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Paula Gilbert

Paula Gilbert is ITWeb telecoms editor.

Revenue decline ahead for telcos in 2017

17 Jan 20172017 might see major breakthrough in terms of stabilising the telecoms regulatory environment, says an analyst.

Spectrum and regulatory battles will dominate telecoms this year, alongside the positive rollouts of the Internet of things and fibre.

Pinnacle-Datacentrix deal gets shareholder approval

13 Jan 2017At a Datacentrix AGM this week, shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Pinnacle buyout deal.

The R541 million deal looks set to be finalised next month, with the majority of shareholders voting in favour of the buyout scheme and a JSE delisting.

Neotel brand to remain, for now

12 Jan 2017Liquid Telecom believes the integration of Neotel will have an extremely positive impact and \

As the Liquid Telecom takeover looms, the Neotel brand will remain "with a slight change for the current future" before slowly transitioning into the Liquid brand.

AI, robotics provide greatest benefits and greatest risks

12 Jan 2017Start-ups specialising in AI applications received $2.4 billion in venture capital funding globally in 2015 and over $1.5 billion in the first half of 2016.

The WEF's Global Risks Report 2017 finds these emerging technologies have the greatest potential rewards, but also the biggest risk.

Spectrum uncertainty, rand to blame for Cell C price hikes

11 Jan 2017Cell C says customers who signed up for any of the EPIC or Pinnacle contracts and who are still within their 24-month contract period will be exempt from the price increases.

The telco says the rand's depreciation, along with uncertainty over the allocation of spectrum and rising inflation, have led to next month's planned price hikes.

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