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Cell C LTE network goes live

South Africa’s third biggest mobile network Cell C has launched its LTE network this week, the last major local operator to do so. LTE offers faster download speeds than 3G and Cell C is promising speeds of 30Mbps on its 4G network. At Cell C’s Johannesburg headquarters on Wednesday, the …

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Global Internet growth slows

In developing countries, 25% fewer women than men had Internet access, a number that rises to 50% in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing, and more than half the world’s population is still offline, the United Nations Broadband Commission …

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SA Wi-Fi growth will ‘boost GDP’

Wi-Fi access in South Africa is on a growth path, but more needs to be done to ensure the technology delivers on its potential to boost local gross domestic product (GDP), says an industry body. “South Africa has just over 0.03% of the globe’s almost 300 million Wi-Fi hotspots when …

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Tens of millions squandered on DTI aerospace project – DA

Tens of millions of rands have been squandered on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), initiated by the department of trade and industry (DTI), with nothing to show for it, the DA says. The Democratic Alliance’s deputy economic development spokesperson, Patrick Atkinson, in a prepared statement delivered outside the CAV on …

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Dramatic slide in Mxit’s user base

The number of monthly active users on mobile social network Mxit has fallen from 4.9 million in 2014 to 2.7 million in 2015. This is according to the SA Social Media Landscape 2016 report from World Wide Worx and monitoring company Fuseware. This means that Mxit is far off its …

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Altron shuts down Altech Node business

Local technology group Altron is closing its video on demand business Altech Node. Last year in September, Altron launched the Altech Node satellite-connected box which delivers VoD content in high definition to subscribers. Altron also described the Node as a home-gateway device, which included features such as home security and …

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Telcos welcome spectrum discussion

Telcos welcome ICASA’s new discussion document that tackles the use and licensing of E-Band and V-Band radio frequency. Telecoms operators have welcomed the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA’s) latest move towards licensing certain radio frequency spectrum bands. ICASA yesterday announced it had published a discussion document to move …

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Call to scrutinise Sanral’s tolling model

An anti-tolling group has called for Sanral’s tolling model to be scrutinised, after it announced plans to spend R1.5bn in upgrades at the Huguenot Tunnel and likely hike toll fees. Wayne Duvenage, chairperson of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), said in a statement on Thursday that the South …

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Delays stymie SA digital TV programme

The delay in the switch-over to digital terrestrial television (DTT) is symptomatic of the government’s ineffective implementation of policy, says an analyst. Department of communications programme manager Solly Mokoetle told a joint meeting of parliamentary committees last month that orders are imminent for set-top boxes (STBs). STBs are the devices …

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Joburg smart city firm may launch ShowMax rival

A Hong Kong company, which is involved in South Africa’s first smart city project in Modderfontein, is said to be readying a competitor to streaming service ShowMax. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Hong Kong information and communications technology company PCCW is launching its own video-on-demand service in South Africa next …

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