Browsing: Andrew Mthembu

Meet the SA youngsters taking on WhatsApp

Themba Moyo, 36, and Lisa Phendla, 33, have a plan to build the next big thing in instant messaging, and they’re going to do it by allowing consumers to chat to each other on their smartphones, even if they have run out of data or airtime. Their app, Teta

Home fibre player scales back

Link Africa, the fibre communications company previously known as i3 Africa, has scaled back its business, closing its Johannesburg office and ending its plans, at least for now, to build fibre-to-the-home infrastructure in South Africa’s big cities. TechCentral has learnt that 15 managers

Teamwork needed for new subsea cables

Musa Phungula, the entrepreneur behind the proposed US$130m TTD cable to connect Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal to East London, Port Elizabeth and Yzerfontein near Cape Town, says collaboration between other projects to build submarine fibre along the same route is needed. Phungula’s

Mthembu quits Gijima board

Gijima nonexecutive director Andrew Mthembu has resigned from the board of the troubled JSE-listed technology services company after nine years as a director. Mthembu was Gijima’s lead independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee. The resignation is with immediate

Link Africa to offer home fibre in 2013

Open-access fibre-optic telecommunications infrastructure provider Link Africa, formerly known as i3 Africa, has revealed that it expects to begin rolling out high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections starting in 2013. The company, which has bought

Investors eye Brics cable

Investors have expressed keen interest in a undersea broadband cable that would link Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA (the Brics countries) to each other and the US, a promoter of the project said on Thursday. “There have been many parties showing interest in the Brics cable project. To date, a total of

The inside story of the $1,5bn Brics Cable

The Brics Cable, a superfast broadband submarine network that will extend from the east of Russia to the US via SA, and which will cost as much as US$1,5bn to construct, is already at an advanced stage of planning and should be ready by mid to late 2014, according to Andrew Mthembu, the SA businessman

Yet more sub-sea cables coming SA’s way

Just when telecommunications industry players and analysts thought SA couldn’t possibly get any more undersea broadband infrastructure, news is emerging of a raft of new cable systems that will serve both SA and the region. On Monday, Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA — the so-called Brics countries — announced plans for a new high-capacity

Mega project to bring fibre to SA homes

Want fibre to your home? You could soon have it. i3 Africa, a new company backed by the National Empowerment Fund, plans to build a high-speed fibre network connecting 2,5m homes within the next

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