Reflecting on Technology in South Africa Over the Last 15 years - Page 2
We were then able to get a 128k diginet line. It was very fast and very stable. The problem was that it was very expensive. This was however offset by the absolutely amazing "speed,"
ADSL was sold as the best Internet connection available. The up-speed was 256 and the down-speed was an incredible 512. After much begging and pleading and six months we were able to get our exchange upgraded again and this time it was upgraded so that ADSL was an option. The cap amount was very expensive and the school started with a 2 gb cap. We would never need any more than that, right?
ADSL was now available in 1mb flavours. Telkom fought with us and said that we didn't need that kind of speed. But eventually they upgraded the exchange again and we had a 1mb ADSL line. Our cap went from 2 gb to 8 gb per month and that was good.
The school had moved from a 1mb to a 2mb in 2006 to a 4mb line in 2008 and the cap had increased to 50gb per month.
In the beginning of 2009, we were approached by a company called Vox DataPro for ADSL line bonding. They said that we could get two ADSL lines bonded and the speed would be double what we were currently getting. That meant that in early 2009 we had 8 mb internet. But the real nice thing is that we had a 200 gb cap.
2011 and beyond.
The very slow pace of development in the first 10 years and then the very fast development in the last five years makes me realise that as a country, South Africa is moving forward fairly fast now. We are getting faster internet and there are many fibre cables coming down the African coast that will be connecting us with the rest of the world. This bodes well for us.
We have an ever-increasing amount of people using the Internet for the first time, sometimes on their mobile phones rather than on their computers. The speeds of the wireless Internet are getting faster and faster, with the cellphone companies trying to out do the other one.
South Africa is a beautiful country, with beautiful people. I am glad that now we are getting to the point where we are not left at the bottom of Africa and everyone regards us as the red-headed step child of technology.