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Industry Trends: Exploring IoT and Cloud Computing in Telecom and Internet

In the ever-evolving landscape of telecommunications and the internet, staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends is crucial. Today, we delve into two groundbreaking developments that are reshaping the way we connect and communicate: IoT (Internet of Things) and cloud computing.

IoT (Internet of Things): Revolutionizing Connectivity

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the vast network of interconnected devices, from smart thermostats to wearable fitness trackers. This trend continues to expand, offering new possibilities and challenges.

IoT Developments:

  1. Smart Homes: IoT devices are enhancing the convenience, security, and energy efficiency of homes through interconnected appliances and systems.
  2. Smart Cities: Municipalities are leveraging IoT to enhance urban infrastructure, from traffic management to waste disposal, creating smarter and more sustainable cities.
  3. Healthcare and Industry: IoT solutions are revolutionizing healthcare, with wearable devices monitoring patient health, and industries optimizing operations through data-driven insights.

Cloud Computing: The Digital Backbone

Cloud computing has become the backbone of our digital world, offering scalable and flexible solutions for businesses and individuals alike.

Cloud Computing Advantages:

  1. Scalability: Cloud services provide the ability to scale resources up or down as needed, making it cost-effective for businesses and startups.
  2. Remote Work: The cloud enables remote work, allowing employees to access data and applications from anywhere, increasing workforce flexibility.
  3. Data Security: Cloud providers invest heavily in security measures, often surpassing what many organisations can implement themselves.

The Intersection of Trends

These industry trends are not isolated but are closely interconnected. IoT devices often rely on cloud computing infrastructure to store and process data, enabling users to access information from anywhere. By leveraging the power of the cloud, IoT applications can scale efficiently and offer enhanced services.

As we embrace these industry trends, it’s important to adapt to the opportunities and challenges they bring. The future of telecommunications and the internet promises innovation, connectivity, and efficiency, enhancing the way we live and work. Staying informed and agile is key to leveraging these trends for personal and professional growth.

In conclusion, the telecom and internet industry’s latest trends, including IoT and cloud computing, are shaping the future of connectivity, smart technology, and data management. By understanding and embracing these trends, individuals and businesses can stay at the forefront of technological advancement in the digital age.


Unlocking the Power of Fibre: 5 Key Benefits for Your Home

In today’s fast-paced digital age, having a reliable and high-speed internet connection is more important than ever. If you’re still using traditional copper or ADSL connections, it might be time to consider upgrading to froggin’ awesome Fibre internet. Not only does fibre offer lightning-fast speeds, but it also comes with a host of other benefits that can significantly improve your home’s connectivity experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore five key benefits of having fibre in your home.

Blazing Fast Speeds:

Fibre internet is renowned for its exceptional speed. With data transmitted using pulses of light, fibre-optic cables can deliver symmetrical upload and download speeds, ensuring you can stream, download, and upload data without a hitch. Whether you’re streaming 4K videos, participating in video conferences, or gaming online, fibre’s speed will keep you in the fast lane.

Enhanced Reliability

Unlike traditional copper cables, fibre-optic cables are immune to electromagnetic interference and signal degradation. This means that your internet connection will remain stable and reliable even during adverse weather conditions or power outages. Say goodbye to frustrating buffering and dropped connections.

Low Latency

Fibre offers impressively low latency, making it perfect for online gaming and video conferencing. With reduced lag and virtually no delays, your online experiences will be smoother than ever before. You’ll have the competitive edge in gaming and enjoy crystal-clear video calls without any annoying lags.

Greater Bandwidth

Fibre networks have the capacity to handle large amounts of data simultaneously. This means that multiple devices in your home can be connected to the internet without experiencing a slowdown in performance. Whether it’s smart home devices, laptops, smartphones, or tablets, fibre can handle them all without breaking a sweat.

Future-Proof Connectivity

Investing in Froggin’ Awesome Fibre is not just about enjoying fast speeds today but also preparing for the future. As technology continues to advance, fibre’s ability to accommodate higher bandwidth demands positions your home for the digital innovations of tomorrow. It’s a forward-thinking choice that ensures you won’t be left behind in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

In conclusion, fibre isn’t just about speed; it’s a comprehensive solution that brings reliability, low latency, bandwidth, and future-proof connectivity to your home. Make the switch to froggin’ fast Fibre today and experience a connected world like never before.

If you’re ready to transform your home’s internet experience with fibre, click on the link and place your order today! Say goodbye to buffering and hello to seamless connectivity with Froggin’ Awesome Fibre!

Fibre deployment: The advantages and disadvantages of different fibre deployment methods

By Shane Chorley, CEO at Frogfoot Networks

In a digital era where activities such as remote working, eCommerce and online education have come to the fore, connectivity has become just as important as other utilities such as electricity – and fibre is crucial in ensuring that people can have access to the internet more cost-effectively. Currently, fibre network operators (FNOs) adopt different approaches to laying fibre in order to connect as many people as possible. While each method has its advantages and disadvantages there is no difference for the end-user when it comes to bandwidth or latency.

This first method of fibre deployment is through trenching, where trenches are dug on both sides of the road within the servitude lane, which is the piece of land between the road and the property wall that has been set aside for services provided by the council, including water, sewerage and in some cases electricity as well as gas lines – all at different, allocated depths. In addition, cuts have to be made across intersections at the end of each block in order to connect both sides to the network.

It should be noted that before any fibre is deployed, wayleaves have to be secured from the local government authorities so that FNOs are aware of the services that are located within the servitude, in order to prevent accidental disruptions to existing services for residents. However, there can be instances where services are laid at incorrect depths, which leads to problems later on. For example, some services that are laid in the servitude might need repair or maintenance, such as replacing a water pipe, and fibre lines get damaged in the process.

Temporary pain for long-term gain

Traditional trenching is an invasive process and residents in areas where this is actively happening will know the frustration of having trenches not only throughout their neighbourhood, but even through their driveways and, in some cases, verge gardens. However, once the fibre has been laid, the holes closed, and the grass and gardens grow back, the frustration becomes a memory as residents start benefiting from cost-effective, broadband internet connectivity.

FNOs have looked at reducing traditional trenching in servitudes by turning to microtrenching, where a machine with a huge blade is used to cut small holes in the road, before fibre optic cables are laid and the holes are closed and resurfaced. However, the aforementioned challenges remain, as various services also cross the roads, and operators use ground scanning equipment in order to avoid disrupting other services when they create pathways for their fibre network.

Then, there can be instances where the road surface is brittle and can be damaged by microtrenching. FNOs need to keep all of this top of mind as trenching and then repairing afterwards is an expensive exercise – once they start cutting into a road, the local roads agency will hold them accountable for the fixes.

FNOs are continually looking at ways of improving communication with communities where fibre is to be deployed – and especially where trenching will take place – as well as making sure that driveways and verges are rehabilitated, and that areas of the road that they work on are fixed.

Ultimately, FNOs are looking to bring access to cost-effective broadband internet to as many South Africans as possible and this requires that they look at multiple network deployment methodologies – including those that reduce costs and speed up deployment times – in order to make this a reality. And, this reduction of costs is passed on to end users, enabling them to access more digital services and opportunities. In the next part of the article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of aerial fibre, and how this deployment method can help operators extend their coverage in high-density communities.

How aerial fibre brings affordable, reliable internet to more South Africans

We previously looked at how traditional large suburbs have ample servitude space that allows for conventional trenching, but this is not as easily available as network operators look to expand into more densely populated communities. Here, the aerial fibre approach is taken, where fibre optic cables are strung from poles, in a similar manner to how legacy copper networks were rolled out for telephony services – or how electricity is still distributed in many communities.

This is not an uncommon deployment methodology and is used even in developed countries such as the United Kingdom to provide fibre connectivity to high-density neighbourhoods. Aerial fibre also helps better tackle the challenge of adequately catering to the number of users within a property. In traditional suburbs, the number of users per erf is more certain, while in more dense neighbourhoods, there can be uncertainty about the number of homes that need to be connected within a particular property. FNOs deploying aerial fibre also do not have to worry about addresses, as they can just look at which is the closest pole to the user.

This method also gives operators flexibility during the design phase as they do not have to overbuild in advance, as the requirement for additional capacity in a particular community can be easily addressed. In the conventional trenched approach, operators have one chance to plan properly as they don’t want to go back and trench again.

FNOs adopting the aerial approach just need to ensure that their poles are erected to the correct heights as required. Depending on whether it is located within the suburb, along a minor road, or a major trunk road, height restrictions will vary in order to facilitate the safe movement of large vehicles. While aerial fibre deployments require fewer people on-site, due to the lack of trenching, erecting poles correctly and at the right height requires that contractors have the necessary skills and specialised equipment.

There are few instances where additional poles need to be installed and the only available space is within someone’s erf, which first requires the permission of the land owner. This is generally avoided where possible, because in certain circumstances these poles can become a security risk.

A disadvantage of aerial fibre deployments is that the cables are exposed to the elements. For example, strong wind conditions can cause the cables to break. Another example is when cables contract (when it is cold) and expand (when it is hot), and this continuous movement ultimately impacts the lifespan of the infrastructure. The good thing is that because the cables are just strung up on poles, breaks can be easily identified – as opposed to trenched fibre where advanced detection equipment is needed – and fixed or replaced. In addition, being private sector players with a brand and reputation to protect, FNOs tend to ensure that their poles are well-maintained and cables are strung to requirements.

For the community, by the community

With traditional suburbs being saturated with fibre, and operators looking to further expand their networks into densely populated communities, it is very likely that this will be achieved through the use of aerial fibre. Such a method of deployment allows FNOs to get into more areas and bring users fibre connectivity at a rate that they can afford.

Aerial fibre is also ideal as maintenance becomes easier – the network operator knows which string provides a particular user with connectivity and which pole they are connected to. Once people get used to the reliability and stability of fibre, network interruptions can be especially frustrating; as a result of the aerial deployment methodology, the network operator can respond more quickly and take the necessary action to restore connectivity.

Of course, there is the concern that aerial fibre, with its exposed infrastructure, might be more prone to being targeted by criminal activity. It is quite likely that there will be theft in the beginning, before criminals quickly realise that there is no resale value to the fibre optic cables. FNOs are also turning to the communities themselves in order to take care of the infrastructure that has been brought in, by using locals for a variety of activities ranging from sales to activations, while contractors are encouraged to have local maintenance teams.

Ultimately, fibre is going to add value to the local economy and help uplift communities, and community members will look to protect infrastructure as it makes a difference in their lives, by bringing broadband connectivity to all.

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Frogfoot expands rugby 7s tournament for more schools, more rugby and more excitement

18 August 2023, Cape Town:  Following the success of its inaugural 7s School Rugby Tournament which was designed to showcase the talented U/17 players from 150 schools around the country, Frogfoot Networks, a licensed open-access fibre infrastructure provider, has announced a revised and expanded competition that will bring the opportunity to play in the competition to more youngsters.

The 2022 Frogfoot 7s series witnessed an incredible turnout, with over 2,500 school boys from across the nation participating passionately in an effort to book their place into the pinnacle of the event, Champions Day, which took place at Fortress Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria – which was won by Secunda High School.

Miranda Du Preez, Head of Brand Activations at Frogfoot, says the fibre network operator (FNO) launched the Frogfoot 7s school rugby series with a noble objective of giving back to the communities where it has deployed fibre, and that the tournament truly succeeded in creating a strong sense of community and embracing diverse cultures at each event. According to Du Preez, the impact of this inaugural tournament was particularly evident, leaving a lasting impression on all involved, and showed that it held even greater potential for the year ahead.

“This year, we’re taking a fresh approach and have decided to host two tournaments on the same day, but in different regions, to expand our reach and impact. In a thrilling collaboration, we’ve partnered with Supersport Schools to broadcast all the tournaments live, allowing everyone to enjoy the action from the comfort of their homes. Adding an extra layer of excitement, we are delighted to welcome sports therapists to some schools, offering their expertise in sports massages, ensuring the players’ well-being and enhancing their experience. To recognise outstanding performances, every single man of the match will receive a prize and the ‘Man of the Tournament’ prize is worth over R1000.00,” says Du Preez.

Overwhelmingly positive response
Last year’s journey began at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. It spanned more than 10 weeks, with each game day seeing 36 matches take place at nine different host schools across South Africa, providing the perfect platform to put the spotlight on the country’s developing rugby talent. Other participating high schools included Brackenfell, Diamantveld, Frikkie Meyer, Oos Moot, Piet Retief, Pietersburg and Upington amongst many others.

Du Preez says the hosting schools welcomed the tournament with open arms and much enthusiasm, and Frogfoot has since been flooded with requests from countless other schools, all eager to host rugby tournaments, and that the revised format was introduced to bring the tournament to more schools in 2023.

“The overwhelming appreciation and compliments we received after each tournament were truly heartening. Messages poured in, expressing admiration for the high standard of the events. As the series advanced, we witnessed a steady increase in the number of sponsors and spectators, all drawn in by the excitement and passion that surrounded each tournament,” says Du Preez.

Heart-warming moments
Du Preez adds that the 2022 tournament featured several special moments that helped foster unity among schools, communities and the children involved. One such moment was when the entire Piet Retief High School ran from the pavilion onto the pitch to celebrate after their school won their regional tournament – something that the youngsters from a small town school had never experienced before. In a similar electrifying atmosphere, the pregame war cry from HTS Tom Naude’s U/17 team gave the crowd goosebumps.

Then, there was a touching moment when the youngster who won Player of the Tournament at Monument High School cried as he received his prize – a signed Springbok 7s jersey – saying that it meant the world to him and that it felt amazing knowing that other people supported and believed in high school sporting abilities.

“Rugby, a sport that unites South Africans and runs deep in our veins, draws families together to offer their unwavering support. Our primary focus remains on using the power of sports to support these young players, guiding them on a pathway to success while ensuring they have a fantastic time along the way. Through this initiative, we aspire to make a positive impact on their lives and empower them for a brighter future,” concludes Du Preez.

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