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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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10 Facts About the Internet’s Undersea Cables

In describing the system of wires that comprises the Internet, Neal Stephenson once compared the earth to a computer motherboard. From telephone poles suspending bundles of cable to signs posted warning of buried fiber optic lines, we are surrounded by evidence that at a basic level, the Internet is really just a spaghetti-work of really …

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The transaction that will increase open fibre access for South Africans

In a transaction that will increase access to open fibre for South African businesses and households, Standard Bank introduced STOA Infra & Energy, a French Company owned by Caisse des Depots (CDC) and Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) to Metro Fibre, a rapidly growing South African fibre connectivity provider. To find out more about this article please visit:  https://businesstech.co.za/news/industry-news/338463/the-transaction-that-will-increase-open-fibre-access-for-south-africans/   Resources:   …

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Big South African Fibre Survey – Here are the results

MyBroadband recently conducted its latest South African Fibre Survey, which revealed that there remains a strong demand for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in South Africa. The survey results further showed a decline in ADSL and VDSL connections, with FTTH and fixed-LTE showing strong growth. The survey was completed by 6,400 South African broadband users. People who completed …

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The space internet race is dawning. Here’s what to expect

As we enter the 2020s, space and internet technologies are converging. We find ourselves at the dawn of a space internet race. Technology giants like SpaceX, Softbank, Amazon, Google, Virgin, and Facebook could spend tens of billions of dollars to launch, operate, and replace thousands of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Over the next …

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This South African invention allows drones to plant hundreds of trees in minutes

Two drone enthusiasts have devised a new invention that allows drones to plant large numbers of seeds in minutes. South African Andries Louw and Australian Andrew Walker built a pneumatic firing module that shoots seeds into soil. It can spit out two seeds per second at velocities of anywhere between 150 and 300 metres per …

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