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Paula Gilbert

Paula Gilbert is ITWeb telecoms editor.

MTN plans more network spend

23 Jun 2017MTN spent over R20 billion in capex in SA during 2015/2016 and plans to spend R11.5 billion locally this year.

Improving its SA data network is a key priority for the mobile operator, which plans to continue to outspend the competition on infrastructure investment.

Cisco introduces new 'intent-based' networking

20 Jun 2017Cisco says it's changing the fundamental blueprint for networking.

The new network is able to detect malware in encrypted traffic and is a shift from hardware-centric to software-driven networking for the company. 

HeroTel expands to Eastern Cape

15 Jun 2017HeroTel executive chairman Alan Knott-Craig Jnr.

The group acquires two new WISPs, adding over 3 000 customers, R35 million in revenue and extending its reach into the Eastern Cape.

MTN credit rating downgraded

14 Jun 2017Moody's believes MTN faces a number of headwinds in its key markets.

Moody's downgrade of the telco's credit rating follows SA's sovereign bond ratings downgrade last week and the downgrade of SA's top five banks on Monday.

BITF takes Vodacom to task over transformation

14 Jun 2017The BITF says a lack of transformation has failed the economy and South Africans.

The Black IT Forum questions recent comments by Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub about how transformed the telco is.

Online video to boom in MEA by 2021

9 Jun 2017Cisco predicts 28% of the MEA population will use the Internet in 2021, up from 21% in 2016.

In four years, 81% of all Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa will be video, according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Complete Forecast.

Telkom moves property portfolio into Gyro group

5 Jun 2017Telkom is selling its masts and towers business to subsidiary, Swiftnet, and 40 properties to new subsidiary, Gyro.

Telkom has revealed the details about its new subsidiary which will focus on monetising the group's extensive property portfolio. 

Telkom Mobile grows subscribers by 48%

5 Jun 2017Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko.

The operator added almost 1.3 million new mobile subscribers in the year to 31 March 2017, helping to boost service revenue by 38%.

Why Net1 called off Blue Label deal

2 Jun 2017Net1's board says newly appointed CEO Herman Kotz'e did not unilaterally terminate the Blue Label investment.

The technology group says it could only afford to move forward with two out of three planned investments, and Cell C and DNI were the chosen deals.

Telcos will respond to R2K surveillance stats request

1 Jun 2017Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C confirmed they had received PAIA requests from R2K and will respond.

Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom have received Promotion of Access to Information Act requests from the Right2Know Campaign and say they will respond within the prescribed 30 day period.

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