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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

• 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.

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