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Telkom holds church to ransom

Sun 04 Dec, 2016

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa’s Tshitandani congregation in Louis Trichardt accuses Telkom of holding the church ransom. This follows Telkom’s delay in removing a telephone pole that is stopping the further construction of the church building at this stage. According to the church members, they had requested Telkom to remove the pole and cables to allow them to resume with the building project. ... Read more

Please Call Me with cash, inventor tells Vodacom

Sun 04 Dec, 2016

Vodacom is being accused of trying to shirk its obligation to pay Nkosana Makate for his Please Call Me invention after negotiations broke down two months ago. Now Makate has approached the Constitutional Court again to get the cellphone company to compensate him for the idea he gave it in 2000. The application was filed this week.... Read more

Dubai airports get free 5Gbps Wi-Fi

Sun 04 Dec, 2016

Dubai Airports has rolled out an upgraded Wi-Fi service across both Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports that allows passengers to access unlimited free high-speed. The airports authority said the new service was launched after extensive research into passenger expectations.... Read more

UK govt to launch £1bn fibre fund

Tue 22 Nov, 2016

Reports claim chancellor's autumn statement will also offer public funding for 5G trials. The U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to allocate more than £1 billion (€1.17 billion) of public funds to support ultrafast broadband deployment when he makes his Autumn Statement tomorrow.... Read more

Huawei Boasts Shared Spectrum Breakthrough

Tue 29 Nov, 2016

Huawei has unveiled a mobile spectrum management solution that could open up new possibilities for the dynamic and efficient sharing of valuable capacity. During a presentation at the company's Mobile Broadband Forum event near Tokyo, Edward Deng, president of Huawei's Wireless Solution division, presented CloudAIR, which the vendor is pushing as the third leg of its mobile cloud stool. (See Photos: MBB Forum 2016 Tokyo, Day 1 and Photos: MBB Forum 2016, T... Read more

Altice plans 10Gbps FTTH for its entire US footprint

Thu 01 Dec, 2016

Altice will extend fibre deeper into its existing hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network and leverage proprietary technologies developed by Altice Labs. The network will can support several simultaneous 4K streams within a single household. Altice, the French giant that expanded into the US with the acquisition of Cablevision/Optimum and Suddenlink, is the first major US cable provider to announce a large-scale fibre deployment plan for its footprint.... Read more

Amazon Truck Packs 100PB of Data

Fri 02 Dec, 2016

Amazon.com Inc.'s new Snowmobile trucks designed to store and transfer up to 100 terabytes of data per truck, or a total of 100 petabytes of data using Amazon's entire fleet. Amazon Web Services Inc. announced the new Snowmobile service at the company's re:Invent 2016 conference. According to AWS, users can move 100PB of data "in as little as a few weeks, plus transfer time." The company notes that the same transfer "could take more than 20 years to accom... Read more

Telkom: A more positive ring

Fri 25 Nov, 2016

Telkom, the telecoms player that for the better part of three years has been in a turnaround phase, has seemingly weathered the storm. CEO Sipho Maseko and his team embarked on a cost-reduction programme that included huge job cuts and reviving the struggling mobile network business. This has resulted in a strong balance sheet, low gearing and good cash flow.... Read more

Apple reportedly limits Verizon iPhone 7 modem speed to match AT&T model

Mon 21 Nov, 2016

Apple has been limiting the modem speeds of the iPhone 7 built for Verizon Wireless's network in order to match the slower speeds of the AT&T iPhone, according to reports Friday by Bloomberg and Recode. The Verizon iPhone 7 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 modem that is capable of LTE download speeds of up to 600Mbps, while the AT&T model uses an Intel XMM 7360 that goes up to 450Mbps.... Read more

25 years of Internet in South Africa

Sat 26 Nov, 2016

flowing out of South Africa on a leased circuit from Telkom. The man behind this was Mike Laurie. In later years he wrote “it’s amazing it happened at all, or at least it seemed so at the time.” The lack of cooperation and vision from the state telecommunications operator was staggering. They couldn’t see that in the long run they’d make money rather than lose it if they supported the technology.... Read more

Why internet use is low in Africa

Tue 15 Nov, 2016

Despite recent improvements in infrastructure and affordability, internet adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa is not growing rapidly, a report says. The report says that the continent’s internet adoption isn't growing at a speedy rate because potential users do not always find the internet relevant enough. According to Bastiaan Quast, co-author of the report and economics fellow of Internet Society, Africa faces challenges such as poor telecommunication syste... Read more


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