Author: Duncan McLeod

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

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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

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Vodacom has bought set-top boxes from Altech’s Durban-based UEC subsidiary that are capable of delivering both fixed-line and wireless Internet protocol television (IPTV) services to consumers, apparently as part of an internal trial. Though Vodacom confirms it has bought two decoders for testing, company spokesman Nomsa Thusi says

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Last week’s national policy colloquium, organised by the department of communications, drew a degree of cynicism from the telecoms industry. The view among many industry players is that it’s the same old rhetoric with no action. Will this time be different? The industry can be forgiven for suffering from “colloquium fatigue”. Politicians

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JSE-listed technology group Altech is looking internally for a new chief operating officer. This follows the short-lived tenure of former Telkom acting group CEO Jeffrey Hedberg in the role. “We want to make the right appointment and ensure it is the right appointment,” says Altech CEO Craig Venter. “This will probably be an internal

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Technology group Altech has reported a 27% decrease in adjusted headline earnings per share, from 529c to 388c, on poor performance from its operations in West Africa and continuing underperformance of its businesses in East Africa. The group eked out a 3,3% increase in revenues to just shy of R10bn

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All of SA’s current investment in metropolitan, provincial, national and undersea cable systems will mean “nothing” if the country doesn’t build a comprehensive fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to deliver the benefits to consumers. That’s the view of Cris Fuentes, CEO at ZTE SA, who says a coordinated national approach

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Brazilian-born Pete da Silva spent the first 20 years of his working life at the Southern African subsidiary of German industrial and telecommunications giant Siemens, climbing the corporate ladder from trainee technician when he started to group CEO when he resigned in 2007 to pursue his passion for motorsport. Now, after a nearly

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The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa) is launching a new, member-driven programme in an attempt to root out malicious software infecting the computers of SA Internet users. The project, called iCode, is a voluntary system in terms of which Ispa members will notify customers if network traffic patterns suggest their PCs have

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The department of communications’ colloquium to discuss a review of policies governing SA’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector saw controversy on Friday after a commission set up to discuss telecommunications at the two-day event appeared to have failed to delve meaningfully into the issues it was

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