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Why SA must embrace ‘smart cities’

Why SA must embrace ‘smart cities’

Along with the rest of the world, South Africa is in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, in which the smart use of information and technology is reshaping societies. One of the most apparent ways in which

Sticky stuff hits the fan, but there’s upside

Sticky stuff hits the fan, but there’s upside

About a year ago, communications regulator Icasa took fright at the national integrated ICT policy white paper and, within months, gazetted an invitation to network operators to participate in an auction for much sought-after high-demand

Auctions fail, but dynamic spectrum won’t

Auctions fail, but dynamic spectrum won’t

Both Wi-Fi and microwave technology came from unexpected experiments. And using technology to manipulate radio waves to transmit Internet data isn’t new. But these radio waves are becoming congested

Mobile voice prices have halved since 2013

Mobile voice prices have halved since 2013

The effective price per minute of mobile voice calls on South Africa’s largest mobile network has more than halved since 2013. While not explicitly disclosed by the operator, the current blended price per minute (across both prepaid and

Central banks face cryptic future

Central banks face cryptic future

The rise of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could relegate central banks to the sidelines unless they confront the challenges that digital currencies bring: decentralised financial dealings, anonymous transfers and the

Set-top box move is ‘good news’

Set-top box move is ‘good news’

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the news that the procurement process for the government-sponsored set-top boxes is being reviewed because of an irregular procurement process and unaffordability of the project. This was confirmed in

Blockchain soon at company AGMs

Blockchain soon at company AGMs

The Companies Act of 2008 recognises that firms operate in a digital age and has, to a limited extent, made provision for technological changes. These provisions do not, however, contemplate the

Lessons of the ‘Facebook murder’

Lessons of the ‘Facebook murder’

The Facebook Live video of the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr by Steve Stephens has been watched at least 1,6m times. It took Facebook three hours to take the video down, and by that

How Vodacom’s new contracts stack up

How Vodacom’s new contracts stack up

Vodacom’s revamped Smart+ and Red+ integrated packages have seen increases in data, voice and SMS allocations across the board. And, in the case of its Smart packages – ranging from the R199 (200MB) to R699 (1GB) level

Here’s why IS wants to buy DFA

Here’s why IS wants to buy DFA

Internet Solutions (IS) is, according to Bloomberg, in talks to buy Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) from Remgro, majority owner (51%) of DFA-parent Community Investment Ventures. The report last week suggested that the sellers want as much as

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