James Francis
30 Jul

What comes first? The cable or the growth?

New submarine cables are headed to SA. But do we need the extra capacity? ITWeb contributor James Francis investigates.

May 23, 2019

Huawei underplays its Chinese government ties

Google revoking Huawei's Android licence is a dramatic move, sparking much speculation, but is it unfair?

May 3, 2019

Will mobile data prices finally fall?

The gravitas of the Competition Commission report opens a new front in the #DataMustFall battle.

Feb 8, 2019

Facebook's convergence conundrum

Merging Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram is a risky gamble and there isn't a good enough reason to do so.

Dec 24, 2018

A wishlist for 2019

What columnist James Francis would like to see happen, technology-wise, in the year ahead of us.

Nov 16, 2018

Why is Telkom letting ADSL die?

If ADSL is making a loss, at least let it make a meaningful loss that challenges SA's data norms.

Jan 9, 2018

It's a rough start to 2018

Meltdown and Spectre - two errors found in CPUs - are scary flaws. How impacted are you and I?

Sep 15, 2017

The great Apple bluff

Initially, the iPhone X looked like a dud to me. Yet on second thought, there's something else going on here.

Jul 21, 2017

Welcome to assisted reality

Augmented reality's star is finally rising in the workplace, writes James Francis.

Jun 8, 2017

The Essential Phone: just how essential is it?

A new month, a new make of phone. But this one may be worth keeping an eye on, writes James Francis.

May 5, 2017

Let them eat fibre

It's time to open the ADSL network and subsidise Internet for everyone, writes James Francis.


The 3310 and the sad state of the mobile world

James Francis places his bets on what the resurrected phone will do for Nokia's feature phone market share.

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