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India poised to witness VoLTE surge

Fri 04 Nov, 2016

Globally, operators are gradually moving 2G/3G traffic to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as a differentiation strategy to cater to the decline in voice revenue by bundling voice with data packages. In the first half of 2016 alone, 74 operators globally have launched VoLTE. Mobile operator networks globally carry tens of billions of minutes of voice traffic every day.... Read more

DDoS attack killing internet in Liberia

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

A new large DDoS attack is knocking out internet access in Liberia. The attack, written about on Thursday by IT security researcher Kevin Beaumont, is the same type of attack that slowed much of the internet down in October. Both attacks used readily available Mirai malware. The malware allows users to hack into poorly-secured internet of things devices (such as smart cameras or refrigerators). From there, the hacker is able to direct data from those devic... Read more

PIC puts R6bn Vodacom stake up for sale

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

A stake in Vodacom is back up for sale following the collapse of a previous deal in May that was aimed at increasing black ownership of the mobile operator. The Vodacom shares being sold by the Public Investment Corp are valued at about R6bn, according to people familiar with the negotiations, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. That equates to about 2,6% of Vodacom, Africa’s biggest wireless carrier by market value.... Read more

Facebook free internet reaches 40 million people

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

A major part of Facebook’s plans to nab more users is to bring connectivity to more parts of the world — including emerging markets. One way it’s doing this is through Internet.org: an initiative that sees Facebook pair up with local cellular networks to give mobile users access to select websites using a data-free app.... Read more

Mobile internet usage now surpasses desktop

Wed 02 Nov, 2016

For the first time in history, more users last month accessed the web from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets than they did from desktops or notebooks. According to data released by StatCounter earlier this week, 51.3% of all web visits last month came from mobile devices compared to 48.7% of visits from traditional computing platforms.... Read more

British Airways to offer wi-fi on short-haul flights

Wed 02 Nov, 2016

British Airways will offer wi-fi internet access on its short-haul flights from 2017, its owner IAG has announced. AG-owned Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling will also provide wi-fi. Many rival airlines already offer internet access during flights, with some providing it free of charge. But one travel expert warned in-flight internet was often unreliable and was unlikely to influence travellers' airline choices.... Read more

Australian Note7's limited to 60% charge

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

Samsung's Galaxy Note7 fiasco continues. After recalling faulty devices, pushing battery-limiting software updates, issuing replacements, then recalling all Galaxy Note7s and halting production entirely, the company is doubling down on limiting the explosive potential of any Note7 still in the hands of a customer.... Read more

Tanzania has Africa's lowest mobile data cost

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

Tanzania has the lowest mobile data cost in Africa as it reaps the benefits of the rollout of 4G LTE network by state-owned TTCL and intense competition from numerous operators. According to ICT Africa report released recently as #DataMustFall campaign gains traction in the region, Tanzania has the cheapest rate for one gig at 0.89 US dollars in comparison to South Africa which is priced at 5.26 US dollars.... Read more

Government committed to "full fibre future"

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

The government could be set to announce a strategy to boost fibre coverage in the near future. According to Digital Minister Matt Hancock, more will be said on the subject in the "coming weeks and months". This suggests that an announcement on fibre could potentially form part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on November 23rd.... Read more

Aussie house hunters sold on internet speed

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

New research revealed that parking spaces and pools are no longer the biggest considerations when purchasing a new home. First homebuyers are now placing fast broadband connections higher up on their list of key priorities when it comes to making purchasing decisions. The NBN Ready Homes report revealed when searching for a new property, the majority (80 per cent) of Aussie house hunters rate a good broadband service as a major factor in their decision mak... Read more

Nokia forecasts sales decline in 2017, shares fall

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Nokia has swung to a net loss and reported a sharp fall in sales for its July-to-September quarter, predicting that revenues in its main market will continue declining at a "low single digits" rate in 2017. It also now expects to see a "declining capital expenditure environment in 2016" for its overall addressable market, having previously forecast that conditions would be "flattish" over the entire year. ... Read more


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