Useless

Nobody in our neighborhood has nowadays a landline. Telkom, the South African telecommunications monopolist, has overpriced itself (rates are about the highest in the world). The few houses nearby with a wired Telkom connection don’t have a telephone anymore. The neighbors use their mobiles and some of them, like us, also Skype. An international telephone call with Skype is cheaper than a local call within our village via a landline… Despite all the new developments (our PC has a wireless connection) Telkom is investing in their infrastructure, replacing the copper wiring with modern fiber materials. The pole in the backyard of one of our neighbors is absolutely useless except than as a photo object…

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Just wire-less

We don’t communicate with direct communication ‘lines‘. We communicate wire-less. That’s how we get the best and most affordable internet communication in South Africa. And uncapped. Communication via landlines is extremely expansive here in South Africa with about the highest rates worldwide. If we want to make a telephone call abroad we use Skype and since last weekend we can even make international calls with our cell phone for Skype-rates. That means that a call to Europe or America is cheaper than a local call via the landline of Telkom; the sole provider/monopolist of landline based communication in this country with a horrible reputation if it comes to service. That set aside; just want to show you the device, attached to our house, which makes wire-less communication possible.

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