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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.
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.
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.
Everywhere you go at the moment there seems to be a fibre optics installation team laying cables. This is not just a perception, but fact and there is an over-saturation of fibre across all of South Africa’s biggest cities at the moment. In our opinion however, installations are likely to slow down dramatically within the next 2 – 3 years. This is because the current growth rate will quickly ensure that fibre becomes the main internet access option for people living in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
MultiChoice, a company that is well-known for its innovative approach to doing business in Africa, has recognised the versatility of Fibre. This is evident in their fibre-based signal distribution system that was unveiled in the last quarter of 2017. This service is compatible with both Explora and Single-View HD DSTV Decoders, and is perfect for customers living in estates, complexes or flats as it uses a centralised satellite dish to receive a signal for all subscribers, but then distributes the individual account signals into the respective homes using a fibre network. As an added bonus, all DSTV subscribers who want to make use of the Catch Up Plus and Showmax services can do so as the DSTV fibre-based signal distribution system connects them to the internet but does not impact on the data download speeds of the signal distribution network.
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.