Increasing consumer and business connectivity is often in the telecommunication news due to the fact that it’s becoming more and more essential to how we live and work today. High-speed, reliable Internet access is fundamental to business success and crucial to meeting the demands of today’s smart consumer.
A number of interesting initiatives have been implemented or are underway to meet these required needs. Ellis Park Stadium has become the first Wi-Fi enabled stadium in South Africa. This happened in time for the monumental clash that took place between the Springboks and the All Blacks on the 5th of October 2013. Spectators seated in the main stand were offered free Wi-Fi as part of the launch of this service by G-Connect. Carel van der Merwe, CEO of Wireless G, said that, “This new G-Connect Wi-Fi innovation will provide connectivity relief in high congestion sport stadiums, and change the way real time sport entertainment is offered in this country.” The Wi-Fi network will enable broadcasting to mobile devices.
A fibre-optic infrastructure developer, called Conduct Telecommunications, is providing “unlit” fibre to Internet Service Providers (ISPs). They connect commercial properties to fibre networks allowing ISPs to sell this connectivity. This is already underway in Johannesburg and the company has just completed a project in Claremont, Cape Town. This will shortly be extended further afield in Cape Town. CEO Johan Pretorius says Conduct Telecommunications is focused on “closing the gap” between existing fibre routes and actual buildings, so taking the access directly to the consumer.
Fibre-To-The-Home is becoming increasingly talked about and is in effect in African countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, and soon to be in Rwanda. It is envisaged that a completed Vodacom/Neotel deal will also see this being further accelerated in South Africa.
Dimension Data South Africa and Internet Solutions have combined expertise to meet the challenges of connecting mobile devices to a corporate network, whilst still maintaining an extremely high level of security. Enterprise Wi-Fi is a managed solution that integrates Dimension Data’s WLAN expertise with that of IS’s AlwaysOn Hotspot offering, to meet the demands that the mobile workforce is making on ICT within organisations. The service also allows for guests on the network by providing different levels of connectivity.
These developments, and more, are constantly underway to meet connectivity demands. Businesses and individual consumers will always require faster and always-available Internet in order to thrive in today’s technological world. Communication and innovation, within businesses in particular, are an integral part of success and are heavily reliant on exceptional connectivity.