The company’s debut of Windows 8 and Windows RT coincides with a warning by the EU regarding its browser options.
The international ICT market was dominated last week by announcements from Microsoft regarding its Windows 8 release.
At home, the eruptions that occurred at the Telkom AGM stole much of the local ICT media space.
* A full-year loss from SecureData, with revenue also down 2.8%.
* Positive trading updates from Business Connexion, MiX Telematics and Vodacom.
* Media reports say government voted against the re-election of four Telkom directors and two new management share incentive schemes at the Telkom AGM.
* MTN’s subscriber numbers grew 3.8% in Q3 to reach 182.7 million, with SA showing a 4.1% growth and Guinea-Conakry an 11.5% growth, the highest increase anywhere in Africa.
* The National Outsourcing Association announced that SA has won this year’s Offshoring Destination of the Year Award.
* Craig Chambers was appointed non-executive chairman of AdaptIT.
* Jacques Malherbe resigned as CEO of Westcon.
* Bernard Ravno retired as non-executive chairman of AdaptIT.
* Diebold acquired Turkey-based Altus, an industry-leading multivendor service provider.
* KDDI and Sumitomo bought Jupiter Telecommunications, the cable group, in a deal that will create a cable TV company commanding half of the Japanese market. The acquisition was worth $2.7 billion.
* Marlin Equity Partners purchased the intelligent bandwidth management business of Sycamore Networks, which will file for liquidation once this deal has been closed. The acquisition was worth $18.75 million.
* Nice Systems bought Redkite Financial Markets, a provider of real-time, cloud-based institutional trade surveillance solutions.
* Telefonica acquired Tokbox, a US-based start-up that allows people to embed live video chat capabilities within their Web sites.
* Telstra purchased Australian ISP Adam Internet.
* Yahoo bought Stamped, a small, mobile start-up company.
* MTS, Russia’s largest mobile operator, made a 25.1% investment in MTS Bank (formerly the Moscow Bank for Reconstruction & Development), a domestic bank in that country.
* Microsoft debuted Windows 8 and Windows RT, which coincides with a warning by the EU regarding its browser options in the new operating systems.
* Samsung Display will terminate its contract with Apple and no longer supply LCD panels to the company.
* Excellent quarterly results from InterDigital and Western Digital.
* Very good quarterly figures from Samsung Electronics and TSMC.
* Good quarterly numbers from Akamai Technologies, Apple, ARM Holdings, China Unicom, Dassault Systemes, Equifax, Idea Cellular (India), LG Display, LSI, Micros Systems and VeriSign.
* Satisfactory quarterly results from America Movil, China Mobile, EMC, F5 Networks, Ingram Micro, Motorola Solutions, Symantec, Telenor and Yahoo.
* Mediocre quarterly results from Anixter International, CA Technologies, Canon, Compuware, EE (was Everything Everywhere), Ericsson, France Telecom-Orange, HTC, Informatica, KPN, Maxim Integrated Products, Molex and Xerox.
* Mixed quarterly figures from Altera, with revenue up but profit down; ASML, with revenue up but profit down; AT&T, with revenue down but profit up; Broadcom, with revenue up but profit down; Citrix Systems, with revenue up but profit down; Diebold, with revenue up but profit down; Forrester Research, with revenue down but profit up; Juniper Networks, with revenue up but profit down; LG Electronics, with revenue down but profit up; Logitech, with revenue down but profit up; Netgear, with revenue up but profit down; NTT DoCoMo, with revenue up but profit down; Rogers Communications, with revenue up but profit down; SAP, with revenue up but profit down; Texas Instruments, with revenue down but profit up; VMware, with revenue up but profit down; and Websense, with revenue down but profit up.
* Very poor quarterly figures from Acer, but back in the black; and Lexmark.
* Quarterly losses from Amazon.com, AU Optronics, Clearwire, Facebook, L3 Communications, Netflix, NetSuite, Polycom, Quantum, RF Micro Devices, Sprint Nextel, ST-Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Tellabs, Unisys and ZTE.
* The appointments of Anthony Ambrose as CEO of Data I/O; and Pierre Nanterme as chairman of Accenture (this is in addition to his role as CEO).
* The retirements of William Green, chairman of Accenture; and Frederick Hume, CEO of Data I/O.
* A delay of the planned IPO in London by MegaFon (Russia). This is the third delay of the IPO by the company, which was originally scheduled for July 2012.
* The buyer for BMC Software, valued at $6.4 billion. The contenders include private equity companies Bain Capital Partners, KKR & Co and TPG Capital.
* The buyer for Vivendi’s Maroc Telecom’s stake. The contenders include Etisalat (UAE), MTN, Qtel (Qatar), Saudi Telecom; and possibly Vodafone.
* South Africa:
* Further developments regarding the future of Telkom, following the AGM that was held last week.
* The worldwide mobile phone market grew 2.4% in Q3 2012 to reach 444.5 million units, with Samsung and Nokia taking just over 40% of the market, according to IDC. In the same period, the worldwide smartphone market grew 45.3%, with Samsung growing its market share to just over 31%. It was followed by Apple, RIM, ZTE and HTC, with Nokia no longer one of the top five.
* Two-thirds of enterprises will adopt a mobile device management solution for corporate liable users through 2017, according to Gartner.
* Every budget is becoming an IT budget, according to Gartner.
* JSE All share index: Up 0.2% (highest ever weekend close)
* Nasdaq: Down 0.6%
* Top SA share movements: Ansys (-9.1%), ConvergeNet Holdings (+13%), Digicore (+18.4%), Huge (+8%), Labat Africa (+11.5%), MiX Telematics (+24%), Poynting (+10.5%) and TCS (-50%)
Gartner has revealed its top predictions for IT organisations and users for 2013 and beyond. These include the following:
* Through 2015, 90% of enterprises will bypass broad-scale deployment of Windows 8.
* By year-end 2014, three of the top five mobile handset vendors will be Chinese, including Huawei and ZTE.
* By 2015, big data demand will require 4.4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of those jobs will be filled.
* By 2014, European Union directives will drive legislation to protect jobs, reducing off-shoring by 20% through 2016.
* By 2014, IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies enjoying double-digit growth.
* By 2017, 40% of enterprise contact information will have leaked into Facebook via employees' increased use of mobile device collaboration applications.
* Through 2014, employee-owned devices will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of corporate-owned devices.
* Through 2014, software spending resulting from the proliferation of smart operational technology will increase by 25%.
* By 2015, 40% of Global 1000 organisations will use gamification as the primary mechanism to transform business operations.
* By 2016, wearable smart electronics in shoes, tattoos and accessories will emerge as a $10 billion industry.
* By 2014, market consolidation will displace up to 20% of the top 100 IT services providers.
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