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 […]

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 […]

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