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ZTE ‘threw us under a bus’

ZTE Mzanzi has accused its partner, China’s ZTE, of “throwing it under a bus” when it terminated agreements with the local, black-controlled company. It’s also accused it of colluding with competitor Huawei. TechCentral broke the news on Thursday

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Legal drama as ZTE pulls plug on partner

Relations between Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE and local partner ZTE Mzanzi appear to have broken down irretrievably. TechCentral has established that ZTE has cancelled its partnership agreement with Mzanzi, in which it has a 40% stake, prompting the latter to file a court papers

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FNB’s smart banking call

First National Bank this week lifted the lid on a new payment mechanism that uses the GPS feature in modern smartphones. It won’t result in the much-hyped cashless society, but it could greatly reduce South Africans’ reliance on cash over time. The new payment feature, which is included in an update to

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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