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Fibre upgrade cost traps Britain in cyber slow lane

Mon 05 Dec, 2016

Britons desperate for faster broadband are unlikely to get it from a plan to separate the country's biggest network from BT unless the industry tackles how to pay up to 25 billion pounds ($76 billion) to upgrade to fibre-optic cables.... Read more

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

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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 househo... 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 ... 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 ... 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... 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 v... 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 rat... Read more

When a city has gigabit Internet, prices for slower speed tiers drop - Fri 18 Nov, 2016

The mere presence of gigabit Internet speeds in a metro area drives down the price of plans with slower speeds, according to new industry-funded research. Thus, the data suggests that even customers who don't purchase gigabit Inte... Read more

Comcast increases fibre internet speeds by 50Mbps - Sat 26 Nov, 2016

The change comes at no additional cost to customers statewide as Comcast, doing business under its Xfinity brand, boosts download speeds in the 75 megabits per second tier to 100 megabits per second and the 150 Mbps package to 200... Read more

47 percent of planet now online - Sat 26 Nov, 2016

A new report from a United Nations agency says 47 percent of the world's people now use the Internet — an increase from just one year ago, when the same agency estimated more than 43 percent of the global population were Interne... Read more

Facebook experimental internet drone safety probe - Mon 21 Nov, 2016

A U.S. safety agency is investigating an accident involving a massive experimental drone Facebook Inc. is developing to bring the internet to remote areas of the world. No one was hurt in the incident, which came during the unmann... Read more

Three UK breach puts millions of customers at risk - Thu 17 Nov, 2016

The company has confirmed that attackers successfully managed to access a database of 9 million customers using a stolen employee login, according to The Telegraph. The National Crime Agency says three men have been arrested but i... Read more

Africa to breach 1bn mobile subscriptions - Tue 15 Nov, 2016

Data connections, as well as data and digital service revenue, will drive the next phase of growth in Africa's telecoms market, says Ovum. Data connections, as well as data and digital service revenue, will drive the next phase o... Read more

Vox cuts ADSL prices to less than R1 per GB - Thu 17 Nov, 2016

Vox is cutting the retail prices of its “Fat Pipe” home digital subscriber line plans to below R1/GB, effective immediately. The price decrease will apply for all new online sales, across its Fat Pipe DSL product range. The ne... Read more

SpaceX plans to bring faster worldwide internet - Fri 18 Nov, 2016

SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk, is best known for its goal to privatize space travel. However, the company has other sideline plans, as well. USA Today reports that SpaceX has asked the Federal Communications Commission ... Read more

R2,2bn cable to connect Mauritius - Wed 16 Nov, 2016

Seacom has partnered with a compant called Indoi to build a new, US$150m (R2,2bn) telecommunications cable system to connect Mauritius to Africa and the rest of the world. IOX Cable, a subsidiary of Indoi, has signed a memorandum ... Read more

Telkom Mobile turns first profit - Tue 15 Nov, 2016

Telkom said first-half earnings rose 20 percent as South Africa’s biggest landline provider reported a maiden profit for its faster-growing mobile business. Earnings per share excluding one-time items were 3.36 rand in the six m... Read more

iPhone 7 Plus explodes in China after drop accident - Fri 11 Nov, 2016

A report from Chinese tech site Gizmochina says an Apple iPhone 7 Plus exploded after being dropped. After the drop, the phone vibrated continuously as smoke began to pour out of the device. The battery then exploded, leaving the ... Read more

Vodacom’s massive 4G and LTE data growth - Mon 14 Nov, 2016

The number of active LTE subscribers on Vodacom’s network grew by 88.9% between September 2015 and September 2016 to 3.6 million users. In its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2016, Vodacom announced that av... Read more

Scottish island to use spare TV spectrum to speed-up broadband - Thu 10 Nov, 2016

Spare wireless spectrum leftover from the digital TV switchover will be used to improve broadband access on the Scottish island of Arran. The rollout, the first of its kind in Europe, will be used to improve broadband speeds for t... Read more

Vodafone Germany LTE network reaches 500 Mbps - Tue 08 Nov, 2016

Vodafone Germany has upgraded its LTE network in Berlin and Dusseldorf to allow for download speeds of up to half a gigabyte per second. Previously, the maximum speed possible over Vodafone’s LTE networks was 375 Mbps in some Ge... Read more

Huawei, Safaricom in new 5G network plan - Tue 08 Nov, 2016

Huawei says it will innovate on 5G-ready devices and network infrastructure for Kenyan operator Safaricom in order to improve customer experience. Huawei senior director Bob Wang Tie said discussions are underway and that the 4G+/... Read more


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