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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

BT to replace London phone boxes with 1Gbps WiFi kiosks

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

BT this week unveiled plans to replace its London phone boxes with high-speed WiFi kiosks. Called LinkUK, the initiative is the result of a partnership between BT and outdoor digital media specialist Intersection, which launched a similar scheme in New York called LinkNYC. The kiosks, or Links, as they are called, will be rolled out on major high streets across the capital. Anyone within range of a Link will be able to access free WiFi. They will also offe... Read more

Canadians spend more on internet than TV

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Canadians for the first time are spending more on internet access than television subscriptions from the country's telecom and cable companies, the industry regulator said on Wednesday, citing soaring demand for streaming video and music services. Telecom and cable companies brought in a total of C$8.92 billion ($6.7 billion) in revenue from cable, satellite and Internet-enabled television subscriptions in 2015, while they collected C$9.81 billion from th... Read more

Samsung Q3 profits plummet after Note 7 recall

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

The year-on-year drop of more than a third marks the first decline in profits in a year for Samsung, which started to turn around a stagnant financial situation in the third quarter of 2015. The Note 7 situation makes today’s results something of an anomaly in the company’s record — it points specifically to the phone’s very public problems as the cause of the decrease — but it’s yet to be seen whether the fallout from the recall will affect Sa... Read more

Google Fibre halts expansion plans as chief steps down

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Google’s parent company Alphabet is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of US cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fibre-optic networks. Google Fibre was set up five years ago by the search giant with the ambitious agenda of building high speed fibre internet networks across America. However on Wednesday the company announced it was pausing many of its plans, prompting plenty of commentators to ... Read more

Fibre boost for Cape big data analysts, gamers

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Telkom and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) have partnered to launch a high-speed network targeting big data analysts and gamers. The organisations unveiled a 300Mbps fibre connection at the opening of The Basement co-working space and innovation lab in the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town.... Read more


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