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  Introduction The research team at Cable.co.uk recently reviewed the price for 1G of mobile data in 230 countries. The research, (https://www.cable.co.uk/mobiles/worldwide-data-pricing/) found that one gigabyte (GB) of data costs $0.26 (£0.20) in India but $6.66 in the UK. The global average was $8,53 for 1GB with the cheapest mobile data in Western Europe in Finland with an average of $1,16. The US had one of the most expensive rates - with an average cost of $12.37 for the same amount of data.  The most expensive rate is Zimbabwe at $75,20 per GB. However, Africa also hosts

Why is this the wrong question? As humans, we want to compare. It is in our nature. Perhaps it is left over from the grading system in our schooling years, perhaps it is because we understand better when we have a reference or a guide to compare against. Yet as much as comparisons aid in understanding, they can also be very misleading if the context and reference is not well defined. Look at how helpful it would be to compare flying to Cape Town vs taking the train. Both are transport mediums, so it sounds like a good idea to do a proper comparison before you make a transport b

Q-KON Commissioned a Satellite Back-up Solution for Major Financial Institution when Fibre Connection Failed. Network Resiliency is Key to Success We do no longer only speak about Software as a Service (SaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), the trend now is XaaS (anything as a Service).  With this in mind and the fact that de-centralised cloud-based services to business customers is becoming a reality fast, network resiliency, specifically communications network resiliency, is key to the success of any business.  All of the ab

Torra Bay Brags with FNB Point-of-Sale Devices this Fishing Season. Introduction Torra Bay Resort is celebrating its 62nd birthday this year and is a very remote camping site situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. What makes this resort special is the fact that they are only open from the 1st of December until the 31st of January, which accords with the Namibian School Holiday Season. Being home to large Steenbras, huge shoals of Kabeljou, Galjoen and Blacktail, Torra Bay is any shore-based fisherman’s dream. The 60 camping sites are usually fully booked in advance

Twoobii - Bridging a Digital Divide and here to make a Difference in Business Continuity Survive: (Verb) "continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship." We all are faced with some sort of quest each and every day that test our survival skills. Whether we rely on the public transport infrastructure to get us to work save, walk 5km to the nearest tab running water, plant our own crops to have something for the pot, or even depend on current internet connectivity networks to ensure business continuity, we all have a story to tell.   Unreliab

Seamless Connectivity is Key in the Successes of Food & Music Festivals. Introduction The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, is a popular, not-to-be-missed 2-day Music Festival for Food Lovers & Food Festival for Music Lovers. Returning for its’ 6th time to Johannesburg, this internationally recognised festival took place on 22 & 23 September at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Every year, thousands of patrons religiously return to this festival. This year has proven the biggest year for the festival so far with over 40 000 festival-goers. The

A Satellite Technology Map Perspective C, Ku, Ka, LEOs and MEOs - What Really Matters from a User Perspective. All industries have jargon, acronyms and code words that make the experts look smarter while mostly just confuse the rest of us. Unfortunately,the satellite industry is no different, and with the recent new technology developments, this has further increased the general level of confusion inthe market. While a detailed discussion might not help to clarify anything, the aim of this brief overview is to provide 1st order context to managersand executives who have to engage in satell

Why satellite can not work . . . Or at least why the market thinks so. My satellite network solution will not work for his very critical business applications, he thinks. Thinking quickly, I decide to relax, close my laptop and start a courtesy discussion. Being polite gentlemen, they can at least let me finish the coffee that is being served…  “Big Springbok rugby game on this weekend,” I started, “so pleased that DStv has secured the rights so that we can watch the game even at the lodge we are going to”. Everybody agreed and we had some light comments about teams, play

Reliable “Always-On” Connectivity Contributes to Excellent Customer Experience. Introduction The Dolomite Camp, part of the Eco Collection of the NWR Lodges and Resorts, is situated in the western region of the Etosha National Park. This famous tranquil get-away spot sits in a previously restricted scenic area and is surrounded by dolomite formations, hence the name “Dolomite Resort”. Visitors can experience intimate contact with previously endangered species such as Black Rhino and Black-faced Impala, successfully bred during the time the area was closed off to tou

5 User Applications that are Ideal for Satellite Technology. South Africa’s Internet penetration is three percentage points above the Southern African average, and one percentage point above the global average. Based on these statistics, South Africa’s Internet user base grew by 7% in the past year. This places us 13th in the world in terms of relative Internet user growth. With this growth in broadband users and the related growth in fibre network infrastructure, it can be expected that satellite technology is considered as a “past generation” solution and not fit for the deman

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