Conference Wi-Fi in Korea – 58 Mbps download speed


Skyrove Wi-Fi Speedtest at #gsouthafrica


Using @skyrove Wi-Fi at Lanseria airport (in partnership with G-Connect). Wicked!


Nokia kills Symbian – Suicide?

As you may have read, Nokia just announced that they will be killing the Symbian OS and start using Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones. 

My question is obviously: Why not go Android? From the Washington Post article: 

At a briefing in London, Elop told reporters that Nokia also considered Google’s Android but didn’t think it could differentiate its phones from all the other Android hardware on the market and on the way.

Wait a minute… Wasn’t the problem to start with that Symbian was so vastly “differentiated”?

Although Windows 7 reviews have been favourable, If Nokia wants to “catch up” it could ride the wave (tsunami?) of an Open Source platform that has a large & growing developer and user base. 

I would think that many of today’s Android developers started out being Nokia users & developers and would continue to use & promote Nokia’s excellent high-quality hardware.

What do you think?





Google Android Hackathon Wi-Fi Network Statistics

Skyrove Promo

Network summary | Jan 5 2011


  • 62 distinct clients transferred data over your Meraki network.
  • 2.5 GB of data was transferred.

Top APs by usage

Name Model Usage

# Clients
1 Promo MR14 MR14 1.64 GB 63
2 MR16 MR16 768.6 MB 50
3 MR12 MR12 none 0

AP models

Model # APs Usage Avg usage per AP

MR14 1 1.64 GB 1.64 GB
MR16 1 768.6 MB 768.6 MB
MR12 1 none none

SSID usage

SSID Encryption # Clients

% Clients Usage % Usage
G South Africa 2.4 GHz WPA2 47 73.4% 1.66 GB 66.4%
G South Africa 5 GHz WPA2 22 34.4% 592.6 MB 23.2%
Skyrove Speakers WPA2 3 4.7% 266.4 MB 10.4%

Top applications by usage

Application Usage

% Usage
1 Google HTTPS 475.9 MB 31.4%
2 Google 426.1 MB 28.1%
3 Miscellaneous web 132.5 MB 8.7%
4 Host-based email (POP3/IMAP/SMTP) 80.7 MB 5.3%
5 Gmail 78.3 MB 5.2%
6 Twitter 66.4 MB 4.4%
7 Miscellaneous secure web 62.8 MB 4.1%
8 UDP 49.4 MB 3.3%
9 43.8 MB 2.9%
10 Facebook 17.5 MB 1.2%

Top clients by usage

Description Manufacturer Operating system Usage

% Usage
1 ANDROIDZA Microsystems Windows 7 481.1 MB 18.8%
2 thumbphillip Intel Linux 336.9 MB 13.2%
3 bstclair-macbookpro Apple Other 214.8 MB 8.4%
4 ZEUS Intel Windows 7 209.4 MB 8.2%
5 cobalt Apple Mac OS X 165.9 MB 6.5%
6 MacBook-Air Apple Mac OS X 150.8 MB 5.9%
7 JOHANELS-TOSH Intel Windows 7 150.0 MB 5.9%
8 user-26e24f65ad Intel Windows XP 66.8 MB 2.6%
9 MacBook Apple Mac OS X 64.6 MB 2.5%
10 Richard-HP Intel Windows 7 46.4 MB 1.8%

Top operating systems

Operating system # Clients

% Clients Usage % Usage
1 Mac OS X 14 21.9% 544.1 MB 21.3%
2 Windows 7 11 17.2% 1014.4 MB 39.7%
3 Linux 10 15.6% 491.8 MB 19.2%
4 Android 10 15.6% 58.7 MB 2.3%
5 Apple iPhone 6 9.4% 20.3 MB 0.8%
6 Other 5 7.8% 267.3 MB 10.5%
7 Windows 7/Vista 4 6.2% 86.1 MB 3.4%
8 Windows XP 1 1.6% 66.8 MB 2.6%
9 Windows Vista 1 1.6% 8.6 MB 0.3%
10 Nokia/Symbian 1 1.6% 10 KB <0.1%

Top device manufacturers

Manufacturer # Clients

% Clients Usage % Usage
1 Apple 24 37.5% 824.7 MB 32.2%
2 Intel 16 25.0% 995.0 MB 38.9%
3 HTC 7 10.9% 21.5 MB 0.8%
4 AzureWave 4 6.2% 68.8 MB 2.7%
5 Hon Hai/Foxconn 3 4.7% 67.2 MB 2.6%
6 Samsung 3 4.7% 34.4 MB 1.3%
7 Askey 2 3.1% 47.0 MB 1.8%
8 Microsystems 1 1.6% 481.1 MB 18.8%
9 Samsung ELECTRO-MECHANICS 1 1.6% 10.0 MB 0.4%
10 Lite-On 1 1.6% 8.6 MB 0.3%

Nice, quick Wi-Fi at IS #internetix event!

Test Date: Oct 21, 2010 12:52:01 pm
Connection Type: Wifi

Download: 3.19 Mbps
Upload: 1.85 Mbps
Ping: 52 ms

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Virgin America Inflight Wi-Fi Speedtest


En-route from San Francisco to San Diego. Pings to Google are also sub 170 ms.

Skyrove to Take on Mobile Incumbents

??????TechCentral Republished with permission – Full Article


Skyrove, a specialist??wireless hotspot company, plans to launch an audacious bid for national radio frequency spectrum and, if it gets it, it plans to build a network to take on the country???s incumbent mobile operators.

The company, run by CEO Henk Kleynhans, plans to participate in an auction for national radio frequency in the 2,6GHz band. The auction, the first of its kind in SA, is set to take place in the next few months and involves spectrum at both 2,6GHz and 3,5GHz. It???s expected that the spectrum will be used to provide broadband access using third- and, later, fourth-generation wireless technologies.

Skyrove???s shareholders include venture capital firm 4Di Capital, which is ultimately owned by Reinet Investments (formerly Richemont), led by billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. Another shareholder is well-known East London-born Internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, the man behind fast-growing international website

Skyrove has built technology that allows anyone to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot and earn an income by sharing their Internet access with others.

But now Kleynhans wants to take his business to the national stage, and thinks he has a model that will allow smaller players in the market to take on the giant operators in the industry.

Unlike other companies that are expected to bid for the spectrum ??? the mobile operators and larger Internet service providers are likely to be keen participants in the auction ??? Skyrove plans to share its infrastructure with other industry players if it wins the bid.

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Wi-Fi Speedtest at NetProphet


Silly Wireless Distributors

I got this email from Miro Distributors today:


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Miro distribution <>
Date: Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 6:08 PM
Subject: WHY TAKE THE RISK ? (note the caps)






Take the Ubiquity Nanostations and XR5 cards as an example – if you buy these products from Miro,you may legally use them in SA, however, if you buy the same productanywhere else, it is most probably illegal for use in SA and ICASA WILLconfiscate your equipment!



A few notes for Miro Distributors:


1. I didn’t know what an XR5 board was, until this email. You could perhaps have focused your message a bit more around this.

2. I did gather that the XR5 board is probably interesting enough to warrant getting Type Approval for it. 

3. Because of your email, I gather I can get XR5 boards elsewhere for much less than what you are selling them for!

4. It’s probably not a good idea to threaten customers with ICASA removing my equipment. I get the impression that you are personally going to phone ICASA to rat on your customers if they buy elsewhere. 

5. It’s probably an even worse idea to tell me about a product that I wasn’t going to buy, letting me know that I can get it cheaper elsewhere AND threatening me with legal action.

In conclusion:

Miro could have been smart. They probably didn’t run this by an experienced PR person person. They could focused more on their products and highlighted the fact that they are ICASA type approved. They could have told customers why ICASA type approval is a good thing for their business. They could talk about how well their staff are trained and how they can help me solve wireless problems. They could offer their products at competitive prices.

Although they are indeed correct in that using non-type approved equipment is not legal, it came across as a thinly veiled threat.

p.s. They misspelled Ubiquiti. Your ICASA type approval is therefore probably not valid.