Telecom conference to attract billions
South Africa will use the 2018 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World platform to attract new investment into the country in an effort to meet the President’s target of US$100 billion investment over the next five years. “It is helping us to advance our ambitions as a country that... Read more
Government to train data scientists
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has committed to train one million young people to be data scientists between 2019 and 2030. “We want to produce people with skills, people who have knowledge and can find solutions to the challenges we are facing. Ours is to build a... Read more
International ICT conference heads to Durban
Developments in ICT will for four days dominate discussions in September when over 7 000 global delegates descend on Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre for the ITU Telecom World conference. The conference, from 10 – 13 September, is an annual exhibition and forum for government and industry... Read more
Comments sought for iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill
Interested organisations and members of the public have been called to submit written comments on the Ikamva National e-Skills Institute (INESI) Bill, which seeks to address the shortage of e-skills in the country. The deadline for the written submissions is 12 June 2018. The Bill was published in the... Read more
The mobile boomers
South Africa has more cell phones than people. With a population of 56 million the ‘mobile’ has become like a mascot to communicate, regardless of which of the 11 official languages. 22.5 million of these mobile owners are online users, according to research by World Wide Worx.  The logical... Read more
Smartphones shine in a difficult year for South Africa’s consumer technology sector
Smartphone unit sales in South Africa climbed by around 21% in 2017, even as South Africans reduced their spending in most categories of the consumer technology market, according to point of sale data from market research firm, GfK South Africa. Storage, media streaming device, and speaker retail sales also... Read more
Dept to bring internet services closer to people
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services plans to facilitate the establishment of 96 Internet Service Providers over a period of three years. Addressing Parliament on Tuesday, Deputy Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, said the initiative will prioritise the youth and women as well as increase... Read more
SAPO commences with migration of social grant beneficiaries
The South African Post Office (SAPO) Chief Operating Officer, Lindiwe Kwele, says the migration of grant beneficiaries to Postbank has already commenced. Kwele on Tuesday said that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has signed off on the new card design for social grant beneficiaries and that after... Read more
Nokia, Openserve conducts G.fast higher-speed broadband trial
Nokia and Telkom South Africa’s wholesale division Openserve have successfully conducted a trial of G.fast technology in an office complex in Pinelands, South Africa, reaching fiber-like speeds over existing copper infrastructure as deployed in buildings. This trial is a dry-run for Openserve’s commercial deployment of G.fast later this year,... Read more