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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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Spotify Now Available in South Africa!

Posted by on 10 May 2018 under Connectivity

Spotify Now Available in South Africa!

Up until now one of your only legitimate (and reliable) sources of online music in South Africa has been iTunes, but that has all changed with the recent launch of the Spotify Music Service in SA. This immensely popular service has more than 1.5 million users around the globe and offers a free ad-supported service as well as an ad-free paid for premium service for only R59.99* per month. This in our opinion will revolutionise the way people in South Africa listen to music as it means that Spotify (and therefore music) is now available to everyone.


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What Is Business Connectivity?

Posted by on 26 Apr 2018 under Connectivity

What Is Business Connectivity?

The rise of the internet has ensured that the world has become a smaller place, and this has had a profound effect on how everyone does business and consumes information. This has resulted in a massive increase in the demand for business connectivity services, as companies have found it essential to communicate not just with a local and global client base, but also employees who regularly travel or work from home or satellite offices.


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Free Cape Town Wi-Fi & Fibre Project Update

Posted by on 23 Apr 2018 under Connectivity

Free Cape Town Wi-Fi and Fibre Project Update

This is an update on our Free WiFi Hotspots in Western Cape post from 2016.

The Western Cape Regional Government and Liquid Telecom have announced that more than 1,875 government ground sites are now connected to a newly built fibre network that includes 178 free Wi-Fi hotspots. The project, which was launched in 2014, has been revised since it was first announced by the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. This is due in part to the acquisition of Neotel, the original program partner, by Liquid Telecom. Additionally, the amount of government owned ground sites now being used is less due to closures, moves, renovations and amalgamations.


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How Fibre Optics Influences Your Life

Posted by on 29 Mar 2018 under Fibre

How Fibre Optics Influences Your Life

If you are reading this MacroLan Tech Blog Post right now, there is a good chance that at some point the data used to display it in your browser travelled through a Fibre Optic Cable. This is because Fibre Optics is just one of the many technologies that we currently use every day and sometimes don’t even realise it. From telecommunications and medicine, to military and exploration capabilities, Fibre Optics is now an integral part of our lives as it helps broaden horizons, save lives and allows us to communicate instantly with people all over the world.


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The Death of ADSL in South Africa

Posted by on 28 Mar 2018 under Connectivity

The Death of ADSL in South Africa

Telkom ADSL might have been an industry juggernaut for more than a decade, but if the company’s latest financial results are anything to go by this has all changed. In fact, if you take a look at the information taken directly from their Late 2017 Interim Results below, you’ll immediately see that Telkom have had a significant year-on-year decline:


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