Author Duncan McLeod


Wasace super cable: more details emerge

The African leg of a new submarine telecommunications system that will serve markets in the North and South Atlantic will be ready for service in the first quarter of 2014. The cable will offer high-speed global connectivity to SA, Angola and Nigeria. That’s the word from the Wasace Cable Company, which is building the


Pule, Shinn clash in parliament

Communications minister Dina Pule and shadow minister Marian Shinn clashed in parliament on Tuesday over government policies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and a recent department of communications colloquium that discussed


Afrihost cuts uncapped DSL prices

Afrihost has slashed the prices of its business broadband uncapped digital subscriber line (DSL) products by between 30% and 50% following the recent reduction in the fees Telkom charges Internet service providers for access to its “last-mile” network. However, the cuts are in excess of the recent Telkom price reduction


KT cuts offer price for Telkom stake

Korea’s KT Corp has made a formal offer to purchase 20% of Telkom. However, it’s offering a significantly reduced price for the stake because of a sharp fall in the value of the shares of the JSE-listed telecommunications group since talks began in October last year. KT Corp is offering R25,60/share, down by nearly


FibreCo to expand north of SA

FibreCo, the fibre-optic telecommunications joint venture between Convergence Partners, Cell C and Dimension Data’s Internet Solutions, is keen to extend its fibre network further into Southern Africa, working with partners to do it. Convergence Partners chairman Andile Ngcaba tells TechCentral


Roy Padayachie dies on visit to Ethiopia

Former communications minister Roy Padayachie has passed away while on an official visit to Ethiopia. Padayachie, who was serving in President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet as minister of public service & administration, was also a former deputy communications minister under the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri

Duncan McLeod

Long walk to fibre

The Australian government is investing A$40bn (R325bn) in taking high-speed fibre-optic broadband infrastructure into more than 90% of that country’s homes. The project has the potential to transform Australia’s economy. Should SA try to emulate it? The land of kangaroos, gum trees, sheep and Shane Warne


Hedberg vows to remain in SA

Former Cell C CEO, US national Jeffrey Hedberg, intends to stay in SA and to remain actively involved in the information and communications technology industry. Speaking to TechCentral on Wednesday, Hedberg says he has not made any decisions about his future career plans, adding that he’s taking time to


Could Didata refloat on the stock market?

Although there has been “no active discussion” about it, the possibility of SA-headquartered IT services giant Dimension Data relisting on the stock market is not entirely out of the question, the group’s chairman, Jeremy Ord, has revealed in an interview with TechCentral. Ord says he can’t say at this stage


Reunert vs AppChat: Holdsworth hits back

AppChat founder John Holdsworth has fired back at Reunert and its subsidiary Nashua ECN, of which he is founder and former CEO, accusing the JSE-listed group of using a lawsuit against him and his new company as an attempt to “prevent fair competition