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You know the saying – Wi-Fi makes the world go round.  Studies show that globally, there are more than 15 … Conti...

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>You know the saying – Wi-Fi makes the world go round. </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Studies show that globally, there are more than 15 billion Wi-Fi connected products today (for context: South Africa has about 61.53 million people in total here. Think of the biggest crowd you can. Multiply that to include the whole of South Africa – then double it – that’s how many Wi-Fi users exist at any given time). It’s not hard to understand why. Connectivity is the driving force behind most major societal focal points today – from education to entertainment (we refuse to say “edutainment”, mobile devices, gaming, work, banking, and just being a regularly functioning human in 2022 – the average consumer spends more than 8 hours online per day.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Remember when they used to limit our TV time as kids to 1 hour a day? Yeah, those days are gone – sometimes adulthood does have <em>some </em>perks. True, in many cases, Mobile Data is used as an alternative, but for the most part homes, businesses and everything in between have embraced Wi-Fi as the preferred, cost-effective, and tech-savvy solution of choice. Between speed, accessibility, security, and simplified execution, Wi-Fi has become an essential technological tool as integral to our lives as eating, sleeping, and breathing (if you don’t believe us, let your Vox internet drop for a week and we’ll take a look at our Facebook messenger!).&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>We joke, but Wi-Fi and easily accessible Internet has improved our lives in a myriad of ways. Imagine a world (or a lockdown) without Netflix, social media, Emails, Work from Home or where we still needed Mxit to communicate with our crush (yes, we’re THAT old). Technology has served to empower, educate, and enable millions across the globe. Just look at the workplace of the present – which is a far cry from the offices of yesteryear. Any reputable office space offers their employees a high-speed informational and interactive experience. Knowledge is at our fingertips, communication has never been simpler, and whilst in any other era, a hard lockdown would have meant the end of the economy as we know it, our ability to adapt to new means of operating is in large part due to the wonders of connectivity.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>In the workspace, there are a wealth of benefits, including:&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:list --> <ul><li>The ability to share files, communicate with colleagues and clients alike, access information both in-person or remotely and facilitate the completion of numerous office-related tasks.</li><li>Increased productivity and better efficiency due to speed and ease-of-access. Add Cloud-based tools to the mix, and you have entire servers being shared – allowing for previously unfathomable levels of collaboration.&nbsp;</li><li>Better customer satisfaction and public relations.&nbsp;</li><li>Ultimately, a boost in profits (because you know that’s what counts), with a proven ROI.</li></ul> <!-- /wp:list --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Not enough? Let’s jump to the home, and where Wi-Fi comes in..</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:list --> <ul><li>Late hours in the campus library or the long commute to and from school can be tiring and dangerous. Having Wi-Fi at home allows for forms of E-learning and studying in the comfort of your home. Whether work, campus or school assignments or research projects, prepping for your year end exams or just studying hard, you can do so in a safe, controlled space rather than stressing about finding working internet or running out of Data.&nbsp;</li><li>Better Gaming, browsing, entertainment and leisure time – as well as offering features such as parental control, communication, collaboration suites (think Microsoft 365) and the like.&nbsp;</li><li>Added comfort, safety, and convenience – which is always a plus.</li></ul> <!-- /wp:list --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>ou can look at social media, which, through Wi-Fi and connectivity, have revolutionised the way we interact and ushered in the first era of a global village in human history – in doing so allowing us to communicate with anyone, anywhere in seconds. E-commerce has redefined shopping experiences, be it ordering takeout or getting your weekly groceries and beyond. Education has seen a similar redefinition, allowing the conventional classroom to become an easily accessible, interactive, and open learning environment. Then there’s online banking and payment, access to information or content on-demand, the transformation of health platforms and gaming becoming a regular part of dinnertime conversation.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>The key link in all of this? Wi-Fi – which we can safely say, all things considered, has allowed for the successful transition to the new today.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Sadly, and unfortunately, we live in a country where Wi-Fi and connectivity is not always easily accessible and available to everyone. Or isn’t it? HYPA pre-paid Fibre aims to rectify this by offering fast, safe, and reliable home Wi-Fi at affordable monthly prices – which have just become even more affordable (if you can believe that one). Yup, we’re currently running a promotion wherein your first month of affordable Fibre cost’s just R19.00 (also known as less than a liter of Coke). Simply sign-up, get connected and get browsing for R19 for your first month. After that? We revert to normal billing, but it’s still on a pre-paid basis, meaning you decide when you need it and when you can afford to pay for it.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Insert Mic Drop.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Examining the Rise of Prepaid Fibre in South Africa.

Back in the day (and it really wasn’t that long ago), Prepaid meant those cool scratch cards you needed to … Conti...

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Back in the day (and it really wasn’t that long ago), Prepaid meant those cool scratch cards you needed to peel off with the side of a R5 (or a house key, but you had to be careful not to remove the numbers). Today? Those awesome cards are replaced by till slips, and the term Prepaid has extended from Airtime to Water, Electricity and now, it would seem,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.vox.co.za/fibre/fibre-to-the-home">Fibre.</a></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><em>But why on earth would anyone need Prepaid Fibre, you ask?</em></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Well, let’s start by addressing some of the biggest misconceptions around Fibre-based Internet services (which, incidentally, Prepaid can eradicate straight off the bat). The overall perception of our favourite connectivity solution seems to be that it’s a costly, expensive option available only to those who can afford it. Indeed, the idea seems to suggest that only those with a moderate to above average recurring monthly income can afford the long-term contracts affiliated with Fibre based solutions.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>In short, the concept seems, to many, unaffordable and unattainable, apparently limited only to those who have a guaranteed fixed salary which can sustain a one-, two- or three-year monthly deduction (fun fact: did you know that the top ranked FIFA player in SA, the only South African to qualify for the FIFA Online World Cup, is quite vocal about his non-use of Fibre?). All the above indicates that, despite its worldwide popularity, Fibre as a whole has some way to go before it can reach the majority of our population.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><em>Which may be where Prepaid Fibre comes in…</em></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Don’t be deceived by the name – you won’t be dashing to the nearest petrol station or spaza shop for 1am top-ups. Aimed at giving the end user more control over their budget and Internet access (as well as eliminating the deterrent of elongated fixed-term contracts for those commitment-phobes in the audience), Prepaid Fibre allows you to handle your connectivity on a month-to-month basis.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Rather than tie you down for what seems like forever, you have complete freedom to choose whether or not you’d like to top up your connectivity come the end of the month. Had a bad December? No problem – you don’t need to stress about a R700 debit and can pick it back up when you’re ready again.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>This isn’t some capped, low-end budget solution which runs out after a week either. You’ll still get all the benefits (it is still Fibre, after all) as well as enjoy uncapped, unlimited Internet access to suit your home or business needs.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Simply put? It is exactly like a normal package – the only difference is you control your spend.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong>What’s the point of this?</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Well… by understanding the needs of our communities as well as their purchase patterns, it would be an incredible oversight on the part of ISP’s should they not heed what’s feasible for the majority. Traditional Fibre price points and contract models are, to many, an unfortunately unfeasible reality – the concept of Prepaid aims to rectify this. The concept is, in fact, a game-changer in that it entirely opens up accessibility to emerging markets and communities.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>In order for our country to truly thrive, efforts should be made to connect as much of the population to reliable, high-speed Internet as possible. In fact, all communities across SA should at least have the opportunity to experience these benefits. If the largest detracting factors are cost and ease-of-access (or lack thereof), then a more practical solution needs to be established – hence, Prepaid Fibre.<strong>Which brings us to&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://hypa.co.za/"><strong>Hypa…</strong></a></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Imagine fast, unlimited Home Wi-Fi brought to South Africans on a Prepaid basis. Everything we talked about earlier, you can find in abundance. Connect up to 10 devices and pick a line speed that suits you. With no Data cap and no contract, it’s just the perfect solution for users who want Fibre without the nitty gritty.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>When you sign up with Hypa, you can enjoy a free router and installation – you only pay for the connectivity you use, on a recurring or purchase basis. Starting from R394, you can enjoy speeds from 20/10 to 40/10 (if you think you’re up for it). Work, play, browse or stream – high speed Internet should never cost a fortune (and it doesn’t when you’re with Hypa. With flexible payment options and download speeds of 20 and 40 Mbps, you can wave goodbye to daily or weekly top-ups to maximise your any-time, unlimited Data.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>So believe the hype and get hyped for Hypa – because Prepaid Fibre is the here, the now and the future.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

HYPA brings unlimited, affordable prepaid wireless internet to local communities

Johannesburg: Integrated ICT and infrastructure provider Vox is looking to spur fibreuptake in several previously disadvant...

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong>Johannesburg:</strong> Integrated ICT and infrastructure provider Vox is looking to spur fibre<br>uptake in several previously disadvantaged communities around South Africa through the<br>launch of its subsidiary HYPA, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) which focuses on providing<br>cost-effective unlimited wireless connectivity, enabled by fibre, to areas covered by the<br>Vuma Reach network.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>South Africans from across socio-economic backgrounds are increasingly consuming more<br>content and services online; in areas that do not have any type of fixed-line connectivity,<br>users are entirely reliant on mobile connectivity, despite the high data costs. In response,<br>fibre network operators are expanding their networks to cater to customers in areas such as<br>Mitchells Plain, Grassy Park, Chatsworth, Phoenix, Gonubie, Soweto, Soshanguve, and<br>Vosloorus.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>“Through HYPA, residents of these areas will be able to get affordable, prepaid wireless<br>internet access at their homes that provide them with unlimited data, which makes it ideal for<br>streaming videos and music, consuming online services and more. The barriers to entry<br>have been further reduced as there are no installation or connection fees, or long-term<br>contracts that users need to sign up for,” says Brink van Zyl, Online Experience Consultant<br>at Vox.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>According to Van Zyl, the cost burden on these customers is further reduced with - the on-<br>premise optical network terminal (ONT) which is included in the package, the built-in WiFi<br>functionality that supports up to 10 wirelessly connected devices and a local area network<br>port for wired connections. This is unlike traditional home fibre installations, which can<br>include an installation and/or activation fee, and require a separate WiFi-enabled router -<br>which the user purchases through their ISP or on their own - in order to create a wireless<br>home network.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>“There are currently two products available, both of which feature unlimited data: the first<br>featuring a download speed of 40Mbps and an upload speed of 10Mbps, and the second<br>having a download speed of 20Mbps and an upload speed of 10Mbps. These prepaid<br>offerings can be purchased as a 28-day access package, or as a monthly recurring package<br>that will be automatically renewed until the ISP is instructed to end the service,” says Van<br>Zyl.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Customers looking to purchase either of the pre-paid packages can do so on the HYPA<br>website; depending on the package selected, they can either pay upfront via PayFast, using<br>a debit or credit card, or through EasyPay via the app or in-store. Customers will<br>automatically be redirected to the relevant payment gateway, or be provided with the<br>relevant reference numbers needed to make their payment.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Van Zyl says that HYPA will be looking to work closely with local community organisations<br>and influencers in order to drive awareness about the benefits of fibre-based connectivity, as<br>well as the countless opportunities that are opened up through access to unlimited internet.<br>As part of its community engagement, the company is running a referral programme that rewards people with a R50 voucher for successfully getting a family member or friend to sign<br>up.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>“Customers can check the HYPA website to make sure they are located within a Vuma<br>Reach coverage area and to sign up for their preferred package, which includes a seamless<br>RICA process, where users can take photos of their documentation with their mobile devices<br>and then upload it to our system. Once that is done, an installation appointment will be<br>scheduled and an accredited installer will install the on-premise equipment so that residents can get connected to stable, unlimited wireless internet,” adds Van Zyl.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Community approach key to driving fibre adoption in lower income areas

By Brink van Zyl, Online Experience Consultant at Vox. With increasing numbers of businesses and individuals shifting to re...

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><em>By Brink van Zyl, Online Experience Consultant at Vox.</em></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>With increasing numbers of businesses and individuals shifting to remote working and online<br>learning, access to affordable and unlimited internet connectivity has become an essential<br>rather than a luxury, risking the digital exclusion of those living in outlying areas. Key to<br>closing this divide will be taking a community-oriented approach to drive adoption of fibre-<br>based prepaid wireless internet services.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>South Africans have been consuming more digital content over the past few years, driven by<br>adoption of social media to communicate and engage with each other, and the use of online<br>platforms, such as YouTube, to watch videos. Restrictions brought about by multiple<br>lockdowns have merely accelerated this trend, with eCommerce, remote working and<br>studying online quickly growing in popularity.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>While this may not make much of a difference in traditional suburbs, there is an adverse<br>effect on outlying - and often disadvantaged - communities, where the number of options to<br>access the internet is severely limited. Here, communities are reliant on mobile service<br>providers, and end up spending a disproportionate amount on data bundles in order to enjoy<br>the benefits of the internet.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>It also means that people tend to use services from multiple mobile providers in order to<br>benefit from data deals, or be restricted to using the internet in the middle of the night to use<br>up their ‘off-peak’ data allocations. Otherwise, it can cost up to R200 to download a high<br>definition movie, depending on the data bundle used.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>This is simply not affordable, and does not cater to a modern digital lifestyle that requires<br>affordable, unlimited internet access to not only stream music and videos, but access a<br>variety of information on the web, work remotely, or even complete schooling or a university<br>course online. In an age where the government is digitising more of its services, lack of<br>access to affordable internet also means reduced access to government information and<br>services.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Fibre is key to enabling access to affordable unlimited internet connectivity and can provide<br>an improved user experience than mobile networks, which can get congested when many<br>users are in the same area. Apart from bringing fibre to underserved outlying communities,<br>fibre network operators like Vuma Reach are also introducing prepaid models in order to<br>attract customers and drive adoption, and making use of WiFi-enabled on-premise<br>equipment in order to cut out the need to spend extra on a router.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Driving adoption of fibre-enabled wireless internet in these communities will require more<br>than just an army of salespeople though. These markets have long been entirely dependent<br>on mobile operators, and not much has been done to raise awareness about fibre - and its<br>benefits - in local communities in order to drive demand and adoption.<br>With geographies ranging from Soweto to Mitchell’s Plain, it is clear that a one-size fits all<br>approach isn’t going to work either. What those two places have in common though is a lack of access to affordable unlimited connectivity. HYPA was created to focus specifically on this<br>market, foster close relationships with local communities to drive education and awareness,<br>and to be agile enough to take advantage of the opportunities that arise.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Rather than taking an existing offering and modifying it to reach new markets, HYPA was<br>designed to suit the unique needs of these markets, and to provide customers from these<br>communities with quality service and support.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Driving this shift toward fibre-enabled wireless internet will also come down to being more<br>actively involved in communities, and working with local organisations and influencers in<br>order to drive awareness about the benefits of fibre-based wireless internet in comparison to<br>their existing connectivity methods. This includes the introduction of a referral programme<br>that rewards community members for encouraging their family and friends to sign up.<br>Rather than simply selling, this is more about educating and then advocating for the use of<br>fibre-enabled wireless internet in order to unpack the countless opportunities that will be<br>opened up for residents, businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs from within these<br>communities - and help raise their quality of life by bringing to life HYPA’s slogan of ‘Live<br>more connected’.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->