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Vumatel spreads Joburg web

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Five additional suburbs have endorsed Vumatel to join the growing list of Vumatel ‘fibrehoods’ in South Africa.

The suburbs include Emmarentia, where construction begins this month. Installation in Forest Town, Parktown, Gallo Manor and Melrose will occur in the first quarter of next year joining Northcliff, Sharonlea, Hyde Park and Olivedale as suburbs who will all experience the benefits of Vumatel FTTH in 2016.

“Gallo Manor issued a ‘technology neutral’ RFP in order to ensure that the best solution to the broadband problem in Gallo Manor was addressed. It was primarily broadband linked, however other services such as OTT TV/Video and the connection of our guardhouses and CCTV infrastructure were critical elements too,” says Brian Seligmann, Head of Gallo Manor FTTH Project.

Gallo Manor has to date provided one of the most stringent discovery processes encountered by Vumatel with regards to broadband connectivity within a suburb. In the case of Gallo Manor, the evaluation was based on a broad range of 13 criteria, including price, community involvement/commitment, connectivity for religious institutions and schools and technical solutions among others.  “Vumatel was selected based on their having achieved the highest scores across all criteria, with a really strong showing on track record and reputation,” concludes Seligmann.

Currently, the Vuma network is live and services are available in Parkhurst, Parktown North, Greenside, Killarney, Riviera & Saxonwold and Parkwood.  In addition, Vumatel is currently on site building ‘fibrehoods’ in Blairgowrie, Victory Park, Linden, Hurlingham, Glenadrienne, Willowild, Riepen Park, Bryanston and Emmarentia.

Vumatel recently announced the conclusion of a deal with Investec in which the South African and International Specialist Bank and Asset Manager acquired a minority stake in the business. The sizeable investment ensures that Vumatel is well positioned to accelerate its roll-out of FTTH to any community in South Africa that requests it.

“This is an extremely exciting period for the company, and we continue to focus on our commitment to deploy affordable, high speed FTTH to 100 000 homes by the end of 2016” concludes Schoeman.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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