13 Nov 2012

IT & Telecommunications


The end is nigh...

With five more weekly newsletters to go, and just a few more sleeps until you find yourself pushing and shoving in a crowded shopping mall searching for that one last gift, the news flow is yet to slow! All 26 of our industry newsletters are jam-packed with what's what with the who's who.

The annual Checkers/Shoprite Toy 4 Toy campaign launched this week, so if you have any new or used toys laying about that little Susie's outgrown, why not donate them to a less fortunate child. The campaign runs until early December.

After Randall Abrahams handed over the SAMA CEO baton to Nlanhla Sibisi, the 2013 MTN South African Music Awards is now open for entries. Look out for a few category changes here and there, and have your entries in by 30 November 2012. As my father recites whenever buying his tata ma chance ticket, you have to be in it, to win it...

Still on the topic of winning, well done to the KZN-based African Centre for Crop Improvement for scoring its first award! Conferred by A Green Revolution for Africa for "exceptional contributions to food security in Africa", the ACCI received its award from Nobel peace prize laureate Kofi Annan.

Lastly, in an endeavour to keep our coasts clean and our marine life protected, the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape coasts will soon have bins in which fishermen can discard broken or used line. The project, successfully implemented along the Overberg's Gansbaai shoreline, uses PVC pipe as bins for fishing line. According to John Kieser, sustainability manager of Plastics|SA, the project has received plenty of support from the public and fishermen have also welcomed the initiative. Well done to all involved!

Sindy Peters: Group Head, Content

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Telkom needs 'worthy' successor says Solidarity
Telkom needs to find a "worthy successor" to chief executive Nombulelo "Pinky" Moholi, trade union Solidarity said on Monday. Read more >>


DA wants Telkom fully privatised
Telkom must be fully privatised to prevent it from plunging into a crisis the Democratic Alliance said on Monday. Read more >>

Cellphone jamming is illegal says Icasa
The use of a device to jam cellular phone signals, privately or publicly, is illegal, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Wednesday. Read more >>

Broadband and infrastructure in spotlight at IT summit
The 4th annual IT Leaders Africa Summit will be held in Johannesburg on 13 and 14 March 2013. The summit is hosted and produced by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events. Read more >>

Intact expands product range with three new brands
Intact Software Distribution, the distribution house responsible for the Avira and G Data security software brands in South Africa, has expanded its product range, offering three new brands as part of its comprehensive security software portfolio. Read more >>

LCR sector benefits from cell price war
A fierce price war among South Africa's mobile operators is giving least-cost routing (LCR) a new lease on life by offering businesses of all sizes a range of opportunities to slice national and international call costs. Read more >>

Nashua Communications streamlines business operations
Nashua Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE listed Reunert Limited, has streamlined its business operations and re-launched itself as a key ICT player after having recently merged with Nashua ECN. Read more >>

DiData report reveals latest trends in contact centres
The unprecedented pace of technological change, coupled with maturing customer service expectations, is driving a transformation in the way that organisations source, implement, manage and support technology in contact centres. This change is less about the capabilities of the new technology, than about the infrastructure's ability to deliver the highest levels of availability, flexibility, agility and mobility. Read more >>


Neotel adds 30‚000 clients in six months to September
[Thabiso Mochiko] Telecommunications group Neotel has added 30‚000 new consumer clients in the six months to September‚ taking its total subscribers to 130‚000‚ it said on Wednesday. It grew enterprise customers by 18% to 2‚400 during the same period. Read more >>

Evolutions in the printer industry
[Heinrich Pretorius] Printer technology has by no means remained static over the years, even though the concept of the paperless office may never have materialised, and printers still form a vital part of day-to-day business. Computers, processors and the latest gadgets often get all of the publicity, but behind the scenes the humble printer has continued to evolve. Read more >>


Twitter 'unintentionally' resets passwords
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Some people logging onto Twitter this week had their passwords reset after a routine security precaution was applied to more users than intended. Read more >>


Neotel wants 150 000 subscribers this year
[Thabiso Mochiko] Telecommunications group Neotel has added 30‚000 new customers to its network in the six months to September‚ taking its total subscribers to 130‚000‚ it said on Wednesday. It grew enterprise customers by 18% to 2‚400 during the same period. Read more >>


King opposed to JSE results publication rules
[Evan Pickworth] The doyen of global financial regulation‚ Prof Mervyn King‚ drove a spoke into the wheels of the JSE's efforts to scale down rules on the publication of listed companies' financial results. Read more >>

Business Connexion's revenue up to R5,8bn
[Thabiso Mochiko] Business Connexion's (BCX) share price rose by 4% in early trading after the reporting its best results in eight years. Read more >>

Convergence Partners exits African satellite venture
[Thabiso Mochiko] A consortium led by Convergence Partners‚ formed by businessman Andile Ngcaba‚ has sold its 25.1% stake in New Dawn to Intelsat SA for an undisclosed sum. Read more >>

Datacentrix launches cloud computing offering
Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions, has officially introduced its cloud computing offering, aimed at assisting enterprise-level customers in meeting their off-premise outsourcing needs. Read more >>


New app offers members discounts on luxury items
Recently launched by Liveoutloud at one of its events in the Sandton Audi Centre, the new Playoutloud App contains a cache of luxury goods worth over R5.7m and offers a competitive format to an exclusive subscriber base, which is limited to 500 members. Read more >>

New free app access to BizRadio
A new free app allows iOS and Android users one-click access to BizRadio's live streams and archived podcasts. Developed by local software solutions house and BizRadio sponsor DVT, the app extends the station's reach from its web portal. Read more >>

Windows 8 expected to make rapid inroads
Microsoft and Nokia, are making their play in the smartphone market with Windows Phone 8, the mobile operating system that is set to occupy third place in the market for the foreseeable future. Read more >>

Kaseya appoints Synergy Group as value added reseller
Kaseya, a leading provider of IT systems management software, has boosted its ability to penetrate the financial services market in South Africa, following the appointment of Synergy Group as a Kaseya value added reseller (VAR). Read more >>

Survey reveals a third of businesses are not protected
Antivirus software is the most popular way of ensuring an organisation's IT security, however 33% of companies still have not managed to fully deploy even this fundamental protection system. This conclusion was reached by B2B International analysts following a July 2012 survey of IT specialists in 20 countries. Read more >>

Microsoft LAR Partner of the Year award goes to DiData
Dimension Data South Africa has won the Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) Partner of the Year 2012 award at the annual Microsoft Partner Awards event. Read more >>

Binary Tree selected for migration to Microsoft Office 365
Binary Tree, a provider of software solutions for migrating to Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office 365, announced that Microsoft has selected Binary Tree migration and coexistence technology to streamline the migration process for customers moving from Lotus Notes/Domino environments to Microsoft Office 365. Read more >>

New malware downloads paid apps without user's knowledge
Experts at G Data Security Labs have discovered a new type of Android malware that downloads paid apps without the knowledge of the smartphone or tablet user. The malware is hidden in fake GO Weather, Travel Sky or E-Strong File Explorer apps and is being distributed through various Chinese websites and third-party provider app marketplaces. Read more >>

Apple still perched high, but seems vulnerable
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Apple, the world's biggest and perhaps most admired company, seems to have lost some of its luster. Read more >>

Google gives itself room to move
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google revamped its search pages from Tuesday so that now the search results have more space as the tools have shifted to the top of the screen. Read more >>

Problems in Europe, Asia force Ericsson's profits down
Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson reported a 42% drop in net profit in the third quarter amid increasing difficulties in the European and Asian markets. Read more >>

Apple must pay US$368m for patent infringement
WASHINGTON, UNITES STATES: Apple has been ordered to pay US$368M for patent infringement in its use of Facetime, an application that allows for video calls on mobile devices, the plaintiff said on Wednesday. Read more >>

More International...

Gabon suspends Dotcom's new megaupload site
LIBREVILLE, GABON: Gabon's government has suspended the website, www.me.ga, which internet tycoon Kim Dotcom planned to use to launch a new version of his defunct Megaupload file-sharing site. Read more >>

Egypt prosecutor orders ban on internet pornography
CAIRO, EGYPT: Egypt's state prosecutor ordered a ban on internet pornography after a previous court order to do so was not implemented. Read more >>

More Africa...

Hawks probe R23m contract
An information technology contract worth R23m, awarded by the Gauteng finance department, is under investigation by the Hawks, according to the Sunday Independent. Read more >>

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