MyBroadband

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MyBroadband
MyBroadband Logo 2012.png
Type of site
News and community
Available in English
Owner Rudolph Muller
Created by Jan Vermeulen, Vicky Sidler, Cara Muller, Rudolph Muller, Kevin Lancaster
Website http://mybroadband.co.za/
Alexa rank 4,214[1]
Commercial Yes
Users 1000000
Launched 2003
Current status Active

MyBroadband.co.za is an online group (chiefly an Internet forum), which provides South African Internet users with a central vantage point for information on broadband services in the country. Since 2003,[2] the site has become a major source of information on many computing disciplines related to the Internet and its various uses including gaming, VoIP and more.

The site is funded by advertising revenue, the majority of which is received from telecommunications companies.

One of the main objectives of MyBroadBand is to change the current South African broadband landscape, focusing particularly on ADSL,[3] which is dominated[4] by the state-controlled monopoly Telkom. One major achievement is that Telkom is, apparently, beginning to recognise MyBroadBand, and has met with the forum leaders and discussed the problems the broadband community faces.[citation needed]

Broadband Ratings Reports[edit]

MyADSL often releases Broadband ratings reports, the latest[when?] of which is the Wireless Broadband Ratings Report, these reports take into account speed and reliability tests by users of the services in Question. The Vodacom company controversially uses the report to make their advertising claim "The Best Broadband for Your Rand".[citation needed]

MyADSL / MyBroadband Meetings and Conferences[edit]

Contributors to the myADSL forum meet at least once a year. The annual conference is usually held in Johannesburg. These gatherings are sponsored by Vodacom.

Official Representatives on the Forum[edit]

Many companies, including Neotel, Vodacom, Afrihost, Web Africa, iBurst and Cell-C, have official representatives on the forum.

Controversies[edit]

In its later years MyBroadband has been criticised for removing forum posts[5] and banning users[6] that are critical of its major advertisers who have people in management positions that are friends with moderators on the forum. The most recent of these when iBurst was accused[7] of illegally erecting a base station. Accusations have been made of unethical behaviour when using a company also owned by the owner of MyBroadband [8]to report on site statistics for its advertisers. Competitions are regularly held which have been criticised for not adhering to any laws governing promotional lotteries or competitions.

The company has also changed its founding principle of being advertising free. In 2009 it included the incumbent Telkom as an advertiser, which was widely critiqued among the membership and ultimately resulted in 2 competing forums being set up[9]. Shortly before and after this several of the founding members left or were banned from the site which was also widely criticised on other forums and on blogs. It is now described as selling out to the telecoms companies and as a commercial news site that no longer has the interests of South African consumers at heart.

Related Sites and Organisations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Site info for mybroadband.co.za". Alexa. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Mybroadband". Mybroadband. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Us". mybroadband.co.za. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  4. ^ "How Telkom tried to own the Internet in SA". mybroadband.co.za. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  5. ^ GNaschenweng (2017-06-07). "Mybroadband.co.za censors consumer activism about Afrihost SMS- & email-spam". naschenweng.info. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  6. ^ GNaschenweng (2017-06-08). "MyBroadband banned me because I reported them to ISPA". naschenweng.info. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Noseweek 125 iBursting with ill-health". www.noseweek.co.za. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  8. ^ "OPA vs WASA. The plot thickens...". www.andyhadfield.com. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  9. ^ "BBLounge screen-grab - feud with MyBroadband" (PDF). 

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