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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

• Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko wrote a col­umn for the Sun­day Times news­pa­per in which he said that his com­pany hopes to de­liver an in­te­grated telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ‘triple play’ by this time next year. This f lat-rated ser­vice would in­clude broad­band In­ter­net, tele­phony and video-on­de­mand as an in­clu­sive monthly sub­scrip­tion. Telkom has been spend­ing heav­ily on its broad­band in­fra­struc­ture to re­fresh its f lail­ing land­line busi­ness and pre­pare the net­work for a new gen­er­a­tion of of­fer­ings. The kind of in­te­grated prod­ucts it is plan­ning are com­mon in Euro­pean mar­kets where con­sumers are able to gain ac­cess to video ser­vices such as Net­flix, tele­phony and gen­eral broad­bandIn­ter­net for a f lat monthly rate. • Sam­sung is ru­moured to be pre­par­ing a Google Glass com­peti­tor to be an­nounced later this year at the big IFA trade show in Ger­many. As a com­peti­tor to Google Glass, the ru­moured eye­wear from Sam­sung will be called the ‘Galaxy Glass’ and of­fer sim­i­lar fea­tures, but with a sportier set of glasses. If the ru­mours are ac­cu­rate, the new gad­get will use Sam­sung’s own plat­form and will not run the same sys­tem as Google’s. They’ve got ev­ery­thing else, so why not glasses too? • Gad­get ad­dicts should ex­pect to pay much more for their toys in 2014 as a re­sult of the weak­en­ing rand that reached a five-year low re­cently as global in­vestors f lee from emerg­ing economies. Un­for­tu­nately for the tech-ob­sessed, this means that new gad­get prices will rocket as dis­trib­u­tors com­bat ridicu­lous ex­change rates that ex­ceed any for­ward cover de­signed to pro­tect against this sort of thing. There’ll prob­a­bly be a short win­dow thanks to old stock and then prices are set to soar.

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