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  • Paul Fick, CTO, The Jasco Group. (Image source: Jasco Group)

    The importance of services in leveraging full value from ICT investment

    January 28, 2014 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on The importance of services in leveraging full value from ICT investment

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become a critical business enabler in today’s enterprises.  It enables greater efficiency, a more agile workforce and the ability to do business regardless of geographic boundaries.  The term ICT refers...

  • Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS). (Image source: Google/my-hds.com)

    Hitachi, SAP expand relationship with new offerings and deeper alignment

    January 24, 2014 • Company News, Southern AfricaComments Off on Hitachi, SAP expand relationship with new offerings and deeper alignment

    Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, and SAP AG today announced an expansion of their worldwide alliance by signing a global original equipment manufacturer (global OEM) agreement that introduces plans to include SAP...

  • Marketing and advertising executives believe email is stil the quickest and most cost effective way to reach customers. (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

    You don’t need new customers to grow?

    January 21, 2014 • OnlineComments Off on You don’t need new customers to grow?

    Many businesses think that the only way they can increase their revenue is by recruiting new customers. CEOs are under the mistaken belief that they need to shell out on a massive, slick advertising campaign in order to accomplish that. “Companies that...

  • Steve Briggs, Managing Director of Jasco Enterprise. (Image source: Jasco Enterprise)

    Harness the power of Customer Experience Management

    January 21, 2014 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Harness the power of Customer Experience Management

    New innovations at both a customer-facing and a back-office level can ensure the contact centre is able to turn customer relationships into valuable corporate assets In increasingly commoditised markets, the most important way for an organisation to...

  • 20 January 2014 – Liquid Telecom has been shortlisted in the Pushing The Limits Fixed category at The 2014 Telecoms.com Industry Awards for building Africa’s largest single fibre network. (Image source: File)

    Liquid Telecom’s fibre network pushes the limits

    January 20, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Liquid Telecom’s fibre network pushes the limits

    Liquid Telecom today announced that it has been shortlisted in the Pushing The Limits Fixed category at The 2014 Telecoms.com Industry Awards for building Africa’s largest single fibre network. This is Liquid Telecom’s first industry accolade in 2014 and...

  • Globalstar has launched a prepaid satellite service. (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

    Globalstar launches prepaid satellite service

    January 20, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, North AfricaComments Off on Globalstar launches prepaid satellite service

    Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd. today announced the launch of its new Pre-paid service in EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa). For the first time, consumers and commercial users can now benefit from the world’s most modern satellite...

  • For many low-cost manufacturers, the future lies in undeveloped regions such as Africa.  (image: REUTERS/George Esiri

    109% increase in Nigerian government website hacks

    January 18, 2014 • Security, West AfricaComments Off on 109% increase in Nigerian government website hacks

    In Africa, increased access to the internet has led to a rise in the number of websites being developed for businesses, NGOs, government departments and the like. However there has been a corresponding rise in the rate of Cyber-crime in Africa. Instead of...

  • Telkom’s CFO, Mr Jacques Schindehütte (Image source: Windi- http://bit.ly/KkLvCW)

    Telkom SA CFO faces disciplinary hearing today

    January 16, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom SA CFO faces disciplinary hearing today

    Telkom South Africa has confirmed that the confidential disciplinary hearing involving the Company’s CFO, Mr Jacques Schindehütte, on a matter of personal misconduct is scheduled to commence in Johannesburg today. This disciplinary hearing is the...

  • Robert Venter, Chief Executive of Altron. (Image source: Altron)

    Altron to dispose of R588 million non-core stake in Liquid

    January 15, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Altron to dispose of R588 million non-core stake in Liquid

    Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron) subsidiary, Altech, will dispose of its 8.6% stake in Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited (Liquid). Altech acquired the 8.6% stake as part of the disposal of its East African operations to Liquid in...

  • Mandre Stander, Samsung channel manager at Westcon-Comztek. (Image source: Westcon-Comztek)

    Westcon-Comztek appoints new Samsung channel manager

    January 14, 2014 • People, Southern AfricaComments Off on Westcon-Comztek appoints new Samsung channel manager

      Leading value-added distributor, Westcon-Comztek has placed further importance on establishing fruitful and profitable vendor and reseller partnerships by way of its appointment of Mandre Stander as Samsung channel manager. Reporting to Heinz Stephan,...

  • Kaspersky Lab (image: A.Penkov / Shutterstock.com)

    14% of companies in SA plan to restrict personal devices at work

    January 13, 2014 • Security, Southern AfricaComments Off on 14% of companies in SA plan to restrict personal devices at work

    Most companies see the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, where employees use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, as a growing threat to business. Yet, the percentage of companies taking measures to minimise this threat is relatively small,...

  • Lenovo, HP top 2013 PC sales (Image Credit:Blouin News)

    PC shipments take a major dip in 2013 – including in Africa

    January 13, 2014 • Hardware, Top StoriesComments Off on PC shipments take a major dip in 2013 – including in Africa

    Worldwide PC shipments totalled 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.9 per cent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of shipment decline....

  • Alice Munyua, who is leading the dotAfrica Reserve Name List (RNL) process. (Image source: Flickr/The Internet Society)

    Protecting e-interests within dotAfrica

    January 8, 2014 • Online, Southern AfricaComments Off on Protecting e-interests within dotAfrica

    The Mark Validation System (MVS) of the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) was the subject of a great deal of interest from African, Middle Eastern and South Asian trade marks and intellectual property law firms who were participating in the recent Dubai gathering of...

  • Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s in September, a follow-up to its flagship iPhone 5 model (image: Apple)

    Smartphones consumed seven times more data in 2013

    January 8, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Smartphones consumed seven times more data in 2013

    Smartphones launched in 2013 consumed more than seven times the data of one launched in 2009 and 40 percent more data than 2012 models, according to Actix’s latest research on global mobile users. Apple handsets dominate data use with almost twice the data...

  • Sony's PlayStation 4 console (image: Sony)

    PlayStation 4 sells 4.2 million units

    January 8, 2014 • Gadgets and GamingComments Off on PlayStation 4 sells 4.2 million units

    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced that cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) have reached 4.2 million as of December 28, 2013, demonstrating the explosive growth of the PS4 platform. “The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting...

  • Telecommunication authorities in Rwanda are confident of the country’s ability to meet the new deadline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. (Image source: Shutterstock)

    Rwanda fine-tunes digital switchover strategy

    January 8, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Rwanda fine-tunes digital switchover strategy

      Telecommunication authorities in Rwanda are confident of the country’s ability to meet the new deadline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. Media reports claim that more people have invested in the required Set-Top Boxes (STBs) as...