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Telstra nears Gigabit LTE launch

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

Telstra on Tuesday inched closer to launching 1-Gbps LTE services, after its hardware partners announced they have completed the design of the first device that will run on the upgraded network. Netgear's Mobile Router MR1100, powered by Qualcomm's X16 LTE modem and WiFi solutions, is a mobile broadband hotspot and the world's first LTE category 16 (cat 16) end user device.... Read more


Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia hit 65Tbps transmission rates

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and Nokia Bell Labs have hit transmission capacity of more than 65Tbps in fibre lab tests, setting new records, they claim. The trial used submarine grade dual band erbium doped fibre amplifiers to hit capacity of more than 65Tbps – more than 13,000 times the capacity that was available when the first undersea transatlantic system was installed in 1995.... Read more


Samsung setting up Note 7 exchange booths at airports

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Samsung is setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world, hoping to stop customers taking the dangerous device onto flights at the last minute. The first of these new "customer service points" appear to have been introduced in South Korean airports, but Samsung has confirmed the booths are opening in airports across Australia, with reports of the desks appearing in the US as well.... Read more


Seacom fault affecting Africa

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Seacom says it has identified a shunt fault in the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt and France which is impacting connectivity to Africa. "The impact of the incident is that all transmission traffic on the East Coast of Africa to and from Europe will be affected," Seacom says in a statement. Customers with IP services will remain unaffected but could experience higher latencies with possible degradation of service, as traffic will predominantly be routed vi... Read more


The SA network with the best iPhone 7 deals

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Cell C is “very definitively” offering the best deals for consumers looking to get their hands on Apple’s new iPhone 7. Tariffic, a company that helps retail consumers and businesses save money on their cellphone bills, has used its online contract optimisation tool to find the best iPhone 7 deals in the market. The results show that Cell C is “back in the game”, the company said.... Read more


First device that can use gigabit LTE is launching this year

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Gigabit LTE, a wireless technology that can support theoretical speeds up to 1Gbps, is closer than you might think. Today, Qualcomm, along with Netgear, Ericsson, and Australian carrier Telstra, is announcing the first product to support gigabit LTE, a mobile hotspot. The hotspot makes use of a variety of technologies to hit those high speeds, including carrier aggregation. It runs on Telstra’s existing LTE networks and will be available to before the en... Read more


Apple releases iOS 10.0.3 to fix LTE bugs

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

The second update to iOS 10 has arrived. iOS 10.0.3 is targeted exclusively at the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The release comes in advance of the highly anticipated iOS 10.1 update, which was just seeded in its fourth beta iteration to developers and public beta users. iOS 10.0.3 fixes a bug that has caused cellular connectivity problems for some users, initially discovered on the Verizon network.... Read more


Free Wi-Fi connectivity across Dubai by end of 2017

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Free Wi-Fi will be available across Dubai by end of next year, according the director general of Smart Dubai. Wi-Fi UAE, launched by Smart Dubai and telco operator du, is currently available across 300 places, including public transport network. Now there are plans to expand the service right across the emirate.... Read more


Telus offers free internet to 18,000 single-parent families

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Canadian operator Telus announced a new pilot programme that will offer internet service to low-income single-parent families across the province on income or disability assistance. In the coming weeks, approximately 18,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance from the province will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate Telus' offer of internet service for CAD 9.95 a month. This pilot programmme is entire... Read more


Internet access is not a luxury

Sun 16 Oct, 2016

Few would deny this has been a hard year for South Africa, with threats of economic downgrades, a looming recession and near daily protests by workers and students. This indicates the need for a radical change in socio-economic policy as well as the need to embrace the opportunities this wave of disruption presents.... Read more


Kenya's plan for free Wi-Fi will benefit economy

Fri 14 Oct, 2016

In July, the Kenyan government announced that they will roll out free Wi-Fi in all the 290 constituencies to enable more people to access government services and to stimulate innovation nationally. "This project will transform Kenya and bring the digital dream to a reality," Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Joe Mucheru announced. ''It will bring the youth out of poverty by creating jobs."... Read more



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