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Interview: Giovanni Chiarelli on MTN's 5G trial

TechCentral — Thank for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod talks to MTN South Africa chief technology and information officer Giovanni Chiarelli about the operator’s 5G trial. In the podcast, Chiarelli explains why MTN conducted the trial and what it learnt from it. He explores the road to 5G, and the challenges that still need to overcome – in both the global and South African context. What frequencies will 5G use, how will it be deployed, who will use it...

Duration: 00:46:39

Interview: The African ICT opportunity

TechCentral — In this episode, Duncan McLeod talks to International Data Corp associate vice president Mark Walker and IDC research manager for IT services Jon Tullett about ICT opportunities in South Africa and the broader continent. They discuss what's happening in key markets, from Nigeria to Kenya and from Ethiopia to Angola. Listen as Walker and Tullett discuss who's investing on the continent and why, which markets are most exciting for investors and how the African start-up ecosystem...

Duration: 00:43:16

Interview: Forus founder Sonny Fisher

TechCentral — In this episode, Duncan McLeod interviews Sonny Fisher, founder of the Forus Global Digital Exchange, a company that hopes to reinvent the financial services industry using blockchain technology. The platform, which has been in development for the past eight years, is meant to achieve “true financial inclusion” by offering zero-fee financial services to the poorest and most neglected communities in South African and worldwide. The company, which plans to list on the JSE – and...

Duration: 00:54:17

Interview: Mimecast MD Brandon Bekker

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod talks to the regional MD of Mimecast, Brandon Bekker. Many TechCentral podcast listeners will no doubt have heard of Mimecast, which specialises in e-mail security, but few may realise that the Nasdaq-listed company, which has a market value of more than R20bn, was founded by South Africans and still has strong connections to the country. Bekker traces the history of Mimecast and its founding...

Duration: 00:57:38

Leon Louw skewers planned changes to ICT law

TechCentral — Free Market Foundation executive director Leon Louw has skewered planned amendments to legislation that governs South Africa’s ICT sector, saying the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which will introduce a wholesale open-access network (Woan), will cause enormous damage to the industry. Speaking to an audience in Johannesburg on Wednesday (click below to listen to the podcast), Louw blasted the idea of the Woan, saying that the only other country in the world that...

Duration: 01:40:31

Interview: Sita CEO Setumo Mohapi

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod talks to Setumo Mohapi, CEO of the State IT Agency (Sita), about the crackdown he is leading on corruption at the agency and his plans to transform it. In the podcast, Mohapi reveals that he has received death threats for his moves to clean up Sita. He explains why he's not backing down, why he has fired several employees, reported cases to the Hawks and other authorities, and will not hesitate...

Duration: 01:05:27

Interview: Balwin Fibre MD Andre Pillay

TechCentral — Thank you for listening the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to Andre Pillay, MD of the newly created Balwin Fibre. Balwin Fibre is part of the listed Balwin Properties and is focused on delivering open-access fibre infrastructure to the company's many housing developments in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban. In the podcast, Pillay explains why Balwin decided to spin off a new business focused on fibre broadband and what the company's plans are. He...

Duration: 00:22:17

Interview: Andrew Fraser on MultiChoice's ANN7 deal

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to independent marketing consultant Andrew Fraser, an expert on South Africa's digital broadcasting migration project, about MultiChoice's controversial payments to the Gupta-aligned 24-hour news channel ANN7. In the podcast, Fraser discusses MultiChoice's upfront payment of R25m to the channel and the increase in payments from R50m to R141m/year, and whether this is justified. How should...

Duration: 00:42:50

Interview: Takealot CEO Kim Reid

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, CEO Kim Reid chats to Duncan McLeod about the past, present and future of South Africa's biggest online retailer. In the podcast, Reid talks about the e-commerce market in South Africa and explains how Takealot is positioning itself to take advantage of anticipated growth. Reid goes through the history of Takealot, how he -- a former Naspers executive -- got involved in the business, and the...

Duration: 00:36:10

Interview: Sipho Maseko on the future of Telkom

TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko chats to Duncan McLeod about the future of the telecommunications group. The interview touches on Telkom's underperformance in fixed lines over the past six months and its strong performance in mobile broadband. Where will Telkom focus its capital expenditure and why? Also in the podcast, Maseko talks about potential consolidation in both the fixed-line and mobile telecoms markets, and the role Telkom might...

Duration: 00:25:46

Interview: Seaborn Networks CEO Larry Schwartz

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod is joined by Larry Schwartz, the CEO of US-based Seaborn Networks, the company that plans to build a new, high-capacity submarine cable system between South Africa and Brazil. The cable, which will have an initial design capacity of 24Tbit/s, will provide connectivity between South Africa, the Middle East and India (via the planned IOX cable system), and Brazil, with onward connectivity to the...

Duration: 00:24:27

Interview: Inside Cell C's Black, with Surie Ramasary

TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Surie Ramasary, the chief executive for content at Black, Cell C's new entertainment and video streaming platform. In the podcast, Ramasary provides detailed insights into the new platform and how it will work. She talks about the new Android set-top box that will be made available as part of the offering and explains some of the technical details behind the service - from streaming quality to how you can...

Duration: 00:33:49

Interview: Khudu Pitje on Dartcom's new R100m fibre factory

TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod talks to Dartcom chairman Khudu Pitje about a new R100m fibre factory the company has built near Mamelodi outside Pretoria. The facility, which will employ as many as 100 people per shift across three shifts a day at peak production, has been built under licence from international fibre specialist OFS, part of the Furukawa Electric Company. In the podcast, Pitje explains why Dartcom decided to build the factory, which...

Duration: 00:19:25

Interview: The legal implications of SA's big data leak

TechCentral — After the news last week of the biggest data leak in South Africa's history, Duncan McLeod chats to IT legal expert Corien Vermaak, director of the Three6Five Academy, about the legal implications. The leak, involving the personal records of more than 60m South Africans, alive and deceased, was revealed by Australian information security expert Troy Hunt. Investigations have pinpointed Pretoria-based real estate company Jigsaw Holdings as the likely source of the leak. But...

Duration: 00:47:22

Interview: Dracore CEO Chantelle Fraser on SA's giant data leak

TechCentral — In this special edition of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod sits down with Dracore Data Sciences CEO Chantelle Fraser to talk about the massive data leak exposed this week involving more than 60m South Africa citizens. In the podcast, Fraser explains the timeline of events, how Dracore's name was dragged into the story and why she's filing papers in the high court later on Friday against the owner of iAfrikan, a website that published an article speculating about...

Duration: 01:01:53

The inside scoop on SA's giant data breach

TechCentral — In this special edition of the podcast, Andrew Fraser, who broke the news this week on TechCentral about the massive data breach involving the leak of the personal records of more than 30m South African citizens, is joined by SensePost chief technology officer Dominic White and International Data Corp research manager Jon Tullett to talk about the breach. In the podcast, Fraser sets out the timeline of events since Australian Web security expert Troy Hunt first uncovered the...

Duration: 00:40:39

Digital terrestrial television in SA: the state of play

TechCentral — This podcast is a recording of a presentation and panel discussion facilitated by TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod and hosted by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers on the state of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in South Africa. The event took place on Tuesday at the University of Pretoria. Specifically, the panellists - broadcasting industry experts Lynn Mansfield, Gerhard Petrick, Aldred Dreyer and William Stucke, all speaking in their personal...

Duration: 01:27:17

Interview: Roger McCleery on the future of motoring

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to veteran motoring journalist Roger McCleery on the future of cars. McCleery talks about why electric cars face an uphill struggle in South Africa, but while they're still exciting. He explains why so few electric vehicles are sold in South Africa, the barriers that need to be overcome and why they're not as "clean" as many people think they are. Also in the podcast, McCleery, who has...

Duration: 00:49:17

Interview: Simon Brown on investing in tech stocks

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod speaks to well-known investor, trader and stock market commentator Simon Brown, founder of Just One Lap, on investing in local and international technology stocks. In the podcast, McLeod asks Brown for his views on a number of US tech giants, including Microsoft, Apple, Google (Alphabet) and Facebook. He solicits Brown's views on a range of JSE-listed tech companies, including Altron, EOH,...

Duration: 00:55:18

Interview: Inside new JSE tech listing 4Sight Holdings

TechCentral — The JSE is set to get its first new technology listing in years when 4Sight Holdings debuts on the bourse's AltX on Thursday, 19 October. Duncan McLeod sat down with CEO Antonie van Rensburg and Hilton Goodhead, CEO of subsidiary Digitata Innovation, to talk about the listing. In the podcast, Van Rensburg and Goodhead talk about why the company decided to list, the acquisitions it has announced ahead of the listing and what it intends to do with the capital it is raising. The...

Duration: 00:32:03

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