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The $14bn in IoT opportunity in SA

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is real – and there is more than $14-billion in opportunity available in South Africa right now.

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What is 5G?

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As telecommunications operations prepare their networks for 5G, John Delaney, associate vice-president: mobility at IDC unpacks what 5G actually is Although there is no technical specification for 5G networks yet, when it comes to using 5G as a marketing tool the mobile network equipment providers (NEPs) are definitely cranking up the volume.

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How an industry came together to develop a solution

With technology being a central part of our 21st century lives, it’s essential that it is integrated into education.

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Strategic imperatives for higher education

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Higher education leaders have shifted focus from reducing costs and driving efficiencies toward using technology to enhance competitive advantage and support emerging business models — and ultimately, the institution’s main missions of education and research, according to Gartner.

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What's New

SA unemployment rises in Q2

According to the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the second quarter of 2016 released by Statistics South Africa, employment in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy decreased by 67 000 quarter-on-quarter, from 9 285 000 in March 2016 to 9 218 000 in June 2016.

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DRS adds ForeScout products

DRS, a Cognosec company and a broad-based distributor and reseller of security solutions, has added the ForeScout range of network access control solutions to its offerings.

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Thought Leadership

Fourth industrial revolution poses new security challenges

The coming years will see an increasing convergence of the physical, digital and biological realms.

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Opportunities bring new challenges for mobile operators

Today operators face challenges on multiple fronts, which include decreasing revenue per user; the gradual erosion of SMS revenues as phones have become ‘smarter’; apps and OTT services devaluing lots of operator innovation investments; the cost of infrastructure upgrades and spectrum as well as the complexity of managing sector regulation and beyond.

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Trends and Analysis

Getting connected …

The beer in my glass was just about to reach Two Rand Tango level (almost empty) and I sighed.

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Ransomware on the rise ...

Ransomware is one of the most prevalent and terrifying security threats today, and it is on the rise, with stories of new types and infections hitting the headlines on a daily basis.

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Features

Xmas wishes: what the channel really wants

Storage in the age of digitalisation and the technology behind physical security, as well as a reportback from the Gartner Symposium, VMWorld, and Huawei Safe Cities.

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Affordable flash reshaping economics of enterprise storage

The advent of new flash drives based on triple level cell (TLC) 3D NAND technology promise to reshape the enterprise storage market by making solid-state drive (SSD) arrays more affordable than ever – positioning them for wider adoption in the mainstream market.

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Product Showcase

Samsung drives fitness up a gear

Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the availability of the Samsung Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX.

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System-on-a-chip enhances firewall

Fortinet has expanded its Security Fabric with the introduction of its third-generation FortiASIC SOC 3 system-on-a-chip architecture.

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Events/Report-backs

News from Gartner Symposium

Gartner named the Symposium/ITxpo 2016 held in Cape Town from 26-28 September 2016 "The world's most important gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives”, highlighting that for CIOs, now is the time to act, innovate, take risks, and transform IT from a cost centre trying to survive as a business process optimiser to a hub of value and innovation that drives your business strategy and outcomes.

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The road to 5G and IoT

The South African Telecommunications, Networking and Applications Conference (SATNAC) was held in George, with the focus on building 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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