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British cybercriminal sentenced for disrupting Liberian telecoms provider

A British cybercriminal has been sentenced to two years and eight months for conducting attacks that disrupted a Liberian telecommunications provider, resulting in losses estimated at tens of millions of US dollars. Daniel Kaye, from Egham, Surrey, pleaded guilty last month to creating and using a botnet and possessing criminal property. He was jailed at […]


Avaya introduces private cloud delivery of OneCloud UC and CC solutions

Avaya Holdings Corp has introduced a new private cloud delivery model of its Avaya OneCloud solutions for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS), providing enterprise organisations with a fast, convenient and automated path to the benefits of cloud communications. Available in South Africa, the new offerings feature preconfigured, per-seat consumption and standard bundles of both UCaaS and CCaaS solutions, reducing risk, cost and complexity from the transition to a cloud platform from on-premise solutions. It is being introduced as […]


Obsidian Systems confirms platinum sponsorship of DevConf ZA 2019

Obsidian Systems, a leading provider of Open Source technology, has confirmed its platinum sponsorship of DevConf ZA 2019. The event, taking place in Cape Town on March 26 and Johannesburg on March 28, has been organised to provide software developers with the tools, practices and principles required to address existing and emerging challenges within the […]


AxxonSoft develops AI technology to combat human trafficking

Axxonsoft, a leading global security and surveillance company set up by a South African entrepreneur, is using specially designed technology to try and combat human trafficking. Through its Safe City projects, AxxonSoft is assisting authorities in identifying unsolicited behaviour and potential human threats in public spaces which include train stations, airports, parks, stadiums and shopping […]


SUSE expert on tapping into an open source eco-system in 2019

Grant Bennett, Country Manager for SUSE South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, gives his 2019 predictions. There are some big things set for 2019. Customer expectations continue to evolve, new technologies are developed to push the envelope which that leads to continuous transformation of our business, our people, our processes and of course, the technology and […]


Avaya report reveals SA organisations must act upon customer requests

South African organisations looking to gain a decisive edge in 2019, must focus on going above and beyond to anticipate and act upon customer requests. That is according to research from Avaya Holdings Corp and Davies Hickman Partners, which revealed that 93% of South African consumers believe large organisations should make customer contact easier, while […]


Utility Systems CTO on the future of smart water metering in 2019

Darren Oxlee, Chief Technology Officer and Director at Utility Systems, looks at the future of smart water metering in 2019. Driven by the requirement to improve operational efficiencies and revenues, cut down on wastage, and enhance customer service, water utilities around the world are turning to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – including smart meters – and […]


Konnect Africa launches Internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire

Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat, has announced the launch of its Internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire. According to the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the Telecommunications Regulator/ICT of Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI), the number of fixed Internet subscribers (Ethernet cable, Wi-Fi and fibre) in Côte d’Ivoire stood at 155,541 in the second […]


Two co-financing agreements for Cameroon-Chad electricity project

The European Commission and the African Development Bank have signed two co-financing agreements for the Cameroon-Chad electricity interconnection project and the trans-Saharan fibre optic (SDR) scheme. Ousmane Doré, Director General of the Bank for Central Africa, and Francesca Di Mauro, Head of the Central and Southern Africa Unit, and Indian Ocean, Directorate General for International Development […]


Mango Airlines to install Split Scimitar Winglets tech on Boeing fleet

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has announced that South Africa’s Mango Airlines has ordered its latest Split Scimitar Winglet technology for its Boeing Next Generation 737-800 fleet. Mango Airlines plans to perform the first installation of the Split Scimitar Winglets in February at South African Airways Technical facility. “Mango Airlines clearly recognises the enhanced performance and improvement to the […]


Top three opportunities to grow small South African businesses in 2019

Viresh Harduth, Vice-President, New Customer Acquisition (Startup and Small Businesses) for Sage Africa and Middle East, looks at the three opportunities to grow small South African businesses in 2019. 2019 is well underway, bringing with it a range of risks and opportunities for startups and growing businesses. Some of the challenges your business will face […]


KENET in Kenya upgrades its carrier Ethernet network to 100GE

Telco Systems, a leading provider of innovative SDN/NFV, CE 2.0, MPLS and IP solutions, has completed an upgrade of the carrier Ethernet network of Kenya Education Network (KENET), the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya, from 10GE to 100GE. As the NREN of Kenya, KENET provides high-speed Internet access and data centre services […]


Trend Micro on what we can expect from IT security this year

The last three years in IT innovation have laid the foundation for even greater changes within the technology sphere. While some of these changes will simply build on developments in IoT, AI, smart industries and smart homes as well as the cloud, others such as the impending rollout of 5G in 2019 will herald in […]


Mimecast expert says data security sits at the heart of democracy

Thomas Mangwiro, Public Sector Security Specialist at Mimecast, says hackers and hostile cyber forces pose not only a threat to individual citizens or businesses, but entire countries, including South Africa. Military risks immediately spring to mind. A recent report found that even the Pentagon’s latest advanced military systems are vulnerable and can be ‘easily hacked’. […]


Printer OEMs pluck rich opportunities from Africa’s emerging markets

Chris de Beer, Africa Regional Manager at infoSource SA, looks at how printer OEMs have fared in Africa. “Africa is a nation that suffers from terrible disease,” said George Bush in 2001. Thankfully, more people are becoming aware that Africa is a continent and just what it means to conduct business among her 54 independent […]


Routed signs expansion agreement for subscription business software

Routed, a vendor-neutral cloud infrastructure provider in South Africa, has signed an expansion agreement to take further advantage of subscription business management software from Ubersmith, to further enable its fast-paced growth. The company is a model of efficiency using the Ubersmith software suite to automate pay-per-use billing to reduce the chance of mistakes in a […]


Elingo Chief Solutions Officer on the customer’s journey to the cloud

Karl Reed, Chief Solutions Officer at South African-based ICT company Elingo, gives his thoughts about how you can migrate to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud is no longer the complex process it once was. Thanks to the evolution of technology, moving from an on-premise environment can be done much more efficiently than before. Even […]


Three key trends driving enterprise software innovation in 2019

In South Africa, savvy business leaders are looking to embrace leading edge technology to drive growth and innovation, which requires a fresh and brave approach to traditional processes – with investment into new solutions. Gareth Hawkey, Group CEO at redPanda Software, looks at the key shifts taking place and consider what C-Suite executives and other […]


Nutanix Country Manager on the cloud opportunities in Africa

Even though there are still challenges to overcome, the cloud provides an ideal platform to channel this growth. Paul Ruinaard, Country Manager at Nutanix Sub-Saharan Africa, tells us more. Such are the opportunities offered by the cloud, the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index 2018 Report shows that instances of the hybrid cloud in South Africa are […]


Econet President and CEO on the evolution of broadcasting in Africa

Africa’s Over-the-top (OTT) market is poised for growth and it’s being driven by the need for superior customer experience. Joseph Hundah, President and Group CEO of Econet Media, tells us more. Television has captured the imagination of audiences since its inception over 75 years ago. But as technology evolved, so have audience needs and expectations. In […]