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SA must innovate its way to growth

SA must innovate its way to growth

Innovative technology solutions are among the measures South Africa and the rest of the continent can look to in addressing the challenges in areas such as education, employment and health care

Mobile the pathway to Internet in Africa

Mobile the pathway to Internet in Africa

There is abundant evidence that poorer people in Africa are now using the Internet. In South Africa, most new users come from low-income households, many of them living below the poverty line. The

It’s a beauty parade or an auction

It’s a beauty parade or an auction

News this week that government appears finally to be making progress in publishing a policy for the allocation of radio frequency spectrum for broadband deployment is to be welcomed, even though it’s disgraceful that it’s many years late

In defence of spectrum auctions

In defence of spectrum auctions

Spectrum is a finite, national resource which has enormous value, as has been highlighted in recent spectrum auctions around the world. Across Africa, regulators have an opportunity to realise the benefits of the 800MHz digital dividend and, following the

Troubled Altron seeking new blood

Troubled Altron seeking new blood

It’s been 50 years since Bill Venter, then a 33-year-old telecommunications engineer, founded Allied Electric, the company that would go on to become the Altron group. Alongside publication of its results for the year ended February 2015, Altron

So, just how tech savvy are you?

So, just how tech savvy are you?

I’m a security-conscious guy, user of antivirus software and sensible passwords. I still remember my first virus infection, something called Pong or Ping Pong. It spawned bouncing balls all over my CGA screen. For the longest time we thought it was

Operators need to show who’s Boss

Operators need to show who’s Boss

Telecommunications operators that have chosen to be more than utility providers of connectivity alone are fighting a battle to remain strategically relevant. The story goes that digital disruption has rendered them, their technology and their systems to the role

Why Elon Musk might just change the world

Why Elon Musk might just change the world

Elon Musk’s keynote address last week, at which he took the wraps off a much-anticipated battery technology, was fascinating to watch. Firstly, here was a South African-born entrepreneur and inventor – his accent still giving away

Cwele fails to meet promises

Cwele fails to meet promises

On 21 May, South Africans will get to hear telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele deliver his second budget vote speech. It will be a report card for a minister who has been in the role for precisely a year. He is unlikely to

When regulating spectrum, think rain, not gold

When regulating spectrum, think rain, not gold

It is a period of international tensions. Guglielmo Marconi, working from an increasingly cash-rich company, had won his first victory against his competitive nemesis, the Slaby-Arco radio equipment company. During this pissing match

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