FOCUS ON THE BASICS
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?
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