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Microsoft’s Eskom problem

Microsoft’s Eskom problem

The two new data centres that Microsoft plans to build in South Africa will one day provide cloud computing services to the entire African continent. The power they use, however, will be generated and consumed entirely within

Gigaba implicated in graft report

Gigaba implicated in graft report

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba has been placed at the centre of efforts by President Jacob Zuma and his allies to raid state assets and reap billions of rand from government contracts, a study by

‘Kill 3G, not 2G’

‘Kill 3G, not 2G’

In South Africa, it may make more sense for mobile operators to discontinue their 3G networks, replacing them with 4G/LTE, while keeping legacy 2G infrastructure in place. That view might seem

Spectrum crunch is looming, MTN warns

Spectrum crunch is looming, MTN warns

MTN South Africa will hit a “spectrum ceiling” soon that could affect its ability to continue to expand services to consumers. That’s the warning from the mobile operator’s recently appointed chief

DStv unit fined R180m for price fixing

DStv unit fined R180m for price fixing

MultiChoice’s advertising sales business, DStv Media Sales, has been fined R180m for price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions in contravention of the Competition Act. The fine was imposed by the Competition Tribunal as part of a consent

Neotel appoints new CEO

Neotel appoints new CEO

Econet Wireless Global unit Liquid Telecom has appointed former Vodafone Group executive Kyle Whitehill to head up South African telecommunications operator Neotel and oversee the company’s expansion plans. Whitehill was previously CEO of Vodafone Qatar and

We made a R30m mistake: Eskom

We made a R30m mistake: Eskom

Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane admits in court papers that the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) rules do not permit the large pension payout the board tried to wangle for its CEO Brian Molefe. This was

Net1 founder Serge Belamant to retire

Net1 founder Serge Belamant to retire

Net1 UEPS Technologies founder Serge Belamant will retire early after a storm of controversy over a contract it holds in South Africa to distribute billions of rand of welfare payments to 17m people. Belamant, who founded the

DJI’s new drone flies from your hand

DJI’s new drone flies from your hand

China’s SZ DJI Technology has unveiled a small camera drone starting at US$499 that can take off and land from the palm of a hand, seeking to appeal to the broader consumer market. The new Spark drone weighs 300g, is equipped with a

Cwele confirms ‘high-level’ spectrum study

Cwele confirms ‘high-level’ spectrum study

Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday confirmed that a high-level study will be done to determine how much radio frequency spectrum will be reserved for a planned

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