Why fibre is good for you and great for your business

With the optic fibre land grab well and truly underway, many businesses are starting to understand the enormous benefits offered by these wonder cables. Leading communications company Hymax is at the forefront of the fibre roll-out which, according to its KZN executive Jonathan Saulez, offers savvy businesses a distinct advantage over competitors who continue to […]

Time to light up KZN’s fibre connectivity

KwaZulu-Natal businesses have traditionally been beset with an underserviced market when it comes to accessing reliable connectivity. Globally, copper is viewed as an end of life technology with ADSL being viewed as not fit-for-purpose as a future enabler. A frontrunner in the communications space has started to bring KZN’s burgeoning business hub the connectivity they […]

Passive and Active Optical Networks – What is the difference

Passive and Active Optical Networks – What is the difference

Fibre optic wires are minuscule strands made of plastic or glass which are designed to carry virtual information at very high speeds. As optical fibre transmits via light, the signal is not weakened easily and avoids electromagnetic interference. The signal is therefore very stable, ensuring high-quality broadband Internet access suitable for real-time high-definition multimedia services. […]

How can wearables improve in the Workplace?

How can wearables improve in the Workplace?

South African businesses, in general, have been conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies within the workplace.  Tech trends like tablets, BYOD, cloud computing and mobile apps are only starting to build business following that have proved to be successful in the developed markets. In recent years, wearable technology has taken the limelight of […]

Advantages of LTE for consumers

Advantages of LTE for consumers

The next big thing in mobile technology is recognised as LTE which is short for Long Term Evolution. LTE is the fourth generation mobile technology that has evolved from its predecessors 3G, 2G and 1G. Mobile carriers from all around the globe have upgraded or starting to upgrade their networks to the latest technology. In […]

Getting to know your Ping Rate

Getting to know your Ping Rate

Chances are that you have come across the term ‘ping rate’ when it comes to the speed of your Internet. This ping rate can be defined as the delay of messages that are sent between one computer and another. Ideally, you would want a low ping rate in sending messages. Ping rates vary based on […]

The importance of Internet Speed Tests

The importance of Internet Speed Tests

A broadband Internet connection is the amount of data that can be sent through a link used to access high-speed Internet. The more broadband that you have access to, the more information you as an end user can send or receive at any given time. Broadband can be accessed through various types of connectivity including […]

What’s up with all the jargon?

What’s up with all the jargon?

If you are in the market for new broadband connectivity, it can be quite daunting trying to decipher the ins and outs of what different solutions can do for you. ADSL and Fibre Optic solutions differ vastly in performance, price and technical specification. It’s important to know what separates these technologies and which one is […]

Internet of Things: the Ideal

Internet of Things: the Ideal

The Internet of Things is a term that is becoming inescapable in our modern, always connected world. This term describes a network of physical objects that are accessed through the Internet. Although not a reality as yet, the Internet of Things is shaping the way that we might use unconnected devices and objects in a […]

The invention of the legendary @ symbol

The invention of the legendary @ symbol

Have you ever sat back and wondered why we use the @ symbol in our daily interactions with other’s over email or over social media sites like Twitter. This once rarely used symbol has become the icon of modern electronic communication. This little “a” in the centre of a curl that is mostly referred to […]

The Power of Moore’s Law

The Power of Moore’s Law

It’s amazing to see how technology has advanced so exponentially in such a short period of time which has led to the incredible growth of technological devices. Moore’s Law, a term which you may have stumbled across, can be simply described as a term that states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computer […]

Hymax ‘strands’ up for high-speed bandwidth [ITWeb]

Hymax ‘strands’ up for high-speed bandwidth [ITWeb]

Broadband has had a significant impact on the way we operate in the world today, be it in our individual or business environments. Access to high-speed broadband has changed the way we work, interact and live, which will further continue to impact societies across all industries. A variety of undersea cables are now supplying South […]

Understanding Different Fibre Networks

Fibre, Fibre, Fibre! This communication connectivity seems to be the fundamental concept that we have been discussing over and over. To recap Fibre-optic communication is the method of transmitting data information from one place to another making use of pulses of light that travel along the cabling. With its numerous advantages over other types of […]

How Tech has changed the Workplace

How Tech has changed the Workplace

Technology has rapidly achieved numerous advances over the past few decades which has resulted in a revolution in the business world which can be seen in all aspects of work life. Think about it, you can reach out to almost anyone within seconds while decreasing costs. Employers and employees no longer have to be bound […]

What’s up with remote support?

What’s up with remote support?

Technology continues to alter the way that we conduct business as well as the way we now receive IT support. IT companies no longer need to conduct needed support face to face – instead it is just a simple case of remote accessing your computer to troubleshoot whatever problem or issue you have encountered or […]

The hype of BYOD

The hype of BYOD

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a term you have surely heard of before as the trend is changing the way traditional company practices. BYOD refers to the policy of employees bringing their personal mobile devices to their workplace, to use them to access privileged business information and applications. In the consumerization of IT, BYOD […]

Spotting Email Threats

Spotting Email Threats

Email has become a commonality in the way that we do business or even just interact with one another. It would be hard to imagine how else we would communicate without the evolution of electronic mail. Modern email systems operate through the Internet or across computer networks and are based on a store-and-forward model.  This […]

Impact of broadband access in SA

Impact of broadband access in SA

Broadband has had a significant impact on the way that we operate in the world today, be it individual or business environments. An impact that is too vast to measure.  Internet access has changed the way that we all work and live which continued effect will further impact our societies. The way that we communicate, […]

Is copper at its End of Life in the SME space?

Is copper at its End of Life in the SME space?

Copper wire’s legacy as the base function in telecommunications has been argued to be coming to an ensuing end in the SME sector. Originally copper wire was only used to transmit telephone conversations and telegraph messages which later evolved in to ADSL and Leased Line connectivity. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a technology that […]

The Next Generation of Telecommunication

The Next Generation of Telecommunication

As South Africa’s electronic and transmission systems move from analogue to digital, the telecommunications landscape has become more sophisticated and intelligent. This evolved platform is called a Next Generation Network. A Next Generation Network (NGN) is a term used to describe a packet-based network in telecommunications. This network enables multiple types of voice, data and […]

The impact of International Bandwidth in SA

The impact of International Bandwidth in SA

South Africa’s Internet and broadband sector is growing at a rapid pace. After years of expensive fixed-line and international bandwidth that was underpinned by Telecommunication monopoly holders. Deregulation has provided a platform for hundreds of licensed companies to offer Internet services to South Africans and compete with the legacy monopoly. There is consolidation in this […]

Challenges of the Last Mile

Challenges of the Last Mile

The last mile is a technology used in the Telecommunications industry to describe the final leg of connectivity used to link the end customer to a telecommunication network. The last mile is figurative as the distance between the service provider and the end customer’s premises can be more than a mile or kilometre. The last […]

The Potential of Big Data

The Potential of Big Data

The popular term Big Data can be encountered everywhere with huge hype behind its effectiveness. But what is it and what could it do for your business? Big Data is used to describe a massive volume of both structure and unstructured data that is too large to be processed by traditional types of databases and/or […]

The Perils of Website Hacking

The Perils of Website Hacking

Extreme Tech Geek skills are no longer required in order to hack websites. Nowadays you can make use of conventional search tools to plan an attack on an unsuspecting website with little effort. A website holds great importance in exposing more customers to your products but it also attracts hackers who can corrupt your site […]

Network Security – Is it really that important?

Network Security – Is it really that important?

With the exponential growth of computer networks along with the Internet, security of these applications has become one of the most important factors for businesses to consider. Through increasing your network stronghold you decrease risks of information theft, hacking and privacy spoofing. Network security can be understood as any activity that is designed to protect […]

Choosing the right ISP for your business

Choosing the right ISP for your business

With an abundance of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) out there all attempting to lure your business with numerous ‘bang for your buck’ deals, the decision to choose the best fit is often a hard and perplexing one. Do you choose price over quality or quality over price? What is the difference between symmetric and asymmetrical […]

Video Conferencing – Surpassing Time & Geography

Video Conferencing – Surpassing Time & Geography

Video Conferencing – Surpassing Time & Geography As we advance in a rapidly moving world, businesses are always seeking more efficient ways to communicate with employees, customers, suppliers and sales prospects. An answer for all this is video conferencing. Video conferencing is quickly being adopted across businesses of all sizes and industries as a way […]

Head securely in the clouds

Head securely in the clouds

Putting ‘everything in the cloud’ seems to be the latest IT fashion trend due to indisputable advantages of flexibility, efficiency, mobility, cost reduction & environmental friendliness. But, what is a cloud and how can you ensure it is a secure environment for all your data. Let’s first clear up what we mean when we say […]

What is this Convergence you speak of?

What is this Convergence you speak of?

Convergence seems to be the buzz word when it comes to ensuring you receive a compelling ROI, through improved productivity, application integration and refined communication processes. But what does Convergence mean and how can it help to achieve optimal operational efficiency while reducing overall communication costs? Digital convergence refers to the coming together of previously […]

Why should you ‘Follow the Fibre’?

Why should you ‘Follow the Fibre’?

What is Fibre broadband? Fibre enables digital information to run through glass cables under the ground by means of light signals. Unlike your ADSL or Leased Lines services Fibre doesn’t transmit along copper wire, making it faster and more redundant as it retains its signal strength over greater distances and operates in a higher frequency range. […]

A new edge to Telecoms

A new edge to Telecoms

Hymax is proving itself time and time again that it is able to keep up with the latest telecommunication trends both globally and nationally. Undergoing another transition to keep ahead in an industry that is growing exponentially, Hymax is bigger and bolder than ever with its Next Generation Network (NGN) and accompanying range of services. […]