MyBroadband weekly round up

SABC tax on the way

Recently the Public Service Broadcasting Bill 2009 was gazetted with several insights and suggestions towards securing funding for developing broadcasting and establishing a ‘Public Service Broadcasting Fund’.

The new bill calls for TV license fees to be scrapped and for an increase of up to 1% in personal income tax to replace this.

Existing TV licenses will also remain valid for the remainder of the financial year and any money owed to the SABC for existing licenses will remain valid until fully paid.

Telecoms operator with most complaints revealed

The recently published ICASA annual report shed some light this week on which telecoms operators received the most complaints.

ICASA said that over the last year it processed a total of 2,155 complaints involving issues like billing problems, faulty handsets, number portability and postal problems.  ICASA further summarized the distribution of complaints across operators, and the results were somewhat surprising.

Local MacBook and iMac pricing revealed

This week saw official South African Apple distributor Core Group release local pricing details for the updated MacBook and iMac ranges.

This includes details regarding the new Apple Magic Mouse, the first multi touch mouse to be released to market, and the Mac Mini range.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Hardware/10289.html)

The most popular cellphone brands revealed

A study published by local IT market research firm World Wide Worx highlighted the mobile phone trends in South Africa.

This article takes a look at which device manufacturers hold the greatest portion of the local market as well as which brands are forecasted to take a big leap forward in the next 24 months.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Cellular/10306.html)

Blended versus local only ADSL data

In South Africa broadband access is closely associated with strict monthly usage limits, and ADSL services are no exception.  Uncapped ADSL accounts are available, but the price for these accounts typically exceeds the budget of most local consumers.

This article investigates why splitting local and international ADSL data is a great idea.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/ADSL/10200.html)

How does your salary stack up?

This article examines the average salary levels of MyBroadband readers based on its most recent Nielsen Online Demographics Report.

According to the latest demographics 24% of all visitors have an annual household income of over R400,000 per year.  The rest of the income groups are fairly evenly spread between R50,000 per annum to R400,000 per annum.  Around 10% of visitors have an income of less than R50,000 per annum, most likely a result of a fair amount of University students visiting MyBroadband.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Business/10308.html)

The best and worst telecoms providers

The Ask Afrika Orange Index 2009 results – which rank companies according to service excellence –   were recently unveiled.  The survey gives a percentage score to each company which is an indication of the service levels and customer satisfaction associated with a company.

This article gave insight into how well our local telecoms companies faired.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Telecoms/10309.html)

Netbook price and feature comparison

In the past few years Netbooks have become increasingly popular as a lightweight and affordable method of computing. With this in mind MyBroadband conducted a pricing comparison featuring some of the most popular models at six different online and land based retailers.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Hardware/10329.html)

New sub-R 50 per GB ADSL service launched

This week MyBroadband took a closer look at Gridhost’s new R44 per GB ADSL bundles. The company now offers the cheapest ‘sustainable’ ADSL per GB offering, beaten only by Afrihost’s promotional R29 per GB which is still on offer.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/ADSL/10343.html)

Most popular cellphone features revealed

This week’s published study on local mobile trends, conducted by World Wide Worx, gave insight into which cellphone features South Africans have on their devices and which are used the most.

Although online based features such as the internet browser and social media applications scored relatively low MD of World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck said that this area was due to grow significantly within the next 18 months.

(http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Cellular/10326.html)

 

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