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NASA made headlines this week with the news that they are testing new morphing wing technology, which has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs; reduce airframe weight; and decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings.

Also in the news this week was the report Internet Goes Mobile, published by Ericsson’s ConsumerLab, which is focused on consumer expectations and needs with respect to mobile broadband services in South Africa. The study, which represents 25-million people living in urban areas of the country, confirms the growing demand for a connected lifestyle among consumers, as well as their desire to stay engaged online. Meanwhile, Telkom Wholesale Services has announced wholesale unit price reductions of up to 63% across its product range, including wholesale fibre broadband access, IP Connect, Resell DSL, Metro Ethernet and SAIX dedicated access offerings. This announcement is the latest in a series of price reductions of Telkom’s IP Connect product, which has now effectively been halved over the past 18 months.

And finally, QS World University Rankings by Subject has placed South African universities among the world’s best for their expertise in Development Studies. The University of Cape Town is seventh worldwide, and University of The Witwatersrand ties for 15th. Four additional South African institutions are also placed in the global top 100: Stellenbosch University; University of Johannesburg; University of KwaZulu-Natal; and University of Pretoria.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team