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Telkom’s core business comes under threat

Telkom’s core business comes under threat

At Telkom’s recent annual results presentation, CEO Sipho Maseko revealed an astonishing fact. He said there are now at least 25 companies building fibre-to-the-home broadband infrastructure in South Africa

Troubled times at Twitter

Troubled times at Twitter

It’s been nine years since Jack Dorsey sketched out with pen and paper the idea for a group SMS service, an idea that would go on to become Twitter. It’s no exaggeration that the social network has

SA misses more than digital TV deadline

SA misses more than digital TV deadline

More than a decade after South Africa started preparing to switch off analogue terrestrial television, the deadline government agreed to with other nations to end the broadcasts has not been met. This Wednesday, 17 June, marks the date that

Telkom job losses painful but necessary

Telkom job losses painful but necessary

Sipho Maseko is one brave CEO. The Telkom boss is about to take on powerful trade unions in a move to restructure the telecommunications operator’s business so that it can compete effectively in

Windows 10: will you upgrade?

Windows 10: will you upgrade?

In a little over seven weeks, Microsoft will deliver what is set to be the last big version upgrade to its flagship Windows operating system. It will mark the end of an era of packaged operating systems

A year on, the telecoms minister has achieved little

A year on, the telecoms minister has achieved little

It’s been a year since President Jacob Zuma shocked South Africa’s communications technology industry by announced he was splitting the department of communications in two, creating a new department of communications and, reversing the trend of

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

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

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