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Say ‘no’ to government broadband

Australia’s government is trying to push the idea of a national broadband network, or NBN, through that country’s parliament. It wants Australian taxpayers to build a A$43bn fibre network that connects 90% of homes with broadband access of up to 100Mbit/s. To put that in context, in SA most households with Internet access are lucky to get an effective 1Mbit/s into the home.

Uncapped Internet is a con

Right, so this whole “uncapped” and “Free the Web” stuff has me a little vexed. Basically I think it is all a bit disingenuous, even bordering on manipulative. While Seacom opened the floodgates last year with falling prices for international bandwidth, the reality is that the Telkom

Gadgets and erotica in Barcelona

The official party for the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona was at Montjuic Palace, hosted by British comedian Stephen Fry. His opening line was that the cellular industry confab was like a sex party for him because he was such a lover of gadgets. He admitted to owning 17 phones, 14 of which he actually bought himself

Retreat for geeks is more than just talk

About 50 geeks descended on Stanford Valley, 20 minutes from Hermanus in the Western Cape, at the weekend for the second annual GeekRetreat. Participates had trepidations at first, with a few sceptics among the people chosen to attend

Can Cape Town become SA’s Silicon Valley?

Silicon Cape is a new initiative aimed at fostering technology innovation in the Western Cape. But will it fly? Cape Town already represents the technology hub of the Southern African region. And as one of SA’s most successful technology entrepreneurs, Yola.com founder Vinny Lingham, says

Solving the VC funding gap

Large sums of money are available to technology start-ups in SA. But there are almost no technology start-ups getting funded. This is a big problem for the country, both socially and economically, as it strives to lift its long-term growth trajectory. Foreign direct investment and portfolio investment flows will never achieve this alone. Strong growth in new businesses is paramount for growth and social upliftment.