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Why you pay more for faster fibre in South Africa

Mon 20 Sep, 2021

For fibre network operators who have built their infrastructure using Active Ethernet technology, it costs them no more to offer a 10Mbps line than it does 1Gbps. Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), an alternative technology, works on different principles. It offers cost savings but at a performance penalty. Vumatel is a major user of Active Ethernet technology, whereas its competitors like Openserve generally use GPON.... Read more

New Rain 5G deals crush Vodacom and MTN’s offers

Thu 16 Sep, 2021

Rain’s uncapped 5G data packages offer significant savings over similar packages from MTN and Vodacom. Rain recently released an affordable, uncapped 5G data plan that offers speeds of up to 25Mbps for home use at R499 per month. The mobile network operator was the first in the country to release a commercial 5G service back in 2019, which was initially only available in Gauteng.... Read more

Openserve bets on fibre-on-demand strategy for growth

Wed 15 Sep, 2021

elkom’s Openserve wholesale unit is pinning its hopes on a new fibre-on-demand service, as part of its strategy to expand its fibre footprint across SA’s under-served and marginalised areas. The fibre network operator bills itself as SA’s largest wholesale telecommunications infrastructure provider. It offers wholesale products and services to other licensed telecoms service providers through an open access network, which covers more than 2.4 million... Read more

RICA is a joke

Wed 15 Sep, 2021

The Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications, Justice Bess Nkabinde, has revealed that there is no way for her office to verify whether the applications they receive from law enforcement are truthful or not. Nkabinde is the judge responsible for evaluating and granting interception directions — a form of warrant allowing South African law enforcement to intercept someone’s communications legally.... Read more

TooMuchWifi offers R4 per gig internet connection in CT townships

Fri 10 Sep, 2021

A Cape Town-based internet service provider, TooMuchWifi, is offering cheap internet to the city’s townships for R4 per gigabyte. According to the company, TooMuchWifi provides fibre-backed internet connection, which works great on High Definition (HD) video and other applications that consume a lot of bandwidth.... Read more

South Africa facing ‘digital load shedding’, warns MTN

Thu 02 Sep, 2021

Telecommunications company MTN has warned that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) decision to take back temporary radio frequency spectrum on 30 November could lead to ‘digital load shedding’ in South Africa. In April 2020, Icasa released emergency spectrum to allow the country’s mobile operators to meet the spike in demand for broadband services due to South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown.... Read more

What Vodacom bosses are paid

Tue 15 Jun, 2021

Shameel Joosub earned R55-million before tax in the 2021 financial year, a 26% increase on the previous year’s R43.4-million, according to a regulatory filing. Tax, however, zapped a big chunk of that pie, with Joosub left with “just” R30.3-million after the receiver of revenue claimed his portion, Vodacom’s 2021 annual report states.... Read more

Cell C ‘defrauded’ of R357m over eight years

Sat 04 Sep, 2021

Afraud scam to the tune of R357.3‑million allegedly from a “syndicate” led by a former Cell C information technology executive has highlighted the telecommunications company’s financial woes after it posted a R5.5-billion annual loss.... Read more

Cape Town’s Best Internet Service Provider Revealed

Tue 07 Sep, 2021

If you go out for a meal, and that meal disappoints, you only get let down once. The same can be said for a coffee shop, or a farmstall, or a local market. But if your internet service provider (ISP) lets you down, then you’re constantly reminded of their shortcomings, especially if you work from home. In other words, it’s a decision you want to get right.The winners of the Kfm Best of the Cape Awards were recently announced, covering everything from b... Read more

Study reveals that majority of people think smartphones and internet ruin wellbeing

Wed 08 Sep, 2021

A new study from the Saudi-based cultural institute, Ithra, suggests that around 44 percent of people are worried about their wellbeing, which they think is affected by smartphones and the internet. The survey reveals that over 42 percent of the surveyed people believe that the use of smartphones refrains them from spending time with their loved ones. ... Read more

Fibre Optic Links at Risk from Huge Solar Storm

Wed 08 Sep, 2021

Once every 100 years or so our sun emits a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CMEs) and these can be enough to cause damage to certain electrical systems, satellites and power grids etc. But a new study has also warned of an “internet apocalypse” because the next such event could knock out critical submarine fibre optic cables.... Read more


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