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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

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

Is this a changed Telkom?

Is this a changed Telkom?

Telkom surprised the telecommunications industry last week, announcing sweeping price cuts to its wholesale broadband services that should lead to real reductions in retail fixed-line Internet prices. The cuts – which are said to go well beyond what

Why your bank may soon be your telco

Why your bank may soon be your telco

South Africa has not been particularly keen on the mobile virtual network operator model. It’s lagged most developed and some developing markets in launching mobile brands on the back of cellular

E.tv bid could delay digital migration

E.tv bid could delay digital migration

Just as South Africa’s broadcasting digital migration project looked to be making solid progress for the first time in years, one of the protagonists in the long-running war over the encryption of TV signals is unleashing its lawyers, potentially setting the process back by

Apple, HTC put down roots in SA

Apple, HTC put down roots in SA

As Samsung begins the first weekend of sales in South Africa of its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the curved-screen Galaxy S6 edge, rivals Apple and HTC are upping their game in the

Consumer ire misplaced as Vodacom hikes rates

Consumer ire misplaced as Vodacom hikes rates

When Vodacom announced 10 days ago that it will hike the subscription fees of a range of contract tariff plans from 1 May, it caught consumers by surprise. Many took to social media networks and the comments sections of news websites to voice their displeasure

Expect fireworks as WhatsApp allows calls

Expect fireworks as WhatsApp allows calls

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular smartphone instant messaging platform, has started rolling out voice dialling in its application (Android users only for now), striking fear into the hearts of mobile

Open up networks for cheaper mobile data

Open up networks for cheaper mobile data

Internet service providers have done a commendable job of bringing down the cost of fixed-line broadband in South Africa. Although the actual connection fees to Telkom remain high (thanks to Telkom’s monopoly over the “last mile” into homes), the price of uncapped and

Progress may be near in digital TV fiasco

Progress may be near in digital TV fiasco

South Africa may finally be on the verge of making some real progress in its seemingly never-ending move from analogue to digital terrestrial television. But important questions remain unanswered

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