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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


Third UK ultrafast broadband network not feasible, says BT

Fri 14 Oct, 2016

The chances of a third ultrafast network reaching 40 per cent fibre-to-the-premises coverage are "highly unlikely", a new report has said. Earlier this year, Ofcom published its Strategic Review of Digital Communication, which outlined a strategy to promote the rollout of ultrafast broadband facilities on a large scale, based on cable and fibre lines.... Read more


​Facebook, Google partner for 120Tbps cable

Thu 13 Oct, 2016

TE SubCom, TE Connectivity Ltd, along with Facebook, Google and PLDC (Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd), announced plans to co-build a trans-pacific cable to boost data transfer by 120 terabits per second. Known as the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) it is a 12,800km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, California (USA) with ultra-high capacity transmission.... Read more


New Zealand's fibre connections double in 1 year

Fri 14 Oct, 2016

New Zealand has been moving heavily on its fibre plans, with the number of fibre-optic broadband connections in New Zealand more than doubling since June 2015. According to the latest figures from Statistics NZ, over 220,000 broadband connections in New Zealand are made through fibre, compared with 105,000 one year ago. As at 30 June 2016, over 12% of all broadband connections were through fibre-optic connections, the organisation reports.... Read more


50% of world’s population still lack Internet access

Wed 12 Oct, 2016

Fifty per cent of the world’s populations are still missing on the Internet access radar. Ericsson, a Swedish technology firm, which disclosed this, while unveiling another set of solutions to help bridge global digital divide and bring mobile broadband coverage to the remaining three billion people who are underserved or without mobile broadband access, noted that 50 per cent of the population in developing markets should have Internet access going by ... Read more



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