Craig Wilson is an ICT journalist and speaker based in Johannesburg. He is deputy editor at TechCentral, the South African source for technology news, reviews and opinion, and regularly provides insight into the technology industry for radio and television. Email him at az.oc.lartnechcet@giarc, follow @craigwilson on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn.
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Fibre player Gilat headed SA's way

The Israeli connectivity company has big plans to expand its operations in Africa, including setting up a South African office.

By Craig Wilson 2 Jul 2013

Why 2G is Africa's mobile future

Though parts of Africa already have 4G networks, 2G will remain the most common form of connectivity on the continent for the rest of the decade, according to a new report from Ericsson.

By Craig Wilson 5 Jun 2013

Safaricom to ditch feature phones

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Craig Wilson 25 Feb 2013

Google: Kenya may be Africa's tech leader

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Craig Wilson 28 Jan 2013

$14,5bn tech city to rise in Kenya

Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki will preside over a ceremony next week to break ground on a new US$14,5bn technology town called Konza City.

By Craig Wilson 18 Jan 2013

Africa slow to adopt smartphones

Although smartphones penetration continues to grow worldwide, increasing demand for data in the process, Africa will remain behind developed markets for the foreseeable future, a new research report suggests.

By Craig Wilson 29 Nov 2012

Now Congo's VMK launches a smartphone

The Congo-Brazzaville company has released an African-designed Android-powered smartphone.

By Craig Wilson 2 Nov 2012

Commission seeks heftier Telkom fine

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.

By Craig Wilson 14 Sep 2012

Arrest in $3,8m MTN fraud probe

The mobile operator's Ugandan subsidiary appears to have been taken for a ride by one of its suppliers after allegedly receiving falsified invoices worth millions of dollars for equipment it never received.

By Craig Wilson 12 Sep 2012

Zim's Econet forced to reconnect NetOne

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Craig Wilson 27 Aug 2012

Bizarre twist in .africa tale

DotConnectAfrica claims that both it and UniForum have legitimate claims to the forthcoming .africa domain, even though the former failed to apply for it.

By Craig Wilson 20 Aug 2012

How data journalism could save the media

Knight International journalism fellow and open-data advocate Justin Arenstein says the rise of digital platforms holds big surprises in store for SA media.

By Craig Wilson 6 Aug 2012

Africa wrap: Kenya to combat counterfeit phones

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Craig Wilson 12 Jul 2012

Dark days for BlackBerry as RIM implodes

These are dark days for BlackBerry and Research in Motion (RIM). Though the Canadian company's smartphones continue to sell well in some emerging markets, including SA, consumers at the higher end - they are the more profitable segment for handset manufacturers - are abandoning it for the Apple iPhone and devices running Google's Android operating system.

By Craig Wilson 3 Jul 2012

Gloves off in mobile price war

It's no secret that despite having the longest-standing mobile networks on the continent, SA still has some of the highest mobile call rates in Africa. This week, Cell C went some way to correcting that when it announced it was cutting prepaid rates, and hinted that new post-paid pricing will follow soon, but there's arguably still a long way to go.

By Craig Wilson 18 May 2012

What it takes to build a subsea cable

The multibillion-rand Wacs cable has just gone live along Africa's west coast. But just what does it take to make a project of this magnitude happen, besides boatloads of money?

By Craig Wilson 15 May 2012

Darren Scott in online radio venture

Former Jacaranda FM deejay and SuperSport presenter Darren Scott has launched an online radio station called Ballz and he is hoping it will shake up the broadcasting landscape in SA.

By Craig Wilson 2 May 2012

What WACS really means for SA consumers

Next month, the gigantic West African Cable System (WACS) will come online, bringing around 400Gbit/s of submarine fibre capacity to SA at launch. But what does this increase in capacity mean for SA consumers and internet service providers?

By Craig Wilson 20 Apr 2012

Most cable spending directed at Africa

Between 2010 and 2013, investors will spend more on submarine cable systems in Africa than anywhere else in the world, a new report from TeleGeography shows.

By Craig Wilson 19 Apr 2012

Another day, another cable system

Five years ago, South Africa had one cable, Sat-3, running down Africa's west coast and connecting it to the global internet. Today the continent is surrounded by high-capacity cables, with plenty more, even bigger systems to come.

By Craig Wilson 18 Apr 2012

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