Author Duncan McLeod

Duncan McLeod

Mixed signals from Vodacom

The resignation last week of Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys raises interesting questions about the future of SA’s most powerful mobile phone operator under the UK’s Vodafone, especially as it faces an increasingly fractious and competitive industry. When

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How 3D printing will change the world

In a nondescript office park northwest of Fourways in Johannesburg, a printer was whirring away. But this was no ordinary printer. The Connex model from Israeli firm Objet Geometries is a 3D printer that jets a range of materials simultaneously to create 3D models. When TechCentral visited local

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Apple iPhone coming to Cell C

Cell C is set to become the third mobile operator in SA to stock the iPhone. The company has begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S, the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone, on its website. Until now, consumers interested in buying an iPhone have had to get it through either Vodacom or MTN

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Punters take to mobile phones

US$45bn worth of bets through online sports books and betting exchanges will be made using mobile devices by 2017, up from $13bn in 2011, a new report by Juniper Research has found. Juniper Research says online sports books and betting exchanges have been among the main beneficiaries of the consumer

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Joosub leaves mixed legacy in Spain

In the first year he held the reins at Vodafone Spain, Vodacom Group CEO-designate Shameel Joosub had to contend with a struggling Spanish economy and intense competition that resulted in a sharp fall in profits and margins on his watch. Joosub, formerly MD of Vodacom SA, took the reins

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Uys quits Vodacom

Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys is stepping down after almost two decades with the mobile operator. He will be replaced by Vodafone Spain CEO Shameel Joosub, who is a former MD of Vodacom SA. The appointment will take effect on 1 September to ensure a smooth transition and handover. TechCentral had

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GauTV: more details emerge

Prospective community satellite television broadcaster GauTV will use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure its programming content can’t be received outside the borders of Gauteng, its target market, officials from the company told the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on

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Alan Knott-Craig’s smart play

Alan Knott-Craig’s move to simplify Cell C’s tariff structures is a smart strategic manoeuvre. He’s making it easy for customers to understand what they’re getting for their money. It’s long overdue in an industry where the bigger players bewilder their

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FibreCo to begin work on new routes

FibreCo, the fibre-optic telecommunications infrastructure provider co-owned by Dimension Data’s Internet Solutions, Cell C and Convergence Partners, will begin work on the next leg of its network in the next three months to link the coastal cities of East London, Cape Town and Durban. The company

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‘How to fix SA broadband’

Spectrum trading, use-it-or-lose-it conditions and wholesale and open-access networks will deliver the broadband growth governments in SA and sub-Saharan Africa are looking for, according to a new research report published by telecommunications investment group Convergence Partners

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