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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 new Google sibling will deploy its internet-relaying balloons in partnership with local provider Telkom Kenya.... 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 between Johannesburg and Cape Town to have fibre rolled out in the town.... 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 businesses big and small. However, premium uncapped Fibre Internet has been a luxury that only medium to large companies can afford, that is, until now.... 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 the copper wire network that currently delivers the service.... 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 corporate networks in Africa.... Read more

How SA's broadband speed really stacks up against other countries

Wed 11 Jul, 2018

South Africa came 76th out of 200 countries in the worldwide broadband speed league 2018. It jumped up four places from its 2017 ranking, which was 80th out of 186 countries. Based on over 163 million speed tests, carried out over 12 months, the speed league ranks countries across the world for their broadband speed.... Read more

UK Vodafone offers minimum speed guarantee with fibre

Tue 08 May, 2018

We've got more details below on what the offer includes, but probably the most enticing thing - other than the price, of course - is that Vodafone remains the only mainstream internet provider that gives a speed guarantee with all of its packages.... Read more

Vodacom is gearing up for cheaper prices

Mon 14 May, 2018

Vodacom is hoping that loans and fibre will help to cushion the blow of strict new pricing rules that will make it illegal for service providers to charge out-of-bundle charges without clients' consent. SA mobile firms will also have to rollover unused data and allow the transfer of data.... Read more

New data rules: MTN‚ Vodacom‚ Cell C and Telkom respond

Sun 29 Apr, 2018

New regulations governing the use of data will be introduced in South Africa following the popular #DataMustFall campaign that was sparked in 2016. The regulations will require companies to notify subscribers when their data falls below 50%, 80% and 100% depletion levels, to rollover unused data, allow transfer of data and prohibit service providers to charge out of bundle charges without the customer consent.... Read more

Telkom has a new process for cancelling contracts

Mon 07 May, 2018

“To date, Telkom’s cancellation process has been managed via email. To improve this process, Telkom launched an online cancellation service in December 2017 which came into full effect by the end of April 2018. During the transition period there may have been some oversights on some of the cancellation requests. ... Read more

South Africa has the highest data prices among Africa’s biggest economies

Tue 18 Jul, 2017

A new research paper by Research ICT Africa shows that the price of data in South Africa has not changed over the past two years – and is the most expensive out of all leading African economies. South Africa’s mobile data prices have come under constant attack in recent months, with targeted social media campaigns like #DataMustFall drawing attention to the high prices local operators charge.... Read more


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