5G: are we there yet?

5G, or Fifth Generation networks are being lauded as the vehicle which will launch technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain based applications into mainstream use – and with good reason. 5G promises significantly faster speeds than its...

Virtualisation will reshape telecoms

The hype around software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) is growing in the telecoms industry. The hope is that these technologies will enable service providers and network operators to drive down capital expenditure, simplify...

What’s needed for large-scale satellite networks

Research undertaken by ITU into the online and offline population shows that four-fifths of the offline population are located in Asia-Pacific and in Africa. While absolute numbers of offline individuals at a regional level show that Asia-Pacific bears the...

Steps to satellite network success

Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON, examines what to know and what to do when using satellite access solutions Network architects and solution design engineers mostly consider satellite networks as the final option – only to be used when fibre, microwave or wireless...

Fibre benefits surpass 133-year-old copper

Copper wire telecoms technology is another year old next year, with the emphasis on ‘old’. That’s the message from fibre-based independent broadband provider, Otel Communications, which says businesses should making moving to fibre their top New...

Satellite closes SA’s digital divide

Internet usage is surging in urban areas of South Africa. According to Stats SA, 59% of South Africans in urban areas use the internet at home, work, or in a public place such as a café. However, the picture in more remote parts of the country is very different,...