Award-wining Duncan McLeod is the founder and editor of TechCentral (, @TechCentral]]), South Africa's latest technology news site offering breaking news, in-depth analysis and opinion that launched in September 2009. Before that, he was associate editor at the Financial Mail/FM. Contact Duncan on email duncan at techcentral dot co dot za and follow him on Twitter at @mcleodd.
Our turnaround is done, Telkom declares

Despite reporting a further 6,5% decline in the number of fixed lines in service to just 3,2m, Telkom has declared that it has completed a three-year turnaround strategy and is now ready for growth...

By Duncan McLeod 6 Jun 2016

Free SA domains, websites from Microsoft

Microsoft has joined rival Google in offering free domains and websites to small and medium enterprises in South Africa.

By Duncan McLeod 7 Nov 2013

KT Corp to build Rwanda 4G network

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

SA losing to Kenya in tech race

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

Microsoft in major push into Africa

The software maker has partnered with China's Huawei to launch a low-cost, Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere as part of a broad new focus on the continent.

By Duncan McLeod 5 Feb 2013

Kenyan gov't embraces open source

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

By Duncan McLeod 10 Sep 2012

Telkom in need for speed

Telkom's investing in new network infrastructure must be welcomed, even though it will take time to make the faster speeds widely available

By Duncan McLeod 10 Sep 2012

Nigeria frets over Kenya ICT

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

By Duncan McLeod 21 Aug 2012

Bailey quits Glo over salary dispute

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

Flame malware constitutes a 'cyber weapon'

Kaspersky Lab argues there is an urgent need for an international convention to control the use of cyber weapons.

By Duncan McLeod 1 Jun 2012

Wasace super cable: more details emerge

The company behind the planned 40Tbit/s Wasace cable [David Ross Group] says the African leg of the submarine system will be ready for service in early 2014. And it's coming to SA.

By Duncan McLeod 11 May 2012

Rest of Africa drags down Altech full-year results

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

Digital TV set-top box draft spec unpacked

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

SA's giant new sub-sea cable is here

The 14 000km West African Cable System (WACS), the first new sub-sea telecommunications cable along Africa's west coast since Sat-3 was launched 11 years ago, will be launched officially in about a month's time.

By Duncan McLeod 13 Apr 2012

Ngcaba wants to build Africa's Telehouse

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

Rural broadband: why it's so hard to do

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

TopTV shelves HD plans

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

Only half of TopTV buyers still subscribe

DStv rival TopTV has sold 360 000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company's chairman and acting CEO, Eddie Mbalo, has revealed.

By Duncan McLeod 22 Feb 2012

One year to get it right, says MXit boss

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

Sentech loses high court battle

South African state-owned broadcast signal distribution company Sentech has lost a high court battle with sister company eBotswana over the piracy of television signals in Botswana.

By Duncan McLeod 13 Feb 2012

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