SA broadband users jump 50%

first_img“The varied range of services and the demand consumers have started placing on Internet based application services has fuelled the uptake that we see today. Internet access speeds do need to scale in order to meet the demands of applications and services, specifically those that are video enabled,” said Sha. Terrestrial fibre-optic networks The Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and Cisco, shows that most of the growth in fixed line broadband comes from small and medium sized businesses upgrading to ADSL. This in turn has extended internet access to more than half-a-milion South Africans working in small offices who did not previously have access. A new study on internet access finds that the number of South African accessing the internet via broadband connection has grown by more than 50% in the past year – a direct consequence of the growing need for round-the-clock connectivity. If all current cable projects come to fruition by 2011, the total capacity of undersea cables connecting Africa to the rest of the world will have increase 150-fold over 2008. At the end of 2009, the capacity was 1 690 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps). At the end of 2010 it will be 5 410 Gbps, and a year later 14 770 Gbps. While the study also reports on the current and expected impact of the new undersea cables, which have been making most of the headlines in Internet news recently, it also explores, for the first time, the impact of the roll-out of terrestrial fibre-optic networks across South Africa. “The combination of new undersea cables and terrestrial fibre-optic networks means we are seeing the emergence of the next generation of connectivity technology, both in fixed line and wireless services,” said Goldstuck. According to the study, many workers in South Africa today can perform their jobs in or out of the office – “the connected life” – which allows workers to be productive, responsive and creative in or out of their traditional office spaces. Remote or mobile workers can instantly access business-essential applications, colleagues, and partners worldwide regardless of their location, the study says, adding that this ability to collaborate and share information in real-time will undoubtedly help to increase business productivity and profitability across the region. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The availability of both fibre access and new licences has also sparked an 18% increase in the number of internet access and service providers in South Africa. Convergence of services ‘The connected life’ The study also delves into the impact internet access in having on South Africa, from increased access to government information services to new trends in entertainment and education. “The network build outs that we are seeing in South Africa are positive steps towards the delivery of feature rich Internet services that most developed countries are already enjoying.” “Wireless broadband is neither cheaper nor better quality, but it is more convenient and flexible, and it changes the way we think about where and how we use the internet,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement last week. Whereas undersea cables connect the country to the world, terrestrial fibre extends that connectivity into the major cities and towns, where businesses and consumers are connected in turn. “The missing ingredients now are the next generation of customer access equipment for those who are connected, and affordable availability of access for those who are not.” “A mobile broadband connection is a key enabler of the ‘connected life’,” said Cisco South Africa senior manager Reshaad Sha. “Cisco Internet Business Solutions group defines ‘connected life’ services as those services that can be consumed anytime, anywhere, on any device and by anyone.” From a data perspective, consumers are using the internet to create blogs and personal websites with text, pictures and video, while the convergence of formally disparate services – voice, video and data – has provided a variety of new experiences, such as the integration of broadcast TV, video on demand (VoD) and telephony services. 23 March 2010 It also reveals that wireless broadband subscriptions have grown by 88% in the past year against 21% for fixed-line ADSL subscriptions, mainly a result of large companies giving 3G cards to employees who need to be connected while out of the office.last_img read more

Infographic: Nelson Mandela’s notable namesakes

first_imgHere’s a collection of some of the quirkiest things named after Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s name has been given to many things around the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Research by Chili Kier and Hunter NestadtDesign by Jae Brits and Tumisang SitholeClick on the image for a larger view.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

Paediatricians lead fundraising charge for sick children

first_imgSpaed Team consists of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. (Image: The Nest)For South Africa to be a better place for all its citizens, and for the country to achieve the vision embodied in its National Development Plan, every individual needs to play their part in making life better for the next person.Doing just that is a group of paediatricians, known as the Spaed Team, who are once again raising funds for the Wits Paediatric Fund (WPF).Spaed Team consists of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Team members will cycle the Jozi Urban Mountain Biking Adventure, or Juma, and run the Jozi Urban Run Adventure, or Jura, to raise money on 5 and 6 September.Dr Jennifer Geel, a paediatric oncologist from Charlotte Maxeke, said: “We want to use the money to buy protective clothing that is used in catheterisation laboratories. This is an important service because it is a specialised theatre where children are diagnosed with complex problems and in some cases prevents them from having to undergo heart surgery.”The team aims to raise R100 000 to buy equipment for the cardiac catheterisation laboratory at Bara. Play your part and log on to Spaed Team’s Do It 4 Charity page to make donations, or check the WPF’s Facebook page.WITS PAEDIATRIC FUNDThe WPF raises money to improve facilities and health services for the babies and children in need of care at the three academic hospitals. The cash is used to buy expensive medical equipment, supplementary medical and therapeutic services, and materials for the renovation of wards, as well as for professional development training.It was established in 2008 as a departmental initiative of the Wits Paediatric Health Department, facilitating the demand for specialised medical treatment that cannot be covered by government funding alone.Professor Daynia Ballot, its chairperson, said: “We are a close-knit team of devoted doctors and nurses who are experts in our respective fields. Together our three hospitals supply health care to many thousands of children in need on an annual basis from tiny preterm infants to adolescents.“Through the WPF we can uplift our children with top-class treatments, transplants, equipment and renovations needed to facilitate health care.”MOOSA AND MAXEKERahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital is named after Rahima Moosa, a struggle icon born in the Strand, Cape Town on 14 October 1922. She became politically active after becoming aware of the unjust segregation laws in South Africa.In 1955, she played a significant role in the organisation of the Congress of the People, at which the Freedom Charter was adopted. In 1956, while pregnant with her daughter, Natasha, she helped to organise the Women’s March, under the auspices of the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw). Together with Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Sophia Williams, Rahima spearheaded the historic march to the Union Buildings where women handed over petitions against pass laws.She died in 1993, a year before South Africa held its first democratic elections.Charlotte Maxeke was born in Ramokgopa, Polokwane (then Pietersburg) in Limpopo on 7 April 1874. She graduated with a BSc degree from Wilberforce University in the US and on her return to South Africa, she was the first black female graduate.Her life as a missionary led her social activism and she helped to organise the anti-pass movement in Bloemfontein in 1913. She also founded the Bantu Women’s League of the South African Native National Congress in 1918.As leader of this organisation, she led a delegation to Prime Minister Louis Botha to discuss the issue of passes for women. This was followed by a protest the following year. She was also involved in protests on the Witwatersrand about low wages, and participated in the formation of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in 1920.Maxeke died in Johannesburg in 1939.last_img read more

Facebook Wants You To Beta Test Its Android App

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Got an Android device and a burning desire to know what Facebook is up to for its mobile app? Well, wonder no more: The social giant has launched a new program that lets Android users take upcoming features for a spin. You can get in on the action immediately with the program’s first beta. Here’s how to join:Join the Google group “Facebook for Android Beta Testers“Visit this link in the Play Store and click “Become a Tester”Download the Facebook Android app from the Play Store (which updates your app)Join the Facebook page “Facebook for Android Beta Testers” to submit bug reports or share experiencesFor more information, check out the official announcement. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification readwrite Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#mobile#now The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more