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Local Internet users surf a significant amount of local content hosted by several ISPs around the country, according to the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA). According to ISPA, local exchanges play a key role in preventing traffic from leaving the country’s borders. ISPA spokesperson, Ant Brooks, says Internet Exchanges provide a mechanism for ISPA’s members [...]
Wits university has partnered with Dimension Data to roll-out a high-speed bandwidth to its campuses. Through the Inter Campus Link Upgrade (ICLU) project, the university will connect all five campuses through a scalable and flexible network. The ICLU will enable Wits university to effectively manage and distribute high bandwidth between its dispersed campuses, while enhancing [...]
The Gauteng provincial government says it will work closely with the Department of Communications (DOC) to influence the design of Set-Top Boxes (STBs).
Speaking at the opening of the 2012 Gauteng ICT Summit at Gallagher Estate today, Gauteng CIO, Lemmy Chappie, said input into the manufacturing of STBs was crucial at boosting broadband and improving internet access in the province.
“What we are saying is that the Set-Top Boxes need to have an in and out path so citizens can use their TV as a device – and this way we will address access to the internet,” Chappie explained.
The Gauteng Department of Finance (GDF) says more than 708 000 learners and 38 000 teachers access and use the GautengOnline network daily. According to Finance MEC, Mandla Nkomfe, these are users that have GautengOnline User IDs, passwords and personalised e-mail addresses. Presenting the GDF budget today, Nkomfe said the provincial government was confident that [...]
Internet Solutions (IS) says it has been granted bandwidth in the 28GHz spectrum by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). The company says this would enable it to provide customers with licensed Wireless point-to-multipoint connectivity services and a cost effective bridge to Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technologies as they become available [...]
Telkom has announced speed upgrades to its ADSL products. The company revealed the following upgrades to its ADSL offerings: ‘Up to 384 kbps’ will become ‘Up to 1024 kbps’ and its ‘Up to 1024 kbps’ will become ‘Up to 2048 kbps’. “Telkom is enhancing its value proposition to truly differentiate our broadband offerings. We are [...]
Absa has unveiled a beta version of its new banking platform to its 1.25 million online banking customers. The bank says the overhaul that has been in development for two years represents a distinct step-change from what was a purely transactional online service to a comprehensive suite of transactional and non-transactional services, as well as [...]
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will spend R78 million to extend the South African National Research Network (SANREN) connection to rural sites, including the remaining six higher education institutions that are unconnected. While deadlines were not met – Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, noted that targets would be met in the current [...]
Only 38 connected Thusong centres are fully functional and are providing a wide range of key public services, says the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).
Speaking during her budget vote speech, acting Public Service and Administration minister, Mildred Oliphant, revealed that out of 100 ICT connected Thusong service centres across the country, 50 were validated and only 38 were declared fully functional.
“This year the ministry will strive to make sure that all the remaining Thusong service centres are fully functional in terms of ICT connectivity, as part of the effort to bring government closer to the people,” Oliphant noted.
The African Internet has taken massive strides forward over the past three years, however, there is still a lot of hard work to be done before Internet services are accessible and affordable to every person, says Seacom. According to Mark Simpson, CEO of Seacom, massive investments in new terrestrial and submarine cables have broken many [...]