Just months after launching its fibre services, Afrihost has more than tripled its coverage by partnering with MetroFibre Networx, Frogfoot, SA Digital Villages, Mitsol and Century City Connect.
Communications service provider Afrihost has announced a major expansion of its fibre offerings, first launched back in October last year.
At launch, it partnered with Vumatel, OpenServe, TT Connect and Octotel. It has now more than tripled its coverage through a combination of rollouts with existing partners and adding new ones , namely MetroFibre Networx, Frogfoot, SA Digital Villages, Mitsol and Century City Connect.
It will also be one of the first to partner with Connectivity Services in the coming weeks to provide high-speed fibre broadband in in the major new development of Steyn City north of Johannesburg.
Afrihost says new fibre users will be abnle to save up to R4000, from offsetting installation and hardware costs. Existing users with other Internert Service Providers who want to move over will be given a credit in their Afrihost account to reimburse them for costs incurred in making the switch.
“Our mission remains to add more providers and aggressively grow our network to ensure the largest fibre footprint possible, along with offering competitive pricing,” Afrihost said in a statement.
“All Afrihost Fibre Packages are bundled, which means that what you see is what you pay. Packages are all-inclusive with the price covering both the Data and Line Rental. And with our R4000 signup offer there don’t need to be any hardware or installation costs either.”
The company says that, while fibre may not be available in all areas yet, it is rolling out at a rapid pace across the country and becoming more pervasive every day.
The Afrihostr Fibre Microsite includes an Availability Map to find out if an area is fibre ready, as well as details on what packages are on offer.
“We also accept pre-orders for areas coming live in the next 1-2 months, and invite users to register their interest for areas which do not yet have a timeline for rollout,” says the company.
* Visit afrihost.com/fibre for more information.
CES: Most useless gadgets of all
Choosing the best of show is a popular pastime, but the worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.
It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.
But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.
The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.
1. DUX voice-assisted bed
The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.
2. Smart Baby Dining Table
Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.
Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.
CES: Tech means no more “lost in translation”
Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.
Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:
Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator
The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication.
It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.
It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.”
Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.