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City of CT 'not allowed to say no' to fibre companies going on digging sprees

Thu 29 Nov, 2018

The City of Cape Town says it's compelled by law to allow fibre infrastructure providers to lay their networks across neighbourhoods in the city. This comes after some complaints from residents about the disruptions caused every time a provider digs up trenches to lay down infrastructure.... Read more


WATCH: Vodacom store in Polokwane mall trashed

Sun 02 Dec, 2018

The Vodacom store at Mall of the North was vandalised during a protest led by a group claiming to be Economic Freedom Fighters (Eff) members earlier this afternoon. Patrons at the mall caught some of the chaos on videos and photos.... Read more


CellC users get 1GB after load shedding interrupts service

Sat 01 Dec, 2018

South Africa's third largest network, Cell C, has apologised to its users who were on Saturday left without network for approximately 2 hours. The network provider said in a tweet that the network outage was due to a data centre that "experienced a power surge due to load shedding, which tripped the air-conditioning".... Read more


Download speeds on cellphones are now much faster than wifi in South Africa

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

South Africa is in a growing minority of countries where mobile data connections are on average faster than wifi hotspot connections, according to OpenSignal's newly released report that compared those connections in 80 countries. "The perception that mobile networks are inferior to wifi has persisted, wrongly,” says author of the report Ian Fogg.... Read more


MTN vs Vodacom disappearing airtime tests

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

The phenomenon of “disappearing airtime” reared its ugly head again recently, with many customers reporting that their airtime was vanishing despite their devices not being used. After an investigation into a large number of cases reported on MTN’s network, MyBroadband discovered that this was the result of fraudulent subscriptions to WASP services.... Read more



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Samsung Galaxy A7

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Includes extra 1GB data per month for 6 months on the Telkom network.

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Apple iPhone 6s 32GB

Apple iPhone 6s 32GB

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Includes extra 1GB data per month for 6 months on the Telkom network.

R299

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Samsung Galaxy A6+

Samsung Galaxy A6+

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Includes 32GB Micro SD card.

R299

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Huawei P20 Lite

Huawei P20 Lite

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Samsung Galaxy J6

Samsung Galaxy J6

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Includes 32GB Micro SD card.

R169

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

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Nokia 1

Nokia 1

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R129

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LG K9

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Google’s high-flying balloons to provide Internet in Africa - Fri 16 Nov, 2018

Internet to rural Africa has proven vexing for companies that have tried — and largely failed — with strategies ranging from drones to satellites. Now, a sister company of Google says it has the answer: balloons.... Read more


Russia stifled mobile network during protests: document - Fri 16 Nov, 2018

Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms r... Read more


EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers - Thu 08 Nov, 2018

Virgin Media immediately said it would appeal against the telecoms regulator’s “unreasonable, unjustified and disproportionate” £7m fine. EE, which was responsible for overcharging nearly 80% of the almost 500,000 customers... Read more


New Zealand rejects mobile carrier's plan to use Huawei 5G equipment - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

New Zealand blocked its top telecom firm from using Huawei equipment for its 5G mobile network, dealing another blow to the Chinese tech company's ambitions to become a leader in the next generation wireless technology.... Read more


MTN pillories ‘draconian and irrational’ telecoms bill - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

Government’s telecommunications bill, if enacted without radical changes, will have a “devastating” effect on the ICT sector, destroying the incentives that have led to almost universal mobile coverage in South Africa. That... Read more


Fibre and Netflix packages you can get for the price of DStv Premium - Thu 08 Nov, 2018

A recent MyBroadband survey has shown that the majority of current DStv subscribers plan to cancel their accounts if there is a price hike to their package in 2019. MultiChoice has increased its DStv Premium prices in South Africa... Read more


Frogfoot targets bigger fibre push in Cape Town - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

Frogfoot Networks, an open access fibre network provider and subsidiary of Vox, says it is on track to bring fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to an additional 14,000 homes in the Southern Peninsula, Western Cape by April 2019.... Read more


Race under way to back UK fibre broadband ventures - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

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How 100Mbps uncapped fibre prices have fallen since 2014 - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

It was just over four years ago when Vumatel started digging up ground in Parkhurst and working on its core network. One of the first ISPs to start offering services on Vumatel’s network was Cool Ideas, regarded as the best fibr... Read more


Mobile subscribers in South Africa – Vodacom vs MTN vs Cell C vs Telkom - Wed 25 Jul, 2018

Vodacom has released a trading update for the quarter ended 30 June 2018, detailing its subscriber growth in South Africa. The mobile operator added just under 1.5 million customers in the past quarter, comprising 1.4 million prep... Read more


Openreach to cut price of fast broadband - Tue 24 Jul, 2018

Openreach, the firm that runs much of the UK's telecoms infrastructure, has reduced the wholesale price of broadband in an attempt to boost the number of homes and businesses using fast services.... Read more


Vodacom increases revenue on strong customer growth, cheap data deals - Tue 24 Jul, 2018

Mobile services operator Vodacom on Tuesday said it increased group data revenue by 9.6% in the quarter to end-June 2018 on the back of increased customer numbers.... Read more


How 5G makes use of millimeter waves - Wed 25 Jul, 2018

It took a while, but the first ever 5G spec was finally approved late last year. 5G NR, as it's called, will bring about super fast mobile internet by tapping into new spectrum.... Read more


Icasa prepares for showdown with Cell C - Sat 16 Jul, 2016

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is said to be preparing its answering affidavit for the interdict against its data expiry and out-of-bundle billing regulations. The interdict was filed by Cell C, w... Read more


Not Even the Internet Is Safe From Rising Sea Levels - Mon 17 Jul, 2017

If the internet went down, America would devolve into chaos. A new study suggests that’s an increasingly likely possibility as rising sea levels submerge critical infrastructure buried along densely-populated coastlines.... Read more


Cell C's UltraBonus will triple your recharge value - Wed 20 Jul, 2016

Mobile network Cell C has launched UltraBonus that will triple the value of your recharge every time you recharge. According to the company, UltraBonus is in line with Cell C's commitment to bringing customers the best value for m... Read more


Alphabet’s Loon internet balloons will fly to Kenya by 2019 - Thu 19 Jul, 2018

After earning its wings from Alphabet, Loon is setting sail for Kenya. The company’s high-flying balloons that beam internet service down to underserved areas is heading to the African nation by 2019, according to Reuters. The n... Read more


FibreCo Is Bringing Fibre Broadband to Kroonstad Homes - Tue 03 Jul, 2018

South Africa’s FibreCo Telecommunications is continuing its deployment of high-speed broadband across the country. The third largest city in the Free State, Kroonstad is the first city along the FibreCo national fibre route betw... Read more


BitCo unveils revised Fibre Broadband rates for startups - Fri 13 Jul, 2018

BitCo, a National Telecommunications Service Provider has released revised Fibre Broadband rates in a bid to future-proof small business in South Africa. It’s no secret that fast, reliable Internet connectivity is a must for bus... Read more


Full-fibre broadband pledge for new homes - Mon 23 Jul, 2018

The proposal comes as part of a new national telecoms strategy drawn up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Under its targets, all of the UK will have full-fibre broadband coverage by 2033, replacing th... Read more


New satellites in space to meet global appetite for broadband - Fri 13 Jul, 2018

New York-listed Intelsat, which provides connectivity services for MultiChoice, MTN and Vodacom among others, plans to send another three satellites into orbit in coming months — one of which will provide broadband services for ... Read more


 

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