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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 (FCC) for approval of its plan to launch into orbit as much as 4,425 satellites.... 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 of understanding with Seacom to build an undersea cable system called the IOX Cable System.... 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 months through September, the Pretoria-based company said in a statement on Tuesday. That was in the middle of a range forecast by Telkom last month. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation at the mobile unit... 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 screen cracked and nearly detached from the phone itself.... 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 average monthly data usage on smart devices was now 629MB, an increase of 14.4%.... 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 the island’s 5,000 residents. It’s hoped the use of TV white space can help bridge the urban-rural broadband divide and better connect the UK’s more remote communities.... 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 German cities. Vodafone demonstrated the new network capability using a Sony Xperia XZ. ... 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+/5G technology will be tested soon. ... Read more


Massive crime syndicate has infiltrated Vodacom

Mon 07 Nov, 2016

The Rapport newspaper has reported that the Hawks may ask the FBI to help to investigate a “massive crime syndicate” which has infiltrated Vodacom and is performing SIM swap and Internet banking fraud. The report said a document shows that the crime syndicate recruited Vodacom call centre agents to help with illegal SIM swaps. Vodacom confirmed that an investigation is in progress into an alleged sim swap syndicate.... Read more


'Intrusive' MTN mast must go

Mon 07 Nov, 2016

This 5m structure is actually an MTN cellphone mast. And now the High Court in Cape Town has ordered the removal, before Christmas, of the mast crowning Alphen Hotel's Mill Range building. Vincent Murphy led neighbouring sectional title owners in taking the cellphone group to court in August last year to force its removal.... Read more


Note 7 to be cut off from NZ carriers

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

Samsung's New Zealand division broadcast some terrible news today to those who were hoping to continue using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7, despite the risk that the phone might explode. As many of you know, starting in September Samsung recalled both the original Galaxy Note 7 units, and the replacement models.... Read more



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