Economic Development and Tourism Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Alan Winde, has announced that three of Western Cape’s poorest communities will benefit from a new R3 million broadband project to be completed by 2014.
The communities will receive free access to high-speed wireless Internet, which the MEC says should run at about one megabyte per second (the current entry-level for most paying users).
“It is our intention to reach as many residents as possible. The impact will be proposal-dependent,” states Winde.
To read the article titled, “R3m plan for free Internet,” click here.Source:IOL News
South African cities are engaged in the process of rolling out public Wi-Fi hotpots in an effort to make high speed mobile data freely available.
According to a security consultant at Fortinet, Jonas Thulin, states that the new service though, could be used by criminals to entrap users who are unused to the environment.
"While access for all is a commendable goal, there are security risks in extending free and low-cost Wi-Fi access in public places," explains Thulin.
The cities of Tshwane and Cape Town are in the process of rolling our Wi-Fi access points for residents, and Thulin said that newbie users had be educated about the risks of an open network.
To read the article titled, “Education 'key' to open Wi-Fi networks,” click here.Source:News 24
The recently launched Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) says it aims to drive down the cost of broadband Internet access in developing countries.
A4AI, which is supported by 30 companies and organisations, wants to assist in decreasing the broadband Internet access prices below five percent of monthly worldwide income.
The association further argues that this will allow two-thirds of the people currently not connected to connect.
To read the article titled, “New group aims for affordable Internet access”, click here.Source:All Africa
MWEB has announced its partnership with mobile operator, Cell C, aimed at extending its broadband offering.
As part of the deal, MWEB will launch an ‘exclusive promotional offering’ of a 2GB Cell C data package at a discounted rate of just R89 per month.
General manager of MWEB Connect, Carolyn Holgate, points out that, "As a consumer champion, we like the fact that Cell C is shaking up the mobile Internet space in terms of prices and simplicity, and we look forward to partnering with them to offer the best mobile internet deals.”
To read the article titled, “MWEB partners with Cell C on data deal,” click here.Source:Business Day Live
According to new data contained in the final version of the Internet Access in South Africa 2012, broadband access in South Africa has more than doubled in the last two years, as mobile operators slashed the cost of data and network roll-out accelerated.
Conducted by World Wide Worx, the broadband data, which is analysed in detail in the report, shows that the number of broadband subscriptions grew from 3.6 million at the end of 2010 to an expected 8.2 million by the end of 2012 which is a total of 128 percent growth.
Many users have multiple forms of broadband access, such as an ADSL account as well as 3G, while many hop between operators to take advantage of promotional offers.
To read the article titled, “Broadband in SA doubles in two years,” click here.Source:News24
Eaton Towers, which owns and manages telecom infrastructure in Africa, will build about 100 towers in South Africa next year.
Eaton Towers, one of a number of specialist players to launch services in Africa in recent years, plans to build another 250 transmitter towers in 2013, increasing its portfolio by a sixth as growing Internet use on the continent drives the London-based firm's expansion.
Eaton Towers, chief executive officer, Alan Harper, points out that, "In the first half of 2013 we would be expecting to look at new business to open up in places where there's a strong economy, good GDP growth and more, rather than less, operators."
To read the article titled, “SA to get 100 more transmitter towers,” click here.Source:Fin24
Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, has warned governments that attempts to block the Internet are doomed to failure due to its scattered structure.
Speaking at the launch of a league table showing which countries use the web most effectively, Berners-Lee says the lack of a global Internet ‘off-switch’ means that authoritarian regimes could not stem the influx of digital information.
"In order to be able to turn the whole thing off or really block, suppress one particular idea then the countries and governments would have to get together and agree and co-ordinate and turn it from a decentralised system to being a centralised system,” he explains.
To read the article titled, “World Wide Web inventor says Internet has no 'off switch',” click here.Source:Times Live
The Internet should be accessible to all, in order for the country to have an informed society, according to a comment on the Sowetan website, by Tali Munzhedzi.
Munzhedzi is not happy with the fact that currently, there are a limited number of public places where one can access the Internet in South Africa.
He says while he commends the Department of Communications for providing computers and Information and Communications Technology infrastructure to schools through its National Connectivity Plan for Schools project, Internet cafés should not be the only places young people can go to search for jobs and other information.
To read the article titled, Internet can create jobs,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
A new study by research company, World Wide Worx, and the howzit MSN online portal, has found that the number of South Africans using the Internet has significantly risen.
The study, which found that the Internet usage grew by 25 percent in 2011, link the increase to the impact of smartphones and mobile phones.
The study further shows that 7.9 million South Africans accessed the Internet via their cellphones, and that 2.48 million do not have access to computers.
"Penetration is now approaching 20 percent, and for the first time we can see the mass market embracing digital tools on their phones," explains Arthur Goldstuck, managing director, World Wide Worx.
To read the article titled, “Internet use in SA growing,” click here.Source:News24
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has bemoaned the current state of access to information in Africa, citing the negative impact the glaring lack of information is having on the citizenry.
This observation was made during the ongoing NGO Forum of the 51st Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) in the Gambian capital of Banjul.
Referring to the African Platform on Access to Information campaign initiated in 2011, MISA regional specialist on media policy and law, Karen Mohan, said access to information is a right that many African citizens were still struggling to realise.
To read the article titled, “MISA stresses need for access to information in Africa,” click here.Source:Biz Community