connectivity

Fibre Broadband for the Wealthy Questioned

High installation costs for fibre broadband results in it predominantly being rolled out in wealthier suburban areas, says an expert.

According to Duncan Alfreds, companies such as Telkom and Vumatel have been targeting more upmarket suburbs with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.

He quotes Kalin Bogatzevski, chief executive officer of 123Net, as saying that, “There are many new fibre players focusing on FTTH opportunities, although the reach and availability is substantially limited – some focus on gated and cluster communities specifically.”

Gauteng Public Schools Get Free Wi-Fi

Gauteng's finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe has announced that 2 200 provincial public schools will each receive free tablets, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Nkomfe says that Huawei Technologies will provide all the tablets and each school will receive 44 devices, adding that the tablets will remain the property of the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Cloudseed, who won the bid to provide connectivity for the network, will provide the core network which will comprise of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to all 2 200 provincial public schools

Pledge to Provide Broadband Access

Minister of Communications, Roy Padayachie, says the government's pledge to provide broadband access for all South Africans will be like a blood transfusion into the economy.

The Department of Communications recently set itself the ambitious target of creating a million jobs in the information and communication technology sector by 2020, along with broadband access for all.

Padayachie says that the department wants to provide broadband to the homes of all South Africans, adding that a minimum connection speed of 1Mbps is desirable.

Undersea Cable to Connect Zimbabwe

SEACOM, a company running a high-speed Internet cable along Africa's east coast, says that it has reached a deal with Mozambique to provide a new link to landlocked Zimbabwe.

In a press statement, SEACOM says that under the agreement, the parastatal Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) will allow its fibre-optic network to be used to link Zimbabweans to the 13 700-kilometre cable running along the coast.

Africa Mobile Web Growth 'Exploding' - Opera

Software company Opera says that Africa is poised for ‘exponential’ growth in terms of web access, as more mobile devices connect to the Internet.

The company’s software sales director, Peter Panait Løjmand, states that, "Access to the Internet is a universal right and while wired devices reach only 20 percent of the world's population, wireless connections reach 60 percent of the world's population."

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