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OpenView HD subscriber numbers soar

OpenView HD subscriber numbers soar

After a rocky start, commercial free-to-air satellite broadcaster OpenView HD, a sister company of e.tv, is adding subscribers at a remarkable rate of knots, though revenues are proving elusive. Listed parent company eMedia Holdings revealed in its annual results

Inside the R300m Standard Bank heist

Inside the R300m Standard Bank heist

Three hours, around 100 people, 1 400 Japanese ATMs and 1 600 counterfeit credit cards, was all it took for fraudsters to exploit Standard Bank in Japan. The bank, which stands to lose up to R300m, described the attack as a “sophisticated

Untangling SA’s big open-access debate

Untangling SA’s big open-access debate

Competition has broken out among telecommunications operators in South Africa as a result of an open-access policy intervention, being the prices which operators pay to access customers on other networks: the call termination rate. Prepaid mobile voice

How Capitec took on SA’s big four – and won

How Capitec took on SA’s big four – and won

The South African retail banking sector is characterised by high barriers to entry. The sector is concentrated, with four of the largest banks – Standard Bank, Absa, First National Bank and Nedbank – accounting for more than 80% of retail

Altron’s spectacular fall from grace

Altron’s spectacular fall from grace

At some point, JSE-listed Altron’s bombed out share price is going to look like a bargain. But it’s hard to know when that will be. The Venter-run family business last week announced a loss of R1,1bn for the year to February, drowning the previous

Hard times ahead for Apple

Hard times ahead for Apple

Apple’s share price, which peaked above US$132 a year ago, is now around $94. This is despite the news that Warren Buffett’s investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway had recently acquired more than 9,8m Apple shares. Since

Inside Teraco’s giant new data centre

Inside Teraco’s giant new data centre

Drive along the R24 freeway from Johannesburg to OR Tambo International, and just past the Barbara Road offramp, on the right-hand side, the sky is filled with cranes. The massive

Why M-Pesa works in Kenya but not SA

Why M-Pesa works in Kenya but not SA

The news that Vodacom South Africa is planning to drop the M-Pesa mobile money transfer service has come as a surprise to many analysts considering the huge success it has seen in many

Q&A with Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha

Q&A with Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha

There are a couple of South Africans who are making their mark across the world. One of them is Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha, who has become something of a Silicon Valley superstar. Forbes recently named this South African as one of the

Lord of the rings: how tech is gamifying fitness

Lord of the rings: how tech is gamifying fitness

Hello, my name is Michael, and I’m a “ring addict”. No, not the one ring from The Lord of the Rings; not the cheap costume jewellery you get at the local Renaissance Fair. I’m talking about the red, green and blue rings that adorn my Apple Watch, tracking

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