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Web Africa reduces capped ADSL packages to as low as R1.50 per GB

Published by on Feb 4th, 2014, No Comments

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As of today, Web Africa custmers can expect reduced costs of their capped ADSL packages – some from as little as R1.50

In January we reported on Web Africa’s drastically reduced prices for their uncapped ADSL customers; and now it seems that the customers on capped ADSL packages will also welcome new, lower prices.

CEO of Web Africa, Tim Wyatt-Gunning, was adamant that the price reductions is not just for promotion, but rather here to stay:

“This isn’t a short-term promotional exercise…[sic] these price reductions are so deep that we believe they will convince many consumers and businesses, who previously felt it was simply too expensive, to switch to ADSL. Each Rand now buys between two and three times more data than before thereby allowing users to start using the internet to its full potential as an affordable alternative to data hungry applications such as TV, DVD’s, CD’s and photos” he said. (more…)

Web Africa slashes uncapped ADSL prices

Published by on Jan 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Internet service provider, Web Africa, has just announced huge price reductions to their uncapped internet access packages for January.

Starting today, Web Africa will reduce their uncapped ADSL prices for both residential as well as business customers by between 12 – 62 percent. That is some serious savings.

Residential Web Africa customers can expect to see price cuts of their monthly subscriptions of up to 62%.

Business customers will also have reduced prices, but will continue to pay a premium for any additional services and privileges that they would require. This includes prioritized bandwidth.

Tim Wyatt-Gunning, CEO of Web Africa, believes that with Web Africa’s reduced prices, they will be able to cater to a wider audience:

“Web Africa caters to everyone’s needs; from serious data-junkies with 20 Mbps VDSL for R999 per month, whilst keeping basic home use at R179 per month,” (more…)

MWEB customers get exclusive access to world’s largest WiFi network

Published by on Jan 17th, 2014, 4 Comments

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MWEB has announced an exclusive partnership with Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network.  The deal gives MWEB ADSL customers, with a Fon – enabled router, the opportunity to join a global community of 12-million WiFi users who act as a hotspot and a growing local community who share their connections with each other.

Fon, the global WiFi network, founded in 2006 in Spain but now represented on four continents, is made up of Fon community members, who share a part of their bandwidth as a separate WiFi signal. In return, Fon members are able to securely access any other Fon WiFi hotspot both locally and globally.

Derek Hershaw, CEO of MWEB, “We have been looking for a way to broaden our customers access to WiFi beyond their home or office network without compromising the quality of internet access that they’ve become accustomed to.   The new Fon relationship will complement our existing WiFi zones and will give our customers access to cost effective, quality mobile Internet access and a growing network.” (more…)

ABSA partners with Telkom on Mobile, ADSL

Published by on Nov 5th, 2013, No Comments

Two of South Africa’s oldest and largest institutions, Telkom and ABSA, have joined forces on Telkom’s ADSL and prepaid Telkompackages.

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…)

FNB launches free uncapped ADSL rewards

Published by on Aug 5th, 2013, 2 Comments

fnb-adslFirst 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.”

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Bandwidth Confessionals

Published by on May 20th, 2013, 1 Comment

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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!

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GoMetro mobi-site shows user growth since launch

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, No Comments

gometro_twitter_buttonThe 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.

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New algorithm will change the way we see water in games of the future

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, No Comments

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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.”

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