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ITS Mobile enables TUT students to access academic and financial information via mobile devices

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ITS’s new mobile applications now enables students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to access academic and financial information on their mobile devices. The applications were released to a pilot group of students mid December 2012, and proved to be successful.

ITS Mobile provides students with access to their university data from a variety of mobile platforms, including tablets, smartphones and other cellphones. ITS Mobile gives 24×7 on demand access to available academic, financial and residential information to students, including exam timetable information, exam results, registration information, admission status, financial statements and financial aid information.

TUT agreed to be the pilot site for the testing of the new software. The system was launched at the university to a pilot group of students before the end of the 2012 academic year, enabling them to make use of the service to access their exam results and other information.

“The application was thoroughly tested by a team of seven TUT staff members from the enrolment and residence department, assessment management department, student debtors department and financial aid department who will be making use of the system extensively,” says TUT’s Jeanette Moloya. “These divisions are all happy that the system is now ready to go live to the wider student community.”

“Most students have access to these technologies and ITS Mobile makes use of mediums of communication that will appeal to students. It is also much faster than the postal system making it an efficient and reliable way for students to access their information,” says Ms Moloya.

“We are looking forward to a successful university wide launch and experiencing the benefits of the application as time goes on,” says Ms Moloya. TUT was the pilot test site and will be the first institution to go live on the application in South Africa.

“ITS has partnered with two well-known companies with specific expertise in the area of mobile applications in order to bring this offering to market quickly,” says ITS’s MD, Derick Jordaan. CampusEAI Consortium has developed the ITS Mobile apps that smartphone and tablet users, including Android, Apple and Blackberry users, will be able to download in order to access their student data remotely. CampusEAI has developed similar applications for the tertiary sector internationally. Listed company FoneWorx is supplying the mobi technology enabling non-smartphone users access to their student data.

ITS Mobile fits well with TUT’s BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) strategy whereby both students and staff are encouraged to use their own mobile devices to conduct research, online learning, access information and browse Internet through using TUT’s ICT infrastructure such as Wi-Fi access across the university’s network and through broadband access provided by the university. This will significantly contribute to the success of TUT in meeting its corporate strategic objectives.

“We are very excited to be part of this project. It aims to really make life easier for all our students. With this technological application we hope to reduce and finally eliminate the long queues for enquiries at the university,” concludes Deputy Vice Chancellor Isaac Tlhabadira.

ITS Mobile will also be available to clients not currently using the ITS Integrator Student Management System to enable them to benefit from this innovative new service.
Additional information on ITS Mobile is available on www.itsmobile.co.za or from marketing@its.co.za.

Interactive Intelligence Announces Strong Finish to 2012

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  • Total orders up 119 percent from 2011 fourth quarter; increase of 48 percent for the year
  • Cloud-based orders quadruple from 2011 fourth quarter; more than double compared to previous year

Interactive Intelligence Group Inc., a global provider of unified IP business communications software and services, today announced preliminary results for its fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

“We had a remarkable end to a record year for orders and revenues in 2012,” said Interactive Intelligence founder and CEO, Dr. Donald Brown. “The business showed excellent growth across the board, with our fourth-quarter performance driven by sales momentum for both our cloud and premises-based offerings as we continue to gain share at the high end of the contact center market. We received an unprecedented 20 orders of over $1 million in the fourth quarter involving some of the largest companies in the world.

“Given our strong and growing pipeline of opportunities worldwide, we are maintaining our 2013 total order growth forecast of 20 percent and currently estimate that approximately 50 percent of these orders will be cloud-based.”

Highlights of orders include the following:

  • Total orders received during the fourth quarter of 2012 grew 119 percent year-over-year, with a 312 percent increase in cloud-based orders and a 68 percent increase in on-premises orders.
  • Cloud-based orders represented 39 percent of total orders received during the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Total orders for the full year of 2012 increased 48 percent from 2011, including an increase in cloud-based orders of 121 percent and growth of on-premises orders of 25 percent.
  • For 2012, cloud-based orders represented 35 percent of the total order mix and on-premises orders represented 65 percent.

The company currently expects to report total revenues for the 2012 fourth quarter between $70 million and $72 million, up approximately 21 to 24 percent year-over-year. For the full year of 2012, the company expects to report total revenues in the range of $237 million to $239 million, up approximately 13 to 14 percent year-over-year.

Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 7 to 10 percent for the fourth quarter of 2012, and between 3 and 4 percent for the full year of 2012.

Preliminary fourth-quarter and full year 2012 non-GAAP operating margins exclude stock-based compensation expense of approximately $1.7 million and $6.7 million, respectively, and purchase-related adjustment to revenue and amortization of intangibles of approximately $770,000 and $2.5 million, respectively.

The company has not completed preparation of its audited financial statements for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012. These preliminary results may be subject to adjustments and could change materially.

For the full year of 2013, based on the forecasted 20 percent order growth with cloud-based orders representing approximately 50 percent of total orders, the company expects 2013 revenues to be in the range of $285 million to $290 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 3 to 5 percent.

“We expect our non-GAAP operating margin to be in the low single digits in 2013 due to the rapid growth of our cloud-based orders and our further investments in cloud solutions and sales,” Brown said. “Interactive Intelligence is solidifying its position as a leader in the cloud-based contact center market, and we plan to extend that position by continuing to accelerate our pace of innovation in the coming year.”

Interactive Intelligence plans to issue its final fourth-quarter and full year 2012 results on Feb. 4, 2013 after the market closes and will host a conference call that day at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (EST) to review the company’s financial results and provide guidance for the first quarter and full year of 2013. The conference call will feature Dr. Brown and the company’s CFO, Stephen R. Head. A live Q&A session will follow opening remarks.

To access the teleconference, dial 1.877.324.1969 at least five minutes prior to the start of the call. Ask for the teleconference by the following name: “Interactive Intelligence fourth-quarter earnings call.”

The teleconference will also be broadcast live on the company’s investor relations’ page at http://investors.inin.com. An archive of the teleconference will be posted following the call.

Turn your forest of papers into paper money – ACTNET

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It has been proposed for some time that ever-improving technology would ultimately usher in the paperless office. However, as new technologies were introduced, the mounds of paper being generated in offices increased. It is in this sea of floating paperwork that we will find vital documents – documents that are critical to the lifeblood of any company. If they are not formulated, controlled and tracked properly, companies could suffer dire consequences.

With the right software management this paper process can be managed and users will literally be able to turn paper into “paper money”.

This is according to Nolan Sandham, managing director of ACTNET, the enterprise output management and content solution company.

Sandham said documents such as invoices and proof of delivery (POD) notes are “utterly vital pieces of paper” for any company – and needed to be formulated, issued and tracked with 100% efficiency”.

“While the inexorably advancement of technology has not brought with it the paperless office as we were promised many years ago – it has, nonetheless, introduced technologies such as barcodes and scanning applications that have enabled companies to effortlessly and efficiently navigate the vast amounts of paperwork.

He said it is possible, with certain software solutions, to “put a barcode on any piece of paper, be it an invoice or a POD – even if the company is running an old DOS-based computer system, printing to a dot matrix printer”.

“In fact, companies who are able to control their mountainous paper loads effectively – and ensure that all important documentation is formulated, dispatched and tracked efficiently – have an edge over their competitors. Lack of control in this particular ‘engine room’, can impact markedly on company’s revenue and profit.

“There is an old saying: ‘time is money’. Well, cutting back on the time spent managing mounds of paper is certainly a time-saving, and money-saving, pursuit. It is not just a hackneyed old adage.”

Sandham said that, to this end, ACTNET had announced some new and exciting developments to its Enterprise Document Delivery (EDD) solution – in a move designed to provide its customers with solutions that continue to meet the ever-changing document management needs of the market.

“One of the new features we have incorporated into our new version is a powerful scanning and indexing engine, which provides companies with a simple, yet versatile hosted electronic document archiving solution to handle all of their physical transactional documents.

“Since this new version substantially enhances our previous offering,” added Sandham, “we have changed its name from EDD to HammerEDD. HammerEDD has the ability to efficiently scan, index and capture transactional documents into a secure hosted archive solution.”

HammerEDD features include:

  • Document Linking: A link feature that can connect any number of documents sharing a common reference field. With the ability to have all electronic and scanned documents residing within the same archive, they can be cross-linked so that, for instance, scanned delivery notes can be linked to an invoice or invoices to a statement;
  • End User Web Portal: The provision of a secure Web portal that allows companies to access their required documents;
  • Interactive HTML: Delivering an encrypted document that is fully interactive provides a greatly enhanced customer experience, in that it empowers recipients with the ability to sort, import, export, and drill down into the details of that document;
  • Branding and Tracking: An updated branding and tracking facility that, for example, provides an analysis of recipient click-throughs on logos and hyperlinks included within the body of the e-mail, thus providing the ability to gauge the effectiveness of an e-mail campaign;
  • Multiple personalised attachments: HammerEDD enables companies to include multiple additional attachments that are personalised according to the recipient client’s personal details or user behaviour;
  • Reporting: A new set of management reporting options that details both access to the archive and to the actions and activities of users within the archive, which help to paint an accurate picture of administrator user trends and effectiveness of responses to customer queries.

“We are continually evolving our software solutions in order to make the day-to-day operations of our customers that much easier – and more profitable. While HammerEDD is used by a large number of South African corporate companies we are intent on introducing innovative elements that will continue to provide our customers with end-to-end document management solutions.”

Avanade And Nokia To Deliver Packaged Windows Phone 8 Devices

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Avanade®, a global business technology solutions and managed services provider, today announced an agreement with Nokia to create and deliver packaged Nokia Lumia devices, applications and services to large enterprise customers.

As consumer mobile technologies spread into the workplace, employees increasingly want to use their personal devices for business functions. In an Avanade survey, over half (54%) of C-level executives and IT decision-makers report the majority of their employees use smartphones for work functions such as email, web content and calendar invitations. Additionally, many employees (42%) now want to use their own devices for more complex, mission-critical tasks, such as content creation and customer relationship management (CRM), which drive productivity. But greater use of smart devices for business systems requires the development of specialised applications to enable seamless and secure integration.

Avanade and Nokia plan to deliver packaged offerings combining Avanade’s application development and system integration services, Microsoft technology and Nokia’s Lumia products and related services. Together with Accenture, Avanade and Nokia are also providing enterprise customers with Windows Phone and Microsoft infrastructure expertise to support the pilot adoption and testing of Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices through to production deployments.

Rudi Greyling, chief technology officer and innovation lead at Avanade South Africa, said, “There is a significant gap in the market for a new class of business-focused mobile services and solutions. Avanade and Nokia are working together to fill this gap; integrating Nokia Lumia smartphones built on Windows Phone 8, with business applications such as Microsoft Office, CRM and access to company information to improve collaboration, productivity and sales.”

As an example, Avanade and Nokia are helping a large UK bank to replace its current mobile device platform with Windows Phone 8, integrated with its Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint environments. They are also working with the bank to build a new corporate enterprise hub that will enable employees to access corporate business applications, content feeds and information relevant to the organisation, as well as user profiles and other Microsoft SharePoint content. Additionally, Avanade is implementing Mobile Device Management (MDM) to apply security policies to the devices thereby simplifying provisioning and enabling the distribution of corporate business applications directly to the devices.

Niko Mykkänen, global head of B2B Sales, at Nokia said, “The growth in the use of consumer devices at work has created opportunities for businesses, but also vulnerabilities that need to be addressed. Working together, Nokia and Avanade will create business solutions to meet the needs of the enterprise, as well as delivering the exciting user experience which people expect from today’s leading smartphones such as Nokia Lumia.”

Samsung invites people to discover the world of possibilities at CES 2013

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Depth of innovation demonstrated by the company’s UHD TV with a large screen size, NX300 Camera and 45mm 2D/3D lens, T-9000 LCD refrigerator and Series 7 Chronos PC

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled new products and services that define its vision for the consumer electronics industry, where technology enables consumers to discover the world of possibilities.

Presenting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Samsung revealed its goal of creating new experiences for all, through its deep understanding of consumers’ lives and its relentless pursuit of discovery.

“From motion and voice control in TVs, to 10-point multi-touch screens on tablets and smartphones, we have created new, more human ways for people and devices to interact,” said BK Yoon, president of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division. “This year, our goal is to help people discover a world of possibilities. We aim to delight them, bringing not just what they expect, but what they’d never dreamed was possible.”

Delivering on this promise, Samsung unveiled a new paradigm in television, smart appliances, connected cameras and mobile devices. Sharing innovations from different areas of its business, Samsung has reinvigorated the consumer electronics market with seamless navigation, intuitive control and personalised user experiences.

Understanding that consumers want TVs that can stay current with the latest features, Samsung also announced its 2013 Evolution Kit, an innovative way of having the latest Smart TV offerings without having to buy a new television set.

Samsung’s complete portfolio will be on display at Samsung’s booth (#12004) in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Creating the Ultimate Lean Back Experience
Samsung opened a new world of possibilities in home entertainment this year, introducing a full line up of larger screen TVs, including its first 85-inch Ultra High Definition TV (UHD TV) and its flagship Smart TV, the F8000 LED TV. Building on its already extensive content offering and Smart TV platform leadership, Samsung also introduced the most personalised TV viewing experience ever created: S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction technologies.

For the first time at CES, Samsung unveiled its new UHD TV with a large screen size. Blending technology and craftsmanship to create a ‘Timeless Gallery Design,’ Samsung’s UHD TV offers four times the pixels available on existing 1080p resolution, to deliver greater detail, unmatched clarity and an immersive, vivid picture quality. It also provides an audio experience to match its screen excellence; 120-watt array speakers are seamlessly built into the frame of the television.

Offering a whole new world of viewing experience, using content available today, the UHD TV features an up-scaling algorithm that is capable of up-converting HD and Full HD content to UHD resolution.

Samsung’s new flagship F8000 LED TV is the first Samsung television to feature a quad-core processor. Available in sizes up to 75-inches, the F8000 features an ultra-thin profile, a quarter-inch thick bezel and a half-moon shaped Arc stand.

Samsung is the first TV brand to offer support for the new high compression video codec, HEVC, which delivers double the video quality over the same bandwidth.

Introducing the next Evolution in Televisions
Each of Samsung’s newest televisions provides a whole new world of possibilities in search, navigation and control. Samsung’s S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction technology is a personal guide to discovering new and preferred content on Samsung Smart TVs.

Analysing a user’s viewing history and the popularity and release dates of TV programmes, S-Recommendation will create a personalised menu of on-air, on-demand and app content for each viewer.

Samsung’s improved Voice Interaction technology will change what people think is possible from a television; it is now capable of understanding full sentences and natural language. Coupled with S-Recommendation, viewers can ask the Smart TV for movie and TV show suggestions or request films that feature specific actors or actresses. Searches aggregate relevant results from all available on-air, on-demand or app services.

This advanced user experience has been expanded to smartphones and tablets, thanks to Samsung’s leadership in connectivity. Viewers can search and schedule content on a tablet, view content remotely or mirror the Smart TV on a tablet to take the content with them around the home.

Samsung’s new Smart Hub intelligently organises a viewer’s content into clear, intuitive menu pages. Drawing on Samsung’s mobile leadership, the navigation experience is reminiscent of that found on its smartphones. The five pages include: On TV; Movies & TV Shows; Photos, Videos & Music; Social; Apps.

Additionally, Samsung delivered on its 2012 CES promise of bringing the next evolution of TVs with the introduction of its 2013 Evolution Kit. By simply adding the Evolution Kit to a Samsung Smart TV, users can have access to the latest Samsung Smart TV offerings. Owners of compatible TVs will be able to benefit from S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction, the new Smart Hub, as well as the quad core support of the 2013 range.

Creating Smarter, Connected Homes
Samsung’s latest home appliance products deliver unrivalled convenience, ease of use and organisation for consumers. The new Samsung T9000 LCD Refrigerator allows users to adjust the freezer and fridge space based on need, while the new Samsung Top Loader Washing Machine, WA50F, provides an extremely large capacity in its category.

This year, Samsung has redefined the French door refrigerator category, making kitchens smarter and more convenient, as well as offering clever ways to keep the kitchen organised. With a 32 cu. ft. capacity, the Samsung T9000 LCD Refrigerator offers large storage space for consumers. Providing greater flexibility and convenience for users, the lower compartment can also be transformed from refrigerator to freezer and back again as desired.

Capturing Images for Every Moment
Samsung is staying true to its SMART CAMERA vision, delivering the latest and greatest camera technology and driving change in the digital imaging landscape. As the newest addition to its NX-range, the NX300 blends exceptional image quality and capture capabilities with increased speed and shot control.

The NX300 is complemented by the Samsung’s NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, the first one-lens 3D system for a consumer camera, capable of capturing both still pictures and full 1080p HD video. This new lens opens up an exciting world of 3D imaging possibilities and makes the Samsung NX Series the only interchangeable lens camera supporting both 3D still and 3D movie.

Central to the NX300’s outstanding imaging performance is its new 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, capable of capturing high quality images for every user. A newly designed Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system delivers fast, accurate phase and contrast detection, while the 1/6000 second shutter speed and 8.6fps continuous shooting mode ensures every moment is captured perfectly. Also, Samsung’s unique DRIMe IV imaging engine provides outstanding developments in speed and quality photography and enables better color reproduction and greater noise reduction. Support for full 1080p HD video capture in both 2D and 3D—when combined with Samsung’s new 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens—is also available through the DRIMe IV engine capabilities.

For a seamless photography experience, the NX300’s 84mm (3.31 inch) AMOLED screen comes complete with a tilt display allowing cherished memories to be captured from any angle, high and low, while making it effortless to review images. Completing the intuitive feel for the NX300 camera, the distinct AMOLED screen is hybrid with touch screen capabilities and 5-way manual key interface.

In addition to the SMART CAMERA capabilities of the NX300, Samsung also today announced the launch of a new line of connected compact cameras: the WB250F/WB200F, the WB800F, WB30F, DV150F and ST150F. As new additions to the WB series of long-zoom models, DV series of Dual View cameras and ST series of Style Feature cameras, the new devices combine high optical performance and classic style with the enhanced connectivity of SMART CAMERA.

Combining Design, Performance for Hands-on Computing
Samsung’s PC line-up for CES consists of two new devices that combine powerful performance with design excellence. The powerful new Series 7 Chronos and the portable Series 7 Ultra Notebook are equipped to handle both work and entertainment applications.

The new Series 7 Chronos delivers a professional performance in a thinner and lighter form factor, with a quad-core performance, as well as a new software solution called RAM accelerator, which provides up to a 150 percent increase in speed for browsing and running apps, to act as a true desktop replacement. Its 15.6-inch Full HD display meets both work and entertainment demands. Matching power with style, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is just 20.9 millimeters thick; and with a back-lit keyboard and 11-hour battery life it lets users work on-the-go, longer.

The Samsung Series 7 Ultra embodies superior mobility and performance in an ultra-slim and light, full aluminium body. Combining an eight hour battery life, a beautiful 13.3-inch Full HD display with a 10-point touch screen, aluminium frame, a i5 / i7 CPU for fast-processing and up to 256GB SSD of storage, this PC provides the computing power required by even the most demanding users; and like the Series 7 Chronos, it will run on Windows 8.

Samsung TecTiles™ Take Over Las Vegas
Samsung is also helping people explore a world of possibilities while in Las Vegas. The company has partnered with Caesars Entertainment to install more than 4,500 interactive Samsung TecTiles™ (NFC tags) throughout eight of its world-renowned hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. These TecTiles™ are designed to provide consumers with a virtual concierge service, offering shortcuts to gaming stats and playing tips, restaurant hours and reservations, show times and video clips, and shopping hours and discounts.

For more information about Samsung TecTiles™, go to www.samsung.com/us/tectiles.

Empowering the B2B Market
Samsung also announced the results of its joint study with research leaders IDG regarding the attitudes of IT executives and consumers toward ‘bring-your-own-device (BYOD)’ to work policies. The results revealed that an overwhelming majority of IT executives believe that BYOD programmes will become standard in business within the next two years, and consumers expect the mobile device to be the primary computing device for work within five years.

Understanding that the success of such BYOD programmes depends on whether hardware and software providers can address the security concerns of IT executives, Samsung has launched its Samsung For Enterprise (SaFE) program, which is comprised of security standards that will help companies to find mobile devices that are safe to use. SaFE devices provide immediate business benefits such as advanced data features and device-based verification.

SaFE is Samsung’s commitment to the B2B market. It’s a comprehensive suite of security standards, apps, on-device encryption, VPNs and mobile device management solutions. With the development of SaFE, Samsung is simplifying mobile device administration and removing concerns about the fragmentation of the Android platform.

E-commerce forecast for 2013

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In the lead-up to the festive season shopping period at the end of last year, ecommerce experts were optimistic about the number of online shoppers who would forego the crowded malls in exchange for buying gifts online. The statistics show that the experts were correct in their predictions.

CEO of Loot.co.za, Gary Hadfield, comments: “We saw significant growth over the Christmas shopping period, most notably in areas like toys and electronics, the latter of which showed exponential growth of over 80%.”

Devices like tablets are particularly fast sellers – a fact which is interestingly mirrored by the fact that 10% of Loot.co.za’s traffic over the Christmas period came from mobile devices.

So, what do the 2012 online shopping statistics tell us about trends to watch in 2013?

For one thing, the increase in online shopping indicates a growing confidence amongst consumers in the whole online shopping experience. A big part of that customer experience is delivery of purchases. South Africa has seen vast improvements in last mile delivery, with the bar being raised in this area particularly during 2012.

“One of the reasons that people have been reluctant to shop online in the past has been the worry that their purchases will not be delivered on time,” says Hadfield. “Successful delivery across the board is proving to customers that online shopping is an increasingly attractive and hassle-free option. At Loot, we achieved a 98% on-time delivery record throughout the Christmas period.”

Another trend that is predicted to have an increasing impact on ecommerce is a growing reliance on peer recommendations via social networking and reviews.

“Consumers are increasingly using reviews to assist them in making purchase decisions,” notes Hadfield, “And this will gain a lot of momentum in the coming year.”

This trend does not yet have the same kind of sway in South Africa as it does in the United States, where over 70% of purchase decisions are informed by reviews on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as customer reviews on blogs or ecommerce sites themselves. However, trends indicate that that is all about to change as internet penetration and participation increases in South Africa.

“The role of social media in ecommerce is something which cannot be underestimated,” says Hadfield. “Our Facebook page allows us direct and instant contact with customers on a daily basis, and has now reached over 21 000 fans. We have also recently launched some Pinterest competitions, which have been very successful.”

As more and more people are enticed into the World Wide Web – and the world of online shopping – ecommerce is becoming an increasingly interesting space in which to play, and definitely a space worth watching.

XDSL launches SA’s first 25, 50 and 100Mbps broadband fibre offering

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XDLS, a local Internet Service Provider (ISP), has announced the immediate availability of South Africa’s first super fast broadband fibre offering. With speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps), 50Mbps and 100Mbps available, more than 10Mbps faster than existing options, XDSL is meeting customer demand for more capacity and more speed to keep up with ever evolving technology in an always-on, always connected business environment.

“As more and more applications and services move into the cloud and the volumes of data that need to be uploaded and downloaded increase, the demand for data capacity and speed is continuing to grow. Hosted services too are gaining traction, another area that relies on stable, high-speed connectivity. XDSL is meeting this demand head-on with a range of affordable, super fast, stable broadband fibre offerings which allow for high speed upload and download to enable organisations to take full advantage of both cloud and hosted offerings,” explains Danie Fourie, Director, XDSL.

“Broadband fibre offers real-time, synchronous and low latency connectivity, ideal for IP services including VoIP, hosted PBX and a range of other technologies. By offering speeds of between 25Mbps and 100Mbps we are opening up the market to a range of solutions and services. By utilising fibre optic cable rather than copper, our broadband fibre offering also ensures that cable theft, signal deterioration and latency issues are no longer a problem, and that connectivity can be established at greater distances from the exchange,” he adds.

XDSL’s high-speed broadband fibre offering will be delivered as a contended service in order to ensure maximum capacity utilisation and optimised cost. XDSL guarantees a maximum of 10 to one contention ratio with minimum levels of 70% of advertised speeds at all times. With these contention rates however, users can expect an average of up to 90% effective speeds.

Pricing on the solutions varies depending on the broadband speed required, the availability of last mile connectivity as well as the operator fibre in use for the last mile.

Metro Fibre pricing excluding VAT:

  • 25Mbps – R15 500 per month
  • 50Mbps – R27 250 per month

Metro Ethernet pricing excluding VAT:

  • 25Mbps – R21 950 per month
  • 50Mbps – R37 150 per month
  • 100Mbps – R64 370 per month

“Our high-speed broadband offering is ideal for any business with high data traffic and capacity requirements, from large corporates to smaller and medium enterprises. The reality is that demand for traffic continues to grow and we are catering to this demand with our new offering. We will also still be offering 15Mbps and lower broadband to cater to the needs of a less bandwidth-intensive market,” Fourie concludes.

XDSL’s 25Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps broadband offerings are available immediately.

The netbook is dead. Long live the netbook.

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When the netbook was launched in 2007 it was heralded by some quarters as the future of mobile computing, but it seems that, after only a few years, its rise to popularity has been brief – with manufacturers finally deciding to call the it quits.

But some users are still likely to enter 2013 hankering after some of the netbook’s more alluring features, said Christopher Riley, managing director of laptop and accessories retailer, The Notebook Company.

“The immense popularity of tablets have all but wiped out the netbook. In fact, tablets like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy are playing havoc with laptop sales as well,” said Riley. “We are selling far more iPads then we are laptops – and we don’t see this trend abating any time soon.”

But Riley believes there will still be “more than a few” users who might just hanker for “parts of” the once-popular netbook.

“Tablets and ultrabooks have taken a huge bite out of netbook sales, sending them into a freefall, with manufacturers deciding to pull the plug. But I don’t believe that users have completely forgotten their usefulness and there are certain elements of the netbook that users still like.”

Riley said for those users hankering after the netbook there are some cost-effective alternatives still available.

“While tablets are thinner, lighter and easier to use on the move, tablets struggle when it comes to productivity. Using a keyboard is still the easiest and quickest way to complete Word documents and spreadsheets. But there are still some products out there that offer the best of both worlds,” said Riley.

Riley cited products such as the Asus Transformer Pad. He said the 10.1 inch screen on this unit is the same size as most netbooks and, once the attachable keyboard is clipped on, it even looks like one.

Riley also highlighted the Apple iPad 2 as a nice alternative to a netbook. “It might not be the newest of the iPads, but it is a good alternative to those users who liked their netbooks. Wi-Fi only units are available from around R3 300, excluding import costs, leaving the user with some money to put towards a keyboard.

Then there is the Microsoft Surface RT, which, at around R3 500 (excluding import costs) might be a tad on the high side for old netbook users – but it does offer the necessary features and functionality for play and work.

Another alternative is the Google Chromebooks – which Riley suggests might be the “alternative netbooks for 2013”. There are only two choices here – one from Samsung and one from Acer. But, according to Riley, “these are lightweight laptops at a more affordable price” (around $200).

“They look and feel similar to a netbook, although they run on the Google Chrome operating system, which is not at all bad.”

So while the netbook might have gone to that computer cloud in the sky, their legacy, it seems, still lingers on. If only in alternative units.

Various Artists : Super Dance Megamix 5

By admin, 9 stycznia, 2013, No Comment
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