The history of the Internet in South Africa

nahoR

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I'm always so disappointed to see that MWeb is given the title of first uncapped ADSL when we all know DigiChilli started the uncapped revolution with Mweb claiming at that point in time uncapped is unsustainable.
 

Leno

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No mention of one way satellite like Infosat etc

analogue leased lines, diginet, megawan to name a few other interesting times
 

dbnnet

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Factually incorrect: To my knowledge South Africa’s first commercial Internet service was set up by Olivetti Systems & Networks in early 1992. As a multinational company they were able to use their international links. Mark Elkins , now of Posix Systems started and ran that operation for many years, as well as setting up the coza Domain Administration system.
 

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Users on this forum could definitely add to this article, possibly replacing certain facts with updated ones.
 

aktiv

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Well, I had one of the first Internet Cafe's in SA - Cape town ( Rondebosch) in 1994

Remember how I had to educate mostlly UCT students on the use of Netscape and early Usenet, running on a dial up connection

Still have the Sunday Times newspaper clipping interview about the shop

It was all virgin territory back then - no idea it would explode to the online life we have today
 

RonSwanson

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Pre-Internet, Roblist was the authoritative listing of dial-up BBSes.
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Many BBSes added Internet gateways, they were slow and text based only.

My first ever real ISP was CIS (Commercial Internet Services), run by the CSIR.
 

Sinbad

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Pre-Internet, Roblist was the authoritative listing of dial-up BBSes.
rf9305_welcome.png

Many BBSes added Internet gateways, they were slow and text based only.

My first ever real ISP was CIS (Commercial Internet Services), run by the CSIR.
@robfisher :D
 

fismail

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I used to work for Proxima Information Exchange aka PIX Internet , eventually got bought out by Mweb (which used to be Worldnet Africa)


I've been in the industry working since 1997
 

heinrikur

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Pre-Internet, Roblist was the authoritative listing of dial-up BBSes.
rf9305_welcome.png

Many BBSes added Internet gateways, they were slow and text based only.

My first ever real ISP was CIS (Commercial Internet Services), run by the CSIR.

These are telephony-based BBS's. Many decades ago my father used to receive Ham Radio based BBS with an old 386SX, TPK or (T)erminal (P)ac(K)et software, custom modem and a 2 meter band radio. This has since stopped, they moved over to WinPack.
 
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RonSwanson

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These are telephony-based BBS's. Many decades ago my father used to receive Ham Radio based BBS with an old 386SX, TPK or (T)erminal (P)ac(K)et, custom modem and a 2 meter band radio. This has since stopped, they moved over to WinPack.
Fascinating!
 

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And on the mobile side, first had to connect, then go to a site, and then remember to un connect, on a old nokia.
 
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