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TalkCentral: Ep 74 – ‘Show and tell’

Welcome to the first TalkCentral podcast of the new year. Your hosts Duncan McLeod and Craig Wilson bring you a packed episode in which we consider some of big news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Also this week we


More time for Icasa bill comment

Communications minister Dina Pule has given interested parties additional time in which to comment on the controversial Icasa Amendment Bill. Those wanting to submit comments now have until the end of January to do so. Previously, those wanting to make comments had 30 working days


Corporate shot in the arm for Windows Phone

If Microsoft’s nascent Windows Phone platform is going to succeed, it’s in the corporate market, where the company is already strong with its desktop and server tools, where it arguably has the greatest chance of success against rival platforms such as Google’s Android and Apple, with the iPhone. Now, its ambitions

News judgment: Pule mulling options

The department of communications is still mulling its options following’s high-profile defeat of communications minister Dina Pule in the high court shortly before Christmas in a case related to which entities will manage the conditional access system for digital terrestrial television. took

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The future of television, now

The new year in technology starts off with a bang with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. As in 2012, a lot of focus at CES this year is on innovation in television as manufacturers push to enormous screens with much higher resolutions. There’s almost a sense of urgency


MTN to deploy 4G in Uganda

Uganda is to get a fourth-generation (4G) mobile network using long-term evolution (LTE) technology. MTN’s subsidiary in the East African country will deploy the network in the coming months. MTN claims it will be the first to offer 4G in East Africa, although it appears the company has overlooked Smile Telecoms

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Shuttleworth sets sights on smartphones

Mark Shuttleworth, the South African billionaire who sold his young, Cape Town-based start-up Thawte Consulting to VeriSign for US$575m and who then went on to spearhead the creation of the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, has now set his sights on shaking up the global smartphone business. Shuttleworth


Reed, MacRobert step down at Vox

Vox Orion CEO Jacques du Toit will take the reins at Vox Telecom with immediate effect after a decision by co-CEOs Doug Reed and Angus MacRobert to step down. MacRobert, who is a former CEO of Dimension Data division Internet Solutions, will leave Vox Telecom, which was


Options millions for MTN bosses

MTN executives have been awarded share options worth more than R50m at the prevailing share price. Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa has been awarded 94 600 shares, which were worth R16,9m based on Wednesday morning’s near-record share price of R178,88. The shares will vest in three years provided the requirements of MTN’s


AT&T boost for 8ta

In a move that will be seen as a boost for Telkom’s mobile operator, 8ta, the US Federal Communications Commission has given AT&T permission to purchase spectrum in a key frequency band in which the telecommunications giant wants to deploy next-generation wireless broadband. AT&T has

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