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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

How SA could score from Neotel sale

How SA could score from Neotel sale

Should Vodacom be allowed to buy Neotel? That’s the question on the lips of South Africa’s regulators and, indeed, most players in the telecommunications industry. Progress in the proposed R7bn acquisition is expected in the next few months as communications regulator Icasa and

U2, Taylor Swift and the future of music

U2, Taylor Swift and the future of music

Songstress Taylor Swift, 25, and U2 frontman Bono, 54, have very different views of the streaming music phenomenon that is upending the music industry’s business model. Late last year, Swift pulled her songs

SA flounders as TV deadline looms

SA flounders as TV deadline looms

Next year was meant to be a big one for South Africa’s technology industry. Years ago, under the Mbeki administration, the government agreed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that the country would switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts by 17 June 2015. Countries

CEO confident of saving Gijima

CEO confident of saving Gijima

One has to wonder if Eileen Wilton, the eminently likeable CEO of Gijima, rues the day she joined the company as chief operating officer in June 2012. Within months of her taking on the role, Gijima’s then-CEO, Jonas Bogoshi

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