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dotAfrica domain available in September 2014

February 4, 2014 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on dotAfrica domain available in September 2014

The general availability of the dotAfrica (.africa) Top Level Domain (TLD) is expected to commence in September 2014, following the expiry of the Sunrise and Land Rush periods which are scheduled to commence in May 2014. That’s according to Neil Dundas, ZA Central Registry (ZACR) Chief Operating Officer. “dotAfrica (.africa) domains will be...

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SME demand pushes up interest in SA’s PayU

February 4, 2014 • Online & Social, Southern AfricaComments Off on SME demand pushes up interest in SA’s PayU

PayU, South Africa’s leading online payment solutions provider, doubled its merchant count during 2013. The significant increase is made up of merchants from various industries, with a notable increase in general retail. New merchants signed over the last...

ContinuitySA invests R9.8 million to meet growing demand, improve services

February 4, 2014 • Company News, Southern AfricaComments Off on ContinuitySA invests R9.8 million to meet growing demand, improve services

ContinuitySA, Africa’s premier provider of business continuity management consulting and services, recently concluded a set of major capital projects aimed at upgrading its IT and physical infrastructure. “It’s safe to say that IT is now the...

Zambia ups its technology profile

February 4, 2014 • Features, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Zambia ups its technology profile

  Located in South-Central Africa, Zambia forms part of a region that is fast emerging as one with high growth prospects because of a strong technology base and increasing rates of adoption. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) statistics reveal...

Kaspersky Lab uncovers vulnerability in Windows OS

Why anti-virus alone is no silver bullet

February 4, 2014 • Security, Southern AfricaComments Off on Why anti-virus alone is no silver bullet

The high profile hacks that have flooded the news over the last year have shown that traditional security measures are no longer a match for the complex threats of today. Any business that relies only on anti-virus (AV) to secure its systems and endpoints is...

More satellite broadband heading South Africa’s way?

February 2, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on More satellite broadband heading South Africa’s way?

Globecomm Systems, a leading global provider of managed network communication solutions, has announced a contract extension with Avanti to deploy satellite broadband services to thousands of businesses in South Africa. Operating from Cape Town and...

VoIP buying guide for small businesses

Strategic acquisition sees BitCo servicing NW Province

February 2, 2014 • Company News, Southern AfricaComments Off on Strategic acquisition sees BitCo servicing NW Province

Residents of Rustenburg and surrounding areas can look forward to reliable high speed Internet for business and home as BitCo acquires local WISP and expands coverage into the North West province. BitCo’s resolution to have representation in every province...

Voice biometrics solves most authentication problems

January 31, 2014 • Southern AfricaComments Off on Voice biometrics solves most authentication problems

Voice biometrics is one of those technologies: it changes the game. It’s not in wide use anywhere in the world, yet, but it’s going to be the norm for authenticating identity within the next few years. It’s been worked on and refined for almost fifteen...

New Chief Legal Counsel for MTN Group

January 31, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, People, Southern AfricaComments Off on New Chief Legal Counsel for MTN Group

MTN Group has appointed Michael Fleischer to the position of Group Chief Legal Counsel, effective 1 February 2014. A seasoned legal professional and experienced business executive, Fleischer joins MTN Group from Gold Fields Limited, where he was Executive...

Telecel Zimbabwe moves into mobile money market

January 30, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Telecel Zimbabwe moves into mobile money market

Telecel Zimbabwe this week launched its mobile money transfer service, telecash, which allows subscribers to use mobile phones to send money to anyone on any network, pay bills and pay for groceries and other goods and services. Announcing the launch of...

Top five business continuity risks for 2014: Is extreme part of your thinking?

January 30, 2014 • Company News, Southern AfricaComments Off on Top five business continuity risks for 2014: Is extreme part of your thinking?

  At the beginning of 2013, ContinuitySA warned that business risks were becoming more complex and intertwined, and so much harder to predict and plan for. But this year they are also becoming more extreme. “As the world becomes more interconnected,...

Meet SAP AG’s new COO for EMEA

January 30, 2014 • People, Southern AfricaComments Off on Meet SAP AG’s new COO for EMEA

SAP AG today announced that Darren Roos from South Africa has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa. As COO, Roos will be responsible for the successful operation of SAP’s entire EMEA business – from...

Cell C CEO steps down

High call charges: South African telcos weigh in

January 30, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on High call charges: South African telcos weigh in

Certain service providers within South Africa’s telecommunication industry have voiced their approval of the announcement of new Call Termination Rates by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). On 29 January the regulatory body...

T-Systems acquires South Africa’s Intervate for undisclosed amount

January 30, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on T-Systems acquires South Africa’s Intervate for undisclosed amount

T-Systems in South Africa has announced its acquisition of Intervate, a local specialist provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions. The move empowers T-Systems to deliver innovative new solutions to business customers that encompass the...

South Africa’s Mxit taps into Indian market

January 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa’s Mxit taps into Indian market

Mxit, the South African mobile social network, has today announced the first phase of its expansion strategy for the emerging market with the launch of Mxit in India and the release of Mxit 7 for Android and BlackBerry users. Available for download across...

Consider this before investing in a start-up

January 28, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Consider this before investing in a start-up

  Much has been written about the growth of Africa’s technology-focused startup business ecosystem. In strong emerging markets like Kenya, stakeholders – including venture capitalists, angel investors and multinationals, are continuing with...