The National Broadband Forum took place on the 24th of March at the Sunnysode Hotel. For detailed info on the forum visit http://www.southafricaconnect.org.za/?cat=36.
Definitely the most interesting to me and most relevant to our industry, was Indra de Lanerolle, a media consultant, who's presentation partially focused on content and the effect broadband will have on the creation of it. Here is an extract from his presentation (you can read more at http://www.southafricaconnect.org.za/?p=212):
"According to de Lanerolle, the arrival of broadband has several consequences for the creation, distribution and use of content, and he painted several possible scenarios for the content industry in South Africa.
The first was that broadband might mean the end of content as we know it. As mass media outlets battle with the Internet for advertising revenue; newspapers, television stations, record labels and the publishing industry have begun to lose out to the online world. He cited the case of ITV in the UK, who, until 2007 had been the largest recipient of advertising in the United Kingdom, although they had to spend 1.3 billion pounds on content per year to make themselves so. In 2007, however, Google UK, who spent nothing on creating content, beat them out of the advertising battle. South Africa hasn’t yet reached that point in the competition cycle, but as Ronnie Apteker, the founder of Internet Solutions, and now a well-known local film producer has pointed out, without mystery there are no [profit] margins."
Some info from other presentations:
250 gigabit per second is the current potential capacity for the undersea cable currently in operation called SAT3, only 50 gigabit per second of which have been used till now. Upgrade in progress to use the rest
1.28 terrabits/second is Seacom cable which is scheduled to reach our coast in June this year (detailed map at http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/)
Screamer and ECN, new providers that will take advantage of Seacom cable Dark fibre digging up the roads and installing fibre optic networks, not Neotel. They will be leasing it to Neotel, Vodacom etc
66% of SMME use ADSL
Currently about 8% of South Africans are on-line. Forecast is 30% by 2018. We are 92nd most connected in the world and 4th in Africa. (used to be 64th in the world and 1st in Africa)
Prof Wesch has made anthropological study video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mwesch (found this quite interesting)
Here are some links for the presentation by Steven Vosloo from the Shuttleworth foundation