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 […]

Engineers: kingpins in creating technology for sustained development

  The technological world has changed significantly over the past century from a mainly mechanical-driven one to an electrically controlled one. The past century saw the development of the transistor in the 1940s and the arrival of the first functionally integrated circuit in 1960, a mere 55 years ago. The very first microprocessor was commercially […]

ICT regulation should support innovation – not stifle it

  The latest edition of  the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s comprehensive report on global ICT regulatory developments, Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2015, reveals a fast-evolving ICT landscape, as devices and services proliferate, broadband connectivity becomes increasingly pervasive, and the hyper-connected world of the “‘internet of everything”  becomes a reality. The report confirms that future network traffic […]

Hands up for fibre to the home

  When I see the leafy suburbs and gated communities all putting their hands up for fibre-to-the home, it seems to me that the broadband-demand giant is fast waking from its slumber. I get a sense that this is a similar to 1994 when the first mobile phone networks started in South Africa and we […]

Mr. President: Please take note of the African Union Convention on Cyber Security

  There is no doubt that the ubiquitous threats and consequences of cyber crime are growing at an alarming rate internationally. Reports of companies losing millions with private customer information being compromised are daily events. Unfortunately, South Africa is not excluded from this picture – in fact, some recent reports list SA as third internationally […]