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SA IoT developers talk to FastNet

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The majority of IoT hardware developers that we encounter face common design challenges: battery life of their sensors, the cost of communications and security of data transmission. As M2M evolves, hardware engineers are toying with LPWAN, GSM, Sigfox and other available communications technologies to support the next killer application. FastNet is actively investing into Low […]


FastNet launches online survey for IoT developers

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FastNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telkom, today released a quantitative survey to the IoT developer community. The purpose of the online survey is to gather feedback from South African IoT developers who are experimenting with the LoRa protocol, so that appropriate technical and commercial support can be offered by FastNet.  “Developers could be anywhere […]


FastNet Connects with Young People at the Innovation Hub #GkHack16

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FastNet, a leading enabler of internet of things solutions to enterprises in South Africa, has been invited to co-sponsor the Geekulcha Hackathon taking place at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria from  the 24 – 26 June 2016. This event brings together up to 250 talented young people with the passion and skills in programming, IT, design and entrepreneurship. […]


More on the 4Ps of IoT from FastNet

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In the current economy, the need to reduce costs, introduce differentiation and improve compliance has never been greater. Businesses both large and small are therefore turning to Future Telco offerings, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), for assistance. Of course, in the fast-evolving world of IT, achieving the above requires the right partner, one […]


SME Data Network Connectivity 101

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As South Africa tries to improve its economy through SMEs, growing businesses demand always on, broadband connectivity. Whether the business has one site or fifty sites, the experience across all the sites needs to be consistent; and from a total cost of ownership perspective, affordable. This article lists the key design criteria for SMEs to build […]


FastNet announces IoT academy

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FastNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Telkom Group, announced today progress on Africa’s first dedicated M2M network. The network, christened “FastNet LoRaWAN”, is designed for the low power, low throughput nature of M2M applications, and offers network based security. This offers developers and customers greater flexibility for their M2M applications relative to public GSM […]


FastNet launches South Africa’s First purpose built IoT Network

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FastNet, a leading M2M operator and part of the Telkom SA Group has today announced its intention to build a network designed specifically for the ‘Internet of Things’ in South Africa. The Internet of Things (or IoT) is considered to be next generation of enabling ubiquitous access of everyday objects to the Internet. Download Full […]


Seamless payment key to maintaining the attraction of the in-store shopping experience

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Despite the growth in e-commerce, many consumers – both local and global – still prefer to shop in-store. A recent survey conducted by Accenture – Seamless Retail Survey – found that 46% of South African consumers still choose to purchase items in-store as opposed to online or via mobile (25%). In the same vein, a […]


The importance of PCI compliance to combat credit card fraud

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The latest statistics from the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) revealed that South Africa’s banking industry lost R366.8 million in 2013 due to South African-issued credit card fraud, a 22% increase from the previous year. This alarming rise of credit card fraud in South Africa highlights the importance of adherence to international security […]


SA businesses ignore WiFi at their peril

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If a business has a waiting area designed for customers pending conclusion of a service, WiFi provides the perfect distraction, says Craig Medefindt, national sales manager at FastNet. Globally, 45% of total GSM smart device traffic was offloaded onto terrestrial networks via WiFi in 2013, according to data from Cisco. In addition to this, Informa […]


Integrated technology boom set to improve business efficiency in SA

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Developments within the M2M sector are now enabling technology to become more accessible to business owners, says Duncan Ellison, M2M specialist at FastNet. A 2013 study conducted by Machina Research indicates the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry is projected to maintain 23% annual growth rates over the next decade, and what is today a $121 billion business […]


Latest cyber virus highlights importance of secure payment network for SA businesses

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The variant of the Dexter virus – malware that attacks POS devices – has resulted in financial losses for both local banks and consumers, says Mike White, head of Sales and Marketing for VPN and Machine 2 Machine at FastNet. The variant of the Dexter virus – malware that attacks point-of-sale (POS) devices – which […]