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Duncan McLeod is editor of TechCentral.

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

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

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

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

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

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

No matter what they choose to believe, telecommunications companies are little more than operators of “dumb pipes” and the “sooner they can get over it, the sooner they can move on”. That’s the view of Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig, who says social networks will play an increasingly important

Microsoft dealt a blow to its partner Nokia late last week when it said current Windows Phone devices would not get upgraded to the latest version of the operating system. In the process, the US software giant may have shot itself in the foot. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop could be forgiven for thinking

DStv operator MultiChoice has added 684 000 subscribers to its pay-television base in the past year. It now reaches 5,6m homes in the markets in which it operates. In SA, it added 492 000 new clients on a gross basis, taking the subscriber base to 4m by the end of March 2012. More than half of

Standard Bank has become the latest SA bank to launch a mobile transactional banking app. The app appeared on Apple’s App Store for iOS devices on Tuesday. Moneyweb, a financial news website, reported on Wednesday that the app was in both the Apple and Google