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Fibre operator Infraco to launch within weeks

Government’s telecommunications infrastructure business Broadband Infraco will be ready for commercial launch in a few weeks, says CEO Dave Smith. Smith says that after years of putting together a national fibre network, testing with the other telecoms providers has begun.

Econet to pump $60m into Zim expansion

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has secured
 a US$60m loan facility from Swedish export credit agency
 EKN to expand its infrastructure, the firm said Wednesday. The loan would see Swedish telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson 
installing additional equipment to expand Econet’s infrastructure 
in the capital Harare, the company’s largest subscriber base.

Protector clears Nyanda after tender probe

Public protector Thulisile Madonsela has cleared communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda of any misconduct. This followed two investigations into tenders awarded to a company Nyanda is allegedly linked to. “It is our hope that these findings put to rest the string of continued malicious allegations made against the minister by opposition parties with regard to what was perceived to be conflict of interest,” Nyanda’s spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said on Wednesday evening.

Motorola Milestone lacks the killer touch

A lot of fuss has been made over Motorola’s Droid smartphone, about how it saved the US handset manufacturer’s bacon. Now that the Droid has been released to markets outside the US, including SA — under the Milestone moniker — it’s hard to see what all the excitement was about. Fact is, the Milestone is a fairly bland Android handset in an intensely competitive field.

Convergence minefield ahead for Icasa

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has taken tentative steps towards regulating Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and video-on-demand services. The authority released a position paper at the weekend following industry input as to how it should approach the management of the technology.

Mohlala hits back at ‘sinking ship’ allegations

Axed communications department director-general Mamodupi Mohlala has hit back at remarks made by her replacement, Harold Wesso, who alleged in parliament on Tuesday that he had inherited a “sinking ship”. Wesso, who has been installed as acting director-general until a permanent replacement can be found, reportedly told parliamentarians that staff morale at the department had collapsed.

Neotel unveils prepaid tariffs

Telecommunications company Neotel has unveiled its first prepaid offering, announcing on Wednesday that it would charge 20c/minute for ad-hoc prepaid data and 50c/minute for calls to Telkom and other Neotel numbers. Neotel is “soft launching” its first prepaid product this month in the hope of improving its poor performance in the retail consumer market, where it has signed up fewer than 50 000 paying customers.

The cellphone slugfest begins

SA’s cellular communications market is about to get a big shake-up as two players, one new, Telkom Mobile, and one reinvigorated, Cell C, get ready to go toe to toe with each other and incumbents MTN and Vodacom. SA’s smallest mobile operator, Cell C, has never had an easy time of it. Launched a decade ago after a particularly troubled birth, the operator has faced an uphill battle against dominant incumbents MTN and Vodacom.

Android hit by first SMS Trojan

International security company Kaspersky Lab says the first SMS Trojan Horse for the popular mobile operating system Android has been identified. Kaspersky says the Trojan, known as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, has already infected a number of mobile devices.

ZA Tech Show: Episode 123

Ben Kelly, Brett Haggard and Jon Tullett are our panellists this week. They join Simon Dingle to discuss Wave’s demise and Google’s long-term prospects, Telkom’s apparent new aggression, the Eassy cable going live, MWeb and Afrihost, Kenya’s Wananchi, Cell C’s new brand and direction, and much more

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