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August 15, 2017

South Africa added to Netflix ISP Speed Index

South Africa and 10 other countries have been added to the Netflix ISP Speed Index. South Africa debuted on the July list, ranked 54 out of 59 countries. SA tied with Paraguay, managing an average speed of 2.33Mbps.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular Internet service provider, and not a measure of overall performance for other services or data that may travel across the ISP network.

Netflix said a better performance on its index generally means better picture quality, quicker start times, and fewer interruptions.

While the data set for South Africa has yet to be released on the Netflix website, its summary [...]

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August 10, 2017

SA woman scientist makes waves abroad

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Senamile Masango, who became the first African woman to conduct the first African-led experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland.

“We congratulate this inspirational young African woman on her excellent achievement and hope that she will serve as a beacon for all other young African women to follow in her footsteps and achieve their goals and dreams,” said President Zuma on Wednesday.

Masango was part of a group of student researchers from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa studying the isotope selenium-70 to better understand how its nuclei shape [...]

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August 8, 2017

Digital migration will happen by December 2018 – Minister

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has reiterated her commitment to see all South Africans migrating from analogue to digital television by December 2018.

“I have full appreciation of the impact that the digital migration project is set to have on the economy of this country. I therefore have no intention to delay the process,” Minister Dlodlo said on Sunday.

The International Telecommunications Union has prescribed countries to switch over from an analogue television signal to a digital terrestrial television signal which will allow for the radio frequency spectrum to be freed up and allowing for faster mobile data services.

South Africa has on a several [...]

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August 3, 2017

ICASA: R2-per-MB out-of-bundle fees must go

Amid complaints of how expensive it is to communicate in South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it is implementing several interventions to ensure that data prices fall.

Rubben Mohlaloga, ICASA’s Acting Chairperson, also highlighted the “crazy” out of bundle rates, which he said the regulator would look at going forward. Mohlaloga said this when he briefed the Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises on Wednesday.

He said an analysis of data costs since 2010 reveal a change in data costs since the advent of over-the-top services like Whatsapp and Skype and the penetration of smart devices. As a result, and [...]

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