In the post modern era people have adapted to great changes. In South Africa there have been great political and social upheavals and these have come together with technological innovations that have changed the way that people think and communicate. Weary of ceaseless waves of change many people are content to surrender control of technology to a business ADSL provider who works efficiently.
Internet access was available to people at first through their standard telephone lines. That at meant that existing telephone landlines could be used to provide totally new communications services. As as demand for broad bandwidths increase a new technology known as asymmetrical digital subscriber line, or ADSL was made available. This meant that for a subscription an extra frequency in an existing copper wire could be rented.
The words ‘copper wire’ evoke opposite responses in South African people. To criminals without conscience the words mean metal that can be stolen and sold to dishonest dealers at good prices. Sometimes with the collaboration of corrupt officials the copper wires that are stretched in a network across the country are ripped from poles leaving honest people cut off from the communication system that they pay for.
Copper wire theft presents an interesting perspective on the importance of morality and culture in economics. Cultural deficiency in South Africa is responsible for uncontrolled crime and this has implications for the top tier section of the economy. The highly evolved banking and IT sectors of the economy are seriously compromised by Third World cultural deficiency.
Despite the challenges of operating in a two tier economy some people believe that there are advantages that cannot be overlooked. Parastatal utilities that were formerly profitable areas of revenue have become available for private enterprise. Telecommunication entrepreneurs are presented with many opportunities because people have needs that cannot be met by state operated undertakings.
Wireless technology, thought of as a distant prospect only a few years ago is not a reality. Users in remote areas can access the Internet through their cell phones that collect signals from well protected towers. Copper wire thieves are circumvented, and there is more than one provider, so cartels cannot easily manipulate prices. Better than cell phone technology may be wireless ADSL routers that do not entirely overcome the problems inherent in technology that makes use of the legacy of telephone networks from which they have evolved.
Rapid advance is a feature of the telecommunications industry. To some people it appears that a new system is competing for attention even before its predecessor has begun to get traction. The term ‘legacy networks’ is applied to systems that depend upon telephone technology that was installed in earlier years but now there appears to be evolution towards systems that are entirely independent of previous installations.
A business ADSL provider may now look to voice over Internet protocols to supply the more sophisticated needs of small and medium enterprises. Clients may use communication protocols and methodologies in multimedia and voice communication practices. The integration may enable clients to advance beyond traditional installations into a completely new and efficient level of integrated Internet and telecommunication technology.