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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
Small businesses in South Africa, as well as home users, who frequently login to work from their primary residence, often need to expand their WiFi and network needs. When this happens they often turn to consumer-grade networking products which are available at a lower cost. Additionally these over the counter routers and switches are easy to purchase at an online store or in a brick and mortar establishment. In our opinion however this is really not the best product option, as these consumer products are simply not up to the job that is required of them. Below we’ve supplied 5 reasons why we think this way, all of which we hope will help you make the correct networking equipment choice.
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.
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.
$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.
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.