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South African Broadband Speed Comparison

Posted by on 15 Oct 2018 under Broadband

South African Broadband Speed Comparison

We’ve all heard the grumbling about broadband speeds in South Africa, but when compared to the rest of the world, how do we really compare? Well out of the top 200 countries measured in over 163 million speed tests over a 12 month period (2017 -2018), South Africa came 76th in the worldwide broadband speed league with an average speed of 6.38 mbps. That is an improvement of 4 places from the 2016 – 2017 measurements taken the previous year.


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SME’s Can Benefit from Cloud Services

Posted by on 21 Sep 2018 under Cloud Computing

SME’s Can Benefit from Cloud Services

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (or SME’s for short) in South Africa are starting to turn to cloud services and reaping the benefits, which is affording them the opportunity to improve their business continuity and promote growth. Gone are the days of filing customer, client or patient information and the risk of data loss is being mitigated thanks to the forward thinking SME business owners. But which SME’s would benefit the most from Cloud Services? In our opinion there are many, but the ones listed below would do particularly well to adopt the cloud as their primary data repository:


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Popular Types of Web Hosting Services

Posted by on 19 Sep 2018 under Hosting

Popular Types of Web Hosting Services

So you’re looking for a web hosting company, but are a little confused by the different types of web hosting plans and services on offer? Well fear not dear reader, because we’re here to help you make the right hosting decision for your business and website.

Forget about “technical geek speak”, in this article we’ll be taking things back to the basics and highlighting 8 distinctly different web hosting options in a way that everyone can understand. So without further ado, let’s dive right into things…


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Top 5 Website Types in South Africa

Posted by on 22 Aug 2018 under News

Top 5 Website Types in South Africa

This is the internet age, and websites are a part of everyday life. But most people don’t know about how many different types of websites there are in the online environment, or what there functions are. This article will help shed some light on this, and hopefully help you make the right website development choices when you decide to build your business website.


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Top 10 Most Common Cryptocurrencies

Posted by on 06 Aug 2018 under News

Top 10 Most Common Cryptocurrencies Right Now

Cryptocurrencies have been BIG news for some time now, but one of the most searched for questions about them on the internet is which ones are the most relevant right now? By their very nature Cryptocurrencies are volatile, so this is by no means an indicator of how to invest in Cryptocurrencies, but rather which ones are most regularly in the news. And the ones that people are talking about.


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What is Cryptocurrency?

Posted by on 26 Jul 2018 under News

What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency in its simplest form is a virtual currency (also referred to as a digital currency) which is designed to work as a medium of exchange. It received its name due to the fact that it uses cryptography to secure and verify all transactions. It also uses this process to self regulate the creation of new cryptocurrency units. On a technical level it is a limited entry on a database that will not change until specific predetermined conditions are met. It also closely resembles peer-to-peer networks used for file sharing. Sound complicated doesn’t it? Well let’s take a look at this video below to get a better idea of what Crypto is (because it is easier to understand than you think):


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How to Boost Cyber Security

Posted by on 26 Jul 2018 under Connectivity

How to Boost Cyber Security

Cyber Security has once again been in the South African news thanks to what is being called the “biggest data breach in SA” which occurred at Liberty Life. But if a large financial firm such as Liberty can suffer this sort of Cyber Attack, then what can smaller businesses do to protect themselves? Additionally, in today’s “work anytime and anyplace” enterprise environment is Good Cyber Security even possible?


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Welcome to the Fibrehood!

Posted by on 02 Jul 2018 under Fibre

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So you’re looking to get fibre to either your home or your business, but are not 100% sure about how to go about it. Well, we at MacroLan are here to help! First off, you need to establish if fibre is available in your neighbourhood. You can do this by taking a look at the new interactive coverage map from FibreToTheHome.co.za, which includes some of the most up-to-date fibre coverage from many of the top Fibre Service Providers in the country. Simply enter your location search in the entry field at the top of the page here to find out if you’re now in the fiberhood – It is THAT Easy!


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Web Hosting Explained for Non-Tech Types

Posted by on 12 Jun 2018 under Hosting

Web Hosting Explained for Non-Tech Types

Part 1: Understanding Basic Hosting Terminology

Not every one of us is an IT expert, and sometimes things like web hosting can seem to have a language all of its own. Thankfully a little understanding can go a long way, which is why we’ve put together a Basic Hosting Terminology List to help you understand the acronyms, proprietary names and hosting terms used in the industry. Added to this, next month we’ll delve into the different types of websites one can find, as well as the type of web hosting servers one can utilise to host these websites.


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Voice-Based Business Communication

Posted by on 21 May 2018 under Hosted PABX, SIP Trunks, Voice, VoIP

Learn About MacroLan Voice-Based Business Communication!

There is absolutely no doubt in our collective minds that voice still plays a very important part in commercial communication, and it is recognised as the most likely way new business will communicate with a company, NGO or corporate entity that they would like to interact with. In fact, in our experience voice far outstrips email, SMS or any other forms of non verbal written communication in most business arenas, which is why we at MacroLan provide state-of-the-art commercial voice services that have been designed and built from the ground up to suit each individual clients commercial objectives.


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