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So, why did MTN buy Afrihost?

So, why <i>did</i> MTN buy Afrihost?

It’s fair to say that MTN’s purchase of Internet service provider Afrihost in late 2014 caught most of the industry by surprise. Not because MTN paid more than R400m for half of the business (which no one knew at the time), but because this meant MTN suddenly owned a consumer ISP

What can Google do for South Africa?

What can Google do for South Africa?

Walking through Google’s new offices in Bryanston in Johannesburg last week, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement. Sure, there were bright colours and the contemporary office designs that Google is known for, meant to inspire the engineers hard at work day and night

A real solution to SA’s education crisis

A real solution to SA’s education crisis

There are few things which upset me more than the state of the South African education system. It is a system which consigns millions of people to mass incarceration every year and, much like

The hydra of hacktivism

The hydra of hacktivism

The fallout of the Ashley Madison breach continues. Extortion, even suicides, are being linked to the data dump, which revealed a lot of personal information about the site’s users. It’s an interesting case

The inversion layer choking SA telecoms

The inversion layer choking SA telecoms

Anyone who flies into Johannesburg in the early mornings during winter will be familiar with the atmospheric inversion layer, where air near the ground is cooled by the unheated swimming pools of the struggling middle classes. The cool air traps pollutants beneath warmer layers

Behind MTN’s R10bn spending spree

Behind MTN’s R10bn spending spree

Ten billion rand. That’s MTN South Africa’s capital expenditure this year. It’s a massive number. For the first year in memory (possibly ever), MTN will outspend Vodacom on capex. In the 2015 financial year, Vodacom spent R8,6bn. Now, Vodacom’s

Did commission err on Telkom, MTN deal?

Did commission err on Telkom, MTN deal?

Did the Competition Commission do the right thing in seeking to block – in the process scuppering – the network sharing deal between Telkom and MTN? On the surface, it appears it was the right move for consumers, but dig a little deeper and one has to question whether the

Data kidnapping the latest cyber threat

Data kidnapping the latest cyber threat

In April, Trend Micro released a research paper about sextortion, the means through which cybercriminals obtain compromising personal images or videos of Internet users, which they then hold hostage until their

Telecoms operators must fight irrelevance

Telecoms operators must fight irrelevance

Revenue forecasts for communication service providers in the African and Middle East (AME) growth markets remain bleak, with projections of continued stagnation for a minimum of three years. According to Ovum, the AME mobile

ShowMax, Netflix and SA’s disrupted TV future

ShowMax, Netflix and SA’s disrupted TV future

The television entertainment industry in South Africa is in for significant disruption in the next 18 months. And couch potatoes look set to be the biggest beneficiaries as competition intensifies between traditional broadcasters and new Internet streaming providers

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