2016 – a year of disruptions

  In the current South African communications context disruptions can have both negative and positive outcomes. Cell C’s introduction of WiFi Calling enabled a simple and cost efficient way to extend operator voice coverage and introduced a more affordable way to communicate when travelling abroad. Technically it may not be a major breakthrough, as it […]

IT security needs a proactive strategy

  The corporate IT security landscape is changing – and rapidly. An overriding global trend that is dominating media headlines is the increase of cyber attacks – and their impact on businesses. In fact, over the last couple of years, many organisations across the globe have fallen victim to numerous targetted attacks – and South […]

The fibre revolution in South Africa

  Did you know that fibre existed in South Africa in 2007? Yes, nine years ago it did exist in South Africa, but it was a well-hidden, underutilised technology, not available to our mobile network operators, the “second national operator”, value-added service providers, businesses or people at home. We had no choice but to accept […]

Over the top services – much ado about nothing

  If the real issue was not so serious one could equate it with one of Shakespeare’s better-known comedies, “Much ado about nothing”. The opposition to over the top (OTT) services is a cause for serious concern because it is about stifling innovation – and already too much of that is happening in South Africa. […]

The importance of manufacturing for SA’s economic growth

  It is no secret that business conditions in the South African economy are fragile. The IMF reduced its GDP outlook for South Africa to 1,4% from 2% for 2015, and a tough year is forecast for 2016, with forecast growth at this stage of only 1,3%. In an environment with slow economic growth, we […]

2016 must be the telecoms year of action

  During the past year the South African communications landscape suffered from failed promise after failed promise from the both the Department of Communications (DoC) and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), but despite the lack of active leadership and delivery from the government, the industry has moved ahead with fibre to the […]

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