Skyrove has moved!

 

Good morning all Skyrovers!

We are pleased to announce that over the weekend we moved into our new offices. We are just experiencing a few telephone issues whilst Telkom processes our Golden Number transfer. If you need to get hold of us in the meantime please call our out of hours support number: 074 654 79 11.

You can also find us at our new physical address:

Suite 23b Unit16,
The Waverley Business Park, Wyecroft Road
Mowbray 7705

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Skyrove is moving!

Attention Skyrovers, we have some exctiting news to share!
Skyrove is moving offices to Mowbray as of Monday, 19th November 2012!

Find us at: Suite 23b Unit16, The Waverley Business Park, Wyecroft Road, Mowbray 7705

Our Postal Adress remains the same: PO BOX 14031, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7705.

Skyrove’s latest news!

It’s amazing how time flies. The end of the year is upon us and so is summer. But it’s not over just yet and October was a busy month for Skyrove. Enjoy reading up on our latest news!

Latest News

Our prices have changed as of the 1st of November 2012. You can now purchase vouchers online or at one of our voucher vendors for the following prices:

  • R375 for 2500 MB
  • R200 for 1000 MB
  • R100 for 400  MB
  • R25 for 100 MB
Skyrove is looking for an Enterprise Sales Manager ready for a challenge! More information on http://www.skyrove.com/careers
Skyrove provided Wi-Fi during the The 19th Africa Oil Week, which took place at the Pavilion, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town from October 29th to November 2nd.

The Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream conferences reputation is one of the top world-class conferences on the world business calendar! The 19th Africa Oil Week hosts the world’s leading deal-makers and senior level networking executives in the oil and gas industry in Africa.

Skyrove provided connectivity during the PyconZA Convention on the 4th and 5th of October 2012 at the Pavilion Clocktower in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Skyrove sponsored and provided Wi-Fi in partnership with Wireless Online Communications in the third annual Content Strategy Forum 2012 which was held in South Africa for the first time ever at the Spier Wine Estate from the 24th to the 26th of October 2012.
Happy birthday to Helen, Monica and Tim! To celebrate the Team organized a foosball tournament. Well done to Tim and Murray for winning Skyrove’s first Foosball Tournament. Helen and Adam came in 2nd.
October was rich in celebration: the team celebrated Adam’s and Bronwyn’s 1 year anniversary with Skyrove!
Skyrove is happy to announce that Wireless Online Communications is now one of our trusted backhaul providers!
Skyrove, Meraki’s Gold Partner in South Africa is pleased to inform you that Meraki recently launched 2 new products on the market:

Skyrove Team Member of the Month

Name: Tim Elston

DOB: 8 October 1991

Profession: Senior Network Technician

Hobbies: Paintball, Hiking/Camping, Travelling, Fire Dancing and Gaming

“I am driven by a strong passion for technology and all that is new and shiny. I studied in Stellenbosch, focussing on network administration. I was then lucky enough to be accepted into the Skyrove family and over the last year and half, have been happily working alongside this unique and spirited team!”

Expanding our coverage

We are South Africa’s largest and fastest growing independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 450 Wi-Fi hotspots at the last count.

Our team consists of dedicated and highly trained technical staff, engineers, sales and marketing people whose main aim is to bring you the fastest and most efficient Wi-Fi solutions.

Keep a lookout for new hotspots near you! View our map!

Skyrove’s new hotspots in town

- Get connected to Skyrove Wi-Fi at Deano’s Cafe, Shop 10 Dean Street Arcade, Newlands, Cape Town.

– Find Skyrove Wi-Fi at Barristers Grill Restaurant, located in “the heart of Newlands”, Cardiff Castle, corner Kildare Rd & Main Street, Cape Town.

– Have a delicious coffee and surf on the Internet with Skyrove Wi-Fi at Gloria Jean’s Cafe, Rosebank, Gauteng.

– “Coffee, Pedal, Passion” & now Skyrove Wi-Fi at The Handlebar, 100 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.

Events and Conferencing

Skyrove is providing Wi-Fi duing the G South Africa Conference 2012 which will be held the 12th and 13th of November at the Pavilion Conference Centre at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Skyrove is providing Wi-Fi during the Microsoft MEA CCG Executive Event 2012, which will be hosted from the 4th to the 7th of November at The Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Cape Town. Microsoft will provide you the opportunity to connect with Consumer Channels Group friends and Microsoft Executives during round tables and 1:1 sessions.

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Skyrove tips on hotspot Data Usage.

 

There are various factors that one needs to take into consideration, when looking at data usage. If one was to take Apple products for example. If the user’s Apple device is i-Cloud enabled and there have been various changes made to the off-line content, it will, by default, update all of this to the i-Cloud storage facility. This is the same with PC users, running Dropbox with default sync settings.

 

Also take into consideration that most Anti-Virus programs will also update themselves if they detect an active internet connection. (Most PC users have their Windows Update setting under control, but various other applications like Adobe etc. might still download content even before it prompts the user to download the full update package).

 

Local email client users will also typically use more data when reading mail (Using an application such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Mozilla Thunderbird), as with POP ( “Post Office Protocol” – a type of mail service that determines how email is received and managed) the mail gets downloaded before it gets viewed. Exchange and IMAP (Also, both of these determine how mail is received and managed) will update folder changes etc. when it starts to Synchronise on connection. Whereas, when using your web browser to access mail, you view the content on the server, and minimal data transferring takes place.

 

Best would be to make sure that most of your applications, Anti-Virus etc. are all up to date as far as possible before using a Pre-Paid public Hot Spot. Also, if possible, browse your email using your browser or only download important headers and then select what mail you would like to download to read. Remember with all the active and live content used in email marketing and signatures these days, some emails might be the cause of some frustrating bandwidth usage.

 

Regards,

Skyrove Technical Team

Skyrove’s latest news!

Dear Skyrovers,

As summer still seems to be in hiding, what would be better than to get connected with Skyrove Wi-Fi at a cosy hotspot near you!

Latest News

Skyrove team fun: The monthly Poker game was won by … Adam and Rudolph! A fter a long fight around the table and hours of tricks and bluffs, they decided to split the pot.


34th Annual Loerie Awards Convention:
Skyrove provided connectivity for the duration of the convention at Cape Town City Hall.

Hot News!
Skyrove’s Technical team has been investigating a new and improved backhaul connections for our radical hotspots. The Skyrove Technical team is dedicated to ensure that all Skyrovers get the benefit of constantly improving and evolving internet. Watch this space for more updates!

Congratulations to Helen and Bronwyn, who have successfully obtained their Certificate of Effective Communication and Human Skills.

The Dale Carnegie Course will help them master the capabilities demanded in today’s tough business environment. In short, the course will power them to move far beyond their comfort zone as they stretch for and attain ambitious new goals.


Skyrove sponsored the Wi-Fi for the Joomla! Day Cape Town event
which was held at The Pavilion Conference Centre in the V&A Waterfront on the 17th & 18th August 2012.

Skyrove Team Member of the Month

Name: Monica Kriek

DOB: 22 October 1984

Profession: General Manager: Sales and Marketing

Hobbies: Networking, travelling, cooking, watersports, yoga, fashion, animals, movies and reading

My key focus is communication, marketing and new business development! Building relationships, rolling  out strategies and networking is what makes me tick. Combining my passion for travelling, fashion and cooking makes me a happy girl.

Expanding our coverage

We are South Africa’s largest and fastest growing independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 700 Wi-Fi hotspots at the last count.

Our team consists of dedicated and highly trained technical staff, engineers, sales and marketing people whose main aim is to bring you the fastest and most efficient Wi-Fi solutions.

Keep a lookout for new hotspots near you! View our map!

Skyrove’s new hotspots in town

- Get connected to Skyrove Wi-Fi at Castle Hotel, 42 Canterbury Street, Cape Town.

- Watch out Knead Bakery is in the process of being upgraded to Skyroves premium Wi-Fi solution.

Events and Conferencing

Skyove provided connectivity during the PyconZA Convention on the 4th and 5th of October 2012 at the Pavilion Clocktower in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

PyConZA is the first annual gathering of the South Africa community using and developing the open-source Python programming language. PyConZA is organized by the Python community for the community and presented by Praekelt Foundation

Where to find Skyrove voucher vendors in town

Caffe Magnifico Tygervally Shop 53, Willow Bridge Lifestyle Centre, Belllville
Caffe Magnifico Canal Walk, Century City
Postner Gardens 50 Kloof Street, Gardens
Arnold’s on Kloof 60 Kloof Street, Gardens
Tourist Office & Booking Information The Barn, Beach Crescent, Hout Bay
Sunshine Mini Market 93 Lower Main Road, Observatory
BP Rondebosch 16 Main Road, Rondebosch
Study Cape Town 1 Ellis Court, Ellis Road, Sea Point
Skyrove 2nd Floor, Woodstock Studios, 2 Francis Street, Woodstock

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Technology explained: Capped vs Uncapped

Capped vs Uncapped

When it comes to Capped vs Uncapped Internet, here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons, to help you decide which to choose:

Let’s start with Shaping. This is the technology used to determine what type of data is flowing through your modem, and this is used to shape your data stream to a slower or faster stream for special purposes. Remember “internet” is just a smart word for all the computers in the world connected to each other, with whatever means necessary, and all sharing the SAME pipeline, so shaping is needed for the ones misusing the lines for downloading huge files like movies.

 

Uncapped Internet
This type is the lowest priority on the network, meaning that if 10 guys are standing in a queue for bread, you will be the last one (no.10), and have to wait for everyone to finish before you can get your bread. This is exactly the same for using the internet. Your data (webpage/email/ftp) request will have to wait until everyone has finished with their requests at the same time you did yours.

- The upside of this is that you pay a very small monthly instalment and can theoretically download at least 118GB per month on the slowest line (384kbps).

- This is NOT to be used for mission-critical business applications, and is better suited to home or leisure use.

- The average cost per UnCapped line is about R149.00* per month.

 

Capped Internet
This type is the second fastest priority on the network and share its priority with Cell phone internet users seeing as there are no uncapped options available for cell phone users. Again the above example applies, but this time, you will jump from number 10 to 6 in the queue, then to number 3 and so on, bettering your time every time.

- The downside of this is that you pay a much more expensive rate per GB, and have only 2 optiosn to choose from: Prepaid, which carries the data over if not used in the same month, and is more expensive, and Capped, where you lose the data that you don’t use at the end of the month, which is a bit cheaper.

- This can be used for mission-critical business applications and home users, but NOT for heavy downloaders.

- The average cost per GB is about R59.00*

 

LeasedLine/Diginet Internet
This type is the fastest on the internet, and if you request data, ALL other users are bypassed and you get moved to the front of the queue.

- The downside is that this is the most expensive internet in the world, but the upside of it is that you will be uncapped in total, with no limitations whatsoever.

- This is usually used only for mission-critical corporations, and NOT suitable for anyone else.

- You can theoretically download about 1.3TB per month on a 512kbps line.

 

* Prices are based on ADSL line packages, and not on WISP packages.

Win 2 VIP Tickets for The 34th Annual Loerie Awards Convention!

Dear Skyrovers,

We are happy to announce that Skyrove has 2 VIP tickets up for grabs valued at R6000 each to attend The 34th Annual Loerie Awards Convention which will take place in the Cape Town City Hall between the 15th and the 23rd of September 2012.

The VIP tickets will allow access to the Convention on Saturday, 21 September and Sunday, 22 September.  As a VIP guest, you are invited to:

●  International Seminar of Creativity – RSVP required.
The seminar that will be taking place at City Hall in Cape Town on Friday 21 September, with a fantastic line-up of international creative leaders.

●  VIP registration:
A special desk will be provided for all VIP guests – you will have to collect your access passes at registration to attend any events, including the seminar.

●  Mayor’s Media Brunch:
You will receive an invitation to attend the Mayor’s Media Brunch on Saturday 22 September at the Alba Lounge in the V&A Waterfront, at 11am. Places are very limited and confirmations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

EGG Films Judges Wrap Party:
You will receive an invitation to meet the judges, including our international jury chairmen, Thursday at the Cullinan Hotel from 6pm. Places are very limited and confirmations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Marie-Claire Winners Party:
All our VIP guests are invited to the Official Winners Party on Saturday evening at the Zip Zap Circus, immediately after the first evening’s awards ceremonies.

VIP SERVICES:
Will be provided at all official functions, including a VIP lounge at the Awards Ceremonies from 5pm, and VIP areas at the Official Party.

To stand a chance to win one of these tickets, the rule is simple.  Based on a radical theme, you will just be asked to take a “radical” picture of yourself in front or inside one of our Skyrove’s hotspots around the country and post it on our Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skyrove/10108255298?ref=hl

Find out where our hotspots are on the following map – http://map.skyrove.com/

The winners will be notified on the 10th of September via Twitter and Facebook and an email will be sent to both winners 5 days before the opening day of The Loerie Awards.

Think out of the box and be RADICAL!!

 

The 34th Loerie Awards Annual Conference in Cape Town

Skyrove is providing connectivity for the 34th Loerie Awards  Annual Conference, which will be held in Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town, between the 15th and 23rd of September 2012.

What are “The Loerie Awards”?

The Loerie Awards were established in 1978 by the SABC as a mechanism to promote the new medium of the time–television.

Since then the awards have grown to encompass all areas of brand communication, including disciplines such as experiential field marketing, ambient media, and architecture.

With over 3,000 entries, The Loerie Awards is the largest and most prestigious award for advertising and brand communication in South Africa. The award is internationally recognised and is the only South African award used by the esteemed Gunn Report to determine global agency rankings.

Why a partnership with “The Loerie Awards”?

This event is the largest and most respected advertising award show in South Africa, and includes Africa and the Middle East.

The awards are attended by all the country’s top creative’s, agency leaders, marketing executives, media owners and media planners. Take full advantage of this audience both during the awards and by networking during Creative Week.

Outside of Creative Week, the Loeries have a year-round programme.

The Loerie Awards are also covered by local and national consumer press, as well as trade press. The Festival Weekend in Cape Town is enthusiastically followed by local residents as well as through the media.

The Loerie Awards programme

  • Judging Week Seminar: Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September
  • Awards Ceremonies: Saturday 22 September & Sunday 23 September
  • Travelling Exhibition: throughout the year, dates can be found on the website.
  • MIGRATE Magazine covering the event: Issue 16 – November 2012

This year sees a major change, because Judging Week will become a part of Creative Week Cape Town for the first time. It means that all judging will take place during the week Monday to Thursday and the Loeries Seminar will take place on Friday.

The awards ceremonies will be held on the Saturday and Sunday evenings. Also for the first time, the Pendoring Awards will be held on the Friday evening as part of Creative Week Cape Town.

All in all, these changes will result in a week-long promotion and celebration of the creative industry and offer fantastic opportunities for all Brand Partners.

Contact information:

THE LOERIE AWARDS
444 Jan Smuts Avenue
Bordeaux 2196
South Africa
Tel: +27 11 326 0304
Email: info@theloerieawards.co.za
Website: www.theloerieawards.co.za

Meraki Wireless networks that simply work.

Meraki is Skyrove’s Gold Partner in South Africa. A Meraki Wi-Fi hotspot in your location enables your customers and guests to get online quickly and easily using their laptops and smartphones.

Meraki’s products content the competitive key advantages listed below:

  • Control applications, users and devices
  • Rapid deployment with self-provisioning, self-optimizing hardware
  • Built-in multi-site management
  • Automatic monitoring and alerts
  • Future proof and always up to date, with seamless over-the-web firmware updates and new features delivered quaterly.

Meraki provides super efficient and 100% Cloud Managed products.

What does Cloud Networking mean?

Cloud Networking provides centralized mangement, visibility and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay mangement software.

Meraki’s products are built from the ground up for cloud management, and come out of the box with centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much more. Meraki deploys quickly and easily, without training or proprietary command line interfaces.

Meraki’s founders invented Cloud Networking while working as graduate students at M.I.T. The company now has a complete line of cloud networking products that power over 20,000 customer networks, including massive global deployments with tens of thousands of devices.

How does it work?

  1. First, reliable and high-performance Meraki wireless APs switches, and security appliances are deployed in your campus or remote branches
  2. Then, Meraki devices automatically connect to Meraki’s cloud over SSL, register with your network, and download their configuration
  3. After that, you have complete visibility and control over your entire network over the web. You can configure thousands of devices, run diagnostics, or view reports with a few clicks.
  4. Finally, tasks such as RF optimization and VPN configuration are automated by the cloud, while firmware updates and application signatures are seamlessly deployed over the web.

Find any further information you may look for on www.skyrove.com and www.meraki.com

Skyrove is sponsoring the Wi-Fi for the upcoming “Joomla!day” Cape Town event

It will be held at The Pavillion Conference Centre in the V&A Waterfront, which will take place on the 17th and 18th of August 2012.

What is Joomla! and why attend?

It’s the most anticipated day in the year for developers and users of the Global Award Winning Open Source Content Management System of all time, Joomla!

The Joomla! Community is as important as the software that we use. This two day event will be two simultaneous tracks of talks taking place engaging anyone interested in Joomla!, from developers to designers and even the novice end user.

Guest speakers from Europe, USA and South Africa will be flying in to share their expertise and join in the fun!

Joomla ! Team has scheduled sessions with expert, and well-respected speakers/developers/leaders in the Joomla! Community , who will bring you up to speed on the new CMS development cycle , as well as the new possibilities that the Joomla Platform Project provides.

List of the 2012 presentations

·       Chimoora – Joomla! websites on mobile devices

·       CuppaWiFi.com – a CCK case study

·       Joomla 3.0 UX

·       Running an Online Community with Joomla!

·       Streamlining Joomla Template Deployment and Updates across multiple installations

·       The Power of LinkedIn for Joomla users & developers

·       Upgrading Joomlagov.info to Joomla 2.5 with responsive design

You want to get involved? Submit Proposal.

This event gives YOU, the participant, the chance to speak or present about topics, which are Joomla related. Joomla calls for proposals, for talks, which can range from Case studies, Tutorials, Discussions and more…

This is a chance for the participant, the Joomla user, and developer or business owner to share its experiences with the Community. The more proposals there are more exciting the event will be.

Skyrove, sponsor partner of conferences and events.

If you’re looking for fast and reliable Wi-Fi for your event, Skyrove’s Event Wi-Fi is what you need.
Are you organizing a conference, training day, media tent, sports event, rock concert or any other event where you will need Internet access?
Skyrove’s Event Wi-Fi provides high-speed wireless Internet for your delegates – so they can email, connect, network and report on your event.

  • Premium fast-speed Wi-Fi for hundreds of simultaneous connections
  • On-site Skyrove technicians who set up, manage and support your Wi-Fi connection throughout your event
  • Optional add-on capacity for features such as Twitter fountains, two-way video conferencing, live streaming, live surveys and more
  • Add value to your sponsors through splash page branding in delegate browsers

You can get all this from just R100 (excl VAT) per person per day!*

* Minimum R15000 total charge or 150 people

Registrations are open!

Contact information;

When? 17-18 August 2012
Where? The Pavilion, Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: joomladay.org.za
Twitter: @sajoomladay