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Netflix’s VPN ban won’t solve anything

Netflix’s VPN ban won’t solve anything

In mid-January, Netflix announced a ban on the use of proxies, unblockers and virtual private networks – all technical workarounds to view movies and TV programmes unavailable in the subscriber’s country. This announcement coincided with the company’s global service

Why OTT has Vodacom hot and bothered

Why OTT has Vodacom hot and bothered

WhatsApp, Skype and other “over the top” services should be regulated in the same way as telecommunications operators, especially as there is a risk that these new competitors will threaten cellphone companies’ ability to invest in their networks. That is the view of

How BlackBerry learnt to love Android

How BlackBerry learnt to love Android

The unthinkable has happened. BlackBerry, which has always developed phones that run its own operating system software, has released its first smartphone running Android. And if the

OTT row: Q&A with Shameel Joosub

OTT row: Q&A with Shameel Joosub

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub has called for a debate on how so-called “over the top” services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber should be regulated in light of the risk be believes they

Why Seacom went down for a second time

Why Seacom went down for a second time

Construction work in Egypt is a key reason behind fibre cuts that have disrupted Internet services in South Africa twice in one week. This is according to Claes Segelberg, who is the chief technical officer of undersea broadband cable provider Seacom

Internet freedom vs control: a middle way

Internet freedom vs control: a middle way

Since so much of life has moved online, a clash has emerged between the opposing values of Internet freedom, and Internet control. Should the Internet be a public arena free of all interference and influence from the authorities? Or does too much freedom result

The case against OTT regulation

The case against OTT regulation

The advent of new technologies continues to disrupt competition in a number of traditional markets, many of which have operated in the same manner for decades. Examples of this include the metered taxi industry, where Uber is quickly becoming both a

Why SA’s big telcos are running scared

Why SA’s big telcos are running scared

The growing pressure on margins as telecommunications moves from a voice-driven industry to one where data is predominant is the main reason South Africa’s incumbent mobile operators are keen for so-called “over the top” providers like WhatsApp and Skype to be

Ugly war looming over OTTs

Ugly war looming over OTTs

The recent decision by all three telecommunications operators in Morocco to block voice-over-Internet protocol and other IP-based services is the first shot in what is going to

400 applicants for Cape Town accelerator

400 applicants for Cape Town accelerator

Applications have closed for a new accelerator programme for financial technology start-ups based in Cape Town and backed by Barclays Africa and US accelerator Techstars, with nearly 400 companies from around the world applying to take part

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