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SA is getting a new fixed-line telecommunications network operator, TechCentral can report exclusively. The company, called Metrofibre Networx, enjoys the backing of several heavy hitters, including former Absa CEO Steve Booysen and Dark Fibre Africa co-founder Malcolm Kirby. Metrofibre Networx, which is led by Kirby, will focus almost exclusively on delivering high-speed fibre connectivity to businesses

New Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) chairman Stephen Mncube will be sworn into office on Friday. However, analysts question…

The cost of communicating on all three of SA’s mobile operators has risen, not fallen, despite the substantial reduction in wholesale mobile termination rates on 1 March, two industry executives have claimed. Howard Sackstein, CEO of telecommunications company Saicom, who has analysed a large range packages – both postpaid and prepaid – offered by

Telkom is facing a long and growing list of legal and regulatory challenges that could cost the JSE-listed telecommunications group billions of rand. Chief financial officer Peter Nelson says Telkom wants to put the problems behind it, but has vowed, where necessary, to fight off legal threats against it in court

The stage is set for a battle of epic proportions at public hearings in Johannesburg next week. That’s when operators will make their arguments for and against proposed cuts in wholesale call termination rates. MTN, for one, has warned of dire consequences for its business and for the entire mobile ecosystem if industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), proceeds with its plans to cut wholesale mobile call termination rates to 65c/minute this year. Other operators have also lodged strong objections

Telecommunications group Telkom will leverage its existing customers, offering mobile products to them as it gears up to launch SA’s fourth mobile operator. The company has finally begun to provide some details of its plans in the mobile space, where it is spending R6bn over five years to build a network to rival those operated by Vodacom, MTN

Computers operate better in cold conditions. That’s a good thing, because when TechCentral paid a visit to Fifa’s IT command centre for the 2010 World Cup at Nasrec, outside Soweto, on Wednesday this week, the winter air was arctic. The command centre, located next to the International Broadcast Centre, consists of several dozen engineers and technicians manning computers and keeping a watchful eye on giant images projected onto

Motion controls and 3D will dominate your gaming experience in the years to come if the major console manufacturers have…

Are you stuck at work, sitting behind a desk, when you’d much rather be in the pub or on the couch watching the soccer? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. But with dozens of websites offering live coverage and useful information related the 2010 soccer World Cup, every desk jockey can keep pace with the beautiful game