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MTN CEO Phuthuma Nh­leko has re­turned to the group as chair­man of the board, re­plac­ing Cyril Ramaphosa. Nh­leko ran MTN from 2002 to 2011 and is cred­ited with grow­ing the com­pany into the multi­na­tional pow­er­house it now is.

DStv op­er­a­tor Mul­tiChoice is po­ten­tially in hot wa­ter with both the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion and Com­mu­nica- tions Min­is­ter Dina Pule – for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Com­peti­tor On Dig­i­tal Me­dia, which owns TopTV, has f iled a com­plaint with the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion ac­cus­ing Mul­tiChoice of an­ti­com­pet­i­tive be­hav­iour. Min­is­ter Pule, mean­while, made com­ments in par­lia­ment last week im­ply­ing that Mul­tiChoice should be forced to share the pre­mium sport con­tent that sets DStv apart from po­ten­tial ri­vals.

Google is re­port­edly test­ing us­ing blimps, bal­loons, satel­lites and other air­borne tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide wire­less In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity in Africa and Asia. Blimps, as one pos­si­bil­ity, would hover above the ground, spread­ing wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity be­low. The com­pany fa­mously pro­vides high-speed fi­bre-op­tic con­nec­tiv­ity in parts of the US.

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