Millions of people in Southern Africa still lack access to latrines and clean drinking water, according to WaterAid.
In its latest report titled ‘In From Promise to Reality’, the organisation states that the majority of southern Africans are living in an "unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty."
The report that accuses governments in the region of failing to prioritise their plight, adding that Southern African leaders have fallen behind on their promises to boost public spending on basic services, with the poorest and most vulnerable people hardest hit.
To read the article titled, “Southern African leaders fail to prioritise water and sanitation,” click here.Source:The Guardian
According to a study by Cisco, South Africans complain about high data costs and the price of mobile devices, but despite that, the Internet is set to grow exponentially.
The company points out that, "Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) reveals interesting growth figures and projects that mobile data traffic in South Africa will increase nearly eight-fold over the next five years and grow twice as fast as fixed IP traffic in South Africa."
It says that fixed line broadband access is regarded as limiting because of the expense related to laying down cable as well as the incumbent operator Telkom which has a virtual monopoly on the hardware.
To read the article titled, Mobile data 'to explode' in SA,” click here.Source:News 24
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organisation, initiates an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.
According to a report published in PLOS Medicine, MSF has made the data clinical and research staff collect, freely available online – marking the first time a medical humanitarian organisation has fashioned a policy to openly share its data.
Leslie Shanks, who led the development of MSF's data-sharing policy, states that “by making its medical data open access, MSF will enable other scientists to conduct further research on them, potentially leading to health benefits for the vulnerable and neglected communities where MSF works.”
To read the article titled, “MSF Pioneers Opening up access to humanitarian data,” click here.Source:All Africa
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