Archive for Wrzesień, 2013

Ideal for the mobile warrior, new Verbatim tablet cases and wireless mouses

By admin, 18 września, 2013, No Comment

Mobility is on the increase and DCC is meeting this trend with the introduction of Verbatim’s latest mobile offering including the iPad Mini and Galaxy Note tablet covers as well as the Verbatim GO NANO wireless mouse.

“The Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPad markets are growing steadily in the South African market and with the uptake of these products, users need to ensure their tablets are protected from daily knocks and scratches. Having the best cover for your tablet is essential and ensures your device is protected while still looking great. Verbatim’s GO NANO wireless mouse also caters for the mobile workforce eliminating those pesky cables when travelling with your laptop and mouse,” says Ruben Naicker, Verbatim Product Specialist at DCC.

The iPad Mini case is made of lightweight and durable material, ensuring your device is always protected without weighing it down. To keep your tablet screen clean and free from smudges, the case features Micro Suede lining. The SmartStand allows you to stand your tablet horizontally while the rubberised non-slip material, SecureGrip, assists you to hold your iPad Mini securely.

The Galaxy Note tablet covers are available in both 7-inch and 10.1-inch versions catering to both sizes and are ideal for the business user. The SmartStand allows you to view your documents in landscape while the design of the tablet ensures you have access to all ports with ease. A magnetic fastening clasp also ensures that your tablet remains closed.

Verbatim’s GO NANO wireless mouse includes NANO receiver storage which is similar to a USB chip that allows you to store data on the receiver and insert it into the mouse for safe storage. The NANO receiver, when inserted into the laptop, enables the mouse to become wireless and is small enough to plug in once and leave connected. A sleek contoured comfort grip ensures that the mouse is comfortable for both right and left handed people and the wireless performance ensures there is no cursor movement delay.

Says Naicker, “The new products from Verbatim and DCC enhance mobile users’ experience and deliver protection, good looks and convenience. While the Galaxy tablet case is available in a black and is suited to a business user, the iPad Mini cover and GO NANO mouse are available in a wide array of colours to suit every individual’s needs,” says Naicker.

The iPad Mini and Galaxy Note tablet covers are available from DCC immediately. The iPad Mini cover is available in Aqua Blue, Pebble Grey, Tangerine Orange, Mint Green and Bubblegum Blue at a recommended retail price of R175.00 inclusive of VAT. The Galaxy Note cover retails for approximately R250.00 inclusive of VAT. Get the Go NANO mouse is available in Black, Hot Pink, Caribbean Blue and Volcanic Orange at a recommended retail price of R178.00 inclusive of VAT.

Planning for a post-SharePoint world

By admin, 18 września, 2013, No Comment

On-premises SharePoint is slowly on its way out, says Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann – and companies had better start preparing for a cloud-based future.

“28% of companies use SharePoint across their entire workforce,” says Mann, “and if you only count companies where at least half the staff are using it once a week or more, that number climbs to 70%.”

But, adds Mann, “hardly anybody likes it”. When it comes to user experience, SharePoint scores low on ease of use, the amount of ongoing management it requires, and the fact that content isn’t easy to migrate between systems.”

The problem facing Microsoft, says Mann, is that SharePoint has become a victim of its own success: “It’s become too big, too complex and too hard to manage and upgrade, especially since in many organisations it’s highly customised. It takes three to five years to develop and test a new version, and then another year or two before most businesses take the plunge and install it. As a result, many people are using versions of SharePoint that are least four years old.”

Meanwhile, more agile cloud-based rivals benefit from much shorter upgrade cycles – and users are noticing the difference.

The only solution for Microsoft, says Mann, is to take SharePoint to the cloud – and that this is exactly what is happening. “Killing on-premises SharePoint makes sense for Microsoft and ultimately for its customers as well,” he says. “It will deliver a better user experience, at potentially lower cost for the client, while also ensuring steadier revenues for Microsoft.”

One of the game-changers, says Mann, is Microsoft’s 2012 purchase of enterprise social networking platform Yammer. “Yammer and SharePoint overlap and complement each other in several ways; there are strong signs that whatever evolution SharePoint undergoes as it becomes more cloud-based will be strongly influenced by Yammer.”

The bottom line, says Mann, is that “SharePoint on-premises is slowly on its way out; it’s become an evolutionary dead end. The installed base is so large that Microsoft will of course keep supporting it; but upgrades will be slower coming, and users shouldn’t expect the newest or the greatest functionality. The main focus of development will shift to the cloud.”

Meanwhile, he says, “SharePoint Online will develop much more quickly, to the point where it’s most useful to think of them as two separate products – and the gap will continue to widen.”

CIOs should develop long-range plans for a post-SharePoint world now, advises Mann. “I would hold back on upgrades and new development and choose the cloud option whenever I need to add new functionality,” he says. “Microsoft may or may not provide an easy way forward, but for anyone who’s invested heavily in customisation it will never be painless.”

IBM start up programme to fuel local tech innovation

By admin, 18 września, 2013, No Comment

Entrepreneur Programme gains traction with funding and opportunity for tech entrepreneurs

IBM South Africa today announced its second annual Tech Start Up Smart Camp under IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program . The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program is a $150 million investment fund and program intended to build entrepreneurs and new business opportunities. Aimed at start-ups that are privately held, have been in business for five years or less and are actively engaged in developing a software based product or service, it helps qualifying early stage entrepreneurs capture emerging business opportunities at speed.

Clayton Booysen, ISV and Developer Relations Lead for IBM South Africa says the response to the programme which was introduced in South Africa last year has been very positive, with more than 20 African start-ups already accepted onto the programme.

The programme highlight – the SmartCamp – judges the best start-up company in different cities around the globe, rewarding the winners with mentoring, services, access to industry experts and deeper partnership opportunities from IBM, venture capital firms and industry partners.

In just three years, the SmartCamp program is having tremendous success. Past Smart Camp participants have received more than $115 million in Venture Capital and Angel funding following their work with IBM.

The 2013 IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year – Kenyan based – Mobile Decisioning (MoDe) – entered the programme as a provider of nano-credit for pre-paid mobile phone users across Africa and in just 12 months has quickly scaled to leverage more than 30 global business opportunities. The benefit of IBM monitoring and partnership with IBM’s partners has provided business and technical exposure across three continents and sets the stage for MoDe to become a global company itself.

The Smart Camp event, in partnership with Tech4Africa , is being held in Johannesburg on 9 and 10 October 2013. It will bring together the finalist entrepreneurs together with investors and experienced mentors who want to build a Smarter Planet.

“Adding fuel to these companies spark of innovation means we help these startup companies bring technologies that tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues – such as healthcare, water management and efficient energy resources – to market faster. At the same time we strengthen our ability in new technology areas such as cloud, mobile and big data analytics,” adds Booysen.

There are no fees to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur program, and a start-up can remain in the program for up to three years to meet the requirements. For more information on registering for the programme visit: : www.ibm.com/isv/startup

Learn more about the upcoming IBM SmartCamp in Johannesburg, South Africa – 9-10 Oct 2013 http://t.co/pvyHvY8TAa #IBM

To read more on Smart Camp please see the Smart Camp blog : http://ibmsmartcamp.com/

Cell C and TRACE on the hunt for SA’s hot musical talent

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

Cell C is pleased to unveil its partnership with one of South Africa’s most popular music channels, TRACE Urban, in a bid to unlock SA’s musical talent.

With over six million viewers monthly and the accolade of the Sunday Times Generation Next award for “coolest music channel” four years in a row, TRACE Urban is the ideal partner for Cell C to not only reach the much sought after youth market, but also create a platform for aspiring South African singers to showcase their talent.

The partnership kicked off on Sunday 15 September with the launch of the TRACE Stars competition sponsored by Cell C and in partnership with Nokia, which will run until 8 November. The competition is only open to Cell C subscribers, and numbers ported to Cell C will be eligible for entry.

“Cell C is pleased to be able to show South Africa the wealth of talent that exists within our shores. We couldn’t have chosen a better partner to do this with than TRACE Urban,” says Jose Dos Santos, Cell C Chief Commercial Officer.

“This competition demonstrates TRACE’s strong commitment towards South Africa’s rising stars. We know for sure that South Africa has great music talents. With TRACE Stars it has never been so easy to enter a music competition and possibly become the next big star,” says Olivier Laouchez, CEO of TRACE

For the next three months, Cell C customers can call 084 12 TRACE (0841287223 – at 99c per minute on per second billing) where they can record their song. Tracks should be no longer than two minutes. Within 24 hours, their song will then be uploaded to the Web site and mobi site where the public can go and rate their tunes. The aspiring artists will also be able to link their songs to their social media pages.

The ten best entries will be selected by a panel of judges and will be announced on 15 November. These ten finalists will be promoted on TRACE urban and the Web. The public will vote for their favourite entry by SMS and the winner will be announced at a Grand Finale event on December 21st in the presence of Wyclef Jean, who will be the President of the jury.

The winner will walk away with a prize valued at over R500 000, which includes: R100 000 in cash; a recording contract with Universal Music; a trip to the US to be mentored by Wyclef Jean; and the production of his/her own music video.

For more information visit www.tracestars.co.za, www.cellc.co.za/tracestars or www.cellc/mobi/tracestars

 

Zensar, Kapela Holdings and The Tomorrow Trust join hands in South Africa

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

The new Company aims for multi-segment leadership by 2017

Zensar Technologies Ltd has announced yesterday that an agreement has been entered into with a majority black owned investment business Kapela Fund 1 (Kapela) and The Tomorrow Trust to set up a new Broad Based Black Economic Empowered company in South Africa. Zensar will be the majority shareholder of the Company expanding Zensar’s presence in South Africa with services in many areas to new customer segments.

Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies, says: “This new Company reiterates our commitment to South Africa and its transformational agenda will help consolidate our leadership in the region. We have had an extraordinarily successful decade of operations in South Africa and established leadership in providing technology solutions to the Banking, Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing and Mining sector. This venture will help us expand our footprint into Government contracts and also enhance our standing in the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) code of the Government.”

Speaking to the Press, Israel Skosana, Executive Chairman of Kapela Holdings said, “We are delighted to partner with one of India’s IT leaders to establish a trailblazing venture in our country. Zensar has established an excellent reputation in the South African corporate sector and we will work jointly for both Public and Private Sector projects.”

The Board of the Company will have representation from Zensar, Kapela and The Tomorrow Trust.

Kim Feinberg, CEO of The Tomorrow Trust said, “The Tomorrow Trust is a perfect partner in this very important BEE deal. We are ensuring that we have youth who are educated up in order to be proactive participants in both our economy and society. For business to succeed we have to make sure that education is a priority in our country. Zensar has acknowledged and has committed to this fact and therefore has partnered with us to make sure that this indeed happens. Our synergies with bursaries and leadership will be highlighted and developed, creating sustainable impact. The Tomorrow Trust Board of Trustees and I are all very excited about this deal.”

Harish Lala, Vice President and Africa Region Head, Zensar said, “In line with Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) framework, Zensar launched its Learnership Development Program (LDP) and has been identifying local students from the PDI community in South Africa and training them in both South Africa and India. We are pleased that over eighty of them have already joined the workforce. The new Company will widen and deepen these partnerships for community development and reinforce our ‘Proudly South African’ vision for the country.”

The Learnership Development Program primarily equips students with crucial IT skills, such as software development and testing to ensure they are eligible for quality jobs. Sarvesh Batta who heads the initiative said, “Our aim is to home grow skills to service local Zensar clients in South Africa and also across Africa and increase our global capacity. By building a globally competent IT workforce, we can be part of the development of a world-class IT industry in South Africa.”

The South Africa program is part of Zensar’s Centre of Excellence (COE) initiatives around the world focused on training local students to join the workforce.

Dr Natarajan said, “The objective of the COE programme is to enable IT workforce development and facilitate the creation of global clusters of services-oriented competence across the world. The programme focuses on familiarising students with services-oriented solution patterns, processes, problems and pressures so that we have access to a pool of globally employable talent. We are expanding the initiative to UK and USA in the current financial year. The programme is not just about local skills development, but it is also a strategic initiative given Zensar’s future plans in South Africa. We see this country as a potential centre for research, education and software development, and plan to invest significantly in developing global delivery capabilities here. This will be an important hub of development activities for all our new markets in the coming years.”

 

Employee missteps among top causes of data theft

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

Employee error is one of the main causes of internal IT security incidents which lead to the leakage of confidential corporate data, according to the findings of the Global Corporate IT Security Risks 2013 survey conducted by B2B International in collaboration with Kaspersky Lab in 2013.

Although vulnerabilities in software used by company staff in their daily duties is one of the top reasons behind internal IT security incidents (with 35% of companies in South Africa reporting this issue), the volume of different types of incidents taking place due to staff errors is equally high. Four out of five types of internal IT security incidents that took place at companies were closely related to erroneous employee actions.

Approximately 24% of respondents locally reported leaks that took place as a result of employee mistakes. A slightly higher number of companies – 36% – reported incidents involving the loss or theft of mobile devices at the fault of an employee. Intentional leaks were committed by employees at 14% of the companies participating in the survey. Incidents were caused by incorrect use of mobile devices (via mobile email clients or text messaging) at 20% of the companies surveyed.

At the same time, an average of 10% of respondents locally reported that employee actions were the cause of leakages of critically confidential information pertaining to company operations. Most often, leakages of critically sensitive data occurred when employees were at fault over the loss or theft of mobile devices – 12% of respondents reported these types of incidents in 2013.

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These types of incidents can be eliminated – or at least the risk can be minimised – by taking a set of measures, including educating employees about IT threats, and developing, putting into place, and overseeing the enforcement of appropriate security policies within the company. Another key step is the use of specialised security solutions, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business.

As a top-quality security platform, this Kaspersky Lab product includes a component that protects both desktop computers and mobile devices, and also offers the ability to effectively manage them. The possibilities offered by this platform provide not only a top level of security for a corporation’s IT infrastructure, it will also help enforce a company’s IT security policies, and even compensate for them in the event that no such policies are in place.

Increased connectivity places SA consumers at greater risk of financial scams

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

The price war among local broadband providers, and the surge in volumes of mobile devices in South Africa, has meant increasing numbers of South Africans are enjoying wider access to the Internet. But it also places consumers at greater risk of becoming potential victims of financial scams.

This is according to Kevin Hurwitz, Chief Executive Officer at Wonga.com South Africa, who says cybercrime is becoming an increasing problem globally, and is becoming more prominent in South Africa as more people become connected. “As a result, it is imperative that people are aware of how to identify scams, in order to avoid being financially defrauded.”

The RSA Anti-Phishing service recorded a total of 1,942 new phishing attacks in South Africa for the first half of 2012, equating to an estimated financial loss of R71 million. In addition to this, the Symantec Intelligence Report for June 2012 identified South Africa as the second-most targeted country globally, with one in 170.9 emails identified as phishing attacks.

“It makes sense that South Africa has become a significant target for cybercriminals, as we have the largest Internet connectivity on the continent,” says Hurwitz.

Much has been said recently about phishing scams in particular, however there are many other scams that don’t involve phishing but are equally dangerous to consumers.

Hurwitz explains that various scams are used by criminals to illegally obtain personal information – such as bank account details, ID numbers, passwords and usernames. These are often sent electronically by individuals posing as legitimate entities, in order to conduct financial fraud. “Consumers are fooled into providing personal details, or depositing money into fraudulent accounts, based on the assumption that these communications are authentic.”

Hurwitz says that there are currently two primary channels used to conduct what is known as ‘advance fee scams’, namely email and SMS. “These communications are designed to look real and can easily trick consumers into financial losses.”

He says anyone receiving an unsolicited email or SMS which appears to come from a legitimate source, but requests personal information, should contact that organisation directly to verify that the communication is authentic, before taking any actions. Consumers who potentially fall victim to these scams are likely to ignore warnings about phishing, because they don’t generally transact online, so don’t believe the warnings relate to them.

According to Hurwitz, another popular type of scam currently doing the rounds involves people receiving an SMS (or email) claiming that they have won money, but in order to receive the funds they need to send their banking details, or deposit money into an account. “No official organisation would ask for personal details in this manner, or request money to be deposited in order to receive a prize, so everyone should immediately be suspicious of this type of communication.”

“With the number of innovative scams growling on a monthly basis, it is imperative that consumers are more vigilant about verifying any communication relating to financial matters before giving out personal information or making payments. After all, it is their identity and financial well-being they need to protect.”

Hurwitz provides the following advice to avoid falling victim to financial scams:

  • When an email or SMS requests personal details or payment,  contact the organisation directly to verify the authenticity of the communication
  • Never provide or verify personal details via SMS or unsecure websites (In order to identify a secure website, an image of a lock will appear on the browser status bar or the URL will read “https” as opposed to “http”)
  • Never deposit money into a bank account, especially a private bank account, unless the communication has been verified with a legitimate organisation
  • Never click on links, download files or open attachments from unknown sources
  • Never enter personal information on a pop-up screen – a legitimate organisation will never request details like this
  • Check bank statements regularly to ensure no unauthorised transactions have taken place

Accenture and Oracle launch strategic initiative to deliver data center transformation solutions

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

New dedicated Accenture team to focus on accelerated data center optimization

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Oracle are launching a multi-year strategic initiative to bring the performance and flexibility of Oracle Engineered Systems to clients more quickly and cost-effectively. Accenture has created a set of solutions incorporating Oracle Engineered Systems into Accenture’s leading data center transformation consulting and outsourcing services. These solutions allow clients to ready their data centers to manage, process and analyze the huge amounts of data being generated in a digital world, and at the same time help reduce total cost of data center ownership through significant consolidation of servers, storage and networking components.

Accenture has formed a team of over 300 consultants who combine their experience with proprietary and field-tested methodologies and tools to help simplify solution implementation, increase productivity and improve the stability of data centers. For example, the new solutions can help reduce the effort and cost of migrating any vendor database to an Oracle Engineered Systems platform, which can lower cost of ownership by up to 50 percent1.

The Accenture team will be supported by Oracle Enterprise Architects and dedicated Oracle Engineered Systems engineers, who will help deliver and support the solutions while accelerating time to value for clients and reducing deployment risk.

“This is a major step forward for Accenture and Oracle clients who have already started to experience the power of these solutions in reinventing the data center and creating a cost-effective, agile, high performing infrastructure – an important and fundamental milestone in building and supporting a digital business,” said Marty Cole, group chief executive for Accenture’s Technology growth platform. “We are seeing an increasing number of clients recognizing the value of virtualizing their databases and taking advantage of the cost and performance benefits delivered by these solutions.”

Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, pre-integrate hardware and software to reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructures while increasing productivity and performance.

“Our job is to help our customers simplify their IT and use technology to drive business innovation,” said Oracle President Mark Hurd. “Collaboration between Oracle and Accenture allows our organizations to work even more effectively with customers toward these objectives.”

With its extensive capabilities in the entire portfolio of Oracle’s hardware and software offerings, Accenture has built a number of assets to complement Oracle Engineered Systems. The recently announced Accenture Center of Excellence for Oracle Engineered Systems, for instance, brings together Accenture’s functional and industry experience with leading Oracle technologies. Before making a significant investment, clients can test their workloads on Oracle Engineered Systems to get a picture of how a similar setup can accelerate their enterprise applications and strengthen analytics capabilities for performance and business benefit. Additionally, the Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle, which helps clients accelerate deployments on Oracle Fusion Middleware, has been established on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

“In our ongoing work with Accenture, in 2011, we implemented both Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Retail Fusion Client on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Machine for our enterprise architecture. This provided a platform for Edcon to provide a scalable and cost effective Oracle platform. Accenture continues to manage our Oracle applications and were the first to go live and run Oracle’s full Fusion Middleware stack on Exalogic and OVM in production. They have delivered beyond the benefits and value we expected and have proven to have the relevant experience to help us derive greater value from our Oracle solutions,” said Henri Slabbert, Chief Information Officer, Edcon.

Accenture and Oracle are also investing in, working on and implementing transformational industry-specific solutions that utilize Oracle Engineered Systems. For example, the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud helps clients analyze enormous amounts of clinical data to improve overall development and enhancements of pharmaceuticals, and the Accenture Public Service Platform is a private cloud solution that accelerates implementations of systems for health reform.

Accenture has one of the fastest-growing Oracle enterprise solutions practices among full-service integrators, with more than 52,000 consultants around the world qualified to provide implementation, upgrade and outsourcing solutions for the Oracle product suite. This initiative combines the power of this organization with Accenture’s market-leading Technology Consulting practice consisting of approximately 16,000 infrastructure specialists who have a 20+ year track record in delivering complex infrastructure transformations on a global scale. Accenture is a Diamond level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) – the highest level available in OPN – and has completed 46 Specializations.

 

Mustek recognised at Huawei Enterprise’s Annual Business Awards ceremony

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

Mustek, the country’s largest assembler and distributor of personal computers and complementary ICT products has been awarded Huawei Enterprise’s Best Distributor of the Year for Internet Protocol (IP) at the company’s annual awards ceremony, held on 12 September 2013 in Johannesburg. The IP category includes all Huawei Enterprise’s router, switching, wireless and security products.

Siobhan Hanvey, Huawei Business Unit Manager at Mustek says, “The acknowledgement of this award bears testimony to the strong dedication we at Mustek have to the Huawei Enterprise brand, ranging from our focus on ensuring a strongly skilled team, as well as our drive to educate the market about the strengths of Huawei’s Enterprise brand and its outstanding products. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their considerable role in assisting us to achieve this recognition from Huawei Enterprise.”

Mustek has a full service team dedicated to Huawei Enterprise, spanning pre-sales support all the way to sales specialists for Huawei Enterprise’s products. Significant emphasis is placed on reseller education, whereby Mustek hosts Huawei Enterprise product sales training sessions on a variety of topics each month and has done so for the past two years.

“We are very proud to receive this accolade – it is extremely satisfying knowing that Mustek’s successes have been recognised through this award. As a company, we are deeply committed to Huawei Enterprise. Our relationship with Huawei supports Mustek’s strategic drive to ensure partnerships with best of breed players, in order to provide the market with tier one product offerings and an in-depth understanding of the value proposition of each product line,” says, Hein Engelbrecht, Managing Director of Mustek Ltd.

Is fibre only for the elite?

By admin, 17 września, 2013, No Comment

Imagine crystal clear video conferencing without any connection problems, or having immediate access to files in the cloud or streaming high definition videos without having to wait. If you are one of the lucky few to have a 100Mbps line, then you are living the Internet dream. But why do so few have access to these kinds of high capacity broadband services? Conduct Telecommunications CEO Johan Pretorius discusses the challenges of broadband in South Africa.

The short answer is a lack of infrastructure in what the industry calls the last mile. There has been a boom in fibre optic deployment over the past few years with undersea cables being laid on both coasts of Africa, between the metros and up and down the roads of cities in South Africa.

Even though a decent job has been made to create this mesh backbone, the trouble lies in accessing the fibre. The cost of installing fibre in the last mile, to reach businesses, has been prohibitive for most companies until now.

Either hefty once-off costs would have to be paid upfront or the Internet Service Providers would have to amortise the cost under the service contracts. In both cases it would often make the fibre too costly compared to legacy technologies to easily justify.

The cost will reduce systematically over time, especially as more clients adopt fibre as a means of connectivity. Currently, there is too much duplication of infrastructure, each service provider builds individually to reach its clients, which were often located next to one another or even in the same building.

This uncoordinated approach is wasting unnecessary capital, disrupting property owners and ultimately, costing the consumer more.

Conduct Telecommunications has identified these industry challenges and has created a model to overcome these hurdles. In less than two years, Conduct has already connected more than 2 000 businesses to fibre infrastructure across Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The company provides open-access dark fibre to the building in the last mile, it proactively installs the fibre to buildings in selected commercial areas which all service providers can then use on equal terms. This offers customers a wider choice as they can now use any service provider.

Service providers are now forced to be more competitive on their price and services as they seek to win business over the common infrastructure. The duplication of capital investment is eradicated and disruption is greatly reduced as the infrastructure is installed once. This means the capital expended is shared among the industry more effectively, which ultimately leads to more competitive pricing. It simply makes sense.

Conduct sees the logical separation between the infrastructure and the services it supports, as the means to solve many of the issues that the industry has faced to-date. As access to fibre broadband services is unlocked, the way businesses operate will be transformed. Moreover, it means seamless video conferencing, co-location; storage in the cloud with access to large files within seconds and affordable, reliable telephony services.

The seamless online experience and symmetrical broadband speeds increase productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Fibre optics paves the way for smarter cities, it is the most advanced technology for building communications networks and its reliability and capacity can also support sophisticated security and healthcare systems. There is no doubt that the increased deployment of fibre optic infrastructure will revolutionise the way we do business.

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