Month: Oct 2019

The Digital Mine: how miners are turning a vision into reality

As Industry 4.0 moves increasingly beyond buzzwords into reality, mining is leading the charge, with African and South African companies at the forefront of both the creation of transformative technologies and their implementation on the physical and digital rockface. Wabtec, for example, work with several South African miners to develop strong base technologies, several of …

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What happens to Telkom’s old copper cables after it kills ADSL

As Openserve decommissions its old copper cable network, it is pulling up the copper and reselling it, the company has told MyBroadband. “It’s a rigorous process,” Openserve said. Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko confirmed in May that the company plans to decommission its old copper network in the next five years. The company previously told MyBroadband that it …

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Crime and extortion in South Africa’s fibre market

Crime, corruption, and extortion are hampering fibre network rollouts in South Africa, with poor communities being hit the hardest. The is the word from South African fibre network operators, who told MyBroadband they continue to suffer at the hands of gangs and crime syndicates. These fibre operators spoke to MyBroadband on the condition of anonymity …

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‘Twisted’ fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster

A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say. Fibre optic cables use pulses of light …

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Where is mobile connectivity heading in Africa?

The global 5G rollout has begun, with providers in the US and UK loudly announcing the first limited service availability.  With many more countries expected to follow in 2020, it looks like it will be the technology’s breakthrough year across the major domestic markets in North America, Europe and Asia. Cellular connectivity is a powerful …

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