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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

Podcast | MTN SA tech chief Giovanni Chiarelli

Podcast | MTN SA tech chief Giovanni Chiarelli

In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to MTN South Africa chief technology and information officer Giovanni Chiarelli. It’s a fascinating discussion about the technological

‘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

Watch: Zuckerberg warns of isolationism

Watch: Zuckerberg warns of isolationism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Harvard graduates on Thursday that they need to help others find purpose in a world where machines are taking away some of the steady jobs and communities aren’t as stable

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

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

TalkCentral: Ep 177 – ‘Siyabonga, Cwele’

TalkCentral: Ep 177 – ‘Siyabonga, Cwele’

It’s podcast time! In this week’s episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele’s decision to reverse course on a plan to

Have we hit peak TV?

Have we hit peak TV?

For some TV networks, the Golden Age of Television is losing its lustre. MTV, A&E and WGN are all cutting back on high-end productions after failing to attract big enough audiences in an increasingly crowded

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