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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In South Africa, progress of fibre infrastructure is being hindered by environmental regulations.

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

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A single undersea cable provides the equivalent capacity to that of all the satellites put together globally.

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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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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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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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As the functionality of smartphones and PCs converge, an increasing number of PC manufacturers will move into this market.

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Mobile applications galore

Published on November 12, 2009 by in Telecommunication

Smartphone handset manufacturers are turning their devices into services platforms, which includes extending users’ desktop tools to the mobile phone

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Those located near to undersea cable landing points will get the best benefits until national fibre network upgrades are more advanced.

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Icasa’s definition of broadband is anything over 128 kilobits per second, while the rest of the world rates anything over 2 megabits per second (Mbps) as broadband.

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Broadband Infraco will become a major wholesale provider of national telecoms capacity, which bodes well for increased competition in South Africa

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Africa is the last continent to be reached with affordable high-speed broadband connectivity

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Across Africa, there are already 60 WiMAX operators

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Three fundamental technology shifts are happening that affect the telecommunications market and relate to bandwidth, computing power and storage capacity.

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Industry players comment on the advent of new Seacom undersea cable.

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Seacom’s open business model is already having an effect on the South African market in terms of the transparency of its wholesale bandwidth prices and the fact that operators and service providers alike can buy bandwidth directly.

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An increasing number of advanced mobile voice recognition applications will be available for downloading on the internet.

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Once WiMAX coverage is broad enough it will provide a viable alternative to 3G and the next generation 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) for mobile connectivity.

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The number of global mobile connections has exceeded 4 billion, according to the international cellular industry association (GSMA).

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Analysts predict that smartphones will double their share of the mobile handset market by 20% to 23% over the next four years.

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The netbook is becoming an increasingly popular device for connecting to the internet, with hundreds of different models on the market varying in functionality, size and cost.

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The combination of the new undersea cables and the national fibre network will enable users to do a lot more with the internet.

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Operators worldwide are outsourcing the management of their network infrastructure in a bid to increase efficiencies and save costs

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Satellite could play a more prominent role in the broadband communication market in South Africa.

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In recent years, the number of mobile network subscribers across Africa has grown at 35% a year, with Nigeria experiencing the largest growth at 58%.

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Infrastructure providers are emerging that dig trenches in the ground, lay down ducting and fibre cabling and rent it to many operators and service providers at a price per kilometre.

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Analysts predict that wireless and mobile broadband data traffic will increase tenfold by 2015 and that its growth will be spurred by operators moving the fourth generation (4G) technology.

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Several undersea cable projects are on the go that are expected to increase South Africa’s international bandwidth capacity more than a hundredfold by the end of 2011, reports Jennigay Coetzer

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