Wednesday, August 27, 2014

R1 billion Vodacom network upgrade for Gauteng - FNB brings you digital banking for under R100 - Jobs in Digital

R1 billion Vodacom network upgrade for Gauteng

Vodacom is busy upgrading its network big time.

Here are some of the improvements:

  • Another 239 3G Sites added
  • Additional 473 LTE Sites across South Africa
  • 74.5%  of Vodacom sites are now connected using self-provided high capacity transmission.

Bringing this investment story closer to home, Shane Hibbard, Managing Executive for Vodacom’s operations in Gauteng explained that:

“I’m pleased to announce that in excess of R1 billion has been earmarked for network investment in Gauteng in the current financial year. Of this amount, a large portion will be used to upgrade and increase Gauteng’s 3G coverage in the major townships. By the end of March 2015 we will add more than 400 new 3G sites.''

On top of this, Vodacom is also in the process of growing its LTE footprint in the province. To this end around 600 new sites will be live in Gauteng by April next year. This will grow Gauteng’s current LTE coverage from 25% of sites to 38% of sites in the region.  

“With 4G/LTE, video and music downloads can be accomplished in a fraction of the time of traditional 3G services. The areas we’ll be focusing on increasing LTE coverage are the business hubs and urban areas such as Pretoria, Bryanston and Rosebank as well as in the major townships.”

These developments are being done to cater for the massive data traffic  and to provide more new capacity. 

(Source - Vodacom) 

FNB brings you digital banking for under R99 per month 

FNB will be adding a tablet to its smart device range for customers at R99 per month.
The Lenovo Ideatab which comes with a free protective cover includes 3G and WiFi
It has a 7 inch touch screen and long lasting battery life.  The tablet is paid off over 
24 month, interest free period.  

It can be ordered from FNB's website or by sending a SMS with 'data' to 31138.
The bank has also introduced the FNB Guru desk - a service centre that customers can contact to get help on anything from how to download the FNB App, to how to set up their new device. 

FNB Guru Desk available Mon - Fri 8am to 5pm on 087-736-7270 

Ts & Cs apply for this offer.

(Source - FNB) 

Jobs In Digital

PrintWild in Ballito is looking for a Digital Marketing Strategist

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Highlights from HackaDurban and Microsoft South Africa Reports On Unlicensed Software

HackaDurban Hosted Their First 24 Hour Hackathon on 15th - 16th August

Keynote speaker and judge included Craig McCleod and Bilal Kathrada.

Five challenges were identified:

1. Go Metro Challenge (Participants were asked to create a dataset of Durban bus schedules for Go Metro)

2. Project Hawk (Crime Surveillance)

3. Chariteez (An awareness driven t-shirt brand)

4. Danger (a game using Gamification elements)

On D-Day the participants had to pitch their model to a panel of judges.

Judges included Neil Vose, Jonathan Darker, Craig McCleod, Cade Lamalette, Bilal Kathrada and Alan Haarhoff.

First Place went to Chariteez for their creative use of branding in driving social awareness and responsibility. Second Place went to Project Hawk and Third Place went to Danger.

There were winners all around as each team left with some goodies from the sponsors.

To find out more about HackaDurban and their next event
Twitter: @HackaDurban
Email: NK on

News From The Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft South Africa

Unlicensed software still threatens local business growth
Fewer South African companies are using unlicensed software, opting to avoid the numerous security threats associated with counterfeit software, but one in three copies of software installed on local PCs during 2013 was still not properly licensed. The estimated commercial value (locally) of the unlicensed software is a whopping R4, 11 billion.

This, according to the latest BSA Global Software Survey, which states that there has been a 1 percentage-point decrease in the use of unlicensed software since 2011. The survey is conducted every second year by market research firm IDC and this year polled PC users in 34 markets including nearly 22,000 consumer and business users and more than 2,000 IT managers. BSA  The Software Alliance is a non-profit trade association established to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners and the organisation also represents Adobe, Autodesk and Noctranet and Symantec in South Africa.

“Hopefully this drop signals the start of a downward trend,” says Marius Haman, chair of the South Africa committee of BSA  The Software Alliance and corporate attorney in the Digital Crimes Unit, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Middle East & Africa. “Compared to unlicensed products, properly licensed software offers computer users more peace of mind when it comes to operational efficiency and security. Corporate users and general PC users are starting to view this peace of mind as an important component of success in business.” 

Pirate software - the digital equivalent of a Trojan horse of hackers
The biggest deterrent to using unlicensed software is being hacked or having your data stolen, as 64% of global computer users cited unauthorised access by hackers as a top threat while 59% of respondents cited loss of data.

This paranoia over malicious software being added into pirated software is not unfounded as the risks of using unlicensed software goes beyond breaking the law and infringing intellectual property rights of software vendors.

In a research whitepaper entitled The Dangerous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software, IDC found that 78% of unlicensed software downloads included some form of tracking cookie or spyware installations. These install itself on a user’s PC and reports personal information without their knowledge such as credit card data, passwords and email contact lists that can all be exploited by cybercriminals.

When it comes to Trojans and other malicious adware, 27% of the downloaded counterfeit software incorporated these, which at best threaten a computer’s performance and may even cause it to crash, leading to costs in terms data and productivity losses. In the worst case scenario, the malicious software may also perform actions that are not authorised by the PC user like data deletion or copying of corporate information.

Often malicious software also prevents the installation of patches that Microsoft and other software vendors send to fix any vulnerability that hackers exploit, causing PC to remain vulnerable.

In spite of the potential damage that unlicensed software might cause to PC systems and networks, less than half of IT managers are very confident that their company’s software is properly licensed. Moreover, only 35% of businesses worldwide have written policies put in place that expressly require the use of properly licensed software.

“Business should ensure that they only purchase software from reputable companies, as a seller proposing to violate copyright law could just as easily view your credit card data or personal information as another source of revenue that can be sold to identity thieves,” warned Dale Waterman, who leads the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit in the Middle East and Africa region.

Waterman added that the use of unlicensed software can easily be deterred within the business environment through the establishment of a formal policy on licensed software use. South African organisations have to consider implementing more robust software asset management programs that ensure adequate controls are in place to provide a full view into what is installed on a network, and help to avoid the occurrence of security and operational risks.

(Source - Microsoft South Africa) 

This Edition by +Fred Felton 

Friday, August 15, 2014

News on the Smart Kicka & #FutureBanking & USSD Push

Vodacom has recently launched the Smart Kicka.

What is it?  Well it is a more affordable smartphone.  The aim is to get more South Africans onto the internet.
''At the moment only 27% of people living in South Africa's emerging markets have access to a smart device, we aim to double that number in the next year'' said Phil Patel, Vodacom's Chief Commercial Officer.

The Vodacom Smart Kicka is priced at R549, runs on Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, has 4GB memory, a 3,5''screen and two MP camera. The device also comes with five free 50 MB Power Bundles to get people connected straight away.

For more info visit:

(Source - Vodacom)

FNB #FutureBanking

For those of you that missed the highlights of #FutureBanking Trends with FNB
check out the hangout here -

(Source - FNB)

A Secure Banking Channel For Any Mobile Phone

Something new on the horizon is NI (Network Initiated) USSD or USSD Push. This is a faster and more secure way to perform financial transaction authentication than SMS.
Cell Phone users who receive USSD Push notifications are not charged and all responses are free.
It also works with all mobile phones.

USSD Push can also be used to prevent SIM-Swopping fraud.

For more info visit:

(Source - AAT)

This edition by +Fred Felton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

News of Mobile Web Africa 2014 & Their App Competition

Mobile Web Africa is happening soon and their are some fantastic speakers  on board already.
There will be contributors from the UK, India, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Just some of the speakers lined up 
The event brings together industry experts from around the world as they discuss crucial issues in the mobile arena.

It all happens in Johannesburg on 10th and 11th September.

Some of what is on offer for You:

  • In association with the MMA and Standard Bank the Smarties Awards will be held at the event on the evening of 10th September.
  • MEF is hosting a session on the future of mobile money.
  • Look out for the App Developer Competition - big prizes on offer.
  • Tomi Ahonen will be delivering a futuristic address at the conference. 

To book for the conference visit their site:

Twitter @mwebafrica  

(Source - Mobile Web Africa)