Optic fibre boom impacts on home and business users

Related imageThe plethora or fibre – and fibre service providers – flooding urban areas, offering Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Fibre-to-the-business(FTTB) services has rapidly changed the way Internet services are delivered to customers. Thanks to the open access nature of most fibre networks, the connectivity market has expanded exponentially over a relatively short period of time. This has paved the way for more competition, better pricing models, less lock-in contracts and the delivery of a greater number of Internet enabled services than ever before.

For businesses, being connected is no longer a want – it’s a need. Businesses cannot operate without speedy and stable connectivity. Many companies have their own interbranch networks and rely upon connectivity to communicate and exchange information, not only amongst themselves, but also with their customers. Telephony, video streaming, IP cameras and centralised systems all need stable and fast connectivity in order to function efficiently and effectively.

Mobile networks still offer great convenience, particularly for people who work on the go and don’t rely on a fixed network. However, mobile networks in urban areas are often congested, with too many users clogging the network and reducing the overall quality and speed of the connectivity. As there are not enough frequencies available in South Africa to accommodate the vast number of users, mobile data networks are often over accessed, which reduces them to best effort services.

Fibre offers much lower latencies and faster speeds than either ADSL or mobile networks. This is great for home users, but critical for businesses. If an organisation wants to run real-time applications such as IP telephony networks or video conferencing, quality of service (QoS) is of utmost importance. Businesses running private cloud services such as customer relationship management (CRM) systems need a reliable and fast network to do so.

Fibre provides the speeds – upload and download – and stability that ADSL and mobile networks are not able to. And all of the choice.

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Mobile Growth fuels demand for new business models such as Identity as a Service

Santa Clara — Technology development and policy reforms to transform and strengthen enterprise security across organizations, finds Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision team

Image result for africa mobile developmentThe rising adoption of cloud computing, especially among small and medium organizations, is fuelling demand for new business models such as Identity as a Service (IDaaS) within the identity and access management (IAM) space. IDaaS will strike a balance between on-premise and cloud identity management, as well as significantly lower the cost of ownership of IAM solutions.

Frost & Sullivan analysis titled, Technologies Empowering Future of Identify Management, finds that IAM challenges are more business-centric than technology-centric. Segments such as administration, authentication and auditing are developing technologies to improve service accuracy and cost efficiency. Emerging services like Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) are contributing heavily to the growth of IAM technologies.

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“The shifting of enterprise solutions to the cloud has created a complex architecture that requires more advanced IAM solutions than the ones currently offered by traditional identity management vendors,” noted Frost & Sullivan TechVision Industry Analyst Swapnadeep Nayak. “The emergence of IDaaS has proven beneficial to enterprises, as it will assist with regulatory compliance, reduce the expenses involved in extending on-premise solutions to the cloud, and support the same features as enterprises’ legacy systems.”

As most of the recent IT trends have been mobile centric, IAM solution providers need to ensure their innovations are mobile friendly to attract the attention of enterprises. Supporting cross-platform visualization and advanced analytics, as well as portable biometric technology, will give a huge boost to technology adoption rates.

“Biometric authentication is a key area that is experiencing significant technology development, especially with regard to accuracy levels of validation and flexibility of usage,” noted Nayak. “Analytics is also growing rapidly due to the emergence of futuristic solutions like neural networks and machine learning.”

Technologies Empowering Future of Identity Management is part of Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision (Information & Communication) Growth Partnership Service program.

Feature phones still have firm foothold in Africa

HMD Global relaunched the Nokia 3310 in February.

HMD Global relaunched the Nokia 3310 in February.

Feature phones have managed to keep a firm foothold in Africa, driving the growth in total mobile handsets on the continent, while smartphone sales slow.

Naysayers predicted basic cheaper cellphones would be phased out by now as smartphone prices came down and users’ need for ‘smarter’ features grew − like access to applications and mobile Internet.

However, phone manufacturers have seen interest increase in the simpler devices of the early 2000s.

The reinvented Nokia 3310 was relaunched in February at Mobile World Congress by HMD Global, the company that owns the rights to use Nokia’s brand.

“Feature phones today still account for one in five of all mobile phones bought worldwide and the category is surprisingly larger than many think,” says Strategy Analytics director Ken Hyers.

Strategy Analytics released a report saying total global feature phone shipments reached 396 million units last year, 21% of the 1.88 billion mobile phones shipped globally.

In Africa, the smartphone market totalled 95.37 million units in 2016, according to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). The company said while this was 3.4% year-on-year growth, it represents a considerable deceleration from the double-digit growth rates seen in the previous two years

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Survey, Desktop vs Tablet vs Mobile: which device leads in Africa?

There is a place we all go to on a daily basis, some people once or twice a day whereas others let it consume their lives, taking up every waking moment of their existence. It is of course the internet.

Desktop vs tablet vs mobile: which device rules Africa?

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The internet provides users with a plethora of content and interactions and has become a necessity in the lives of millions of people around the world. Whether it be for work purposes, communication, social interaction, research, entertainment… the list of uses of the internet is endless.

Africa, just like the rest of the world is reliant on the internet. One of the aspects which differentiates countries around the world in terms of internet usage is how they access it.

The three main devices which people use to access the internet are desktops, tablets or mobiles. The question is which one of these devices dominates the market share in Africa?

In a study compiled by StatCounter, they have identified the market percentage of each device used to search the internet in Africa from March 2016 to March 2017. The results are as follows:

Mobile

Mobile is undoubtedly the device which dominates on the African continent. Mobile devices make up a staggering 60.29% of the total market share in Africa. This is unsurprising as the limitations in Africa with regards to affordability and access are overcome by the availability of affordable smart phones. These mobile devices provide Africans with easy and affordable access to the internet and that’s why it is the device which dominates the African market share.

Desktops

Desktops are computers designed for regular use at a fixed location. Although desktops have changed drastically over the years with the adoption of laptops and other devices, they still make up a chunk of the African market share – 36.8% to be precise.

The legacy of desktops in Africa is seen in schools, universities and computer centres, where there are large amounts of desktops in a single area for the use of the community or people linked to those specific organisations.

In the rural areas of Africa where people can’t afford mobile devices or their own desktops, computer labs are built and this is often the only point of access to the internet for those communities.

Desktops are also a popular option in many offices around Africa. The in-office desktops provide companies with certain security advantages which cannot be overlooked. These reasons indicate why desktops are Africa’s second most used device.

Tablets

When the first tablets got released, a worldwide frenzy began as people started to purchase this mobile computer with a touch screen. In Africa, however, it never really took off. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a huge market for tablets and there are still many people in Africa using them, but when you look at the market share, an astonishing 2.91%, it just does not compete against other devices.

There could be for a couple of reasons, but the main one is the cost. Generally tablets are expensive devices because of their size and capabilities and although they can do so many incredible things they do not do much more than a regular smartphone. For this reason, tablets are the third most used device in Africa. Read more