Paul Booth
Paul Booth

Paul Booth is an independent commentator who looks for significance in what ICT vendors haven't said.

Still big spending on smartphones

South Africans bought 3.2 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2018, a 12.4% increase year-on-year.

KKR buys BMC

The acquisition, led by Bain Capital Private Equity and Golden Gate Capital, resulted in a deal worth $8.5 billion.

Sony pumps up the volume

The company bought EMI Music Publishing for $2.3 billion, becoming the world's largest music publisher.

Boost for African digital payments

A private investment firm spends $47.5 million on a stake in Kenyan digital payments firm Cellulant.

Vodafone Group takes Europe by storm

May 14, 2018

The company bought Liberty Global's assets in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania for $21.8 billion.

T-Mobile buys Sprint

May 7, 2018

The $26.5 billion acquisition will create a major competitor to AT&T.

Sky's the limit for Comcast

Apr 30, 2018

Comcast's proposed acquisition of Sky sees the company drop its support of a lower offer from Twenty-First Century Fox.

US imposes ban on ZTE trade

Apr 23, 2018

The seven-year ban comes after ZTE violated terms of a deal after pleading guilty to shipping US technology to Iran.

Spotify hits the right note

Apr 16, 2018

Spotify acquires licensing tech provider Loudr.fm, to help it to locate songwriters and pay them royalties they are due.

Facebook under scrutiny

Apr 9, 2018

The US Federal Trade Commission takes the unusual step of opening an investigation into the social media giant.

A is for Amazon

Mar 26, 2018

Amazon has become the second most valuable publicly listed US company, surpassing Google parent Alphabet for the first time.

Broadcom, Qualcomm dealt Trump card

Mar 19, 2018

The US president blocked Broadcom's proposed takeover of Qualcomm on national security grounds.