Author Duncan McLeod

Duncan McLeod

SA’s damaging digital dawdle

The country’s move to digital TV has been plagued for years by delays and bad decisions. It’s tempting to call it a comedy of errors, except this isn’t funny. The delays could cost SA dearly, particularly as vast chunks of valuable spectrum being used by broadcasters needs to be freed up so


Inflation? Not in SA telecoms

Statistics published on Wednesday show headline consumer price inflation slowed in June to 5,5%. But a detailed analysis of the data reveals that prices in some categories are soaring and in others, most notably telecommunications, they are falling. Although Stats SA doesn’t provide


Datatec weathering economic storm

Despite slowing growth as a result of a weakening economic environment, JSE-listed technology group Datatec says it is still on target to meet its full-year growth forecasts. The group on Wednesday published an interim management statement covering the four-month period between


Telkom under fire over communists’ dinner

Telkom is under fire from Democratic Alliance MP and shadow communications minister Marian Shinn, who has accused the partially state-owned telecommunications operator of being “one of the main sponsors of the SA Communist Party’s 91st celebratory dinner” held at the weekend


SA-educated Maritz out at VMware

The Zimbabwean-born and SA-educated CEO of VMware appears to be stepping down. A report in IT channel publication CRN quotes “multiple” unnamed sources as confirming that Paul Maritz will relinquish the role. What’s not known, according to CRN, is whether Maritz, who has


Bailey quits Glo over salary dispute

Former Virgin Mobile SA CEO Steve Bailey has quit Nigeria’s Glo Mobile after only a month on the job. Bailey resigned from Virgin at the end of May to take on the role of chief commercial officer at Glo, which is the second largest mobile phone operator in Nigeria after MTN


Absa reveals banking app plans

Absa will make available an online banking application for smartphones either in the fourth quarter of 2012 or in the first quarter of 2013, Christo Vrey, the bank’s managing executive for digital channels, has revealed in an interview with TechCentral. “There is a chance for the fourth quarter


Telkom tanks as talks end

Telkom’s share price touched fresh record lows on Friday after it told shareholders that its talks with Korea’s KT Corp were officially over. The counter closed down by 1,7%, reaching an all-time record low of R18,01/share at Friday’s close. In intraday


Icasa issues new digital TV regulations

As SA races to beat a fast-approaching deadline of switching off analogue television broadcasts by June 2015, the Independent Communications Authority of SA has published a revised set of draft digital terrestrial television regulations for another round of public consultation in the already long-delayed process

Gadgets & Reviews

Samsung’s top-end ES8000 TV reviewed

Is it a TV or is it an Internet-connected computer? Actually, Samsung’s new high-end ES8000 range, the follow-up to last year’s highly impressive D8000, is both. And the result is a “smart TV” that, for a price, brings many smartphone-like features into a

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