W Cape widens broadband lead – ITWeb

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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…

Microsoft follows Google into South Africa to prove white space broadband … – GigaOM

Microsoft follows Google into South Africa to prove white space broadband

13 hours ago Jul. 29, 2013 – 2:16 AM PDT Microsoft has launched a new trial of so-called white space broadband in the northern South African province of Limpopo. This adds to Microsoft’s existing “4Afrika” white space trials in Kenya and Tanzania, and Google’s similar program in Cape Town, at the other end of South Africa. White space broadband is an experimental technology that might end up bringing connectivity into rural and poor urban areas around the world – as long as local governments play ball by allowing the re-use of the relevant radio spectrum. This is one of the main drivers behind Microsoft and Google’s pilots in Africa: to lobby the authorities by proving…

Microsoft expands white spaces pilot to take low-cost broadband to South Africa – Ventureburn

Microsoft has expanded its white spaces project to South Africa, adding to its existing pilots in Kenya and Tanzania, geared at finding a solution to deliver low-cost broadband internet to remote areas. ‘White Spaces’ refers to the unused (analogue) frequencies available to television broadcasters, which are used to deliver wireless internet signals. The project, which is part of Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, will use TV white spaces in conjunction with solar-powered stations to deliver low-cost and wireless internet services to five schools in the South African Limpopo province, hoping to give them download speeds of up to 4Mbps. Microsoft, who faces competition from Google in this space, is taking it a step further, providing schools with…