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BREAKING: Kalahari and Takealot agree to merger

Published by on Oct 7th, 2014, 5 Comments

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In one of the most unexpected moves in recent history, it has been revealed by TechCentral that Kalahari and its long-time competitor Takealot have agreed to a merger. Unfortunately we have no details about the prospective value of this deal.

What we do know is that Naspers will reportedly acquire shares from Tiger Global Management, who recently invested the mammoth amount of 100 million USD into Takealot, such that the shareholding in the merged business will be of equal value. Upon hearing the news, our first thought was that Kalahari (a la Naspers) had to react to Takealot’s growing market share. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however. (more…)

Western Cape Government to launch free WiFi in Robertson

Published by on Aug 28th, 2014, No Comments

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As part of the Western Cape Government’s R1.3 billion broadband rollout plan, the Free WiFi project will be launched in Robertson tomorrow, connecting an additional 20 000 residents to free wireless internet.

It is the third hotspot launch this week. On Monday, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, launched the Eden hotspot. Yesterday, Premier Zille, Minister Winde and Education Minister Debbie Schafer launched the Atlantis project. (more…)

WebAfrica giving away 50TB of data per customer

Published by on Aug 5th, 2014, No Comments

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From time to time ISPs offer free data to their customers, but nothing on a scale like this. WebAfrica will be offering its customers 50,000 GB of free data in August, with some people able to enjoy more for free in September.

Web Africa have decided to push the limits and add 50TB of Download Plus to all their Capped packages for the month of August. Not only will that, but users that use the most data will win prizes as well.

To put that into perspective, downloading Game of Thrones seasons 1 through to 4 in HD uses around 23.5GB of data. That means you’ll have the equivalent of 2100 seasons’ worth of data at your disposal.

The rules are stipulated as follows: (more…)

Where are the best mobile broadband speeds in SA?

Published by on Feb 19th, 2014, 6 Comments

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The four big telecoms companies in South Africa have been constantly lowering prices in the fast expanding market to attract as many new and recurring users as possible. In just a matter of years, mobile data prices have tumbled to the joy of the consumer. This trend is likely to continue into the near future as we get more connectivity options and internet lines connected worldwide.

But which company in SA offers the best mobile broadband speeds and where are the fastest areas? Ookla is a company which measures mobile broadband performance metrics in the country and the latest results make for some interesting reading. (more…)

US tech companies pledge $750 million to Obama Education Campaign

Published by on Feb 6th, 2014, No Comments

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In the fast-moving digital age that we live in, it is of the utmost importance that educational institutions keep up with the pace to ensure that children across the globe receive the best possible education in this ever changing world.

However, exposing kids to the latest technological advances and improving their level of education costs (a lot) of money. This is why the US is garnering the support of various, giant tech companies to offer their kids the very best.

US president Barack Obama and tech companies across the United States, are promoting a new initiative to equip schools with new technology and fast, accessible internet.

Last week, at the US State of the Union address, Obama said that various tech companies have pledged more than $750 million in tech, support and services.

The initiative ties in with Obama’s ConnectEd project, that was launched in June of last year. This education technology campaign focuses on bringing fast broadband internet access to all schools, as well as offering students the opportunity to work with the latest gadgets that tech has to offer.

The goal with this campaign, Obama said, is to bring high-speed internet access to 99% of US schools within the next 5 years.  (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…)

The ANC wants to give free WiFi and better broadband to all

Published by on Jan 13th, 2014, 1 Comment

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As the 2014 national elections draw closer, the race is on between parties to spread their manifesto’s and encourage people to vote for them. 

This year, however, many parties are hammering on about telecommunications, digital prowess and everything internet – perhaps more so than previous years.

With the need for better, cheaper and more reliable internet getting bigger across the country, various parties are promising improvements in this sector, should they get your vote.

The ANC has also come to the party on this note, and promised their supporters (and of course the rest of South Africa) significant improvements in this area.

On Saturday, the ANC revealed their 2014 election manifesto to a rather large crowd at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The man himself, president Jacob Zuma, addressed the crowd and, while making promises about the usual, compulsory things like job creation and education, JZ also revealed the ANC’s plan to better internet in the country. (more…)

Newly launched: The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa

Published by on Nov 14th, 2013, No Comments

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There’s a new organization in town and they call themselves the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa.

The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa comprises of voluntary operators, service providers, tech providers and other associated bodies. The organization was officially launched yesterday, November 13th, at the AfriCom conference in Cape Town.

The founding members of South Africa’s latest tech organization are dimension Data, Internet solutions, AlwaysOn and Comsol. (more…)

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