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Autopage finally draws curtains on an era

Altron has a number of important operational and corporate projects on the table, says CEO Robert Venter. A year after Reunert pulled the plug on its Nashua Mobile business, Altech Autopage is also being shut down, but the delay in following suit has cost Altron R34 million on its bottom line. …

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SA banks set for telecoms race

Deep resources give SA’s banks an advantage when it comes to their chances of success in the mobile arena. While SA’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) scene has been stifled by market dynamics since the dawn of the market some 20 years ago, movement in the space has started to …

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Beware the Android app hazard

Accepting permissions haphazardly exposes users to security and privacy breaches. A vast amount of personal information is being stored and sent to tracking agencies and advertisers – on a daily basis – when mobile users download certain Android apps. This is according to a recent study, as well as local …

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SA wants smart grids

Government has chosen a spread of 12 municipalities for its mooted smart meter project. The Department of Cooperative Governance is investigating an ambitious project to install smart water and power meters across all 14.5 million homes in SA to stop municipalities haemorrhaging money. It has issued a request for information from …

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Telkom continues to face challenges

Telkom says the operating environment continues to be challenging, as competitive pressures and regulatory interventions have not eased in the year to March. Despite the tough trading environment, it says in a trading update, it has “managed to further stabilise the business and have performed reasonably well despite these challenges”. …

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Seacom maintenance could slow Internet

Undersea cable operator Seacom is carrying out maintenance on fibre cables in Egypt, expected to continue until later tonight, which could affect local Internet speed. Internet service provider MWEB has warned the maintenance work could continue until 10pm. “We have secured capacity on an alternative route for the duration, [but] …

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You are being spied on

South African citizens are the subject of electronic surveillance by state security officials who tap phones and intercept communications, two reports released this week reveal. These revelations of government’s investigations into citizens mirror those of the US National Security Agency (NSA), famously exposed by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden in 2013. …

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Google responds to new algorithm concerns

Google favours mobile-friendly Web sites as more people move away from desktop search. A flurry of concerns from marketers and Web masters filled social networks when Google changed its algorithm to favour mobile-friendly Web sites on mobile search this week. Google states the change will “boost the rankings of mobile-friendly …

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E-commerce emerges as telecoms springboard

A number of telecoms companies have started shifting focus from retail to e-tail – the latest being SA’s newest mobile entrant me&you mobile – as the country continues to bridge the digital divide. Yesterday, Brett Howell, who is heading the new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), said the company would …

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