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100Mbps Business Internet Rocks!

Posted by on 27 Jul 2017 under Fibre

100Mbps Business Internet Rocks!

Over the past decade South African businesses and private consumers have had to look on in envy as much of the rest of the world enjoyed internet speeds of 100Mbps (and sometimes even higher). But now, us South African’s not only have it as an option, but it is now even more affordable thanks to our Macrolan uncapped broadband business fibre options.


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Goodbye Copper and Hello Fibre!

Posted by on 27 Jul 2017 under Fibre

Goodbye Copper and Hello Fibre!

MacroLan is at the forefront of the charge to bring Fibre to both homes and business in South Africa, and this is helping to usher in a future in which copper is being phased out and Fibre is becoming the new norm. But what of the old communication stalwarts such as Telkom? What are they doing in 2017 and are they making the move to fibre along with the smaller more agile companies such as MacroLan?


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4 Questions About Fibre Internet

Posted by on 29 Jun 2017 under Fibre

Important Questions About Fibre Internet

Fibre Internet to both the home and businesses is the future of digital data communication in South Africa. In fact, it is no longer a nice to have, it is a necessity thanks to the growth explosion of online content demand. Everything from streaming television to communicating with business clients via video or voice technology, banking and cloud based storage all need a fast and reliable internet connection. But before taking the leap into the future of digital communication, there are 4 very specific questions that we think you need to ask your chosen service provider, and if they cannot answer all 4 satisfactorily, then we suggest that you look elsewhere for your fibre to the home or fibre to business provider.


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Ditch Business ADSL and Go Fibre!

Posted by on 29 Jun 2017 under Fibre

There is no doubt about it, the time for business ADSL is past and your future lies with business fibre! DSL and wireless internet were fine for businesses a decade ago, but things have changed since the words “digital marketing” and “digital business” were first coined. Today fibre is more than just a faster business internet connection, it is has become an indispensable tool that can determine business success both now and in the future.


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What Exactly Are Fibre-Optics?

Posted by on 31 May 2017 under Fibre

What Exactly Are Fibre-Optics?

If you’re reading this IT Blog, then there is an almost 100% chance that you know of Fibre-Optics. You’ve even probably heard the name mentioned in IT meetings, discussions around the table when Fibre To The Home (FTTH) is referenced, or simply when people talk about faster internet for media streaming, gaming or for doing business. But there is one question that many people fail to ask, and that is – What Exactly Are Fibre-Optics? Well this blog posts will help you answer that question.


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Fibre Optic vs. DSL Internet Service

Posted by on 25 May 2017 under Connectivity, Fibre

Fibre Optic Cable

So, you’ve decided to make the switch from DSL Internet to Fibre, but would like to know more about how they compare to each other? Well we at MacroLan have taken the hard work out of your research and provided not only a cost, reliability and speed comparison in this blog post, but also a video at the end that will help you make the right internet service decision for your home or business.


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What is the Internet of Things?

Posted by on 03 May 2017 under Connectivity, News

A world where everything from a home’s appliances, to communication and transport devices do one’s bidding automatically has been the focus of many a science fiction writer’s fevered imagination over the past decades. The truth is however that this time (and the ability of inter device communication) is a lot closer now than ever before. This is all thanks to The Internet of Things, or IoT for short!

A More Convenient Place to Live

Imagine a time and place where your lights come on when you’re almost home from the office, your coffee is ready the moment you wake up, or your fridge restocks itself and your car lets you know that something is wrong. This is all possible now thanks to the some of the latest device and application tech, all of which are helping to create the Internet of Things. But how will IoT make your life easier? Let’s take a look at the IBM video below to find out more…


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How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

Posted by on 03 May 2017 under Connectivity, Networking

Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi in your local coffee shop

Symantec is one of the most well-respected internet security companies in the world, and according to their 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, more than 1 million cyber-attacks occurred during 2015 on a DAILY basis. Although that number is alarming in itself, what is truly scary is that a large number of these attacks occurred due to Wi-Fi security concerns.


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Where is Fibre to the Home Available?

Posted by on 02 May 2017 under Fibre

Fibre to the Home

Fibre to the home, or FTTH for short, is often referred to simply as fibre and is the installation and use of fibre optical technology to provide high-speed internet access to residential units such as houses and apartments. It is one of the fastest growing areas of the South African internet service provider industry and thanks to MyBroadband, who helped to compile this comprehensive list, we can supply you with a list of many of the South African Suburbs where FTTH is available. Please note however that the information included here might not be 100% up to date due to the ever increasing speed at which FTTH is being implemented.


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What is LTE Advanced?

Posted by on 16 Mar 2017 under Connectivity

LTE Advanced

You’ve gone for your mobile phone upgrade and heard the acronym LTE bandied about, but what exactly does it mean, and what does it hold in store for us mobile data users moving forward? But before we get to the future, let’s deal with the now, as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the current standard for high-speed wireless communication. It is based on GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies and is the dominant communication format for modern mobile phones and data terminals.


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