Author Regardt van der Berg


Strong revenue growth at Neotel

Seven-year-old Neotel, which is currently the subject of a takeover bid by Vodacom, is showing strong customer growth in the business, small enterprise and retail market segments. Its revenue for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 was R3,9bn, up by 23% from a year ago, with the business and the small enterprise and retail market


Surge in data security breaches: report

In its 2014 Global Security Report, information security specialist Trustwave estimates that investigations into security breaches increased by 53,6% last year compared to 2012. The data was gathered from 24 countries. Trustwave Africa director Andrew Kirkland says many organisations don’t have the skills to address information security adequately, and many businesses


In R1bn deal, Takealot seeks e-dominance

US$100m, or over R1bn. That’s the amount South African e-commerce site Takealot has raised from Tiger Global Management, an international investment company, according to a report on US website TechCrunch. Takealot CEO Kim Reid CEO says Tiger Global has been a shareholder in Takealot since its inception


Meet Parkhurst’s fibre pioneer

The quaint “village” of Parkhurst is one of my favourite weekend spots and I often visit its pubs and eateries with the missus. So, as the resident of a neighbouring suburb, news that Parkhurst is planning to roll out fibre broadband to all homes and businesses piqued my interest. What was of particular interest was


Telkom likely to get BCX nod: analysts

Telkom’s second attempt in seven years at acquiring Business Connexion (BCX), the listed IT services group, will probably get the nod from South Africa’s competition authorities, analysts believe. Telkom on Thursday announced it had made a R2,7bn all-cash offer to buy out the JSE-listed IT services company. In 2004, Telkom bid

Gadgets & Reviews

TomTom Runner GPS watch review

TomTom has been making GPS navigation hardware devices for just over a decade and today its GPS tracking product range extends beyond cars and bikes. The TomTom Runner is a fitness tracker targeted at both indoor and outdoor runners. This GPS fitness watch bears a striking resemblance to the Nike+ GPS watch that was, in fact, developed by


Google gets a Twitch about e-sports

Online video behemoth YouTube, owned by Google, is said to have reached a deal to buy Twitch, a company that streams video of people playing videogames, for more than US$1bn. But why? According to a report by Variety, in which it quotes unnamed sources close to the deal, the purchase will be an “all-cash offer” and will be announced


Joosub on Vodacom’s big growth plans [video]

Vodacom published its annual results for the 2014 financial year on Monday. TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with the group’s CEO, Shameel Joosub, after the results presentation to ask him about the operator’s offer to buy Neotel as well as its plans to relaunch M-Pesa. Joosub talks about Vodacom’s view on where


KZN to get Samsung billions?

Is Samsung Electronics planning to pour billions of rand into a new manufacturing facility north of Durban? The company’s Africa vice-president and chief operating officer, George Ferreira, let slip at Sentech’s Connected TV Summit in Sandton last week that the company intends opening a television


Samsung, Vox offer TV buyers 1TB free data

In a move clearly designed to get people using their television sets to access video-on-demand and other services, Samsung has reached a deal with Vox Telecom to give buyers of its Smart TVs almost 1TB of free bandwidth. The ADSL bandwidth on offer — a total of a million megabytes, or 977GB — is unthrottled and unshaped. “The million megabytes

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