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iBurst has arrived in South Africa
We have come a long way since the beginning of dialup
connectivity with our 300bps
connection(0.375k/sec) - current broadband connections in South
Africa are up to 1MB/s
with iBurst or 512k
with ADSL. In the UK 8MB/s ADSL is the maximum, France,
with ADSL2+ and South Korea even faster!
The internet is constructed out of a vast interconnecting
network of data pipes. The main
connections are like wide rivers, carrying lots of information,
these divide up into smaller
rivers and again smaller to millions of destinations and
billions of people around the world.
The future holds faster connections allowing on demand movies,
programs and any
convievable content service. A TV quality broadcast requires
4MB/s. However, faster
connections cannot guarantee you improved performance. If there
is a bandwidth drought,
there is no water to fill the riverbed. So if the server on the
other side cannot provide you
with the information fast enough, it doesn't matter how fast
your connection is.
The South African broadband situation
South Africa is inhibited from this high permforance
broadband connectivity with high
costs from the incumbent telco monopoly, Telkom. Future growth
and large scale job
opportunities can be acheived in the call center and high tech
arena with deregulation
of the telco industry, reducing costs and making South Africa
more competitive. High
speed cheap broadband will drive growth in South Africa, but
will this ever happen?
internet is now available in South Africa, introducing more
competition. Telkom responded by reducing ADSL line prices by
about 15%. iBurst is
a great alternative to the Telkom monopoly.
New ADSL services that are available in South Africa is an
with 5 static IP addresses which is a great alternative to 64k
Diginet leased lines.
Article written by Mark Slingsby, RSA WEB Technical Director
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Broadband Internet Service
Broadband Usage Keeps Growing in the
Press Release on the
Access Index - Country Ranking List
Internet World Stats Web Log
Internet news and statistics here.
This Bandwidth Report gives monthly roundup of
penetration figures from the US and elsewhere.
Broadband Usage Poised to Eclipses Narrowband in Largest