Two of South Africa’s oldest and largest institutions, Telkom and ABSA, have joined forces on Telkom’s ADSL and prepaid packages.
According to Telkom, ABSA customers will now receive cash rewards when they purchase airtime for the newly launched Telkom Mobile or when subscribing to Telkom ADSL contracts.
In a statement released on Monday, the South African communications giant said that they believe ABSA customers are a source of “quality customers” and that their loyalty will give Telkom a “long tenure”.
The cash rewards tie in with the ABSA Rewards Programme. This is a bank rewards initiative that, unlike other South African banks, offers it’s customers real cash back for swiping their ABSA card. (more…)
First National Bank (FNB) has announced the launch of their Uncapped ADSL product with discounts of up to 100% that aims to secure its position as a key player in the data provision space and contribute to increased internet penetration in South Africa.
The new offering will give discounts of up to 100% on monthly subscription fees applicable for qualifying customers who sign up from 8 August 2013.
Qualifying Personal Cheque Account holders and FNB Private Client customers can receive between 10% and 100% off on some of the most competitive uncapped ADSL rates through FNBs internal Internet Service Provider, FNB Connect. Customers can reach the 100% discount through banking efficiently and electronically, and holding qualifying products with FNB.
According to Farren Roper, HEAD of FNB Connect ISP, “FNB has always been the leader in terms of data rewards offered to customers. We have embraced the trend towards uncapped ADSL and wanted to offer a long term deal which will distinguish FNB from the other players in the market. No other ISP gives their clients up to 100% discount off their monthly Uncapped ADSL subscription.”
By Wimpie van Rensburg, Systems Engineer, Riverbed Technology
Have you ever upgraded your bandwidth, even though you knew it wasn’t going to solve your latency problems?
If you said yes, it’s okay. Everybody has done it and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Your intentions were good, and besides, it gave you a reprieve from all those user complaints. But then, after awhile, they started again, didn’t they?
And now you are right back where you started from, thinking about going back to bandwidth. Do you really think things will be different this time? Sure, there will be the honeymoon period, but eventually you will be right back where you started, broken promises and shattered dreams. I’m begging you, don’t do it, don’t go back to bandwidth!
The SpaceStation, the digital media sales agency who represents GoMetro (read the review) announced that since its launch in October 2012, the platform has grown to just over 528 000 unique browsers in March 2013.
Data from the last 6 months also show that 43% of users spend more than 3 minutes on the service per session, showing great potential for engagement.
The Space Station CEO Gustav Goosen says that “We are all aware of the phenomenal growth of mobile internet access in South Africa. With this in mind we are particularly proud of GoMetro and the success they have had in providing a real service to commuters. These commuters made 1 561 811 queries for real time updates with a staggering 635 221 of those queries made in March alone.”
The platform is designed to provide Metrorail commuters with real-time information including train timetables, line announcements, updates and other key services.
GoMetro was carefully developed to work efficiently on any device with the sole prerequisite that the phone has an Internet connection. That being said an interesting trend has developed over the last 6 months. Over 80% of the users accessed GoMetro on Blackberrys while only 8% used Android, 6% Nokia, 1,5% Apple and the remaining used a Windows Phone.
While 3D graphics in video games continues to advance, looking more realistic over time, the one element it seems that has not quite been perfected is that of water, with it not looking much like the real thing.
Well, that is all about to change with the development of a new fluid simulation algorithm called “Position Based Fluids” (PBD).
NVIDIA’s Miles Macklin and Matthias Müller-Fischer explain ”In fluid simulation, enforcing incompressibility is crucial for realism; it is also computationally expensive. (…) By formulating and solving a set of positional constraints that enforce constant density, our method allows similar incompressibility and convergence to modern smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) solvers, but inherits the stability of the geometric, position based dynamics method, allowing large time steps suitable for real-time applications.”
The Internet has dramatically changed the way we do business, engage with each other and obtain information.
While the infrastructure may not be as established in South Africa as in other parts of the world, things are certainly getting better as competition is heating up, but what is the true total cost of uncapped ADSL in South Africa? This is a question that personal finance management tool, moneysmart recently addressed.
In South Africa it is not possible to get uncapped ADSL Internet without installing and renting a normal telephone line, which is only available through Telkom. You also need to rent an ADSL line, which comes at an additional charge. Luckily, most ISP’s allow you to rent an ADSL line directly through them. So if you are planning to get uncapped ADSL, it’s a good idea to know the total costs associated with it.
In this article, written by Stefan De Klerk, moneysmart looks at the total cost for the entry-level ADSL line speeds, 1Mbps and 2Mbps, with total costs including residential line rental (exchange connection), ADSL line from Telkom and an uncapped ADSL account.
Moneysmart also compared costs if you bundle your ADSL line with your ISP, meaning you get your ADSL line from your ISP directly and not through Telkom.
According to My Broadband, Internet service provider Web Africa has reduced the pricing of its uncapped ADSL since the company moved its traffic to Internet Solutions’ backbone.
Prices have been reduced by up to 32% with Telkom and MWeb having also recently offered lower uncapped ADSL pricing to customers.
Web Africa CEO, Tim Wyatt–Gunning says of the latest price cuts that “Internet Solutions has access to the most significant network of broadband hotspots in South Africa, and is busy extending this network along with other wireless technologies.”
Wyatt-Gunning also revealed that other Web Africa products will also receive further price cuts in the coming months.
According to My Broadband, Telkom has recently announced that it will be reducing the costs of its uncapped ADSL offerings for both businesses and consumers.
Managing director of Telkom Consumer Services and Retail, Manelisa Mavuso said of the offering that “Our focus remains on maintaining a quality experience whilst also exploring new and innovative ways to deliver even more value to our customers.”
Consumer ADSL prices will be cut by 35%, while businesses can benefit from a 40% reduction for the service, which has been improved and will continue to receive additional advanced features for improved business performance in the coming months.
The ADSL pricing for new and existing customers are as follows: