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“The Mobile Office””, the latest book by technology writer and Gadget editor Arthur Goldstuck, reveals the true cost of connecting a small office or a mobile worker to the Internet – and sounds the death knell for dial-up access.

‚The Mobile Office‚ , the latest book by technology writer and Gadget editor Arthur Goldstuck, has for the first time presented a detailed analysis of the cost of Internet access in South Africa. It shows that dial-up access is the most expensive form of Internet connectivity in South Africa.

The belief that dial-up is cheap because it tends to carry the lowest monthly subscription of all forms of Internet subscription is shown to be a myth. While the upfront subscription is usually far cheaper, once the access is actually used, it quickly becomes more expensive.

World Wide Worx’s research into mobile technologies in South Africa, under the Mobility project sponsored by First National Bank, provided the initial impulse for the book.

FNB Mobile and Transaction Solutions CEO, Len Pienaar, says FNB has been sponsoring the Mobility research project for the past three years and are proud to be the only financial institution to support this initiative. ‚The book offers a strong component of financial common sense, which we support wholeheartedly,‚ adds Pienaar.

Among the findings revealed in the book, it has emerged that:

‚Our Internet and SME research always indicated that dial-up was a dying technology among small businesses, but the scale of the savings offered by mobile broadband that came out of our new analysis was a shock,‚ says Goldstuck, managing director of World Wide Worx.

‚The cost model that we provide in the book shows that dial-up access is obsolete both in terms of utility and in terms of cost. It is unsustainable, and broadband must now become the default for Internet access in South Africa,‚ says Goldstuck.

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