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Skyrove to take on mobile incumbents

Skyrove, a specialist wireless hotspot company, plans to launch an audacious bid for national radio frequency spectrum and, if it gets it, it plans to build a network to take on the country’s incumbent mobile operators. The company, run by CEO Henk Kleynhans, plans to participate in an auction for national radio frequency in the 2,6GHz ba

SA set to abandon digital TV standard (corrected)

SA looks likely to ditch its 2006 decision to adopt Europe’s digital video broadcasting terrestrial (DVB-T) standard for digital terrestrial television. That’s the word from communications department director-general Mamodupi Mohlala, who* Communications department director-general Mamodupi Mohlala says that although SA has not decided on a future digital broadcasting standard, experts have advised the department that […]

Is a price war looming in local Web hosting?

Is a price war looming in the local Web hosting market? It appears that big changes may be coming that could put a smile on the faces of executives at SA companies, especially those running small and medium enterprises. SA consumers and businesses have long complained about the high cost of hosting their websites in […]

Eskom rakes in huge profit

Eskom posted a R3,6bn net profit for the 2009/10 year, the electricity parastatal said on Wednesday. The previous year the utility had reported a R9,7bn loss. Revenue had increased by 31% to R71bn in the 2009/10 year from R54bn in 2008/09, the utility said. This was due to an increase in gigawatt hours sold and […]

SA youngsters choose MXit over Facebook

Mobile instant messaging provider MXit was voted number one by SA youth, beating a formidable list of global players like Facebook, YouTube and Yahoo, a survey showed on Wednesday. The survey, which was part of the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey, interviewed more than 5 800 youth from six provinces. MXit took first place for best cellphone application and best social networking applica

Dated software mars Samsung’s new OmniaPro

The first thing that came to mind when I unpacked Samsung’s new B7330 OmniaPro smartphone was that it looked almost exactly like a Nokia E72. Complete with a large screen and Qwerty keyboard, I thought someone had accidentally slipped a Nokia device into the box. The OmniaPro runs Windows Mobile 6.5, which, like the Symbian […]

Digital TV may be delayed, says Nyanda

The final switch-over date from analogue to digital broadcasting could be delayed by at least a few months, communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda said on Tuesday. This was due to a review of the technical standards currently being undertaken, he told the national assembly’s communications committee. The department of communications surprised the broadcasting industry recently when it said it was no longer necessarily committed to the European digital video

Telkom offers way to fix pay disparities

Telkom has submitted a proposal to resolve salary disparities among employees in two of its divisions, trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday. “Employees’ discontentment over the salary disparities has reached boiling point, but Telkom’s new proposal is a clear indication that the company recognises the seriousness of the situation and

Huge Group grows, but uncertainty lingers

AltX-listed Huge Group has posted a strong turnaround in its fortunes in the past six months, converting a R5,9m loss in the six months to 31 August 2009 into a profit for the full year to 28 February of R8,1m on revenues that fell from R608,5m to R573,5m. The group has done this, it says, by improving operational efficiencies and

No easy answers in content debate

The debate about how, when and whether publishers should charge for the content they provide is reaching fever pitch. Facing some hard economic realities, an increasing number of publishers are looking to monetise their properties by putting walls around some or all of their content and charging for it

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