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Internet solutions for under-serviced areas

October 14, 2020 | internet | No Comments

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By: Floyd Matlala

It was the lack of satellite internet connectivity in remote areas that inspired the birth of Samford Satellite Internet Solutions, a newly emerging tech solution company which seeks to uplift under-serviced areas in South Africa by bringing a high speed internet connectivity to their doorstep at a lower cost.

Samford Solutions in collaboration with MorClick, a telecommunications company that offers cutting-edge broadband satellite services, recognised that one of the only ways to bring internet connectivity to areas such as farms was through satellite as it is not commercially viable to lay down fibre in these areas, or invest further in ADSL.

Brian Ford, Executive Director of Samford Solutions said due to data options from Mobile Network Offerings (MNOs) that are expensive and in some cases with stability being an issue, satellite internet connectivity

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T-Mobile is bringing its LTE home internet service to more people.


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T-Mobile has announced an expansion of its Home Internet pilot to 450 more areas, which it says covers 20 million households. The service uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, and was launched as an invite-only pilot in rural areas in March last year, with the carrier saying it’s now opening the service to non-T-Mobile customers.

T-Mobile’s home internet service is $50 per month, with a $0 hardware lease and no data caps.  

“We’re understanding this massive expansion … at a time when our connection to the Internet is so vital — for work, remote school, connection with family and friends,” said T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert.

You can see a list of the new cities

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Business success in the post-pandemic world means reprioritizing to account for major, long-term changes to the way people and businesses make purchases.

Paper boxes in a shopping cart.

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Gartner has identified five areas of digital commerce that are being changed due to COVID-19’s effects not only on customer behaviors, but also due to rapidly accelerated adoption of online and digital alternatives by businesses.

The five areas highlighted could affect myriad types of businesses, with Gartner saying IT leaders will need to keep up with changes to remain competitive in the new normal.

“Digital commerce has played an important role during the pandemic by enabling organizations to continue serving customers. Measures implemented by organizations during the pandemic, such as enabling new go-to-market (GTM) models and new types of customer engagement are likely to remain, thus evolving digital commerce,” said Gartner senior research director Sandy Shen.

SEE: COVID-19 workplace policy (TechRepublic Premium)

Contactless purchasing is here

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Pictures of a SpaceX broadband-satellite dish and wildfire-ravaged areas of Washington State.
Enlarge / A Starlink user terminal and wildfire-devastated areas seen in images shared by Washington state’s Emergency Management Division.

SpaceX Starlink is providing Internet access to Washington state emergency responders in areas ravaged by wildfires. The group has deployed seven Starlink user terminals (i.e. satellite dishes) since it began using the service in early August, as CNBC reported yesterday:

“I have never set up any tactical satellite equipment that has been as quick to set up, and anywhere near as reliable” as Starlink, Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of the Washington State Military Department’s IT division, told CNBC in an interview Monday.

The broadband service has helped both emergency responders and families in wildfire-stricken areas. Hall “has set up terminals in areas that were burned severely to provide evacuated families with wireless calling and Internet access to file insurance claims,” CNBC wrote. Hall said he also “did setup to

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Computer Program Staging Areas

May 3, 2020 | computer | No Comments

Many a time we software engineers want to peek into a window at what the status of a product is within computer code. For example if the article in question is a blouse, on the computer end, an engineer might want to test his software to make sure he is allowed status updates. After all, he wrote the program to process the ordering of, sending to and receiving of each garment for a particular department store that employed his programming services.

Let’s say our software engineer is a typical guy named Mike. His supervisor, a guy named Cesar wants to know where at different points in the journey that that blouse in question embarks on starting from the store inventory and ending in the customer’s house, what the status of it is. Mike has a particular programming style where he will stage that status entry/value in a particular memory space.… Read More