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Blue Label results show MTN’s pain

Blue Label results show MTN’s pain

The latest financial results from JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms, for the year ended May 2014, provide insight into just how challenging telecommunications operator MTN is finding the intensified levels of competition in South Africa’s mobile market

Call rates battle coming to a head again

Call rates battle coming to a head again

Communications regulator Icasa has settled on the model it intends using to calculate call termination rates as the court-imposed deadline nears for it to draw up new regulations that govern the rates, which operators charge each

Our machines could one day threaten us

Our machines could one day threaten us

The risks posed to human beings by artificial intelligence in no way resemble the popular image of the Terminator. That fictional mechanical monster is distinguished by many features – strength, armour, implacability, indestructability – but Arnie’s character lacks the one characteristic that we in the real world actually need to worry about: extreme

BMW SA bets big on electric cars

BMW SA bets big on electric cars

Electric cars are the future of the automobile, Germany’s iconic luxury vehicle brand BMW believes. And it’s about to make a big investment in South Africa to back up this view. Worldwide, the race to electric vehicles is hotting up as leading vehicle manufacturers

How social media is polarising us

How social media is polarising us

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that as we spend more time communicating via social media, we are disappearing into bubbles. We receive information from the same sources and witness the views of the same people in our personalised newsfeeds every day. But it also seems like living in our bubble is having an effect on our own opinions and

MTN big loser in post-paid match-up

MTN big loser in post-paid match-up

Overall, Vodacom and Telkom Mobile have South Africa’s best post-paid mobile plans, new data from telecommunications research firm Tarifica claims to show. Virgin Mobile scored bottom of the list, coming in in fifth place overall behind Cell C and MTN, but MTN failed to emerge as the winner in even a single category. The Tarifica scores

For SA operators, it’s adapt or die

For SA operators, it’s adapt or die

South Africa’s telecommunications industry has “made too much money for too long” and, as competition intensifies and as government and regulatory scrutiny grows, operators are having to become more cost effective and

Land grab begins in mobile payments

Land grab begins in mobile payments

There’s a revolution under way, and this one’s not being agitated by the working class, although they certainly have their part to play. It is being waged by banks, cellphone providers and entrepreneurs hoping to capitalise on a mobile commercial market that is estimated will be worth more than US$800bn by 2016 and have more than 400m users

The SA student at the forefront of a robotics revolution

The SA student at the forefront of a robotics revolution

Quadrocopters in South Africa have made headlines in recent months over whether it’s legal to use them. But quadrocopters are not just tools for filmmakers or toys for fun — there is a more serious side to them, one that could change the way we look at robotics. A South African robotics student living in Switzerland is working with some of the brightest

The modern way to rob a bank

The modern way to rob a bank

The number of physical robberies on banks has fallen dramatically in recent years, but the amount of money banks are losing through electronic methods has rocketed. In 2013, for example, the annual fraud indicator estimated

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