How ready is South Africa for 5G?

The move from 4G to 5G will be anything but straightforward. Fifth generation networks will not only host new service types, but require new infrastructure and network design to support them. Are SA’s telcos ready? Understanding the evolution Until now, mobile networks – spanning 2G, 3G and LTE/LTE-A – were…

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This tax must fall

Ugandans are angry that the government has followed through with its threat to tax them for using social media, which the president, Yoweri Museveni, has on several occasions derided as a good for nothing rumor mill. Now they cannot, literally, puff curls of smoke that look like glistening halo emojis…

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Broadband connectivity in Kroonstad

Kroonstad, the third largest town in South Africa's Free State province, is set to benefit from the roll-out of fibre broadband connectivity. This is because FibreCo Telecommunications is in the process of rolling out fibre infrastructure in the town as part of its 4,000 km national fibre route between…

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Social media tax is now active in Uganda

Uganda's much-debated social media (OTT) tax has officially gone live. From 1 July 2018, Ugandans were required to pay the tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. The social media tax was initially proposed in April 2018 in an announcement in which…

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Algeria shuts down the Internet

Algeria experienced a complete Internet shutdown on Wednesday, 22 June 2018, for a period of 2 hours. This came as a result of the North Afrikan country's government ordering telecommunications companies to cut-off Internet access to ensure high school exams run smoothly, without cheating. The 2 hour period which saw…

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