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  • After Trump win, internet to get Canadian mirror (kind of)

    The US election has forced tech companies and other entities to look closely at their operations, owing to the imminent Trump administration coming into power. At least one pivotal entity, the non-profit Internet Archive, has taken to creating an insurance policy in Canada, in the form of a mirror. The Internet Archive is behind the landmark Wayback Machine, a service which charts the internet's history and has already saved billions of URLs. The Wayback Machine sees between 300 million and 750 million webpages being saved every week, capturing old articles and forgotten websites. In other words, creating a mirror won't be a trivial task...

  • Update: DDoS attack on Dyn DNS leaves internet crippled

    Update #5, 22 October, 12.30am: Dyn has issued its lengthiest update yet, revealing a few more details about the DDoS attack on its DNS service. "On Friday October 21, 2016 at approximately 11:10 UTC, Dyn came under attack by a large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against our Managed DNS infrastructure in the US-East region," the update reads. "Customers affected may have seen regional resolution failures in US-East and intermittent spikes in latency globally. Dyn’s engineers were able to successfully mitigate the attack at approximately 13:20 UTC, and shortly after, the attack subsided." "At roughly 15:50 UTC a second DDoS attack...

  • South Africa’s media landscape: what will 2020 hold?

    A new PwC report has laid out predictions for the South African media and entertainment landscape by 2020. Entertainment and media (E&M) companies saw double digit growth of 10.6% in the country in 2015, according to the 2016 Entertainment and Media Outlook report. However, it predicts a compound annual growth rate of 6.6% to 2020 -- still edging out the USA and Western Europe's growth levels. PwC cited two reasons for the slower rate of growth. "First, with mobile internet penetration in particular now being more mature -- at 44.8% in 2015, from just 14.6% in 2011 -- internet access revenue growth will slow. Second,...

  • #datamustfall: Afrihost Mobile offers R1/250MB promotion

    In the wake of the #datamustfall social media campaigns, MVNO Afrihost Mobile has stepped up to the plate with a promotion. The network has announced a special of 250MB of mobile data every month for a once-off fee of R1. "If you use up all of your 250MB in the month you will automatically be capped. You will never pay us another cent unless you choose to buy extra data," Afrihost wrote on its website. It's interesting to note that Afrihost Mobile piggybacks off the MTN network It's not a permanent move though, with the promotion set to run until January 2017. Still, 250MB a...

  • Telkom Mobile revises uncapped LTE throttling policy

    Telkom Mobile has announced a revised fair usage policy (FUP) for uncapped LTE users, following negative publicity on social media. Users who had allegedly fallen foul of Telkom Mobile's FUP expressed frustration after being throttled to extremely slow speeds. Now, the network has announced an overhaul of its policy for uncapped users, giving them an extra 100GB of full-speed data before throttling comes into effect. "This means that customers would have to use in excess of 300GB of data per month before Telkom's FUP will be applied. Telkom has also included an additional 50GB data allocation for peer-to- peer services such as BitTorrent and...

  • Fast internet for all, 5G everywhere by 2025 – EU

    The European Commission has announced a few rather ambitious connectivity targets for 2025. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the internet connectivity proposals will encourage funding in high-speed networks and improve public access to WiFi. "We need to be connected. Our economy needs it. People need it. And we have to invest in that connectivity now," Junker said during his State of the Union Address. The EU is calling for fast public WiFi and 5G along transport routes The first proposal calls for all "socio/economic drivers" to have access to 1Gbps internet connectivity. So this means schools, universities, transport hubs and public service providers are...

  • Stream ripping now a bigger issue than illegal downloads

    Torrent groups and downloads have traditionally been the biggest thorn in the music industry's side, but it looks like stream-ripping is the industry's new arch-nemesis According to the Music Consumer Insight Report 2016, over a third of internet users (35%) access unlicensed content on the internet. The report, which was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), found that traditional illegal downloads were waning in favour of stream-ripping. Who needs torrent sites when stream ripping is a thing? "Infringement is changing, with half (49%) of 16 to 24 year olds stream ripping from sites like YouTube," read an excerpt of...

  • Telkom ‘sabotage’: Over 13 000 customers affected

    Telkom has revealed more details on what it calls wide-scale sabotage of its network, saying that 13 200 customers were affected by the outages. On Friday, Telkom announced a R500 000 reward for information related to "a series of acts of sabotage" across its network. At the time, it said that facilities in Midrand, Silverton, Pretoria West, Pinetown, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Makhado and Messina were all affected. Related: Telkom offering R500k reward after countrywide ‘senseless sabotage’ The network has issued an update on the matter, revealing the scale of damage and repairs. "A total of 85 street distribution cabinets (SDCs) have been damaged in...

  • Telkom offering R500k reward after countrywide ‘senseless sabotage’

    Telkom is offering a R500 000 reward for information after its facilities were "targeted in a series of acts of sabotage". The communications network said that its facilities in Midrand, Silverton, Pretoria West, Pinetown, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Makhado and Messina were sabotaged. "This is not vandalism, the criminals who damaged our property knew what they were doing. Cables have been cut to cause maximum damage. Entire street distribution cabinets, which are located in neighbourhoods to serve multiple streets at a time, have been ripped apart and in a few instances yesterday, set on fire," said Jacqui O'Sullivan, Telkom's group executive for communication, in...

  • Don’t lose yourself: avoid identity theft on social media

    More than three-quarters of American adults are active on social media, and the numbers total approximately 2.3-billion people worldwide. By living with and through our technology, it is easier than ever before to reconnect with friends, stay in touch with family and meet new people across previously unassailable physical distances. But this also means that the likes of identity theft is becoming a bigger problem. Unfortunately, in stark contrast to real-world interactions, there are few reliable ways to be sure a person is who they purport to be on the internet. The proliferation of social media tools has created new space...

  • What more can be done to deliver fibre connectivity across South Africa?

    It seems like we hear news of fibre developments every other week, as the likes of MTN, Vodacom, Vumatel and Telkom announce suburbs and projects. There's no denying that many projects take place in affluent suburbs, but even living in a well-off suburb isn't a guarantee of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity. What can be done to ensure that fibre connectivity reaches more areas though? We interviewed Dominic Cull, regulatory advisor for the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), and asked for his thoughts on the matter. This is why fibre isn't available in more suburbs First of all, Cull outlined a host of reasons for fibre connectivity not being available...

  • Get free WiFi access in South Africa by viewing ads first

    WiFi hotspots might be everywhere in South Africa, but actually accessing them is another story entirely. Aside from initiatives like Project Isizwe and the Western Cape Free WiFi Project, hotspot access is generally expensive or requires you to be a customer on a partner network. Now, a new project, dubbed view4mahala, claims to deliver "ad-funded free WiFi" access to South Africans. How does it work? Users are able to browse the internet via these hotspots, but are subjected to ads between page views and upon logging on to the hotspot, view4mahala operations director Sagie Naidu said. "Two full-screen ads come up upon login and lasts between two and...

  • First Vumatel fibre home goes live in Cape Town

    Fibre provider Vumatel has been on a roll in recent months, as it teamed up with Telkom and Standard Bank threw its weight behind the company. Now, the company has marked another milestone with its first home fibre connection in Cape Town going live, being situated in the Tamboerskloof area. "TBK Watch is very excited to be Vumatel's first community to get connected in Cape Town. We have been working together with Vumatel for the past six months to plan and get the community ready for the rollout, and now we are live. The rest of the community can't wait to get connected," said the TBK Watch group,...

  • WhatsApp ‘back up’ in Zimbabwe, regulator issues state warning [update]

    Update #1, Wed 7 July, 8.20pm: According to a report citing the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabweans who share and spread information about the country's protests will be disconnected from the country's mobile networks. "All SIM cards in Zimbabwe are registered in the name of the user. Perpetrators can easily be identified," the body announced late Wednesday following WhatsApp's four-hour outage. "Any person caught in possession of, generating, sharing or passing on abusive, threatening, subversive or offensive telecommunication messages, including WhatsApp or any other social media messages." Read the full report over on Fin24. Original article: Social networking services WhatsApp...

  • Telkom teams up with Vumatel to expand fibre footprint

    In areas where Telkom connectivity is lacking, Vumatel has often stepped in to deliver the goods. Now, the fixed-line incumbent has announced a rather surprising partnership with the upstart service provider. Telkom's Openserve has announced that it would be "leveraging" Vumatel's open-access fibre network to launch products in over 20 new suburbs in Gauteng. Vumatel has made a name for itself by launching so-called fibrehoods, offering connectivity in selected suburbs across Johannesburg and Cape Town. "The fibre industry is highly competitive and we have seen an accelerated rollout of fibre networks across the country. While Openserve holds the lion share of the national fibre footprint --...