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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
We always appreciate any new online music service in South Africa – and the latest entrant is a Finnish company called Spinlet. On a mission to make music fully mobile, affordable and heard,Spinlet will shortly launch its revolutionary music platform in South Africa. This will be the company’s second launch on the African continent. Spinlet’s SA office, based in Cape Town, will drive the company’s expansion into sub-Saharan territories where it will derive its growth from two streams – the music fans and the music artists.
The digital entertainment company was founded in Finland in 2006, and was subsequently acquired by Verod Capital in 2011. In the same year it moved its headquarters to San Francisco in 2011 and opened a marketing and distribution office in Lagos, Nigeria where it has been enthusiastically welcomed by fans and musicians alike.
In the short time it has been operating in Africa, Spinlet has established itself as a serious player in a highly competitive market. “As smartphone and broadband penetration increases and data costs reduce across Africa, we have noted that the appetite for the type of entertainment services which Spinlet can provide has significantly increased” says Neil Schwatrzman, Group CEO of Spinlet. “This has endorsed our decision to target emerging markets in Africa and we look forward to seeing similar levels of enthusiasm from South African music lovers when we launch our download site and mobile app”.
One third of global industry revenue was derived from digital music in 2012, (according to the IFPI, the organisation that represents the music industry worldwide) and this is set to increase year on year. With this in mind, Spinlet has chosen the perfect time to enter the market in Africa as the desire for African grown music continues to expand.
Focused not only on providing music, Spinlet also gives music fans what they want, when and how they want it. This, and the fact that its focus is on growing new music artists and sharing revenue with performers, is what makes Spinlet such an attractive and unique proposition.
Spinlet is uncovering new music talent every day thanks to its ‘Spinners’ – the girls and guys on the ground who are sourcing and recommending new artists and sounds and crowdsourcing relevant and desired content. (more…)
In yesterday’s budget speech, The National Treasury has announced that they have set aside quite a substantial amount for the school broadband project.
The school broadband project aims to bring broadband internet to different schools across South Africa. This project is led by the Department of Communications.
A whopping R374 million has been set aside for the project. In the official Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, the Treasury further explained that the Adjustments Appropriation Bill and the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill set out amendments in the current financial year. (more…)
Yahoo has been playing around with different logos for the past month, and it seems they have finally settled on something. The previous logo was becoming a little long in tooth, and was used by the company for the past 18 years.
Marissa Mayer (previously from Google) took over the struggling internet giant about 14 months ago, and spearheaded a few interesting transformations for the company. But Yahoo has mostly been busy with a big shopping spree, buying services like Tumblr for $1.1 billion.
Yahoo is sticking with its purple theme, but a new font design does look a little more fresh. “We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products,” a statement on the website said.
So – what do you think of the new logo?