Author Dirk de Vos


Electric cars could change everything in SA

South Africa’s energy planning revolves around two interrelated but separate processes, the Integrated Energy Plan and the Integrated Resource Plan. The IEP covers all energy, including liquid fuels/transport and the IRP

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Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

A recent supreme court of appeal decision that pitted and others against MultiChoice and the SABC on the issue of the digital migration and the specifications of set-top boxes – itself a reversal of a high court decision – is now heading to the constitutional

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A solution to SA’s power crisis

Load shedding and spiralling electricity prices are now part of South African daily life. What, then, can be done about it? If one were to take a long view, one could confidently say that our electricity

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What operators should really do about OTTs

For some time now, the ongoing debate between over-the-top providers on one side and network operators on the other returns like a comet in an elliptical orbit. Each time it returns, the stakes appear to be higher as this “comet” gets closer and threatens to crash into planet ICT. MTN South Africa

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Why mobile money is so tough to crack

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So reads the opening line of Leon Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The novel comes to mind when looking at the prospects that confront mobile money. Success stories have many similarities, but failed efforts fail for their own

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Say ‘no’ to Vodacom, Neotel deal

There is a certain irony in the fact that at the same time that our cellphone companies are announcing dramatic cuts to both their data and call rates in what appears to be a price war, we are also confronted by announcements on proposed tie-ups that, if concluded, will reduce competition in the sector. The irony is no coincidence. Cell C’s effort to win market

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Meet Icasa’s new best friend

The soon-to-be-promulgated changes to the laws that govern South Africa’s information and communications technology sector, found in the Electronic Communications Amendment Act and the Icasa Amendment Act, are still being digested by the sector. Of course, there are many problems with the changed laws, but they provide

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Vodacom asking for a hiding in m-commerce

TechCentral’s recent interview with Herman Singh, Commerce is mobile’s fourth wave, is interesting coming in the same week that his employer, Vodacom, was part of a court action to preserve its unreasonably high mobile termination rights arrangement. Vodacom, along with MTN, threw everything it had into

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SA must tackle net neutrality

The year has not started well for advocates of net neutrality, the idea that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, without discrimination. A US federal court struck down a key part of the Open Internet Order, a set of Federal Communications Commission regulations

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Time is running out for Telkom

All indications are that Telkom is and will remain implacably opposed to the regulations introducing local-loop unbundling. This is deeply unfortunate – a drawn out legal process will not solve any of Telkom’s longer term problems. If past legal processes of this nature provide any guide, then by the time

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