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Rob Davies, Department of Trade and Industry
Telkom will provide 5% additional IP connect capacity to all existing IP connect wholesale customers at no additional cost, with effect from 1 October 2013. The fixed-line giant notes the South African fixed broadband market is experiencing exponential growth in data usage, and says it expects this data demand will continue to climb in the coming years.
The University of South Africa (Unisa) launched a R1 billion science campus in Florida, Johannesburg.

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Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon
Access to quality television should not fall under the guise of rates and taxes, where South Africans have to pay to watch better content, according to Maxwell Nonge, MD at Platco Digital. The etv’s new sister broadcasting entity is set to bring SA free satellite TV under the OpenView HD brand. Nonge says it is “about time” all South Africans have access to satellite TV. – ITWeb
The launch of the new smart ID cards was preceded by a massive conversion of millions of records from paper to digital. This included the integration of multiple information systems and software, as well as the digitisation of over 30 million paper-based fingerprint records.

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Alpheus Mangale, Cisco SA
Gartner research ranks SA as one of its top 30 software development outsourcing destinations. Greg Vercellotti, executive director at Dariel Solutions, agrees, noting that SA is increasingly becoming a favoured international location for business process outsourcing (BPO) and offshoring. “Information technology (IT) outsourcing is, indeed, a growing business in South Africa,” Vercellotti said. – ITWeb

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