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?
South Africa’s internet connectivity is set to rise tremendously.
Cisco – a networking group – used their Visual Networking Index to project the estimated amount of network connections in South Africa by 2017; and the numbers are staggering.
The group projects that South Africa’s Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will quadruple between 2012 and 2017. This means that the estimated number of network connections in the country will be more than 133 million.
Considering that South Africa is far behind in network connections when compared to strong economic countries such as the United States, 133 million is quite a bit.
If indeed South African network connections climbs to 133 million, that will mean that the compound annual growth rate between 2012 and 2017 will be 31%.
Across Africa demands are changing, access models are changing and consumers are blurring the lines between corporate and personal spaces – becoming more vocal in terms of what they want, says Ruckus Wireless. And what they want is access.
With more than 650 million mobile users in Africa and with 50% of Internet connections being exclusively channelled through mobile devices, Africa is the second biggest mobile market in the world and the fastest growing. With this growth, the expectation of increased capacity and coverage by users is exploding, but as more traffic, devices and concurrent connections hit mobile networks, the cost for transporting these bits rises. As a result, these trends are driving a new networks strategy that reduces OPEX and CAPEX, using Wi-Fi to offload non-essential traffic from cellular networks as well as scaling coverage and capacity quickly, using smaller cell sizes.
“As a result we are seeing a lot more free Wi-Fi, larger hotspots and Wi-Fi solutions being used in different verticals such as education – and most importantly, interest from service providers as to the viability of Wi-Fi as an alternative means for their users to access data,” says Michael Fletcher, sales director for Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa. “In fact, Wi-Fi represents one of the most expedient and cost-effective ways to increase both capacity and coverage of cellular networks, with a tight focus on where traffic is heaviest.” (more…)
If you have ever wondered what South Africans like to pirate from the internet, or what you are missing out on (which you shouldn’t be doing!) here is some interesting info.
TorrentFreak, a blog which is dedicated to reporting the latest news and trends from the BitTorrent and file sharing world, has compiled a list of ‘The Top 10 Most Downloaded Movies’.
The list, which is made up of a vast scope of different films, gives insight into the most pirated movies – and whether they are the commercial box office hits or more alternative films. (more…)
Microsoft is bringing it’s white spaces project, which forms part of their 4Afrika Initiative, to South Africa.
What is the ‘white spaces projects’ you may ask? ‘White Spaces’ refers to unused television frequencies. These are usually used as buffers to prevent interference between the different channels that are being used.
The wondrous thing about these ‘white spaces’ is that they can be used to deliver wireless Internet services. And that is exactly what Microsoft is planning on doing in Africa.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their first white spaces projects in Kenya and Tanzania and it looks like South Africa is next in line.
The US company plans to explore the potential to deliver broadband Internet at a lower cost in South Africa through the white spaces project.
Mteto Nyati, the managing director of Microsoft South Africa, has emphasised the importance of bringing wireless Internet to remote areas and first time web users.
Nyati said in a statement: “Technology holds enormous potential for many aspects of development, but it is particularly key to areas such as education and healthcare. Reducing the cost of broadband access means millions more South Africans will get online. This will create new opportunities for education, healthcare, commerce and the delivery of government services across the country”