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What operators should really do about OTTs

What operators should <i>really</i> do about OTTs

For some time now, the ongoing debate between over-the-top providers on one side and network operators on the other returns like a comet in an elliptical orbit. Each time it returns, the stakes appear to be higher as this “comet” gets closer and threatens to crash into planet ICT. MTN South Africa

TalkCentral: Ep 116 – ‘Urbanus’

TalkCentral: Ep 116 – ‘Urbanus’

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another episode of TalkCentral, TechCentral’s weekly podcast. This week, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss Telkom’s interim financial results, looking specifically at the sharp decline

Google balloon crashes in Karoo: report

Google balloon crashes in Karoo: report

A Karoo farmer may have stumbled on a crashed test balloon being used by Internet company Google, Beeld reported on Thursday. Urbanus Botha, who doesn’t spend much time in front of computers, at first thought it might be a

Now IBM wants to reinvent e-mail

Now IBM wants to reinvent e-mail

IBM wants to change corporate e-mail with a new, analytics-driven, socially orientated e-mail platform, which it’s calling Verse. Verse will get to know users by bringing to the fore information that is most important, along with the people and groups that users interact with most, the computer giant

The Internet space race is on

The Internet space race is on

Cabling the world to spread Internet access is an expensive and time-consuming process, especially when taking to the skies for wireless coverage is far easier. That’s why Google, Facebook and now Elon Musk’s SpaceX are all heading towards the stars to set up systems that should cover the globe in Internet connectivity

Is it time to terminate e-mail?

Is it time to terminate e-mail?

This year saw the 43rd anniversary of e-mail. Compared to a human working life, e-mail has after more than four decades on the job now reached retirement age. Is it time for e-mail to step aside to allow us to embrace the alternative? Every minute in 2012 saw 168m e-mails sent around the world

Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

Android updates don’t matter anymore — or at least that’s what many people think. Back-to-back-to-back Jelly Bean releases and a KitKat release seemed to only polish what already existed. When Google took the wraps off of “Android L” at Google I/O, though, it was clear that this release was different

Google-backed SA solar farm comes online

Google-backed SA solar farm comes online

A 96MW photovoltaic solar plant backed in part by US Internet giant Google has gone live in the Northern Cape, two months ahead of schedule, its backers said on Tuesday. The project is the largest solar installation in Africa, they said. SolarReserve, which develops utility-scale solar power projects

Operators have a point on OTTs, but…

Operators have a point on OTTs, but…

South Africa’s mobile operators argue that so-called over-the-top (OTT) service providers, and especially WhatsApp, are skimming their voice revenues. They claim the business model used by these OTT providers – companies such as Google, Facebook and, yes, WhatsApp – is unfair. European

Best e-mail apps for smartphones

Best e-mail apps for smartphones

For many people, a smartphone is their main interface for checking e-mail, but the native mail app bundled with phones often doesn’t deliver the features that users demand. Luckily, there is no shortage of alternatives. Recently, Google unveiled an

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