MTN to launch fastest high speed fibre broadband in Africa – DestinyMan

The race to control the fibre broadband industry in SA is on as MTN strikes the first blow with the launch of fibre broadband connections to the residential market. Mobile network giant MTN is just weeks away from launching the first high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to high-density urban areas, including affluent gated communities and high rise buildings. The FTTH commercial offering is set to be piloted at Monaghan Farm, an eco-friendly, off-the-grid gated estate near Lanseria from 1 June, where 60% of residents have already signed up to the connection. The fibre broadband connection is capable of delivering speeds of up to 100Mb per second – faster even than Telkom’s newly upgraded offering. “We are…

Internet Explorer 11 Gets Makeover for Windows 8.1 Update – PC Magazine

The new browser will run on Windows 7, too, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. Though its Build conference primarily focused on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft on Wednesday also rolled out an updated version of Internet Explorer 11. The new browser will run on the updated Windows 8 as well as Windows 7, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The update means a better browsing experience, no matter what gadget you’re using: Be it an 8-inch tablet or a 24-inch desktop, IE11 adapts for the device, changing the number of on-screen tabs and the size of fonts and menus to match the machine….

SMS system planned to save lives in Africa – TechCentral

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. Added by Sapa Reporter on 25 March 2014.Saved under International, TopTags: Airtel, Alberto Perez, Cell C, Gooard, MTN, Nvia, Orange, Vodafone Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. An early-warning system that aims to capitalise on the explosive growth of mobile phone penetration in Africa could soon be in place to broadcast alerts to all users at risk…

Vodacom, MTN win one battle in MTR war – MyBroadband

Bloomberg reported that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) “has decided to engage in a reconsideration of the termination rates applicable for the years beginning 1 April 2015 and 1 April 2016.” This decision followed legal action by Vodacom and MTN regarding Icasa’s call termination rates regulations, 2014. According to the Bloomberg report, Icasa’s decision is contained in its response to Vodacom and MTN’s court action. The review process will take six months. Icasa unveiled the new call termination rates on 29 January 2014, which will see mobile termination rates cut from 40c to 10c over the next three years. The regulations also increase the asymmetry between Vodacom and MTN and the smaller…

‘Conversation crowdsourcing': would you let the internet put words in your mouth? – Times LIVE

‘Conversation crowdsourcing': would you let the internet put words in your mouth? AFP Relaxnews | 2014-02-22 12:46:18.0 “Crowdpilot” iPhone App We’ve all been there… you’re on a first date and all of a sudden you can’t think of a single thing to say. But how would you feel if online strangers could step in and direct you? A new app called Crowdpilot which lets you ‘crowdsource your conversations’ has been designed exactly for that purpose. The concept allows users to stream live conversations to the web — either to a selected group of contacts or to the whole world — and get assistance and advice. Designer Lauren McCarthy was inspired to create the app following a social…

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade EASSy cable system – HumanIPO

French telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent is to upgrade the 10,000 kilometre Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) which runs from Sudan to South Africa, increasing its speeds to up to ten terabytes per second. EASSy is owned and operated by a group of 17 international and African shareholders, all of whom are telecommunications operators or service providers. Landings for the cable are located in Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mombasa in Kenya, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Moroni in the Comores, Toliary in Madagascar, Maputo in Mozambique and Mtunzini in South Africa. Alcatel-Lucent will also be deploying its 100 gigabyte per second cable technology. According to a statement by Alcatel-Lucent, the upgrade will support the “continued explosion of…

Speedster tries to con cops – iAfrica.com

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 7:06 AM flickr.com A 34-year-old Johannesburg man tried to bluff his way out of a speeding ticket after being caught doing 172km/h in a 100km/h zone on Saturday night.  The man reportedly told police that he had been speeding because he had been summoned to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. The man said that he had received the call at 3.20am. The court only opens at 8.30am.  “The highest speed was a 34-year-old male caught at 172km/h in a silver [vehicle], who told officers that he was rushing to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court as he had received a call at 03:20 to appear in court,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar. …

Hofmeyr speeding court date bungled – Mail & Guardian Online

Steve Hofmeyr’s court date has been confused at the police station where we was held after being arrested for speeding, says the NPA. Musician Steve Hofmeyr. (Gallo) There has been a misunderstanding about the court appearance date of Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr, who was arrested for speeding last week, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. Hofmeyr would appear in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court on December 30, and not on Monday, said NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku. “There was a misunderstanding at the police station about the date,” he said. Hofmeyr was arrested in Bronkhorstspruit on Thursday night for speeding and was released on bail of R500. “He will appear … on charges of reckless and…

Mandela tops Google Zeitgeist 2013 – euronews

World peace icon Nelson Mandela leads Google’s Zeitgeist as the top trending search term of 2013. Mandela, the former South African President who died on December 5 aged 95, also tops Google’s list of the most searched people of the year. American actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident on November 30 aged 40, was the second top trending term as well as the second most searched person. Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban last year, came in at 3rd place on the searched people list, while American actor James Gandolfini, who passed away after a heart attack on June 19 at the age of 51,…