local businesses are increasingly using cloud-based applications - many without realising that they are "in the cloud" at all. Read more >>

Facebook could capture 50% of global search market in just a few years
LONDON, UK: CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that Facebook has every intention of giving Google a run for its money by marrying social networking with one of the most valuable areas of the technology industry: Search. The search market represents a "big opportunity" that Facebook is uniquely positioned to address, said Zuckerberg at a tech industry conference in San Francisco recently. Read more >>

comScore, Arbitron to launch groundbreaking cross-platform media measurement initiative
COLUMBIA and RESTON, US: Arbitron Inc and comScore have announced an agreement to develop the first-ever five-platform measurement initiative that would provide an unparalleled view of changing consumption of video, audio and display content across radio, television, PCs, smartphones and tablets. Read more >>

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Copper cable theft in the Western Cape to be discussed at key industry forum - IIR
The introduction of the new Second Hand Goods Act is one of the most significant developments taking place in the fight against copper cable theft. This is according to Bernard Maguire, Executive Member of the Metals Recycling Association and Sidney Arnold, General Manager Network Operations at MTN. Read more >>


Stay ahead of the BYOD and mobile security trends in your enterprise - IIR
The Institute for International Research (IIR SA) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Mobile Security & BYOD Summit in October this year. Read more >>

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