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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

Gov’t, not the market, has failed in broadband

Gov’t, not the market, has failed in broadband

This week, telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele claimed there has been a “market failure” in the roll-out of broadband in South Africa. This, he said, is the reason the poor don’t have access

Here’s a better way to roll out rural broadband

Here’s a better way to roll out rural broadband

The announcement by President Jacob Zuma in his state of the nation address that Telkom will be the “lead agency” for the roll-out of broadband in underserviced parts of South Africa has ignited a political firestorm

A tale of two troubled companies

A tale of two troubled companies

Telkom and Cell C both face significant upheaval in the short term, much more so than their rivals MTN and Vodacom. How the two companies adapt to the changing market will have a dramatic impact on South Africa’s telecoms sector and, ultimately, on the services that

Streaming could be the rival DStv needs

Streaming could be the rival DStv needs

South Africans do love a good moan. Whether it’s Eskom’s rolling blackouts or the state of the country’s politics, we seem to find a measure of comfort in a good old groan, whether it’s done quietly

Lawyers coining it in intricate dealmaking

Lawyers coining it in intricate dealmaking

There were several interesting developments this week in the increasingly complex consolidation game unfolding in South Africa’s information and communications technology sector

Cook needs careful eye on Apple’s prize recipe

Cook needs careful eye on Apple’s prize recipe

Staggering. That’s the word Apple CEO Tim Cook used in the company’s first-quarter conference call with analysts this week to describe demand for its new smartphone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Staggering is also

Microsoft’s in danger of becoming cool again

Microsoft’s in danger of becoming cool again

It was expected to be a fairly routine keynote address, with Microsoft using an event in Seattle on Wednesday to take the wraps off the consumer features of its new operating system, Windows 10. What it turned

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