Only 11,1% of African households have internet

  While over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, still only 11,1% of African households have access to the internet compared to 63,8% of their European counterparts. This is according to ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report. The […]

LTE the ultimate in mobility? Think again, 5G is on its way!

  Nokia Networks was the real winner at AfricaCom 2014 when it comes to the future of telecommunication technology. Mainly focussing on its research on mobile communications, the company showed two innovative concepts:  voice over LTE;  and where the next generation of mobile access is going – giving customers a virtual zero latency gigabit experience […]

Minister Cwele invites your ICT policy input

  The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published the National Integrated ICT policy discussion paper entitled “Options Paper”. The 300-page document is the third phase of the public engagement process which commenced with the Framing Paper gazetted in April 2013. Click here to download The National Integrated ICT policy. Click here to download […]

Magazine publishers to challenge SA Post Office monopoly

  A concerned group of specialist magazine publishers has indicated its intention to lodge a formal complaint next week with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) against the South African Post Office (SAPO), which has been in breach of its licence conditions for several years. Chris Yelland of EE Publishers, spokesman for the […]

UJ awards for teaching, research and service beyond the normal call of duty

  At a ceremony held at the University of Johannesburg on 13 November 2014, Prof. Hendrik Ferreira received the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year. Prof. Ferreira, a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, is a highly respected, world-class researcher. […]

First submarine cable to link Africa with South America

  By the end of 2016, a new submarine cable will be connecting Angola with Brazil, creating another link out of Africa directly linking the continent with South America with four pairs of fibre offering 40 TB of capacity.  The project is a partnership between Angola Cables and NEC. A company with long experience in […]

Can telcos and the new wave of OTT services work together?

  This was the question for the first panel discussion at the launch of day one of AfriCom 2014, which opened in Cape Town on 11 November 2014.  This three day event is claimed to be the biggest telecom event in Africa with 9000 pre-booked delegates and 380 exhibitors representing twelve countries. Not all the […]