Rob Lith, Director of Connection Telecom (image: Connection Telecom)

Telkom’s cellular play – good news for local industry

April 23, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

The announcement by Telkom recently that it plans to replace almost 300 of its unprofitable copper-based exchanges with wireless 3G and LTE services is good news for the telecommunications industry. If anything, it’s an attractive offering that will not only improve connectivity speeds for businesses and consumers, reduce lag and high latency of...

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Anthony Laing, GM of networking at pan-African ICT group, XON (image: supplied)

Should telcos charge Google, Facebook?

April 22, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The furore around mobile termination rates as Cell C, Vodacom, MTN, Neotel and Telkom duke it out in the media, may well be grabbing headlines lately but really amounts to a minor, public lovers’ spat compared with what looms. The mobile networks are headed...

Roelof Louw, Senior Sales Consultant IT at T-Systems in South Africa (image: supplied)

Converged infrastructure gains traction in SA

April 16, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

For the past few years, the Cloud has been one of the fastest-growing technologies in the IT space, offering many benefits to organisations of all sizes. However, due to security concerns around the Public Cloud, many large enterprises have instead...

When something as major as the Heartbleed vulnerability happens, the impact is enormous (image: CNET)

What lesson Heartbleed bug teaches us

April 15, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

At Kaspersky Lab, my job not only involves analysing malware and vulnerabilities, or merely talking about the latest security threats – but a big part of it is to also trying to explain and educate users on how to build security. When doing so, some of...

Is optical media dead or alive? (image: Shutterstock)

Optical media – dead or alive?

April 10, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

Data volumes have increased exponentially, and as consumers and businesses we generate vast volumes of information every day, all of which needs to be stored. With the growing popularity and decreasing price of flash drives and portable hard drives, not to...

Mauritius – Africa’s shining beacon of social and economic stability tops several polls as the safest place to put your finances (image: Wikimedia)

Mauritius – An investment destination of choice

April 9, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

Making an investment in Africa is considered to be tricky business, with political instability and economic uncertainty two hurdles that can trip up the unwary. However, Mauritius – Africa’s shining beacon of social and economic stability tops several...

According to SAP, the energy industry in sub-Saharan Africa is at a crossroads. (image: file)

Can ICT help keep the lights on in Africa?

April 8, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Right now, the energy industry in sub-Saharan Africa is at a crossroads. Faced with booming demand from a growing industrial sector, urbanisation and an impatient consumer base, the region’s energy utilities must deal with a unique set of challenges that...

Andy Openshaw, Chief Executive Officer at Nashua Communications (image: file)

BYOD catching SA companies by surprise

April 4, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

Organisations in South Africa have been caught on the proverbial ‘back-foot’ when it comes to one of the fastest growing trends in the local IT industry, BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. With the fast-rising adoption of smart devices in SA, the percentage...

Richard Broeke, spokesperson for IT security provider, Securicom. (Image source: Securicom)

Mobile security vs Mobile Device Management – there’s a difference

April 2, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

Companies are going to have to move away from a mobile security stance to a mobile device management approach if they are going to embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) without compromising information security. Richard Broeke, an IT security expert at...

Hamilton Ratshefola, Director - General Business IBM South Africa   (image: IBM)

Connecting cloud to the bottom line

March 31, 2014 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

Cloud and big data are more than the current tech buzz words. In my opinion cloud and big data are set to play a decisive role in determining which enterprises grow their profits and global market share during the Africa continent’s ascendancy and which...