• Altech’s Alcom Matomo subsidiary has been awarded a tender by the Gauteng provincial government to roll out a 10GBps fibre broadband system as part of the Gauteng broadband network. The R1.2bn deal will be completed over the next five years and will, at first, connect provincial government facilities and 20 ‘priority townships’.
• British engineer and inventor James Dy-
son is investing millions in a laboratory at the Imperial College in London that will focus on the development of robots that adapt to their environments. His namesake firm Dyson is famous for developing the world’s best vacuum cleaner and other engineering marvels. Now Dyson is joining the growing league of companies investing heavily in artificial intelligence and robotics to develop “vision systems
that can help robots understand and adapt to the world around them,” he said.
• German auto manufacturer BMW has chosen South Africa for the location of a massive IT hub. One of three such facilities, the new hub is being built in the east of Pretoria and will serve BMW’s global IT operations. The company said that it chose South Africa for several reasons, including a wealth of IT skills.