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More local blogging required

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Stucke emphasised the growth of local content could be enhanced with personal Web spaces or blogs hosted by African ISPs Read more...

Thank you BlogIt. A post, a locally hosted post, can do the entire continent good. Cmon fellow blogit people.



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Personal Democracy

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It’s Friday and Wagner is piping through iTunes. Great music, sweeping in its grandeur. Great fun.

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Open Sea

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Now then. I have the joined the world of blogging. Let’s see what happens.

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Win a 17`` LCD by Spreading OSS

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Geek

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Living your brand, and success

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ITweb`s Brain Hattingh writes a good article about `Success coming from living your brand` Read it here.
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Telkom seduces IT firms

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What`s up with Telkom`s bid on Business Connexion? Why the rumours about discussions with Dimension Data?

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If iblog aims at South Africa, where is blogIT aiming?

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That is the question.

ITweb`s article about iblog.co.za
ITweb metioning blogit.co.za



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Who rules the waves? #2

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Ok,
for those of you who picked up certain inaccuracies in part one of this
topic, well done!  It always helps to have the facts at hand, and I
have subsequently learned a few since my last posting.


Not much has changed however, but one aspect of the laser link story
needs to be clarified. It seems, according to the legislation, that
only certain service providers are authorised to supply the equipment
and undertake laser link installations. These are the rare few that
possess a PSTN Licence. (PSTN = Public Switched Telephony Network).

The interesting thing here is that there are only three (yes, 3!) PSTN licence holders in the country. These are


  1. Telkom (understandably),


  2. The SNO (SNO? What SNO?), and


  3. Sentech (a parastatal, just by the way).


So what?, you may ask. Well, IMHO this raises a couple of questions, such as:


  1. What has been deregulated? (It appears that the State is still in control, so what was deregulated?);

  2. Why
    does an organisation or company need a PSTN licence to supply and
    install laser link technology? (arguably, many of these installations
    are simply extensions to private circuits anyway - notwithstanding the
    fact that they traverse public spaces);

  3. Are
    the current vendors of this technology taking big chances in the face
    of legislation? Are the profits worth the risks? Or is the legislation
    ambiguous, allowing for several different interpretations?

So, it may be a while before the complete story is known.

No doubt many more such stories will be told in Joe Citizen`s ongoing
quest for access to the radio spectrum to bridge the digital divide.


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Who rules the waves?

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I was under the impression that ICASA rules the airwaves, but it appears our friendly incumbent telecoms operator is still under the impression that it does.
Some time ago new technology was introduced to provide for CANs (Campus Area Networks) in the form of laser link (as it is commonly known).  Laser devices configured in direct line of site can transmit network traffic up to 4 kms at better than WAN speeds. Brilliant technology that allows a business to exend its LAN to the office up the street, or halfway across town.

In the early days, the problem was, no data carrying medium was allowed to cross a publlic space, until the recent deregulation of certain telecomunications regulations.  Laser links were snapped up and installed all over the place, and for good reason too, they work like a charm. 

Until this week that is.  The aforementioned telecoms operator has apparently tried to put a stop to certain installations of these devices.  What`s puzzling is that one organisation affected by this is simply trying to increase the bandwidth and fault tolerance of the existing laser link by installing another.  The initial installation I should point out, was undertaken with the approval of ICASA.  Hence my question: Who is calling the shots?

Go ahead, I say. The telecoms operator is no longer the regulator, and the decision was made to allow these devices anyway. Anyone else out there that has had a similar experience?

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25 Blank comments this morning

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Am I the only one experiencing this?
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