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TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2014

TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2014

It was another busy year in South Africa’s technology industry. From the drama at the SABC to the drama over the splitting of the department of communications, it’s been an interesting news year, but a frustrating one for the sector. We know what our favourite stories were in 2014

IHS wins Airtel tower deal

IHS wins Airtel tower deal

Fast-growing African-focused tower operator IHS Holding has won another deal to operate towers on behalf of a mobile operator, this time involving 1 100 sites from Bharti Airtel in Zambia and Rwanda. The latest deal expands IHS’s tower footprint in Africa to 21 000. Operators typically sell

SA flounders as TV deadline looms

SA flounders as TV deadline looms

Next year was meant to be a big one for South Africa’s technology industry. Years ago, under the Mbeki administration, the government agreed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that the country would switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts by 17 June 2015. Countries

TalkCentral: Ep 118 – ‘Puppet master’

TalkCentral: Ep 118 – ‘Puppet master’

It’s the last TalkCentral podcast of 2014. In this week’s show, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about TechCentral’s Newsmakers of 2014 and why we chose who we did. Also on the special edition of the podcast this week, Duncan and Regardt pick the winner and loser

Blue Label calls off buyout talks

Blue Label calls off buyout talks

Blue Label Telecoms is no longer in discussions with an unnamed party that had expressed an interest in buying it. “Shareholders are referred to the company’s cautionary announcement first made on 1 October 2014. Blue Label considers that insufficient progress has been made in relation

SA Newsmakers of 2014

SA Newsmakers of 2014

Here they are, TechCentral’s South African Newsmakers of 2014. These are the individuals, in ascending order from five to one, who we believe were the most newsworthy in the technology and telecommunications space this year, for good reasons and bad. Also, check out our International Newsmakers

DA seeks Icasa council minutes

DA seeks Icasa council minutes

The Democratic Alliance has filed an application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act seeking access to the minutes of every meeting held by the council of communications regulator Icasa since May this

Telkom, Blue Label kiss and make up

Telkom, Blue Label kiss and make up

Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms have settled a dispute in which the two companies were claiming billions of rand from each other following the failure of Multi-Links in Nigeria. In separate statements sent to shareholders before

Ditch the politics, IDC tells SA

Ditch the politics, IDC tells SA

South Africa is falling beyond many other markets in Africa, including Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria, in information and communications technology, a leading research and consulting firm said on Tuesday. The International Data Corp has warned

Cell C promises network stability

Cell C promises network stability

Cell C has completed a major radio access network upgrade project that it says will go a long way to addressing instability issues that have affected its customers in Gauteng. At the same time, the upgrade project has paved the way

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