Browsing: Ryan Hawthorne

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Mobile won’t fix the digital divide

Mobile services have had an important and positive impact on developing countries where they are the main means of connecting to the Internet. However, mobile services have capacity constraints.

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Untangling SA’s big open-access debate

Competition has broken out among telecommunications operators in South Africa as a result of an open-access policy intervention, being the prices which operators pay to access customers on other networks: the call termination rate. Prepaid mobile voice

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SA Newsmakers of 2014

Here they are, TechCentral’s South African Newsmakers of 2014. These are the individuals, in ascending order from five to one, who we believe were the most newsworthy in the technology and telecommunications space this year, for good reasons and bad. Also, check out our International Newsmakers

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Parkhurst set for fibre turf war

In the wake of news this week that the first homes in Parkhurst in Johannesburg have been connected to start-up Vumatel’s speedy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, Telkom has begun deploying home fibre infrastructure of its own in the leafy suburb. Ryan Hawthorne, technical adviser to the Parkhurst Residents

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Is this copper’s comeback?

Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Alcatel-Lucent, announced this week that it has developed a prototype technology, called XG-Fast, which it used to transmit speeds of up to 10Gbit/s over traditional copper phone lines. The technology, which is expected to be launched commercially

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Vumatel wins Parkhurst FTTH contract

The Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association (Praboa) has unanimously decided to award the project to build fibre to homes and businesses in the neighbourhood to Vumatel, a new player in South Africa’s last-mile fibre market. The project will be the first for Vumatel and will likely serve as a case

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The little suburb that could

This week, remarkable news emerged from an upmarket Johannesburg suburb. The community of Parkhurst, through its residents’ association, announced it had issued a request for proposals from telecommunications service providers to connect all houses and businesses in

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Meet Parkhurst’s fibre pioneer

The quaint “village” of Parkhurst is one of my favourite weekend spots and I often visit its pubs and eateries with the missus. So, as the resident of a neighbouring suburb, news that Parkhurst is planning to roll out fibre broadband to all homes and businesses piqued my interest. What was of particular interest was