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South African SMEs switch from dialup to ADSL internet access.

n article on IT News Africa discussed the preliminary findings of the SME Survey 2009. The survey shows that ADSL now leads as the connection of choice for Internet savvy businesses, thanks to its reliability and relatively low pricing.
According to principal researcher Arthur Goldstuck, ADSL had almost precisely replaced dial-up as the primary form [...]

Gordon Brown: Wiring a web for global good

We’re at a unique moment in history, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today’s interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic — and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy.
I’m not a fan of Gordon Brown but this is very powerful and very real reason [...]

Cheap broadband worth more to South Africa than the agriculture sector

A 2009 World Bank report has analysed the impact of broadband on growth in 120 countries from 1980 to 2006, showing that each 10 percentage points of broadband penetration results in 1.21% increase in per capita GDP growth in developed countries, and 1.38% increase in developing countries.
If South Africa could grow its broadband penetration by [...]

Taking the web to townships

The very real benefits of cheap broadband to ordinary South Africans are highlighted in a recent article on iafrica.com.
The article talks about a new initiative to bringĀ  internet access to disadvantaged communities in and around Johannesburg. As part of the broadband project, multi-service digital centres, or “techno hubs”, will be set up where people [...]

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