Published on: 28th Sep 2012 in Cellular News Physicians and environmentalists alike could soon be using a new class of electronic devices that are small, robust and high performance, but at the same time biocompatible and capable of dissolving completely in water or in bodily fluids. Researchers at the University of Illinois, in collaboration with […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, South Africa, 20 June, 2012 Satellite is becoming an increasingly significant contender as a broadband alternative, especially in under-serviced and unserviced areas where other connectivity services do not reach, and in areas where copper theft is rife. Carlsen, technical director at Maxwell Technology, says in South Africa this includes […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, South Africa, 20 June, 2012 Africa accounts for 20% of the world population, but the fibre infrastructure being deployed on the continent accounts for only 2% of the world market. “The message here is that whatever is being deployed in Africa the rest of the world is doing it […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, South Africa, 20 June, 2012 The abundant international, national and metropolitan fibre capacity that will be available in the next couple of years in South Africa will be of limited value without a high-speed last mile connection, and right now this is the weakest link in the chain. In […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, South Africa, 20 June, 2012 There are mixed feelings in the industry about the unbundling of the local loop that is on the cards in South Africa, which would allow other market players to provide broadband services to their customers over Telkom’s last mile copper wire infrastructure through its […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 20 June, 2012 The limited wireless spectrum that has been released for commercial use in South Africa is a thorn in the side of industry players, because more is badly needed to ease network bottlenecks and support new services. “The delays in the allocation of the available wireless spectrum […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, South Africa, 20 June, 2012 The current status of the South African broadband infrastructure is that there are now multiple high-speed undersea fibre cables linking the country to the rest of the world, and an abundance of national and metropolitan fibre infrastructure is expected to be completed by the end […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day Cloud computing will allow an increasing number of applications and other IT functions to be accessed as a service over the internet or any internet enabled network. Kevin Mortimer, MD of Triple4 says with cloud computing IT suppliers can package services and dish them up like the mobile operators […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day Cloud computing will give consumers and businesses the freedom to access IT functions from multiple service providers, using any device and pay for them as and when they need them. But it poses a threat to the technocrats who have built rigid, closely protected IT empires, and they will […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day Thousands of cloud-enabled applications and services are already being accessed over the internet. Andrea Lodolo, chief technology officer at CA Southern Africa says these include service desk applications that can be used to log calls and resolve problems, for example by support staff in a call centre. He says […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day – 17, May, 2012 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day marks the anniversary of the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1865. The ITU is responsible for many of the electronic communication technology standards in use today, and for countless high-level global initiatives that are aimed at […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day The building of all the terrestrial telecommunication infrastructure that is going on to link to the undersea cables on the coast of South Africa should be completed by the end of 2013. Once this happens it will result in a 200-fold increase in data capacity, says Derek Wilcocks, CEO […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day There is much activity going on in South Africa with the building of national fibre links and metropolitan fibre infrastructure in major cities, and it is gradually expanding to lesser towns. “We have built fibre links for Dark Fibre Africa in smaller towns like Rustenburg, Polokwane, and East London, […]

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Top Ten Innovations 2011

Published on January 6, 2012 by in Technology

The Scientist Magazine has just published its annual Top 10 Innovations contest, which showcases the coolest life science tools to emerge in 2011. These include a number of the latest advances in microscopy—from a pocket microscope that can be connected to a cell phone’s optics to tools that smash the resolution limitations of traditional scopes, […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer Did you know that Steve Jobs did not invent the latest and greatest Apple products? It was British born Jonathan (Jony) Ive, who is to be knighted by the Queen. Among other things, Ive is credited with designing the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, and was the lead designer behind various MacBook […]

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Video conferencing services available over the internet at a reasonable cost.

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The growing popularity of e-readers has sent the book publishing industry into a long-term decline as significant as the changes impacting the music and movie businesses.

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Some 100 wireless access service providers across South Africa are providing connectivity services in areas where other broadband infrastructure is inadequate.

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In South Africa, operators and service providers want to own their infrastructure, but the customer does not care who owns it.

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Companies need to optimise their LANs to benefit from the increased bandwidth capacity that will become available.

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Satellite is a viable broadband communication solution in Africa, writes Jennigay Coetzer, South African journalist and author.

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A lot of activity across South Africa to build high-speed terrestrial fibre infrastructure to join up with the undersea cables.

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Minister says he is aware South Africa is slipping behind other African countries with broadband communication and that this needs to be addressed.

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Half of the undersea cables that were planned to land along the east and west coasts of Africa by 2012 have done so.

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Infraco’s terrestrial network and its links to multiple undersea cables allow it to cross-link data traffic from east coast to west coast of Africa.

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$6bn of investment in terrestrial fibre networks just in East and Southern Africa.

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Mobile operators caught off guard by the rapid growth in the demand for mobile data capacity.

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Mobile operators can restrict access to their networks and bundle content in with their services at prices that make it difficult for anyone else to compete.

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The volume of data produced globally will have increased from 800,000 petabytes in 2009 to 35 zettabytes by 2020.

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Free search engine technologies can be used in conjunction with business intelligence tools

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The volume of data being generated worldwide is estimated to have grown 10-fold over the past five years.

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Moving to a hosted call centre solution can reduce costs by 30% to 40%.

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Organisations are taking a more holistic approach to business process design in their call centres than in the past.

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Many companies are adding a social media customer interaction channel to their call centres to allow them to monitor what is being said about them and their products on the internet and address customer complaints.

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Companies can save up to 50% on their overall IT costs by moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud.

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Plus factor for mobile cloud

Published on April 24, 2011 by in Technology

The mobile device becomes a window onto applications and data, allowing users to interact with them over the internet

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Smaller companies may balance the risks of software as a service against cost.

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Cloud applications cut IT costs

Published on April 24, 2011 by in Technology

Cloud computing encompasses any service that is accessed over the internet that provides near infinite capacity to meet the current demand…

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Small and medium sized companies need a payroll system that is quick to implement and easy to use so they can get up and running in a couple of days.

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It has become more feasible for companies of all sizes to access ERP and payroll applications online on a software as a service or hosted basis.

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Most companies are looking at implementing talent management systems, and will need a mechanism for updating information.

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The days when Windows was the de facto standard platform have gone and more and more operating systems are emerging, which poses challenges for software suppliers.

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ERP solutions are available that will suit the pockets of smaller companies, are simpler and quicker to implement, locally supported, and will produce real returns.

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 30 July 2010 By the end of next year almost three times as many consumers globally will use their mobile phones to make person to person payments than those who will use them to conduct traditional banking functions, according to ABI Research. The developing world is embracing mobile payment […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 30 July 2010 Internet banking is available at all hours of the day and night, from anywhere, and is a cost efficient service to deliver. However, it is vulnerable to malicious practices such as identity theft, phishing, and pharming – whereby a user gets redirected to a bogus website. […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 30 July 2010 In South Africa the number of internet banking users users has doubled over the past five years to about 3.2-million to 3.5-million, across all the banks. Mobile phone banking is growing even quicker in the country, although off a lower base, with a total of about […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 30 July, 2010 The use of mobile phone banking is growing across Africa and will continue to do so because a large percentage of the population have cell phones and no formal bank account, and live far away from the nearest bank or ATM. Mobile banking presents a great […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 29 July 2010 Internet and mobile phone banking is expanding its reach into non-traditional areas. For example, today anyone can transfer money to a recipient anywhere in the world by internet or mobile banking through Absa’s local agreement with Western Union, which provides cross-border payment services across 200 countries, […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 30 July 2010 Mobile banking offers a convenient way of transacting from anywhere at any time, and can be delivered at a lower cost to the bank. “But if a bank is not offering a good price, customers will move to one that is, especially at the lower end […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 29 July 2010 The progress of the upgrading of the telecommunications infrastructure in SA is being followed closely by international industry analysts. Will Hahn, principal researcher for communications service provider business strategy at Gartner says it is important to note the changes that have already happened in the market […]

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Filling the phone-line gap

Published on July 29, 2010 by in Technology

By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 29 July Telkom has an installed base of about 5-million residential copper telephone lines that can potentially support ADSL connectivity. But this represents a small portion of the population and not all these lines are of the quality required for ADSL, says Aingharan Kanagaratnam, head of network solutions at […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 29 July 2010 At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the biggest mobile event in the world, the spotlight was on mobile applications and online application stores as opposed to the usual announcements of new phone models. “This shows suppliers are focusing more on to the experience the […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 29 July 2010 Broadcast, IT and telecommunication are all moving to the same IP (Internet Protocol) based network delivery platform. This will pave the way for new services such as interactive TV whereby it will be possible for friends to chat on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 29 July 2010 Frustration abounds in the local telecommunications market about the lack of progress with bandwidth availability and costs. Service fees are perceived as inflated and the stability of the infrastructure is questionable. The situation is expected to improve as more competitive entities build infrastructure in competition with […]

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Mini devices are challenging the supremacy of PCs and laptops.

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