FO­CUS ON THE BA­SICS

Finweek English Edition - - FEEDBACK - We apol­o­gise to all our read­ers who haven’t re­ceived their weekly mag­a­zines timeously due to the Post Of­fice strike, or be­cause of other de­liv­ery is­sues. As this edi­tion of was go­ing to print on 19 Novem­ber, Clyde Mervin, deputy pres­i­dent of the Com­mu­nic

Jen Al­mendo writes via email: This is in ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle in the 20 Novem­ber is­sue, ti­tled Vodacom and MTN seek ac­cel­er­a­tion of In­ter­net up­take in SA. It is a great idea to put data de­vices in the hands of needy South Africans to ac­cel­er­ate growth and de­vel­op­ment for stu­dents, learn­ers and en­trepreneurs.

What is not good is a data de­vice cou­pled with the dreaded ‘E’ that is ei­ther dis­as­trously slow, or worse, un­able to con­nect to the re­quired cel­lu­lar and/or In­ter­net con­nec­tion at all. I long for the day we are able to take ad­van­tage of the Edge sig­nal, de­vel­op­ing the tech­nol­ogy that en­ables this to be a func­tional set­ting on cel­lu­lar/data de­vices.

I am not a user of one of the new de­vices dis­cussed in the ar­ti­cle, so I’m not able to com­ment on their func­tion­al­ity. But be­ing a cel­lu­lar sub­scriber to one of the net­works men­tioned, I don’t see the point in fo­cus­ing on new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment with­out fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing the ba­sics first. This would in­clude cre­at­ing and per­fect­ing the re­quired and much-needed in­fra­struc­ture that will in­evitably mean that the company would ful­fil the prom­ises made when sign­ing a 24-month con­tract, rather than de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts and get­ting new users when the re­quired in­fra­struc­ture needed to ser­vice the ex­ist­ing users doesn’t even ex­ist yet. Al­fred writes via email: I have been a sub­scriber to Fin­week since its in­cep­tion and be­fore that the fi­nan­cial mag­a­zine that was taken over. The last Fin­week which I re­ceived was dated 2 Oc­to­ber 2014. I re­alise that there is a postal strike, but not all Post Of­fices are af­fected. Could KwaZulu-Natal sub­scribers’ mag­a­zines not be couri­ered to Dur­ban and then posted?

Ed­i­tor Jana Marais re­sponds:

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