SAJIC Issue 8, 2007

SAJIC Issue 8, 2007

 

This issue of the journal represents the research outcomes of a bilateral research project between the LINK Centre at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, Witwatersrand University and SMIT at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Researchers from both institutes gathered in Johannesburg and Brussels to exchange views and insights into infrastructure, applications, usage patterns and policy related to broadband. Despite the obvious differences between the two countries, circa 2007 neither country had seen the uptake and usage that had characterised broadband frontrunners such as South Korea and Iceland.

Recent Submissions

  • Emdon, Heloise; Seebregts, Chris (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
  • Esselaar, Steve; Soete, Pieter (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    In the past, the main obstacle against building network infrastructure was the cost. Technological advances, however, have meant that building a functional, low-cost network is possible. Knysna is the first municipality ...
  • Morganti, Luciano (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    Who exactly are the main players behind the technical infrastructure of the Internet? What paths are emerging at a global level about the use of the Internet? Where and by whom is content produced and consumed? To put it ...
  • Verhoest, Pascal; James, Tina; Marais, Mario; Van Audenhove, Leo (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    This contribution presents the results of a pilot project on ICT usage by South African SMMEs in the tourism industry. The Electronic Business Survey (EBS) methodology which was tested for applicability in a developing ...
  • Abrahams, Lucienne; Bakker, Brian; Bhyat, Mohamed (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    The article raises two related questions, the strategy question of whether South Africa should focus on universal access to the Internet in the next 10 years for all cities and towns and the operational question of how ...
  • Van Audenhove, Leo; Ballon, Pieter; Poel, Martijn; Staelens, Tomas (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    Wireless City Networks are a recent, but growing phenomenon. In the United States hundreds of cities are looking into the possibility of rolling out Wi-Fi or WiMax based networks over substantial parts of the city. The ...
  • Sutherland, Ewan (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    Leased lines are basic building blocks of mobile networks, ISPs and virtual private networks. In South Africa they have been provided almost exclusively by Telkom SA, the incumbent operator, at comparatively high prices. ...
  • Gillwald, Alison (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    This paper explores the underlying causes of South Africa’s relatively poor broadband penetration despite Government’s acknowledgment of its centrality to a modern economy and information society. South Africa’s broadband ...
  • Van den Broeck, Wendy; Lievens, Bram (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    In the society we live in today, access to information is crucial. But because of the increased amount of data as well as the nature of the content, a simple Internet connection is no longer sufficient. The EU government, ...
  • Delaere, Simon (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
  • Gillwald, Alison; Van Audenhove, Leo (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
  • Pierson, Jo; Baelden, Dorien; Lievens, Bram; Marsigny, Christine (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2007-12-15)
    In the transition of the techno-economic paradigm from a (post) industrial to an information society, it is crucial that ICT and broadband become embedded within the whole of the socio-economic system. However figures show ...