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Soon the question “Can I get Fibre?” is no longer going to be the one on everyone’s lips, thanks to the massive fibre optics rollout projects taking place in all major South African metros. These projects are coming to fruition as we write this article, which means that fibre-to-the-home and business fibre will become a certainty for all who want it.
Some of you might have heard it being referenced, and some of you might have even read the odd article about it. But the one question that will soon be on everyone’s lips is “What is 5G?” The answer is simple, as it is the term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks that go far beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks that are in use in South Africa and abroad today. It must be noted however, that the definition of 5G Mobile Networks is still very much in a stage of flux, and it is generally assumed that it will not be made available to consumers until at least 2020.
Internet service providers across South Africa are in the middle of a massive growth phase as the demand for High-Speed Internet continues to increase around the country. This growth is not just commercial either, as more homes come online alongside their fibre to business stablemates. Because of this more and more homes and businesses are starting to take advantage of cloud storage and computing, which is not only bringing South Africa up to international digital economy standards, but is also helping to drive innovative thinking. This in turn is stimulating job creation as the efficiency, growth, productivity and costs savings associated with cloud computing start taking affect.
It has been said that Open Access is a way to bring more competition to the high-speed fibre internet market, which is something that South Africa desperately needs to bring down ISP prices. This however will only be true if there is enough infrastructure competition, and unfortunately many fibre network providers are signing exclusive agreements with landowners and body corporate entities, which goes against the spirit of true open access internet. When this happens there is very little difference between the monopoly over who supplies the fibre infrastructure in a neighbourhood and how Telkom currently runs its ADSL business. A problem then arises, as where there is a monopoly on infrastructure, many (although not all) network providers will tend not to innovate, update, or improve service levels as fast as in a competitive market.
Reliability, exceptional efficiency and lightning fast speed, these are the benefits of fibre to the home, and it is helping to transform the way we interact with everything around us, even the television! At the forefront of this charge into the future of home entertainment is DSTV, who are hoping to make your home the focal point of all the entertainment access you’ll ever need. And at its heart is fibre optic digital data communication, which is exactly what we offer our customers.
The results of the MyBroadband Third Quarter of 2017 Survey on Broadband are in and as one would expect ADSL Service levels are being obliterated by the ever-increasing presence of Fibre. The survey, which was completed by almost 6,000 tech-savvy broadband subscribers (including some of the biggest names in South African IT) show that fibre users are unanimously happier with their internet service than ADSL and VDSL customers.
Earlier this month we posted about what to do once you’ve got business fibre, and we’d like to continue that conversation today. The fibre revolution is already here, and if you have not yet moved your business onto a fibre infrastructure, you’re missing out on access to some very important business dynamics. We’d also like to add that business fibre is more than just a communication tool, it is in fact a business enabler which allows you to introduce multiple innovations and continuously add and improve business strategies.
As a business owner or head of IT you’ve played a major part in making the decision to take your company out of the ADSL dark ages and into the bright future that is fibre. But what does this mean for your company, and what do you do next?
$52 million, to be precise… This is, according to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the total annual value of the current African Internet Domain Name Market! This massive amount was recently made public by ICANN, which is a non-profit organisation responsible for looking after and co-ordinating Africa’s namespaces on the internet, at the 59th meeting of the Africa domain name system (DNS) group.
Hosted in conjunction with the ZA Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA), this public meeting saw the coming together of local and international thought leaders and internet stakeholders to ensure the future development of working and legal policy related to the African focused internet domain name system.
We’ve seen it on the big screen and in popular TV series over the past decade, but now thanks to the improvement and easy access of Fibre to the home, the rise of remote working in SA is a reality. It is believed that at least one third of the country’s white collar workforce is already working outside of their company offices and this number is set to rise.