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 […]

Is the electronic manufacturing industry in SA dead?

  by Murison Kotzé, Tellumat Electronic Manufacturing Despite tough times, the manufacturing industry has seen some improvement over the  last 18 months. The market remains very competitive, with many companies competing for a limited number of customers. The majority of the electronic manufacturing in South Africa is either for local companies (many of whom export […]