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Symbian isn’t dead (yet)

For some reason there seems to be a “Symbian is dead” meme floating around at the moment. Discussions with some of the infected victims suggest that it’s related to a misunderstanding of Nokia’s Symbian roadmap and the respective roles of Symbian and Maemo in Nokia’s strategy. Firstly, Nokia isn’t dumping Symbian. Despite all its weaknesses Symbian had over 40% smartphone market share in the first quarter of 2010. It’s the dominant platform with more than twice

ZA Tech Show: Episode 117

Simon Dingle and Ben Kelly more than compensate for their absent fellow panellists this week as they discuss Apple’s iOS4, the iPhone 4, Android fragmentation, government’s definition of broadband, Vodacom’s LTE demonstration, Telkom’s financial results, and much more

Vodacom won’t refarm spectrum for 3G

Vodacom has no plans to offer third-generation (3G) cellphone services in the 900MHz band, especially not in urban areas, because there is insufficient spectrum available. The operator confirmed earlier this month that it is testing 3G on half a dozen rural base stations. But it says it will be impossible to offer these services in […]

MTN says no talks with India’s Loop Telecom

MTN is not in discussions to acquire a stake in India’s Loop Telecom, the JSE-listed telecommunications group said on Monday. This followed a report in India’s Business Standard newspaper that the two telecoms providers were in talks. The newspaper did not name its sources, merely citing people close to the developments

Vodacom comes out firing at Icasa hearings

JSE-listed cellular network operator Vodacom has warned of extensive job losses and damage to SA’s mobile industry if its regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), pushes ahead with plans to cut wholesale mobile termination rates next month. In a presentation at Icasa hearings in Midrand on Monday, it has asked the regulator to implement the first proposed cut in the rates in March 2011, and to extend the end of the glide path period

Battle lines drawn as rates hearings kick off

The most important public hearings to be held by SA’s telecommunications regulator in years kick off today (Monday) in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. The hearings, on wholesale call termination rates, are set to be a legalistic battleground as top regulatory and legal experts from the incumbent operators fight tooth and nail to lessen the reduction in the rates proposed by the Independent Communications Authority of SA

Zoo City: Joburg’s dark twin

Zoo City, the new book from SA author and journalist Lauren Beukes, synthesises a mix of volatile ingredients into an explosive concoction. Like her previous book, Moxyland, Zoo City is beguiling mash-up of different genres and fractured pop culture references. The novel is a bleak urban fantasy, soaked in muti, and shot through with moments […]

Symantec warns of spike in World Cup threats

There has been a spike in 2010 soccer World Cup-related malware and other online threats, US technology security company Symantec has warned. Symantec CEO Enrique Salem, who is in SA this week, says there has been a jump in advanced-fee fraud scams — better known to South Africans as “419″ scams — with crooks taking […]

Uncapped Internet: Telkom goes on the offensive

Telkom has hit back at the introduction by MWeb and other Internet service providers of uncapped broadband, accusing rivals of “not delivering on their promise”. In a newsletter sent out to Telkom subscribers with their monthly bills this month, the incumbent fixed-line operator climbs into its competitors without naming

Details emerge of telecoms tariff council

Details have emerged of government’s plan to create a new tariff monitoring structure in an effort to drive down telecommunications prices in SA. Legislation is being amended to create a new tariff advisory council at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to help the authority’s councillors and the minister of communications find ways of cutting telecoms

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