MyBroadband weekly round up

Uncapped ADSL for R399 per month; capped at R23 per GB

Screamer Telecoms this week announced its entrance into the ADSL market with a full ADSL product range which includes an unlimited 384kbps service for R399 per month.

Web browsers: which ones are most vulnerable?

This feature took a closer look at a recently published security report regarding which internet browsers are most vulnerable to threats.

Blinded interconnect rate

Did the Minister of Communications negotiate a worse deal for consumers than the rate suggested by MTN and Vodacom? ECN CEO John Holdsworth suggested this week that the recent interconnect rate cut agreement may have simply be put in place to appease the public.

Torrents over HTTP

This week MyBroadband investigated a new file sharing service which will offer an HTTP alternative for downloading torrent files. This service may prove useful for users behind firewalls, or for subscribers with ISPs that throttle peer-to-peer transfers.

Unshaped ADSL for R69 per GB; uncapped for R649

This week local internet service provider OpenWeb launched a new unshaped ADSL service operating on the MTN Business fibre network. The unshaped packages are hard capped, and come in at R69 per gigabyte. The new accounts allow four concurrent connections and promise “superfast P2P and torrent downloads” and low international latencies.

Most popular ‘techie phones’ revealed

Nokia and Samsung are dominating the handset market in South Africa, with between 70% and 85% of the market amongst the different Digital Lifestyle Measure segments, according to new research published by BMI-TechKnowledge.

MyBroadband takes a closer look at the report in this recently published feature.

Telkom 8 Mbps ADSL trial in full swing

This week it was revealed that Telkom is currently rolling out 8 Mbps ADSL in some areas as part of its investigation into higher speed broadband services.

All current 4Mbps customers in the test areas will soon be upgraded to 8Mbps Telkom announced.

Is your online activity being monitored?

In early October some local ADSL subscribers began to receive warnings from their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) regarding illegal download activity on their accounts, and were threatened with suspension and even blacklisting.

At the recent MyBroadband Conference industry players from local ISPs and from ISPA responded to this issue, essentially saying that it is not the job of ISPs to protect the business interests of music and film corporations.

AMD announces fastest graphics card in the world

AMD this week announced the availability of its flagship graphics processor, the ATI Radeon 5970.

According to the company the HD5970, which now holds the title as the fastest graphics card in the world, provides support for DirectX 11 and AMD’s Eyefinity multidisplay technology.

Movies on Demand over ADSL

This week local Internet Service Provider (ISP) Axxess launched their DSL’s Digital Delivery of Media, offering subscribers a service to download and watch movies or programs on their PC or Mac.  The service makes use of OttoVod movie playback which is powered by DivX.


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MyBroadband weekly round up