SA internet users pass five million

first_img14 January 2010 Growth in the number of internet users in South Africa was relatively stagnant from 2002 to 2007, when it never rose above 7%. However, this rate almost doubled in 2008, and continued accelerating in 2009. “The year ahead will see the proliferation of high-speed connectivity materialising more widely than ever before.” New cables, market liberalisation The Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and sponsored by Cisco, shows that the internet user base grew by 15% last year, from 4.6-million users to 5.3-million users, and is expected to grow at a similar rate in 2010. Fibre-optic city networks “The large providers, in turn, began to offer far more competitive packages to both customers and resellers,” the statement read. “The good news is that we will continue to see strong growth in 2010, and we should reach the 6-million mark by the end of the year,” Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Almost every large player in the communications industry has realigned its business to take advantage of this relentless change.” Higher broadband usage by SMEs World Wide Worx found that the landing of a new undersea cable on the South African coast was only one of a range of factors behind the growth. Of greater significance was the granting of Electronic Communications Network Service licences to more than 400 organisations.center_img This meant that service providers that were previously required to buy their network access from one of the major providers could now build their own networks or choose where they wanted to buy their access. Each company moving from dial-up to ADSL, for example, extended internet access to general office staff. This process was found to add an additional one to 20 new users to the internet user base for every small business installing ADSL. “A sustained growth in internet penetration is a key factor that will positively influence the economy of South Africa,” says Cisco Internet Business Solutions senior manager Reshaad Sha. “The varied range of application services and social networking platforms used by local consumers has fuelled the uptake that we see today.” “South African consumers and businesses are demanding access to online applications and services that can only be experienced via high-speed connectivity, such as fibre-optic networks,” said Sha. While the headline findings examine the general numbers of users, the final Internet Access in SA 2010 report, due to be released in March, will highlight the extent of new fibre-optic networks laid down across South African cities and between the cities. World Wide Worx found that a second key factor in growth over the past two years has been the continued uptake of broadband connectivity by small and medium enterprises migrating from dial-up connectivity. It will also examine the impact of the range of new undersea cables that will be in place by the end of 2011, and which is expected to enhance competitiveness even further. “In the coming year, operators will begin to leverage the combination of new undersea cable capacity and new fibre-optic networks to supply corporate clients and resellers with bigger, faster and more flexible capacity,” says Goldstuck. The result was that a market previously characterised by a limited range of providers and services suddenly exploded as small providers were able to repackage the services provided by the large telecommunications corporations in any way they wished. A new study has found that the number of South African internet users has passed the five-million mark for the first time, finally breaking through the 10% mark in internet penetration for the country.last_img read more

There are some brights spots for corn prices, soybeans look grim

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileHarvest progress continues to be disappointing for many across Ohio. For the most part it is not disappointment in the harvest to date but rather for what yet remains for corn and soybeans to be harvested across the state. The last half of October, like much of the growing season, provided bountiful rains for Ohio.The Nov. 8 USDA Monthly Supply and Demand Report lowered corn ending stocks and increased soybean ending stocks. Those changes were expected but the ways they got there were not similar. U.S. corn ending stocks for the 2018-19 marketing year were 1.736 billion bushels, down 77 million bushels from October. The biggest change for corn came with U.S. production at 14.626 billion bushels. The October production estimate put corn at 14.778 billion bushels. Traders and producers alike were expecting the corn yield to be reduced as it was estimated at 178.9 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from the October estimate.Corn open interest (total number of outstanding contracts) early in November reached its highest level since August 23. The first two trading days of November saw corn open interest climb over 39,000 contracts. Some are suggesting this activity could indicate that commodity fund traders have been active buyers and they see a longer term “story” of higher prices yet to come. This activity comes just days ahead of the Nov. 8 report that revealed China’s corn stocks could be much higher than earlier expected. Corn prices on that report day did close down one cent, but did not fall out of bed on the higher stocks number.The market has feared for decades what the actual China corn stocks number could be. Traders are not expecting increases in corn exports out of China. USDA did not increase at all their projections of China corn exports in spite of higher production and ending stocks in comparison to October numbers. It is a well-known fact that China is investing heavily into corn ethanol production with dozens of plants expected to be up and running in the next two years. Weekly corn auctions in China have been taking place for months with little traded at times. In addition, their corn inventory is thought to be of poor quality as well as not logistically in position to be exported. Also, China’s corn consumption is expected to increase 5% in the next year as they expand the starch and sweetener industries.U.S. soybean ending stocks continue to be on the increase as USDA pegged ending stocks at 955 million bushels, a jump of 70 million bushels. This increase comes on the heels of USDA lowering U.S. soybean exports to 1.9 billion bushels, a decline of 160 million bushels in just one month. This export decline was not a surprise with the U.S./China trade issues, which have been plaguing U.S. producers since May. U.S. President Trump and China President Xi are expected to be meeting late this year at a G20 meeting in South America to talk trade and other issues. There are indications of China acknowledging that both the U.S. and China have been hurt from the ongoing trade issues.Basis levels for both corn and soybeans have seen improvement in recent weeks as harvest has been winding down. However, those basis gains are changing at different rates across the state. For example, mid-November, Cincinnati is seeing only a flat price gain of 4 cents on soybeans from November to December. Other parts of Ohio are seeing that flat price gain of 10 cents to just over 20 cents. Likewise corn in Cincinnati is seeing a 6-cent gain for that same time period. Other parts of Ohio we seeing a flat price gain of 20 to 30 cents for that same November to December period.It is no surprise that this was a very difficult harvest season across Ohio. Producers with storage and drying capabilities were rewarded with the ability to keep harvesting as the weather permitted. Those without home storage were most frustrated as numerous elevators for much of October limited soybean moisture to 14% to 15%. Cloudy days with daily highs below 50 degrees provided little drying of soybeans still standing in fields.last_img read more

11 die as avalanches hit vehicles in J&K

first_imgThe bodies of eleven people, including a beacon officer, were retrieved on Saturday from the parts of the Sadhna Top in Kupwara, where three avalanches swept away three vehicles on Friday afternoon.The police said eight bodies were recovered after a night-long search operation, in which locals also joined the administration in sub-zero temperature. Two bodies were recovered on Friday night. One more was recovered late on Saturday.Seven passengers were on board and three pedestrians were on the way when avalanches hit the Sadhna Top Karnah.“Two among 12 trapped passengers were rescued from the spot, including a 10-year-old boy. Both have been shifted to the hospital,” said an official.One Beacon officer also died in the incident. The avalanches hit Khoni Nallah.Officials said two rescue teams, comprising the army, police and State Disaster Response Force, started rescue operation immediately and scanned the area throughout the night.The authorities have directed that the movement of traffic “should be restricted on vulnerable roads in the event of adverse weather predictions.”The incident sparked protests with locals demanding a tunnel, connecting the Karnah with Kupwara.J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief and sorrow over the incident, an official spokesman said. The CM conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families, he said.The government sanctioned ₹4 lakh as ex gratia relief for those deceased in the avalanches and a compensation of ₹12,600 each to the injured.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more