Technology enables transformation but people make it happen

  The ICT industry has enormous potential to change the world for the better – economically, socially, politically and environmentally. We shape and determine the future state of our economy and society and I believe we have an obligation to ensure we play a positive role here. Connectivity – and the technology that it enables […]

ICASA IMT roadmap a leap forward in the spectrum debacle

  The publication of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) roadmap for radio frequency spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for comment has been welcomed by many of the vendors of telecommunication equipment and some South African telcos. They said it was a great leap forward.  It is significant that ICASA has followed […]

We must watch our back door!

  It is a well-known and published fact that the American National Security Agency (NSA) is paranoid about business and government secrets leaving via the back door.  As far back as 2010, American officials have considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the USA for fear that […]

Communications – what is Zuma thinking?

  What is President Jacob Zuma thinking?  Yunus Carrim is out and former security minister Siyabonga Cwele is in the hot seat to manage South Africa’s telecommunications, in a new department called the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Before the election the communications industry had generally expected that Carrim would continue as the minister […]

Cell companies inhibiting South Africa’s growth

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT “Stop hurting South Africa”, Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko, told MTN and Vodacom in an open letter published in the Sunday Times of 2 March 2014. This follows legal action by Vodacom and Cell C after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published new call determination […]

The broadband challenge in South Africa

  by Dr. Brian Armstrong, COO Telkom The past ten years have heralded major growth for the development of ICT in South Africa. Business use of ICT is now on par with the best in the world; almost every South African owns or has access to a mobile device and the mobile revolution has brought […]