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Duncan McLeod
Lessons from SA’s data centre boom

Despite the tough economy, at least one area of business is booming. Data centres, some of them vast structures costing hundreds of millions of rand each, are popping up across the countryside. We have the free market to thank

Operators want rethink on rural roll-out

Neotel and Vodacom have called on their regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), to scrap the universal service obligations they agreed to when they were licensed. Instead, they want

Mohapi vows to shake up Sentech

Sentech looks set to close loss-making divisions, including its once much-vaunted telecommunications carrier-of-carriers division and its direct-to-home satellite television business, to focus on its core business of signal distribution.

Duncan McLeod
Why Padayachie is the right choice

President Jacob Zuma dropped a bombshell on SA’s communications technology industry on Sunday when he sacked his controversial communications minister, Siphiwe Nyanda. In Roy Padayachie, the sector finally has the minister it wanted all along.

Padayachie replaces Nyanda

In a shock development, controversial communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda has lost his job. President Jacob Zuma announced on Sunday evening that Nyanda would be replaced by former deputy communications minister Roy Padayachie.

Inside Sentech’s Screamer fiasco

Screamer Telecoms was still using Sentech’s radio frequency spectrum as recently as October 2009, internal Sentech documents leaked to TechCentral have revealed. This is despite the state-owned company cancelling the agreement with Screamer

Duncan McLeod
Don’t do it, Sentech

State-owned Sentech is reviving plans to build a national broadband network. It wants a second chance and is promising to do things differently this time. However, as much as Sentech’s heart is in the right place, government must not allow it.

Candice Jones
Put a stop to digital TV nonsense

It’s been almost six months since Southern Africa’s broadcasting industry was thrown into turmoil over the department of communications decision to review the standard SA should use for digital television migration. And with the clock ticking

Ivo Vegter
Euthanase Sentech

The latest example of a moribund state-owned enterprise is Sentech. It was once the signal distribution arm of the SABC, but was separated from its parent broadcaster when e-tv was licenced. It was encouraged to expand its lines of business by the former communications minister, Poison

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