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Will Sona 2016 light the SA Connect fuse?

Will Sona 2016 light the SA Connect fuse?

Government’s failure to get to grips with South Africa Connect, the nation’s ambitious broadband roll-out plan that promises to deliver high-speed broadband Internet connectivity everyone in South Africa by 2030, will be apparent to all during the state of the nation address

YouTube Red takes on Netflix

YouTube Red takes on Netflix

How much would you pay to use YouTube? It’s a serious question. What if YouTube removed all those adverts? What if it offered exclusive content? Google, which owns YouTube, may soon have definitive answers to those questions. In late October last year, Google launched YouTube Red

Showdown at the VOD corral

Showdown at the VOD corral

Get ready for the great South African video-on-demand cull. I have no figures to back this up, but my gut tells me that most of the local offerings are doomed. Services like Vidi, MaxVU and ONTAPtv.com made a go at it, but their reliance on rental models

Connected cars could change everything

Connected cars could change everything

Thought Formula 1 was fast-paced? The speed of innovation in the automotive industry makes it look like a donkey-cart race. The past few years have seen the development of disruptive new technologies that are set to change the face of society forever. Ever since the first Model T Ford

Media’s digital dream lies in tatters

Media’s digital dream lies in tatters

There once was a dream. As the reading public moved, inevitably, from getting their news on dead trees to reading it on the Internet, vast amounts of money would follow. Fortunes awaited the brave. The logic was simple enough. As eyes moved to the Internet

More to OTT debate than meets the eye

More to OTT debate than meets the eye

The African mobile operator predicament with “over the top” services has come to a head, with the issue of how to deal with the likes of WhatsApp, Skype and Viber flaring up anew over the past few months in Morocco, Senegal and South Africa. What’s playing out

Tech giants chase VR, AI riches

Tech giants chase VR, AI riches

What do Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung all have in common? Sure, all six are technology companies, but the similarity runs much deeper. All six are now battling with each other to dominate the next wave of technology innovation

Mobile operators have an SMS addiction

Mobile operators have an SMS addiction

Let’s start at a common point of departure: the mere notion of mobile operators hoping that so-called “over-the-top” services be regulated is insanity. One can understand how an operator and its executives can think this rational, though. After all, an operator only knows how

Vodacom, MTN want to break the Internet

Vodacom, MTN want to break the Internet

As you might have seen, the networks are at it again, on a drive to get the government to regulate Web services, which these network operators like to call “over-the-top” providers. Regulating Internet services will have a huge ripple effect throughout

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

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