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Where is Africa at the world’s technology table?

Where is Africa at the world’s technology table?

Global standards bodies are the crucible in which our networking future is forged. It is the well from which our connectivity springs. It may look like a crowd of middle-aged bearded and bespectacled men warming the seats of hotel conference rooms, but

It’s time for real-time radio

It’s time for real-time radio

Imagine the horror. Waves of denial, smashing against the rocks of inevitability. Your brand new, US$9 000 radio controlled aeroplane has just flown over that far clump of trees, heading for the

The case for wireless open-access networks

The case for wireless open-access networks

Open-access networks. Giving a little, to get a lot – in the long run. Various models are already used, at least in principle, in the recent South African home fibre roll-outs. Now how about open-access wireless networks? Why don’t we share more for the greater good (and better

The inversion layer choking SA telecoms

The inversion layer choking SA telecoms

Anyone who flies into Johannesburg in the early mornings during winter will be familiar with the atmospheric inversion layer, where air near the ground is cooled by the unheated swimming pools of the struggling middle classes. The cool air traps pollutants beneath warmer layers

When regulating spectrum, think rain, not gold

When regulating spectrum, think rain, not gold

It is a period of international tensions. Guglielmo Marconi, working from an increasingly cash-rich company, had won his first victory against his competitive nemesis, the Slaby-Arco radio equipment company. During this pissing match

Mobile operators are coming for your Wi-Fi

Mobile operators are coming for your Wi-Fi

They’re coming for your Wi-Fi. They’re big, they’re infinitely rich, and they’re patient. And when they take your Wi-Fi, they’ll tell you that they did it for you. No, really, check out this video from Ericsson. It’s taken some time for the strategy to become clear, but the

Virtual reality set to go mainstream

Virtual reality set to go mainstream

Just US$100 buys you a ticket to the virtual reality game. Launched at International CES in Las Vegas, the Zeiss VR One lets you drop any 5-inch smartphone into a tray, slip it into a VR headset, and you’re off into