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- The Uganda Communications Commission will set up Internet facilities in 43 district health offices. The western and eastern region will each get 14 computer laboratories, the central region 12…

Internet News - In Brief

- The federal government of Nigeria, last week, integrated the country into the Africa’s e-school initiative with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the e-Africa Commission’s team…

AFRINIC GETS ICANN APPROVAL AT MAR DEL PLATA MEETING

The ICANN Board of Directors has approved AfriNic as the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa.The fourteen member board joined other partcipants in a standing ovation as Adiel Akplogan, AfriNIC's…

ZAMBIA'S COPPERNET EYES MANSA MARKET

CopperNET Solutions plans to open up a point of presence (POP) Internet connectivity in Mansa as part of its expansion plans. Chief Executive Officer, Phillip Chitalu, said during the company’s…

SEACOM biting the hand that feeds it?

SEACOM recently launched a range of IP services, directly competing against companies like Telkom, Internet Solutions and MWEB Business SEACOM has unveiled a new suite of products, focusing heavily on…

Zimbabwe: NetOne opens mobile broadband to prepaid subscribers

Back in October, NetOne announced to its postpaid (some call them contract) subscribers that its mobile broadband tests, which had been running before that date, had come to an end. …

Internet use on mobile phones in Africa predicted to increase 20-fold

By the end of 2014, it is forecast that there will be more than 635m mobile subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa's claim to be the "mobile continent" is even stronger…

TELKOM TO DEBUT 1MBPS SERVICE IN JUNE

Following its recent launch of a low-end 192Kbps DSL product, Telkom plans to release a high-end 1Mbps service in June. Steven White, Telkom's executive for new product development, says the…

SA'S INTERNET SOLUTIONS SETS ITS SIGHTS ON ADSL OFFER

South Africa's Internet Solutions would launch an asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL), or high-speed internet access-enabling technology, in competition with other internet service providers (ISPs), Rob Firer, Internet Solutions' product…

Rwanda: Troubled Rwandatel Leads in Internet Broadband

Rwandatel is the country's leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) despite its recent troubles, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) said in the latest statistics, which contradict earlier figures that suggested the…

AMOS-5 Communications Satellite Launched

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that its AMOS-5 satellite has been launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. AMOS-5 soared upward aboard a Proton Breeze-M launcher Sunday 11 December…

Rwanda: Five-Year ICT Literacy Drive Starts

The government will this year rollout a massive literacy awareness campaign to promote and build citizens' capacity and knowledge in ICT.Spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth and ICT, in collaboration…

Facebook-Led Internet.org Partners With Nokia On SocialEDU In Rwanda

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be appearing onstage at Mobile World Congress — his first appearance at the Barcelona-based event — to talk about bridging the digital divide. Ahead of…

Internet Freedom in Rwanda – A State of Monitored Media

This year, Rwanda observed 20 years since the 1994 genocide. Many stories were shared online informing both local and global audiences of a time that almost brought the country to…

Internet News - In Brief

- First Banking Corporation Holdings (FBCH) in Zimbabwe is planning to launch Internet and phone banking following the successful rollout of its Flexcube core banking system. According to the bank's…

BOSS OF EGYPT'S LARGEST ISP FACES FRAUD CHARGE IN THE USA

The president and chief executive officer of Egypt’s largest Internet company has been charged in New York with allegedly trying to defraud the international American aid agency, the US Attorney’s…

ZIMBABWE’S INTERNET USERS SUFFER SLOW BROWSING PROBLEMS

Zimbabwe Internet users are experiencing serious Internet browsing problems because signal traffic that was previously routed direct to South Africa is being rerouted through the Mazoe Earth Station because of…

Tata to Capitalise on Sea Cable for Growth in Africa

Global telecoms giant Tata Communications was set to increase its investments in Africa to capitalise on the arrival of new submarine data cables, CEO Srinath Narasimhan said last week. Speaking…

Uganda: Govt Blocks Facebook, Twitter as “walk to work” protest gathers momentum

Twitter and facebook services have been suspended by major telecoms in the country.Internet subscribers of UTL, Warid, MTN - some of the major ISPs (internet service providers) - are greeted…

Rwanda: Tigo Closes in On Rwandatel's Stranglehold of Data Services

Rwandatel's market leadership of the data segment is under severe test from its competitors such as Tigo as the latter woos clients with free offers of Internet connectivity at its…

Burkina Faso: SES to Provide Satellite Services for Connected Elections

Satellite equipment provider, Newtec has supplied a VSAT system and IP satellite modems to Burkina Faso, enabling flexible satellite connectivity for the upcoming municipal and legislative elections set to take…

As Kingdom Bank acquires its assets we ask; what went wrong at Spiritage?

It’s not well at Brodacom. Not at all. Around this time two years ago, information in the market suggested the company was coming on the scene to change the game…

Kenyan regulator looks to decommission domain registrar

Kenya's telecommunications regulator is set to look for a new registrar for the country's .ke Top Level Domain, essentially decommissioning the Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC).A law passed in 2009…

Cape Verde joins the African Virtual University as Member State

The Republic of Cape Verde has signed the African Virtual University (AVU) Charter to become the 19th Member State.The Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation signed the Charter at…

Internet – In Brief

- South Africa's Gautrain, the rapid rail network in Gauteng, says it aims to launch a Wi-Fi service before the end of the year. A spokesperson for the Gautrain Management…

UGANDA'S BUSHNET APPLIES FOR LICENCE TO ENTER TO KENYAN MARKET

A private company that provides wireless high-speed Internet access in Uganda's rural districts is raring to enter the Kenyan market. Bushnet Ltd has been offering Internet services to the country's…

Internet News - In Brief

http://www.isoc.org.za - On 4th/5th September the village of Siachilaba in Zimbabwe´s remote Binga area will be celebrating the Official Opening of two new computer centres, Siachilaba ITC & Syanzyundu ITC.…

BOOM TIME PREDICTED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WIFI HOT SPOTS

Wireless hotspot service provider Wireless G says the demand for services at pilot sites in the Sandton area indicates that SA is ready to follow the international hotspot growth trend…

Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone shut down on controversy on land use

Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration on Wednesday sealed off premises of Galaxy Backbone. The government agency hosts the Information Communication Technology (ICT) portal for the…

South Africa: Rica Act and your Internet connection

South Africa’s Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (Rica) gives some idea of the complications that arise when you mandate the registration of customers. For Rica is not just for…

Submarine Cable - Starcomms Signs Up With Main One

As part of its efforts to further enhance internet service from IZAP and 1X, Starcomms has subscribed to Main One undersea cable linking Nigeria and the whole of West Africa…

Internet News - In Brief

- Over 100 years of the Kenya Gazette goes live on Google. Historical copies of the Kenya Gazette (dating back to 1906) will be searchable and viewable, for free, via…

Internet News - In Brief

- President Goodluck Jonathan has come under serious attack with many Nigerians taking to the president's Facebook page to vent their anger against the removal of fuel subsidy by the…

EC-funded AfricaConnect project launches UbuntuNet

The operator of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network; and UbuntuNet Alliance,the regional research and education network for Southern and Eastern Africa, today announce the launch of the UbuntuNet…

Orange hoping to score in South Africa

Orange has launched Orange Horizons, a new subsidiary established to build the brand and source fresh revenue streams for the Group. South Africa is one of the markets targeted for…

Nigerian Government to Ramp Up Internet Surveillance?

In April, Nigerian news site Premium Times revealed government plans to purchase equipment that would allow it to conduct online surveillance on an unprecedented scale. The government reportedly had contracted…

Internet – In Brief

- The Algerian government has reportedly decided to amend certain provisions of Algerie Telecom’s (AT’s) licence, in order to allow the incumbent operator to deploy new wireless in the local…

Call Centres Set to Benefit From Cheaper Bandwidth in Kenya

Call centres are set to benefit from official subsidies to ease the high cost of bandwidth, helping them to compete against global rivals on an equal footing. The Sh630 million…

M&R IN ALLIANCE WITH ALCATEL TO WIRE MOZAMBIQUE'S MUNICIPALITIES

Murray and Roberts (M&R) is close to securing a contract to construct and maintain telecommunications infrastructure in Mozambique in partnership with French-based telecommunications giant Alcatel. M&R is currently engaged in…

Internet News - In Brief

- Kenya’s local IXP, KIXP has changed its membership criteria. In essence, the changes allow anyone to join the exchange provided they can pay its membership fee. - Uganda’s, housing…

Cameroon has started rolling out national fibre backbone with Chinese firm’s help

The laying of 3,200 km-long fiber optic cable was launched on Tuesday at Kye-Ossi, a southern town of Cameroon, marking the beginning of an ambitious project which will transform Cameroon…

Uganda e-trading gains pace

The new electronic system launched by the Uganda Securities Exchange that started with the opening of accounts is gathering pace. A significant number of brokers have been opening e-trading accounts.…

Africa Online, Afsat Set for Merger and rebranding

Three months from today, Internet Service Providers, Africa Online and Afsat Communications are to operate as a single entity in most African markets including Uganda. The Monitor’s Walter Wafula spoke…

K-NET unveils services in rural Ghana

Haruna Iddrisu, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, has inaugurated ten mobile communication towers in rural areas in Ghana, built by K-NET Ltd and providing service on the Tigo network.Speaking at one…

Africa: New Youth Website Will Enhance Understanding of Human Rights and Poverty

Young people in countries around the world have the opportunity to learn about the link between poverty and human rights thanks to a new digital platform launched by Amnesty International…

Anonymous protests ritual killings in Gabon, hacks presidential website

Fighting to stop ritual killings in the African nation of Gabon, where certain human body parts are prized by some for their supposed supernatural powers, hacktivists associated with the international…

Vodacom Told to Halt Congo Services Amid Protest Over Laws

Vodacom Group Ltd. (VOD) said it’s been ordered to switch off all Internet and text message services in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid protests against proposed changes to the…

Cape Town Residents to Get Free Internet Access

Capetonians who do not own computers or who cannot afford Internet café fees can now access both, free of charge, through the City of Cape Town's expanded Smart Cape Access…

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVT TO CREATE OWN BROADBAND PROVIDER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Government planned to create a broadband infrastructure company based on the long-distance, fibre-optic network developed by Eskom and Transnet, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said last week in a written…

UUNET SOUTH AFRICA CUTS FUNDING

Following a five-year relationship, UUNET SA has cut back its sponsorship of the Cape IT Initiative (CITI) and the Bandwidth Barn incubator in Cape Town South Africa, as part of…

SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN SERVER TO WARD OFF DoS ATTACKS

South Africa will host Africa's first top-level domain name (TLD) server as part of a strategy by domain name server manager UltraDNS to mitigate denial-of-service attacks. UltraDNS is a US…

New Online Payment System Comes to Phone Users in Tanzania

Mobile phone users in Tanzania will from March be able to shop online using a new payment system developed by a local firm, Wide International Network. According to the firm's…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa which is responsible for much of the telecoms and broadcasting requirements for the World Cup, has now turned to Seacom for additional international capacity and redundancy.…

South Africa: MTN to keep extending 3G coverage area

MTN last week released its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010, showing subscriber growth across many of its operations. MTN CEO Phuthuma Nhleko also discussed infrastructure…

NAPAfrica brings content giants to Africa

Free and public peering facility NAPAfrica last week announced open access for peering members to major international content providers. Lex van Wyk, managing director of Teraco Data Environments says that…

Internet News in Brief

- The Internet gender gap is hurting the world's economy as well as millions of women across the globe, says a newly released study. Getting Internet access to an additional…

Internet – In Brief

- President Robert Mugabe has reportedly offered a $300,000 reward to anyone who can unmask an anonymous whistleblower behind a string of leaks about alleged Zimbabwean government assassination plots, corruption…

Chad in search of partners to develop fiber optic network

For a number of years, the Chadian government has been carrying out a vast program to develop the African country's fiber optic network and reduce the big technological gap with…

Tech Firms Extend Internet Access To Help Ebola Treatment in Africa

Inveneo, a San Francisco non-profit, this week began a three-month effort to bring Internet access to 100 locations in West Africa to fight the spread of Ebola. To determine how…

Dangote and Phase Three to Build Fibre Optic Backbone in Nigeria

Alheri Engineering, owned by business magnate Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Phase 3 Telecom and PHCN have concluded plans on a fibre optic network that will cover the Eastern region of the…

Telkom loses R192m internet connectivity deal in South Africa

The GEN3 contract has been awarded to Neotel and IS following a procurement process. This involved a call for expressions of interest and a request for proposal phase, in which…

INTERNET ACCESS ON THE INCREASE IN MOZAMBIQUE

The number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Mozambique has grown dramatically, implying an enormous increase in the past few years in the number of companies, institutions and individuals with…

THE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AND MICROSOFT ANNOUNCE CO-OPERATION TO HELP FIGHT CYBERCRIME

The Government of Nigeria and Microsoft Corp this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining a framework for co-operation between Microsoft and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of…

LIBERCELL TAKES INTERNET AND MOBILE OUTSIDE MONROVIA TO KAKATA

Barely a week after it launched its network in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Libercell, one of four GSM operators in the country, launched its Internet and GSM services in Kakata, about…

E-MAIL TO MOBILE PHONE SMS DEBUTS IN NIGERIA

GlobalEch launched what it claims is the first e-mail to mobile message service in Nigeria. Cityecho, which is a service from GlobalEcho allows e-mail access from any location using common…

CÔTE D’IVOIRE TÉLÉCOM LAUNCHES ADSL

Since 16 December Côte d’Ivoire Télécom has joined the growing list of African countries offering ADSL, writes Mounir Diawara. In the first instance during the launch phase, it will only…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Nigeria Football Federation has launched its official website, www.nigeriaff.com. Officials say the website will become functional in a couple of weeks, as operational staff have only just started…

Main One Completes Installation of Cable System in West Africa

ain One Cable Company, a submarine cable company offering open access, wholesale broadband capacity in West Africa, and its system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications SubCom, have completed the installation…

Internet News - In Brief

* South African ISP MWeb has announced that its long-rumoured 10Mbps uncapped ADSL products will finally be available in September. The company has explained that the delay is down to…

State seeks fresh fibre optic link deal with Telkom Kenya

The government is set to renegotiate the management contract of state-owned inland fibre optic network in what could see Telkom Kenya lose annual fees of Sh250 million.The Information ministry is…

Ethiopia Introduces Deep Packet Inspection

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation, which is the sole telecommunication service provider in Ethiopia, has deployed or begun testing Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) of all Internet traffic. We have previously analyzed…

Congo M23 rebels build Facebook following in face of UN pressure

The Facebook following of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel group M23 continues to grow as the government struggles to regain control of its eastern regions in the face…

Africa: Liquid Connects Zimbabwe to WACS cable

Liquid Telecom recently announced that it has completed the country's first direct fibre connection to the West African Cable System.Liquid has connected Zimbabwe to the high-capacity WACS, the submarine telecommunications…

Facebook Announces Launch of Internet.org in Ghana

On Wednesday, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of internet.org app in Ghana in partnership with Airtel.The partnership will enable Airtel customers in Ghana have free access to the…

SkyVision introduces Internet Television in Africa

Television landscape in Africa is set for a massive changeover with entry of SkyVision Global Network which seeks to introduce the advanced Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) as well as satellite…

AccessKenya plans fibre optic project

In a bid to increase its operational capacity ahead of the arrival of international fibre optic links, AccessKenya has started development of a metro fibre network that will create enhanced…

Internet News - In Brief

- According to research company BMI-TechKnowledge, the number of people with broadband internet connectivity in South Africa should climb to 3.3-million by 2012, making up 7% of the population, research…

WILL LOCAL ADVERTISERS FOLLOW SA INTERNET USERS OVERSEAS?

South African Web users are flocking to international social networking sites such as MySpace and YouTube, which means that these Web sites offer local marketers a host of exciting new…

KIGALI-MOMBASA TRADE SOON ON THE INTERNET

The delay of Rwandan merchandise at Mombasa port will soon end when the Kenyan government introduces internet transaction system.The new developments will enable Rwandan traders to monitor the arrival and…

BROADBAND GATHERS SPEED IN MAURITIUS

Surfing the web at neck-breaking speed in Mauritius will soon be possible thanks to the marvels of new technology. Local providers have been catching up with the rest of the…

MAURITIAN REGULATOR PROPOSES FUND TO SPEED INTERNET UPTAKE

Mauritian regulator ICTA has proposed the setting up of a public-private fund to overcome the slow take-up of the internet on the island among other things. It is suggesting that…

Vodacom's Iburst Sale Opens Way to Licence

Vodacom plans to dispose of stakes in two subsidiaries that have been shrouded in controversy over the past year. It said it would sell its 24.9% stake in internet service…

Econet Zimbabwe launches nationwide Mobile Broadband services

Econet revealed today that the network cost about a US$100 million to build, and currently covers the country’s major cities. The data network is based on UMTS (3G), GPRS and…

Zimbabwe’s first 4G internet service launched

New player Brodacom has launched Zimbabwe’s first 4G internet service, promising to bring the Southern African nation’s economy into the digital age.The company, one of Zimbabwe’s 15 licensed IAPs, launched…

African Internet Governance Forum in Cairo Soon

The African Internet Governance Forum - AfIGF 2012 is to take place 3 - 4 October 2012, in Cairo, Egypt.The establishment of the African Internet Governance Forum comes within the…

North Africa: Facebook Campaign Reveals Arab Women Struggle

A Facebook page that goes by the name "The Uprising of Women in the Arab World" launched a two-week campaign on Sunday to expose the suffering of women."The campaign was…

Internet In Brief

- XON has been awarded the tender to supply and implement Juniper Networks and other equipment for IP routing, out of band equipment, traffic flow analysis software and ancillary equipment…

Internet – In brief

Togo Telecom has started deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in the capital city, Lome, in a project called 'Helim Zone', Agence Ecofin reports. The operator plans to install hotspots in all of…

DE-CIX to establish neutral Internet exchange at key landing site for Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East Internet traffic at TI Sparkle’s latest Next Generation Data Center in Palermo

The International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, is announcing a new partnership with the world’s leading Internet exchange provider, DE-CIX, who will establish an Internet exchange (IX) in “Sicily…

Korea Telecom gets on with building national backbone in Rwanda

Officials of South Korea's telecom giant Korea Telecom (KT) pledged to President Paul Kagame yesterday at Urugwiro Village to establish a reliable national backbone to carry forward the country's ICT…

DRC’s largest ISP signs a multi-year contract with O3b Networks

O3b Networks, the developer of a new fibre quality, global Internet backbone, announced that Microcom DRC has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for O3b Networks’s Quick Start service. O3b’s…

Internet News - In Brief

- The South African wireless ISP iBurst says it is still considering its options for using its WiMAX spectrum. The firm currently uses proprietary technology to provide wireless broadband services…

NEW LESOTHO ISP DATACOMM WILL CHALLENGE COMPETITORS ON PRICE

Lesotho ISP Datacomm was only launched three weeks ago but it has already attracted 25 dial-up subscribers and four corporate clients. This may not sound a lot but in a…

NIGERIA'S PRESIDENT OBASANJO OKAYS E-VOTING

Adoption of electronic voting in future elections in the country may have been settled as President Olusegun Obasanjo last week said digitalising the ballot system would help minimise short comings…

Internet News - In Brief

- Clifton 4th beach, Cape Town, will be the hotspot for holidaymakers this summer, as Intel brings the world of wireless Internet connectivity to beachgoers from 16th December to 8th…

GHANA TELECOM INTRODUCES NATIONAL NUMBER AND BROADBAND OFFER

Ghana Telecom outlined a strategic programme to promote the growth of Internet usage in the country. These include the introduction of the 15-number code for dial-up Internet Service Providers (ISPs)…

Uganda: Gorilla Web Campaign Raises Sh120 Million

An Internet-based gorilla marketing campaign, launched six months ago, has raised $60,000 (about sh120m), a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) chief has said. The acting executive director, Sam Mwandha, said friendagorilla.org…

80 Percent of Rwanda's Fibre Optic Cable Laid

The Rwanda government optic fibre cable has been linked to the Indian Ocean submarine cables via Uganda , through Kenya and Tanzania , government officials announced last week.By Press time,…

Kenya: Internet Traffic Up Four Times

Nearly a year now, flow through KIXP run by the Telecommunications Service Providers Association of Kenya (Tespok) grew from about 250 Mbps (megabits per second) to reach 1Gbps last week.…

Namibia: Faster Internet Link Unveiled

Telecom Namibia has launched its latest product, SpeedLink, which is a fixed broadband product with faster Internet connections and higher bandwidths for both home and business users.Telecom Namibia's Managing Director,…

Nigeria: NCC to Criminalise Vandalism of Infrastructure

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed plans to make the vandalisation of telecoms infrastructure a criminal offence.The commission made this known last week in Abuja while acknowledging a formal…

Yahsat prepares satellite broadband launch in South Sudan

United Arab Emirates-based satellite operator Yahsat is gearing up for the launch of its ‘YahClick’ satellite broadband service to unserved and underserved locations and communities in South Sudan over the…

Internet – In Brief

US-based software vendor Alepo has been chosen by Ghanaian internet service provider (ISP) Zipnet, a brand of Accra-based Broadband Home (BBH) Ltd, to implement its policy and charging control solutions,…

Morocco invests in fibre optic line to Western Sahara and Mauritania

Maroc Telecom has secured a US$ 1.3 billion investment programme, mostly financed by the Moroccan government. The programme will see major improvement and modernisation of Morocco's fixed-line and mobile networks,…

Internet News - In Brief

- Mauritius has reportedly cut its international bandwidth tariffs from 36% to 22%, depending on the bandwidth used and the proposed destination, IDG News Service reports. The country’s telecoms regulator,…

SOUTH AFRICA: INTERNET BANKING OPERATION 20TWENTY ON THE BRINK AGAIN

Standard Chartered Bank has decided to pull out of the local online banking sector, meaning the eventual death of 20Twenty, the local Internet bank that survived the demise of its…

BOTSWANA'S ISPs LAUNCH BISPA AND IMPLEMENT BINX

The Botswana Internet Service Providers Association (BISPA) officially launched the Botswana Internet Exchange (BINX) at a function at the Phakalane Golf Estate. BINX has been built by BISPA’s members, being…

TUNISIA’S VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY GENERATES FIRST RESULTS

Tunisia’s Virtual University is generating its first results. Started last year, the first phase has involved putting in place the technology platform needed to deliver courses from four universities (Iset…

Internet News - In Brief

- About 7,000 workers who were hired to lay a high speed fibre optic internet cable from Kampala to Rwanda are threatening to destroy the cables over Shs200 million if…

Safaricom Plans to Acquire More Internet Firms

Safaricom has set in motion plans to acquire more Internet firms as it races to reduce its reliance on the voice market. The firm has seen the bedrock of its…

Internet News - In Brief

- In Sierra Leone during a visit at the landing site of the fibre optic cable at Lumley Beach, the Minister of Information and Communications Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo assured…

Internet News - In Brief

- Domain registry LogicBoxes announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Moroccan registrar and web hosting provider Genious Communications to help increase its domain extension portfolio. According to LogicBoxes,…

World map of child labor versus Internet penetration

TargetMap allows users to create maps by simply uploading a data table. A dozen of the maps depict global Internet access, but one uniquely adds child labor statistics to the…

Ethiopia: Government Introduces E-Service With 3.8 Million Br

The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MoCIT) launched 49 e-service portals developed in order to enable seven governmental institutions give online services at a ceremony held at Churchill Hotel…

Tanzania: Submarine Cable Fault Causes Internet 'Blackout' in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania faced a breakdown in Internet connections for the better part of Thursday afternoon after two submarine cables linking the country to the outside world experienced technical problems.In an interview…

Affordable Internet through Satellite HotSpots

Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based communications and data solutions provider, has launched a satellite Hotspot solution. The Maxwell HotSpot solution is a unique offering for public facilities that require voucher or…

Using fast Internet in Ghana without a getting into debt - the pre-pay way

According to development agency IICD, Internet connection is often unreliable, too slow and too expensive. An answer to this problem could be a high quality direct satellite connection but for…

Telkom South Africa to Reduce Costs of Bandwidth to Boost BPO&O Industry

Telkom has announced it's willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry's incentive programme and the Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring (BPO&O) industry by significantly dropping the costs…

TELKOM KENYA LAUNCHES ITS OWN INTERNET SUBSIDIARY

Jambo Telkom, a fully owned subsidiary of Telkom Kenya, has announced its entry into the market as an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The company will compete with other ISPs in…

Internet News - In Brief

* Protection of privacy and data draft legislation and discussion documents have been issued by the SA Law Reform Commission for public comment. The aim is to bring SA closer…

BENIN'S MANTIC TARGETS CORPORATE MARKET WITH WIRELESS ACCESS SERVICE

Benin-based company Mantic has recently installed its first wi-fi line in the country's capital Cotonou. Mantic's D-G Spero Ganse believes that the technology is ideal for the corporate market, particularly…

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) customers were unable to carry out transactions this morning, due to bank mainframe problems. Customers unable to access ATM services became aware of…

Sentech Will Roll Out New Wireless Network

Sentech is reviving its telecommunications wireless business with the roll-out of a new network that will cost up to R2bn, with only 25% of that being funded by taxpayers. The…

Kenya: 250,000 Farmers to Agriculture Get Tips On Airtel

Approximately 250,000 small-holder farmers in Kenya can now get reliable and relevant agricultural information via their mobile phones following a partnership project between Airtel Africa and GSMA Development Fund.The innovative…

Nigeria: Main One, Phase3 Telecom partner for broadband delivery

Two leading Nigerian telecommunications infrastructure companies, Main One Cable Company and Phase3 Telecom, have formed a business pact to increase broadband Internet penetration in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.Main…

YouTube Ban in Egypt Is a Setback for Freedom of Expression

A temporary ban on YouTube imposed in Egypt over a video deemed offensive to Islam is a setback for freedom of expression , Amnesty International has said.A court in Cairo…

Kigali’s Internet revolution turns out to be real and real fast

A weekend trip to Kigali allowed a firsthand experience with the Rwandan Internet revolution, which is currently unfolding in the capital city but may eventually spread across the main urban…

Internet News - In Brief

- Layer3 has commissioned its long haul fibre, linking Lagos to Abuja. This leased private managed line will be a solution for organizations, such as financial institutions, airlines and other…

Benue State in Nigeria Gets N100 Million Wimax Internet Backbone

Benue State Government is set to install a WIMAX Internet backbone at the cost of N100 million. The State Governor, Gabriel Tor-Suswam, announced this when Information and Communications Technology Consultant…

Chinese Firms to Lay US$60m Fibre Optic Cable in Kenya

Three companies have been awarded tenders to construct the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) terrestrial. Two companies are Chinese (Huawei and ZTE) and another French (Sagem). The companues are…

NEW SIERRE LEONE ISP LIME LINE WILL OFFER A BROADBAND SERVICE AND VOIP

A new ISP Lime Line will start in early November in Sierre Leone, according to Country Director Martin Small in a press conference last Monday. It wants to become the…

ISOC-ZA JOINS OPA IN CALLING FOR MEETING WITH GOVT ON HIGH COST OF BANDWIDTH

The Internet Society of SA (ISOC-ZA) has joined with the Online Publishers' Association's (OPA) in calling for an urgent meeting with government to discuss the high cost of bandwidth in…

KENSAT TO DROP VSAT CHARGES BY "AS MUCH AS 85%" AHEAD OF MONOPOLY ENDING

Kensat last week announced that it would slash its VSAT charges "by as much as 85 per cent". Levy Maitamei, the Kensat Brand Manager said that it will now cost…

Internet News - In Brief

- Last week Africom officially unveiled its paid mobile broadband services through adverts in the press and an email sent today to subscribers using the services for the one month…

Tunisia: Information and Communication Minister - 'Internet Censorship No Longer Implemented in Tunisia'

Internet censorship, better known under the name of "Ammar 404" is henceforth no longer happening in Tunisia, asserted Information and Communication Minister Mongi Marzoug. In his meeting with the media,…

Internet News in Brief

- As war is resuming in the Eastern part of Congo, with the takeover of Goma by M23 rebels, several Congolese artists decided to unite and sing against the war.…

Algerie Telecom Launches Gmail SMS

Algerie Telecom has announced the launch of an SMS service through Gmail, a move that is likely to spur interest in Algeria’s telecommunications sector and fuel excitement amongst users eager…

Consolidation in Uganda’s overcrowded mobile sector, Internet growing at more than 200% per year

Uganda is one of the fastest and most consistently growing economies in Africa. The introduction of mobile telephony has revolutionised the country’s telecommunications industry, but with eight networks the market…

UniNet restructures to offer low cost voice and data services across Africa.

Synglo Technologies, which is a 100% South African BEE company involved in the ICT Sector, headed by Papi Molotsane has acquired a 65% stake in UniNet. Papi, who previously headed…

Undersea cable plan tangled in acrimony in South Africa

The sole active supporter of the NEPAD-backed Broadband Infrastructure Project that will never be built, the South African Government is trying to arm-twist EASSy because the project has slipped free…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom Lesotho offers a wireless “broadband” service where customers can get a contended (probably at least 60:1) 64K download speed from between R2400-2800 a month. ISPs buy the same…

TUNISIA TO HOST AFRICAN ONLINE ACADEMY FOR INTERNET TRAINING

Plans for a 'virtual university' that will provide African students with Internet-based training were unveiled last week (18 November) at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia. The…

‘E-GOVERNANCE CAN CUT GOVT COSTS BY 10%’, SAYS UIA’S KIGOZI

Expenditure on local government affairs can be reduced by 10 percent if e- governance is promoted in all the 56 districts of Uganda, according to Dr Maggie Kigozi, the executive…

Internet News - In Brief

-  Internet Gabon Telecom (IG Telecom) has this week signed a USD15 million contract with US-based satellite technology provider Hughes Network Systems, under a project named Triple Net aimed at…

Internet – In Brief

- Travellers to Kenya will no longer have to spend hours at the airport after arrival to apply for an entry visa. Immigration minister Otieno Kajwang says an electronic visa…

South Africa: Govt to launch online radio station

Government says an Internet-based radio station was chosen over a mainstream radio station because of the effectiveness, influence and listenership of Internet-based radio stations.The Department of International Relations and Cooperation…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has embraced ICT with the launch of its corporate website www.ghanahealthservice.org - South Africa’s second national operator Neotel has launched its first commercial WiMAX…

Spotting Darfur Atrocities From Space

Those burning villages in Darfur can now be tracked closely by public satellite. Google’s project in Darfur uses its Google Earth project to identify and then illustrate where human rights…

SOUTH AFRICIA - MORE FIRMS USING ONLINE RECRUITMENT

Approximately two-thirds (68.97%) of top South African companies believe that the Internet is an effective recruitment channel and almost half (46.81%) are using online recruitment as part of their overall…

MTN PLAYS CATCH-UP WITH VODACOM AS IT OUTLINES ITS SA BROADBAND PLANS

MTN's data offerings have largely been overshadowed by the noise of its rival's launch of 3G, but the network operator says it will soon make a big noise about its…

EIGHT TUNISIAN INTERNET USERS CONVICTED OF TERRORISM

On 6 April 2004, a Tunis court sentenced eight Internet users from the southern city of Zarzis to up to 26 years in prison. The convicted Internet users were accused…

Kenya Data Networks signs Cable Leasing Deal with KPLC

Kenya Data Networks last Thursday joined the list of firms leasing the Kenya Power and Lighting Company fibre optic cable capacity. The five year lease is worth Sh135 million. It…

Internet - In Brief

- POTRAZ deputy director Alfred Marisa has reportedly announced that a new voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) service, offered by US-based VoIP service provider Zimfon over Zimbabwean converged services operator Africom’s network,…

South Africa: Telkom FTTH roll-out in Parkview, Parkhurst stopped

Telkom has revealed that it has stopped its roll-out of fibre-to-the-home in Parkview and Parkhurst“We have stopped our fibre roll-out into Parkview and Parkhurst,” the head of Telkom’s retail and…

Malawi Telecom to spend US$25 million on fibre project

Malawi Telecom says it plans to spend about $25 million (about K3.5b) in the next two years on the optical fibre project to improve its services. It has given the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Leased line prices have gone down in the SAFE fibre cable connecting Mauritius. A full circuit link of 2MB from Mauritius to Paris has been reduced by 20% from…

GVF SUMMIT ASKS: DOES BROADBAND SATELLITE MAKE SENSE FOR WEST AFRICA?

This is one of the many questions that the GVF West Africa Satellite Communications Summit will try to answer in Abuja, 31 October to 2 November. With a welcoming address…

KENYA'S INTERSAT LAUNCHES DUAL MESH NETWORKING VSAT

Kenyan VSAT network solution provider interSat Africa has launched SkySwitch, a new generation Dual Star+ Mesh Networking VSAT system. It has installed the new system at the Inmedia teleport in…

KENYA TELKOM'S JAMBONET JOINS KIXP WITH 512K LINK

When KIXP was launched, Telkom Kenya resisted it with all the arguments it could muster. Now its internet bandwidth subsidiary Jambonet has connected to Kenya's local internet exchange, KIXP. Initially…

Internet News - In Brief

- Datatec-owned Westcon has won a two-year contract making it the primary global distributor of Motorola’s Canopy wireless broadband products and accessories. - Another Nigerian ISP has joined the fray,…

Poor Internet links mar Africa's satellite data access – “fundamental and serious” obstacle

African satellite images are useful but only if scientists have the means to access and study them A landmark decision to allow free access to key earth observation data has…

Liquid Telecom unveils 100mbps FTTH progress and plans at Africacom

Liquid Telecom has unveiled its progress in laying Fibre To The Home over which it is providing homes and small businesses with unlimited data packages and 100Mbps, the fastest broadband…

Wi-MAX impact dampened by licensing delays in South Africa

Delays in the awarding of licences for providing the new WiMAX high-speed wireless broadband service to businesses and consumers has resulted in dampening of its potential impact. This is the…

TELKOM 'OUTAGE' LEAVES MWEB CLIENTS STRANDED

Thousands of businesses and consumers were unable to access the Internet and their e-mail last week morning after a "critical outage" suffered by internet service provider MWeb. The network failure…

TELFREE AND IS LOOK SET TO CHALLENGE TELKOM ON VOIP INTERCONNECTION

Two companies - TelFree and IS - are going to challenge Telkom South Africa to provide interconnect agreements for terminating VoIP calls on their network. For VoIP calling to take…

OVER 500 WEBSITES ALREADY DEFACED BY HACKERS THIS YEAR

Over 500 South African business and home websites have already been defaced this year, as hacking becomes increasingly prevalent on the local front. The attacks were carried out in roughly…

Africa: Less Than 1 Million Country Domain Sites, says new survey

A country domain is an Internet 'top level' code assigned to a country, for example .za (South Africa), .uk (United Kingdom), .de (Germany), .fr (France) and .zw (Zimbabwe). ZADNA is…

Arusha Launches Own Local Internet Exchange Point in Tanzania

Arusha has just become the first non-capital urban center in East and Central Africa to have its own Internet Exchange Point, a physical infrastructure that allows different Internet Service Providers…

Seacom expands network to five more countries but suffers another cable cut

Seacom has connected five more African countries to its network even as its network experienced a problem that disrupted Internet connectivity in Tanzania early last week.A fibre cable-cut at Alexandria…

Tanzanian Government detains two website editors

The Tanzanian Government has arrested two online editors without charge. The two were detained and interrogated for 24 hours in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on February 18, in what observers…

INDIA WIRES AFRICA TO BEAT CHINA

The government of India is awarding millions of dollars in grants to African countries for a cross-continental communications network, in the hopes of selling some telecom gear -- and sticking…

AFRINIC TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AFRICA'S IP NUMBERS THIS YEAR

Africa will no longer have to rely on other Regional Internet Registry (RIR) bodies, Adiel A. Akplogan the Chief Executive Officer of the African Registry for Internet Numbers (AfriNIC) has…

Internet News - In Brief

- The National Meteorological Institute of Angola (Inamet) launched its portal, under the celebrations of the World Meteorology Day, March 23. It is a kind of service that will provide…

Property Transfer Services to Go Online in Ethiopia but some banks doubtful

The Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia is to launch a web-based property transfer authentication service but at a recent meeting to announce its launch, local banks expressed scepticism that it…

Broadband a key focus for Moholi at Telkom

Expanding broadband, especially in the consumer market, will be one of the key focus areas of newly appointed Telkom group CEO Nombulelo “Pinky” Moholi, who takes the reins at the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Orange Madagascar is investing in a submarine fibre cable dubbed “Lion” which will link the city of Toamasina on the main island to the existing SAFE cable. The project…

AFRICA VIRTUAL HERITAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT IS LAUNCHED

Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry, working with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today announced the establishment of the Africa Virtual Heritage Management Project (VHMP) before an audience of…

3G INTERNET BOOM ON ITS WAY IN SOUTH AFRICA, SAYS BMI

South Africa is set to achieve nearly 870 000 broadband access subscribers by 2009, says BMI-TechKnowledge's latest report. This figure represents access to the Internet using PCs. An additional 4.4 million subscribers…

RWANDA'S SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE CONNECTED TO INTERNET BY 2017

Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the African ICT conference in Accra said that all of the country's secondary schools were to be connected to the internet by 2017. Rwanda has…

Mauritius to get Fibre-to-the-Home by 2008 in US$318 million investment plan

According to reports from the African Press Agency, from 2008 all Mauritian homes will be able to connect to the internet via a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network being proposed by United…

Video key to economic growth, say Cisco

Cisco has rolled out purpose-built unified communications solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to boost skills development and increase ROI.According to the company, this forms part of…

Access Kenya signs Sh400m loan deal for Internet expansion

With a Sh1 billion war-chest, AccessKenya has announced it would be investing in three key projects aimed at cementing its position in the increasingly competitive Internet industry. It announced on…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya has announced that work has started on laying the cable linking Nairobi to the border down of Malaba. The Nairobi-Malaba cable will be laid alongside the oil…

NETCOM'S 3G MOBILE BROADBAND SOLUTION LAUNCHED IN NIGERIA

Axcera, a leading manufacturer and integrator of best-of-breed technology for the broadband wireless access industry, and Netcom Africa Limited, a leading IP infrastructure provider of satellite and wireless broadband solutions…

UUNET KENYA LAUNCHES VoIP SOLUTION - PROMISES UP TO 70% SAVINGS

Kenyan business communications provider, UUNET, last formally launched a high-quality, low-risk voice communications solution for business organisations. The new solution will enable businesses to make a smooth transition from separate…

SIX E-MAIL SCAMMERS FROM NIGERIA AND BENIN ARRESTED IN HOLLAND

Six men from Nigeria and Benin were convicted of fraud by a Dutch court on Wednesday and received prison sentences of between 301 days and 4.5 years, a court official…

FOUNDER OF TUNeZine.COM GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST JAIL CONDITIONS

Imprisoned Tunisian Internet activist Zouhair Yahyaoui is in the fifth day of his hunger strike to protest the harsh conditions of his confinement. Zouhair Yahyaoui founded TUNeZine.com soon after he…

IN BRIEF:

- A fibre-optic cable linking Ethiopia to Sudan has been officially launched. According to the Ethiopia Telecom Corporation (ETC), the Addis Abbaba-Metema link cost ETB118 million (USD13.2 million) and took…

Egypt: Internet Censorship and Attacks on Journalists Amid Major Street Protests

Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and physical attacks that journalists suffered while covering demonstrations last week and today in various Egyptian cities. The authorities have been doing everything possible…

Internet News - In Brief

-Nairobi — Internet prices in Kenya can significantly drop if backhaul and last mile connectivity is properly achieved, says Julius Opio, SEACOM's East Africa Chief Executive says the unregulated way…

Nigeria’s N11 Billion Free Internet Project under Representatives Scrutinity

Worried about the non-completion of Nigeria's $86 million rural digitalization project being handled by Galaxy Backbone PLC two years after the contract was awarded with the whole amount paid up-front,…

SA’S MTN TO CHALLENGE TELKOM ON BROADBAND

MTN has thrown down the gauntlet to Telkom. The cellular network operator has warned its fixed-line rival that wireless networks will become as dominant in broadband Internet access as they…

TELKOM-CONTROLLED ADSL PRICE WAR LOOMS

Following Telkom's June announcement that it will drop its ADSL pricing by 18% and 31% depending on the ADSL product, smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) say they will also bring…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom CEO Sizwe Nxasana has handed over an ICT centre with satellite-enabled Internet access to Kgolouthwana secondary school in Limpopo province. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Nxasana said…

UUNET FACES CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP BY THE END OF THE YEAR

Internet service provider (ISP) UUNet may be facing a change of ownership towards year-end as its troubled parent MCI (formerly WorldCom) evaluates its investments in emerging markets. MCI is due…

Internet Connectivity News - In Brief

- Technology Empowerment Network’s projects for 2003 include the following African projects: Eshop Africa, WOUGNET, and Nairobits. majordomo@internet.org.za

World Bank to Invest $215 Million to Boost Internet in Central Africa

The World Bank has announced a 10-year US$215 million fund to support the countries of the Central African region in developing their high-speed telecommunications backbone infrastructure to increase the availability…

VODACOM PLANS TO OFFER SOUTH AFRICAN BROADAND USERS A SINGLE ACCOUNT TO COVER MOBILE, DSL AND HOT-SPOTS

Vodacom is working on an innovative new broadband account which may allow their subscribers to have a single account across all broadband services. Vodacom is aggressively targeting the broadband market…

Jo’burg R1bn broadband backbone here soon

The fibre backbone of the City of Johannesburg’s R1bn broadband infastructure project, being built in conjunction with Ericsson SA, should be completed within the next three months.BWired, a telecommunications operator…

Google launches Classified Ad Service in Kenya, after Ghana and Uganda

Internet search giant Google has launched its classified ads service, Google Trader, in Kenya, the Forbes Magazine reports October 17, 2011. Kenya becomes the third African country to have the…

South Africa’s Presidency Launches Children's Website

Twenty-four schoolchildren from schools around Gauteng and surrounding areas are on their way to the Union Buildings this morning to check out a new children's website. The website, which was…

NEW REGULATIONS TO MANAGE DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Communications has published regulations to deal with disputes regarding the .za domain name, in the Government Gazette. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations that have been signed by…

50 PERCENT OF BANDWIDTH IN NICOMSAT ALREADY SOLD

The minister for Science and Technology, Prof Turner Isoun has said that 50 percent of all the bandwidth that would be available on the Nigeria Communication Satellite NICOMSAT has been…

MTN, UGANDAN GOVT TO CONNECT NINE SCHOOLS ON INTERNET

MTN Uganda and the ministry of Education have agreed to jointly provide Internet services to nine schools through the schools connectivity programme. The programme being managed by Uconnect, a project…

Internet News - In Brief

- Moneynet, an international money transfer service, has begun to consolidate on its record success by signing on more banks, adding more services to the users and generally expanding its…

Ghana ranks 28 in Internet penetration in Africa

Even though Ghana is the first country in West Africa to launch the Internet in 1993, the country ranks 28, out of 56 countries on the continent when it comes…

TELECOMS SHIFT BATTLE GROUNDS TO INTERNET IN UGANDA

Uganda's mobile telecommunications market is widely acknowledged as having grown at a terrific speed--at least by sub Saharan African standards. From almost insignificant numbers a decade ago, now more than…

With Four Million Users, Kenya Leads Region in Access to Internet Services

Kenya has the highest number of people accessing Internet facilities and services within the East African Community. According to a study conducted by TNS Research International in Nairobi, Mombasa and…

Middle East: Alcatel-Lucent, Etisalat transform mobile broadband

Middle East mobile telecommunications operators, Alcatel-Lucent and Etisalat, have today signed an agreement to jointly develop a sustainable means to deliver mobile broadband to customers using a lightRadio cube.The agreement…

Improved international connectivity from WIOCC reduces bandwidth prices in Lesotho by 67%

Businesses, institutions and consumers in Lesotho are set to experience faster, reliable and significantly more affordable internet connectivity as Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC brings additional broadband capacity into Lesotho. Utilising…

Internet News - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, TelOne is battling to secure US$700 000 to pay Global Connect that operates the satellite linking system that enables the country to enjoy Internet access. The US$700…

CYBER CAFE CLIENTS DECRY EFCC DIRECTIVE IN NIGERIA

Cyber café clients have decried the EFCC's latest directive, that operators of cyber cafes in Abuja must register their clients to check cyber crimes in the country. The clients feel…

CELL C LAUNCHES WIRELESS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY FOR HOME USERS

Cell C has launched a mobile USB modem, thus setting its sights on the residential PC and dial-up market. According to the company, this means that consumers, particularly families, who…

SA'S MTN BRINGS BROADBAND TO SOHOS

MTN Network Solutions (MTN NS) this week unveiled four packages that will give users high-speed access to virtual private networks (VPNs) and the Internet. The asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL)…

Virtually provides some Real Freedom to Egyptians

Egyptians critical of their government are using new media and the Internet to expose its improprieties and press for social change. Twitter users in Egypt have provided minute-by-minute coverage of…

HOW DO TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA’S WIMAX OFFERINGS COMPARE ON PRICE?

Telkom announced that they will launch their commercial WiMax offering last week week, and that the prices will fall in line with their current ADSL offerings.  Telkom’s will use WiMax…

Tanzania: Faster download speeds mean shift in charging from time-based to capacity-based

Internet cafes owners are facing technology challenges which may compel them to shift their billing method from time spent to bytes as broadband speed increased hundred folds. The theory is…

Internet News - In Brief

Tunisia's incumbent "Tunisie Telecom" announced a further increase in international bandwidth to 50 Gbps up from 42.5 Gbps last October and 37.5 Gbps in May 2010, which represents an increase…

Rwanda: Lawyers Urged to Use e-Filing

High Court president, Johnstone Busingye, trains lawyers in using EFSMembers of the Kigali Bar Association (KBA) were, last week, trained in filing cases online using Electronic Filing System (EFS).KBA is…

Safaricom introduces Internet bundle purchases using scratchcards

Kenya’s mobile service provider Safaricom has introduced a new service that will allow its customers to purchase data bundles using Scratch cardsSafaricom says it has introduced a wide range of …

SAT-3 Cable Cut - 70 Percent Internet Capacity Threatened, MTN, Suburban Count Losses

Last week Monday, there was a fault at the Benin landing station of the SAT3 cable which hit both traffic sent direct from Lagos and Suburban Telecom’s terrestrial route to…

Angola to launch 'Angosat' satellite

The Angolan government has given the go-ahead to a project to produce, launch and operate an Angolan satellite dubbed "Angosat", Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Sunday. The project…

WAPA COMMENCES WITH A CENSUS OF THE WISP INDUSTRY

The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) has been formed and currently represents 15 operators in the Western Cape. The Association aims to represent the interests of the rapidly growing industry…

MACHA HOSPITAL OVERCOMES PROBLEMS OF RURAL CONNECTIVITY IN ZAMBIA

Zambia’s Macha Hospital is set to overcome the sort of rural connectivity problems that bedevil other countries in Africa, writes Balancing Act’s Zambia correspondent Timothy Kasonde Kasolo. Macha hospital is…

Internet News - In Brief

- Namibia's telephone directory will soon be accessible on the Internet. Ferdinand Tjombe, public relations manager at Telecom Namibia, says some sections of the directory are already accessible on the…

Internet News - In Brief

- After years of haggling with the SABC and etv to get their satirical puppet show ZNews aired, cartoonist Zapiro and producer Thierry Cassuto have ditched traditional networks in favour…

ZIM ONLINE INTRODUCES WI-FI HOTSPOTS IN HARARE, BULAWAYO AND MUTARE

ZOL, in conjunction with various coffee shops and hotels that have been labelled ZOLspots, is now offering services whereby customers can access the Internet using laptops and hand-held devices (cellphones)…

KDN Pulls Out of Retail Internet Services Market in Kenya

Internet Services Providers (ISPs) facing closure following stiff competition from big Internet Protocol (IP) network provider, Kenya Data Networks, can now breathe easy after the operator announced last week it…

Habari Internet Now 80 Percent on Undersea Fibre Cable

Habari Node limited, formally known as Arusha Node Marie, the leading Internet Services Provider in Arusha, have announced that 80% of their Internet traffic goes through the undersea fiber optic…

South Africa: Telkom in the dock for putting squeeze on SA telecoms

It may have taken seven years and numerous legal challenges, but the Competition Commission’s case against Telkom finally made it to the Competition Tribunal on Monday.SA’s fixed-line operator stands accused…

South Sudan Supports AU-Endorsed Uniform ZACR dotAFRICA (.AFRICA) bid

Africa’s youngest nation has added its voice to the chorus of support for the bid to ensure the African online community is properly represented in cyberspace.The Republic of South Sudan…

LTT’s WiMax widely exploited, hackers claim

Claims are circulating amongst IT specialists that the Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) website has been hacked, making at least some of its estimated 350,000 customer accounts, including those of…

Gilat Satcom partners with DiViNetworks to boost internet capacity and reduce costs for all ISPs and network operators in Africa

Gilat Satcom, a provider of satellite and fibre-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has announced that it has partnered with DiViNetworks to boost satellite and fibre…

KDN Dials Up Rates Slash as Internet Pricing Wars Intensify in Kenya

Pressure to reduce the price of communication intensified on Tuesday after national data solutions provider, Kenya Data Networks (KDN), lowered its connectivity rates by 90 per cent. But consumers are…

Wananchi in aggressive expansion plan in Africa

Wananchi Online (now Wananchi Group), one of the pioneer ISPs in Kenya, has been shopping for funds to invest in its local operations. The firm is looking to broaden its…

MWEB LAUNCHES WIMAX FOR NAMIBIA

When it comes to deregulation of broadband, Namibia has scored a significant first by deregulating wireless access and awarding the relevant frequencies for the first commercial application of WiMax technology…

BANK OF UGANDA TO ROLL OUT ONLINE BIDDING

 BANK of Uganda (BOU) will rollout the online bidding and trading of government securities next year. Stephen Kaboyo said on Wednesday that the upgrade of the Central Depository System (CDS)…

SENEGALSE CYBER-CAFÉ ASSOCIATION ATTACKS SONATEL FOR POOR SERVICE

The association of cybercafes of Ziguinchor in Senegal  has made public its disappointment regarding the bad quality of internet service provided by Sonatel, the Senegalese national imcumbant. Some days the…

IN BRIEF:

- Malawi incumbent telco Malawi Telecommunications Ltd (MTL) has launched MTL FreeNET, a dial-up internet service for its fixed line customers in the capital Blantyre, via the company’s own ISP…

Mozambique: Vodacom Cuts Internet Prices

Vodacom Mozambique, the local subsidiary of the South African company Vodacom, on Thursday announced reductions, in some cases of over 80 per cent, in its charges for data transmission. According…

Internet News - In Brief

- Tanzanian ISP Raha has launched 4 hot-spots in Oysterbay, Haile Selassie, Masaki and city centre.- The Angolan airports located along the country's coastline will gain Internet services for their…

E-Visas coming to South Africa

The South African government announced on July 8, that they would begin offering electronic visas in an effort to increase tourism and relations with other African nations such as Nigeria.allAfrica.com…

Nigeria cuts price of Internet domain names to drive uptake

The local managers of Nigeria’s DotNG Internet domain name has slashed the registry fee from N200,000 to N15,000 to drive the massive uptake the country’s online identity within the Internet…

Only two in 100 in Egypt have access to broadband internet: MCIT

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) stated in its latest published report that only two out of 100 individuals in Egypt have access to broadband internet penetration, compared…

Controversy on Uganda’s national backbone construction

The $106m national data transmission backbone has been hit by controversy, with the Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) and the information and communication technology (ICT) ministry accusing each other of…

Vodacom WiMAX to go commercial in October, but no mobility yet

Vodacom and iBurst are planning to launch their WiMax services in the beginning of October. These services will be mainly aimed at business customers in the Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and…

Sierra Leone’s ISPs complain about Telecom Regulator Bias

Sierra Leone's telecommunications regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has denied allegation of creating an uneven playing field for ISPs in the country. Some ISPs had earlier accused NATCOM of…

UGANDA’S MPS REJECT $2.12 MILLION INTEREST ON CHINESE LOAN FOR THE BUILDING OF A NETWORK BACKBONE

A plan for Uganda to establish a National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Network backbone have hit a wall after Parliament rejected the "high" interest rate on the loan from…

INTERNET ADOPTION BOOSTS ANGOLA TELECOM CAHSFLOW

Angola's incumbent telco Angola Telecom collected Akz 80 million from central Huambo province, in 2006, after its customers improved the paying of their bills, an official source told Angop. The…

BATTLE OVER MOBILE BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER NUMBER IN SOUTH AFRICA

At Vodacom’s recent interim results presentation the CEO, Alan Knott-Craig said that Vodacom has a 100,700 3G-HSDPA customer base. In the JSE report a figure of 87,674 active Vodafone Mobile…

INTERNET SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES FIRST HSDPA GSM NETWORK ROUTER

Internet Solutions (IS), a South African converged communications services provider, last week launched the first HSDPA GSM router. The device, which runs on cellular networks, allows for secure multi bearer…

DRC’S CITRACO TO DEPLOY WIRELESS NETWORK IN KINSHASA

According to an interview in Le Phare Richard Cibangu Muamba of Congo International Transaction Company (Citraco) intends to offer telephony, data and video services using IP protocol. It plans to…

MainOne Fibre Optic Cable Launched

The MainOne fibre cable was launched last week ahead of the rival Glo One cable which has not yet set a launch date.It cost about $240 million (N36 billion) and…

Internet News - In Brief

- Zantel has slashed price of its modems from 99,900/- to 49,900/- in a move aimed at bringing internet connectivity to a majority of Tanzanians. Recently, the company introduced new…

Nigeria’s Direct on PC Partners Aviat Networks for WiMAX Service

Aviat Networks has announced that Direct on PC Limited, a Nigerian ISP has chosen to deploy its StarMAX WiMAX Broadband system including base stations, Wireless Services Gateway (WSG) and end-user…

Zimbabwe: New WiMAX operator wants interconnection for mobile VoIP services

A new WiMAX-based network operator is aiming to launch in Zimbabwe as early as this month under the name ‘Spiritage’, writes The Africa Report. The start-up’s CEO Zachary Wazara claims…

Goal.com goes live in Ghana

Goal.com, the world’s biggest football website, believes that Africa loves football, a sport it is also passionate about. It is hence expanding to populations in love with soccer and this…

Spacecom's AMOS-5 Wins $6.5 Million Contract for Ku-band VSAT Services in Southern Africa

Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that it has won a three-year contract worth $6.5 million from one of Africa's largest Internet Communications Service Providers (ISPs)…

PCCW Global in all-stars consortium to construct new Asia Africa Europe-1 Cable System

PCCW Global, an international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and 16 other prominent service providers around the world have come together to construct a new…

Internet News - In Brief

- Zamtel has spent about US$20 million connecting provincial centres to the optic fibre network. Zamtel public relations manager Charles Kachikoti said the company had made progress on the project…

Internet News - In Brief

- A new Arab Advisors Group major survey of Internet users in Tunisia revealed that 36.4% of Internet users in Tunisia use e-commerce. Based on the survey results, the Arab…

ISPA expects competition ruling soon in South Africa

The Competition Commission is about to finalise its investigation into the Internet Service Providers Association's (ISPA's) complaint that Telkom is engaging in anti-competitive behaviour. ISPA expects a ruling in June.…

WEST AFRICA SCHOLARS CALL FOR CHEAPER BANDWIDTH ON SAT3

The Association of African Universities has called for African leaders to use the end of a monopoly on a submarine communications cable to provide cheaper Internet access for students. The…

NUMBER OF LOCAL BROADBAND USERS CLOSING IN ON HALF A MILLION IN SOUTH AFRICA

The number of local broadband users is continuing to show a significant percentage growth, and is closing in on the half-a-million mark. Telkom’s ADSL service remains that most popular broadband…

Internet News - In Brief

- Djaweb, Algeria-Telecom's Internet subsidiary will launch before the end of December, a platform of access to broadband internet totalling more than 100,000 lines . In a separate note it…

Internet News - In Brief

- Egyptian authorities have ordered the release of award-winning pro-democracy blogger Alaa Seif Al Islam. The blogger and his wife were joint recipients of the 2005 best blog prize awarded…

ISPs IN GHANA’S N REGION OF TAMALE CALL FOR REVIEW OD LICENCE FEES

ISPs in Tamale, in the northern region of Ghana, have called on the regulator, the National Communication Authority (NCA) to review its licensing regime. The ISP’s claim that the USD30,000…

SES ASTRA EXPANDS SATELLITE BROADBAND TO ALGERIA

SES Aatra has signed five new contracts for the provision of Astra one-way satellite broadband services at Europe’s orbital position of 19.2 degrees East. The high speed satellite Internet services…

DiscoveryTel Ghana and Intracom “storm in a teacup” over WiMAX Network

A Greece-based international telecoms technology company, Intracom Telecom announced on in a press release dated 19 July 2010 that it had won a contract to supply DiscoveryTel Ghana. It said…

Akunyili Urge Citizens to Patronise Locally Made Computers in Nigeria

Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili, has said that locally made computers are superior to imported ones. She therefore urged Nigerians to patronise the Made-in-Nigeria computers instead of…

South Africa: MWeb to offer free online file storage

Internet service provider MWeb has launched a cloud-based file-hosting service called Store-It that allows users to store and access files online. It’s offering 5GB of online storage space.Available as a…

Internet News - In Brief

- inamibia has announced that they have become the biggest local website in Namibia! They also own the largest Facebook page in the country.  They have achieved this in an…

Site to recognise African web designs goes online

Huston Malande, founder of Design Afrique, felt most entrepreneurs in the business were ripping off clients by not creating original sites. This prompted him to launch a new product to…

Telecoms service providers seek to take over Kenyan Internet domain

A lobby group has offered to guarantee a Kenya specific Internet domain (.ke), which the sector regulator wants to commercialise.Telecommunications Service Providers of Kenya (Tespok) said that it was capable…

Gauteng’s R 35-Billion municipal network digital dream

Gauteng’s provincial government plans to build a province-wide telecommunications network at a cost of up to R35bn. Officials want the project, which requires the approval of the national cabinet, to…

SOUTH AFRICA’S STATE DEPARTMENTS GET R454M IP NETWORK FROM NEOTEL

The government would invest R454m over the next five years in a new network to improve service delivery by offering faster access to more than 3000 departments, and reduce costs…

MOROCCO, TOP OF THE LEAGUE WITH CLOSE TO 400,000 ADSL CONNECTIONS

The Moroccan regulator, the ANRT has just released its quarterly statistics about the telecoms and internet sectors in the country. With close to 400,000 ADSL connections at the end of…

INTERNET COMPANY INCUBETA GETS R15M FUNDING

The  HBD venture capital fund founded by billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has invested R15m in IncuBeta, an internet marketing company. IncuBeta will use the cash to expand its presence in the…

SA’S ICASA TO PROBE TELKOM ADSL INTERNET SERVICE

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has approved a committee to investigate Telkom’s Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) after a formal complaint was lodged by MyADSL, a broad-band internet…

Internet News - In Brief

- The first African root name server was installed at the South African internet exchange, JINX this week. - The Lagos IXP looks set to launch in September 2003. AfrISPA…

Africaonline Namibia Doubles its capped Wimax Bandwidth offer

AfricaOnline, formerly MWEB Namibia, has announced that it will double the amount of bandwidth capping for the majority of users of its WiMax internet from the beginning of next month.…

Firm to Enhance Lecturers' E-Learning Skills in Nigeria

A Lagos-based Information Technology (IT) training firm, HiiT Limited, has expressed its readiness to build and enhance lecturers' proficiency in E-learning, as part of its contribution towards improving the quality…

iNamibia creating some unique online opportunities for brands in Namibia

117% traffic growth - the fastest in Namibia, the fastest-growing Facebook fan page in Namibia, in the top five biggest local websites in Namibia within 3 months.This was the performance…

Tanzania: TTCL issues wholesale tariff to access its backbone

The Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has announced new tariff structures for the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) and allowed its customers to sublet the service. In an advert posted…

Kenya: Gladwell, Kiai Launch Website On Poll Petition

A website containing all evidence used in Supreme Court petition has been launched.Gladwell Otieno and Zahid Rajad from Africa Center for Open Governance have partnered with Inform Action director Maina…

Egypt's Anti-Terrorism Law to Target Internet

Facebook, among other sites, will come under new scrutiny in Egypt, when a draft “anti-terrorism” law comes into effect.The draft law, submitted by the Interior Ministry to the Justice Ministry,…

Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training in Gabon

Libreville, Gabon, October 21st, 2014: Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has unveiled a new training programme targeting to impart new…

Internet News - In Brief

- Allegations that Telkom South Africa abused its dominance to stifle competition in the internet market will be revived in the high court next week, in proceedings that may pave…

WIMAX TO BE DEPLOYED IN THREE CITIES IN NIGERIA

Nigerian ISP ipNX Nigeria Ltd has announced that US vendor SOMA Networks is to install next-generation wireless broadband systems in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. SOMA…

JINX NOW SUPPORTS VOIP PEERING

The Johannesburg InterNet eXchange (JINX) is now able to support VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) interconnection between ISPA (Internet Service Providers' Association of SA) members. JINX enables ISPA members to…

NSIMEYONG’S POPULATION IN CAMEROON DRILLED ON INTERNET USE

Officials of a computer training centre have cautioned inhabitants to use its services for academic and research purposes, not illegal adventures. The inhabitants of Nsimeyong neighbourhood in Yaounde have heaved…

XANTIC OFFERS FASTER AND CHEAPER ONLINE BROWSING VIA EASY ACCELERATOR

Xantic has announced the launch of Easy Accelerator, an innovative application that makes browsing the internet via satellite faster and cheaper than ever before. Available free of charge from Xantic’s…

Rwanda’s national fibre network will be complete by December

The Rwanda government says it will have a complete national fibre network across the country by December. The government is building the national fibre optic cable of 2,300 kilometres across…

Promoters of Christian Communities Eye New Online Opportunities

Promoters of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) within the wider Catholic teaching efforts plan to use the new online resources in promoting evangelization."This is one of our new insights and we…

Internet News - In Brief

- In Liberia, mobile operator Lonestar/MTN has launched a mobile broadband service labeled “iConnect”. The service is based on WiMAX technology. - Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has featured among the…

Burundi to get first national backbone network

ZTE Corporation, a publicly listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions signed an agreement on 20 September 2011 with Burundi Backbone Systems Company (Burundi BBS) to build Burundi’s…

IXP plan backed by operators, regulator

A report from the West Africa Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) on setting up an internet exchange point (IXP) in Gambia has been validated by local telecoms operators – including…

Somalia: Alshabab Gives 15 Days to Telecommunication Companies to Stop Internet Connectivity.

Alshabab militia has given 15 days ultimatum to telecommunication companies in the country involved in internet connections to stop it or face serious consequences. "The mujahidin has ordered all telecommunication…

Internet – In Brief

- Rwandan government has signed an agreement with South Korean integrated telecom service provider KT Corporation for the establishment of a joint venture, Rwanda Olleh Services Ltd, which will be…

Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa

Internet access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that.Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a…

Internet News - In Brief

- iBurst South Africa has passed the 40,000 subscriber mark, cementing SA's position as the world's biggest market for iBurst wireless broadband. - The Ethiopian Population Census Commission will purchase…

CASINOS EYE LEGAL ONLINE GAMBLING JACKPOT IN SOUTH AFRICA

The legalisation of online gambling in SA in the near future is expected to send gaming and entertainment companies into frantic jostling for position. An amendment to the National Gambling…

Internet News - In Brief

- Having recently freed up its 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz frequency bands for use by ISPs, the regulator CCK is encouraging operators to attend a WLAN Technology Course at the African…

KENYAN GOVT DELAYS BREAKING DATA MONPOLY UNTIL SNO IS IN PLACE

Plans by the government to license additional Internet backbone providers have now been suspended until a second national operator is licensed. The decisions are contained in a report by a…

Internet News: In Brief

*Kigali — A new global report on internet connectivity has put Rwanda among the top three African countries with the fastest internet broadband connectivity and downloading speeds, ranking the country…

Seacom to increase capacity as demand ups

Telecommunication firms have now taken up more than 60 per cent of the capacity that we initially had. Demand has grown and we expect further growth as more and people…

New map overlays conflict, climate change and aid in Africa

A pilot version of an online mapping tool has been launched in Africa which enables researchers and policymakers to identify how climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid intersect.Researchers from the…

DRC: M23 Rebels Take Their Offensive Online

Rebel military group the M23 movement has made headlines by entering into open conflict with the Congolese army, but it is not stopping at armed conflicts on the ground; the…

Internet – In Brief

- The number of Internet users in Kenya stood at 16.2 million by December 31 last year, an 11.6 percent growth from the 14.5 million users recorded at the end…

Djibouti Data Center (DDC) is Selected by MTN For Africa Gateway and Hubbing Services

The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has announced that it has been selected by MTN, to serve as an Africa gateway point of presence in its global MPLS VPN network.  MTN…

The Internet is both a blessing and a curse for Uganda’s LGBTI activists

"Friday morning was such a very bad morning for me last week," says Ugandan LGBTI activist Richard Lusimbo. Lusimbo graduated from Christian University at Mukono in Uganda with a Bachelors…

Internet – In Brief

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) and Angola Cables have signed an IP Transit agreement to enhance regional connectivity to TSIC’s customer base along the West African coast using Angola Cables’ submarine…

EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIES CALL FOR MORE EFFECTIVE E-TRADE LAWS

Stakeholders in the ICT sector have observed that there is need for cyber laws for EAC member states to operate effectively. All the states currently do not have laws on…

Internet News - In Brief

- MWEB has selected Billion's standard, wireless and VoIP ADSL modems from distributor and agent Nology. The devices are intended to deliver reliable, fast Internet access to consumers and business…

NIGERIAN GOVT MOVES TO CHECK CYBER CRIME WHILE CYBER HUMLIATION AWAITS

President Olusegun Obasanjo last week warned persons currently involved in any form of Advance Fee Fraud (a.k.a. 419), cyber and computer crimes to have a rethink. The president gave the…

Benin: Isocel SA and its partners invest 1.5 million euros to connect up six cities

Isocel SA, one of the leading private Internet access providers in is to spend 1.5 million euros to connect up Benin’s six main cities. The project has received support from…

Business Deal to Put Africa On the Internet Cloud

The average American waits less than a second for Google to respond to a search query. In most of Africa, it takes three seconds to do the same thing. This…

South Africa: Sentech, Infraco merger not imminent

Public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba has again raised the possibility of a merger between state-owned enterprises Sentech and Broadband Infraco, but says nothing is imminent. “It would be the culmination…

Africa to get dot africa domain?

Dot Africa (.africa) is set to become the continent’s top level domain and the African Union recently selected South African registry operator, UniForum SA to administer the soon to be…

Gilat Satcom Donates Satellite Communication Equipment to Advance Education in Liberia

Gilat Satcom, a communication solution provider offering satellite and fiber-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has announced its donation of a VSAT communication system to connect…

Internet - In Brief

- Corporate internet and IT solutions provider AccessKenya Group has acquired a fibre monitoring system for its 450 kilometre carrier ethernet fibre-optic network. The firm, which has over 595 buildings…

Facebook 'in talks to buy drone satellite firm'

Social network said to be in talks with Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet connectivity to people in the developing worldTitan Aerospace drone Facebook is reportedly interested in acquiring…

Millions Unspent in Drive to Bring Poor Online in South Africa

More than R250m that companies have poured into a fund designed to give everyone access to telephony services is gathering dust at the treasury -- while 20,000 schools still lack…

Internet News - In Brief

- Cameroon needs to invest about 800 billion CFA francs to set up eight million new Internet compatible telephone lines, Posts and Telecommunications Minister, Maïgari Bello Bouba, has said to…

TELENOR'S TAIDE OPENS INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY IN KENYA

Taide, a subsidiary of Telenor Satellite Services, last Monday announced the opening a new international telecommunications gateway in Nairobi, Kenya. The new gateway, a joint project with local service provider…

M-WEB COMMERCEZONE SMASHES THE R10BN TRANSACTION BARRIER

M-Web CommerceZone, an independent local business-to-business e-marketplace, saw its transaction volumes smash through the R10bn mark this week, defying common opinions that e-business is floundering. Achieving growth against the odds…

Nigerian Outrage As NCC Awards Licence to South African Fibre cable Firm

The decision of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to grant a fibre optic cable landing licence to WACS - a South African promoted consortium - is causing outrage in the…

Broadband Penetration in Nigeria - Nwokolo Advocates Direct Import Clearance

The regulatory officer at Zain Nigeria, Osondu Nwokolo, has advocated for direct import clearance of broadband devices and equipments as the nation warms up for the broadband boom before the…

Raising Hope For Broadband Revolution in Africa

Participants to the just concluded West and Central Africa Com (WECA) conference in Dakar, Senegal, are hopeful that Africa, like other developed continents of the world, would soon experience full…

South Africa: Three more ISPs able to support DStv’s On Demand programme service and open peering

MultiChoice announced last week that three additional ISPs would be able to serve content from the DStv On Demand service. DStv On Demand allows DStv Premium subscribers in South Africa…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telegeography has announced the release their free interactive submarine cable map. TeleGeography’s online map depicts 188 international and planned submarine cable systems and their landing stations. The map presents…

AMOS-5 Communication Satellite Adds $11 Million Multi-Year Extension for African Client

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that a current client on its AMOS-5 satellite servicing Africa exercised a contractual clause to extend services on the satellite for…

TEAMS to sue KPA over cable cut

The TEAMS cable company has sued the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and a shipping firm for the recent cable cut at Mombasa that caused disruption in Internet services.“We will sue…

Internet Gabon to launch satellite internet service

Internet Gabon has announced in Libreville the project Triple Net, in cooperation with SES and Hughes. Communications minister Blaise Loembe attended the event, reports Africa Info. The USD 12 million…

Internet – In Brief

-  Events mobile application Pocketplan has launched in Cape Town, South Africa, providing a platform for browsing a handpicked list of events and purchase tickets, streamlining the navigation of the…

Cybercrime Bill Goes Through Second Reading in Botswana

Parliament last week adopted the Cybercrime Bill with amendments by Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. With the Bill, government wants to make it a crime to repress…

FNB LOOKS INTO ONLINE FRAUD CLAIM

First National Bank (FNB) has confirmed it is investigating a case in which an online banking client's accounts were apparently “cleaned out”. The Sandton-based client – who does not want…

Internet News - In Brief

- Market research firm World Wide Worx predicts that SA Internet access will get a "kick-start" next year, after a dramatic slowdown in the past three years. According to "The…

Kigali City Wibro Network Launched

Kigali Wireless Broadband (WiBro) Network and the Kigali Metropolitan Network (KMN) were officially launched on Wednesday after two years of work on the infrastructure development. With the two projects, which…

Gamtel to spend US$1.5 million to create back-up fibre link to Senegal

Gambia’s incumbent PSTN operator Gamtel has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a terrestrial fibre transmission network under its 'Cross Gambia Project', reports Afrique en Ligue. This will…

A New Internet Era is Dawning Across East Africa, according to Verizon sponsored event

The recent deployment of the SEACOM broadband cable off the coast of east Africa has sparked "the dawn of a new era" in Internet communications in the region, according to…

Nigeria: Phase3 Telecom promotes the benefits of aerial fibre optic routes

Phae3 Telecom’s CEO Stanley Jegede was out last week promoting the use of aerial fibre optic routes as both cheaper and more reliable than their terrestrial equivalent.He stated that with…

Rwanda issues new guidelines for operators to provide international redundancy

The Rwandan government has made it mandatory with immediate effect for telecom operators and internet service providers to provide seamless redundancy and diversity of internet bandwidth to guarantee service.The move…

No surprises from Google’s ‘Insights Africa: Internet Usage’ statistics

Google, in a partnership with Basis Research Ltd, has released an interactive data set based on survey data from 2010 and 2011. Google explained the basics behind the methodology on…

Niger: Restoration of broadband Internet outage after a three-month

The Niger Telecommunications Company announced the reinstatement of its broadband Internet services, after three months of load shedding due to a failure on a separate line of fiber optics in…

Mara Mentors, Africa’s First Online Mentorship Network

Ugandan Billionaire, Ashish Thakkar has launched the beta version of Mara.com, Africa’s first online mentorship ‘social network’.The goal of the network is to help connect young, budding African entrepreneurs to…

Internet Election Wars Hit E-Mail Boxes in Kenya

Internet service providers in Nairobi have raised the red flag over abusive and unsolicited campaign material flooding the web as spam mail as the campaigns in Kenya head for the…

EASSY DECLARATION SIGNED BY SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICA MINISTERS

Government ministers from Southern and Eastern Africa have signed a declaration on the East Africa Submarine System Project known as Eassy. The declaration signed in Johannesburg yesterday commits fifteen countries…

INTERNET SOLUTIONS PARTNERS WITH BROADSOFT AND DIMENSION DATA

BroadSoft(R), Inc., a provider of VoIP application software, on Tuesday last week announced that Internet Solutions (IS) chose Dimension Data as their systems integrator to deploy advanced VoIP enterprise services…

SOUTH AFRICA: VOIP TO START AS DEREGULATION KICKS IN

A plethora of players is already jockeying for position as voice and data carriers, mostly focusing on VOIP, the protocol that carries voice calls over data networks. The cost savings…

AFRINIC MEETING LAUNCHES AFRICA’S IP SPACE REGISTRY

This week sees the launch of Africa’s own IP space and AS numbers registry AfriNIC. Meetings taking place today and Monday will almost certainly approve a policy for the organisation…

Rascom Plans to offer rates comparable to fibre with Ka-band capacity

The Executive Director for the Regional African Satelite Communication Organization (RASCOM) Dr. Jones A. Killimbe informed participants at a meeting in Banjul that plans to create a Pan-African internet Connectivity…

Internet News - In Brief

- Vodacom Business joins Telkom in hosting two new local broadband Speedtest.net serversThe Speedtest.net service has become the premier destination for Internet users to test the download and upload speeds…

Internet News: In Brief

* The Korea Herald reports that the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Angola's Institute of Communications (INACOM) to cooperate in rolling out wireless…

South Africa’s Infraco hits out at licence decision

State-owned telecommunications infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco has used its latest annual report to criticise a decision not to grant it a service licence under the Electronic Communications Act.It says the…

ACE still coming, but Sentech is out of the picture

Baharicom has refuted speculation that the R5.4bn ACE cable is no longer coming to South Africa’s shores. TechCentral reported earlier on Monday about growing speculation that the cable, which runs…

North Africa: World Bank Announces Broadband Connectivity Initiative, New Focus On Citizen Participation in ICT Solutions

The World Bank has launched a regional initiative to improve broadband connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by bringing utilities' fiber optic networks into broadband use.…

Tanzania: TTCL Strikes 10.7 Billion Rwanda's Cyber Deal

Tanzanian incumbent TTCL has won a 6.7 million US dollars contract to supply 1.244 gigabytes of internet bandwidth to Rwanda for 10 years.TTCL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Said Amir…

Algeria: Presidential Party (FLN) Invites Internet Users On Facebook

The National Liberation Front Party (FLN) announced on Thursday that its Secretary General Abdellaziz Belkhadem would reply on Sunday to the Internet users' questions and queries on Facebook as part…

Internet Market in Libya to be Opened for Private Companies

The spokesperson of the Libyan Transitional Government  has announced that Libya will soon allow private local companies to provide internet services to subscribers throughout the country.This is the first initiative…

Mobile Internet Usage On the Rise in Nigeria

Mobile internet use is growing while the number of people going online via a PC is slowing, analyst firm Nielsen Online has found. Some 7.3m people, according to the analyst…

Internet News - In Brief

- Galaxy Backbone Plc, Nigeria’s Federal Government's Internet Service Provider (ISP) has announced that it will provide connectivity nationwide to support triple play solution in the areas of rural telephony,…

ISPA'S 10 YEARS OF INTERNET ACTIVISM

Tuesday was the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Internet Service Providers' Association of South Africa (Ispa). “Ten years ago SA was ranked as the 14th most connected country…

AFRISPA HOLDS FIRST AFRICAN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT (IXP) RESEARCH WORKSHOP AND NEW DATA COLLECTION APPLICATION

Participants from eight (8) African countries joined their Kenyan colleagues to participate in the first African IXP Research Workshop. This workshop is organised by the African ISP Association (AfrISPA, www.afrispa.org)…

TERRAMARK PLANS TO SET UP AFRICAN NETWORK ACCESS POINT IN TENERIFE

The government of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, off the northwestern coast of Africa, and U.S. information technolog company Terremark Worldwide, Inc. (Terremark) plan to set a Network Access…

Internet News - In Brief

- The long-awaited Ghana Internet Exchange Point has finally got under way. Currently Network Computer Systems Ltd and GT-Net, Ghana Telecom's ISP are the two ISPs exchanging traffic. It will…

CLOCK WINDS DOWN ON KEY KENYA INTERNET LICENCES

The clock is ticking towards the expiry of the 60-day period in which the public can raise objections towards the Communications Commission of Kenya’s decision to offer licenses to private…

DIVONA TÉLÉCOM TUNISIA CHOOSES ALCATEL DVB-RCS FOR HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS

Alcatel announced that it has signed a contract with Divona Télécom, a consortium formed by Tunisian Internet service provider Planet and Monaco Télécom. The contract covers the turnkey delivery of…

ISPA - DRC’S PRESIDENT KASHOBA CALLS ON ICANN TO HELP BRING .CD HOME

ISPA-DRC is beginning the process that should lead to the ccTLD.CD being based in DRC. A letter from ISPA-DRC President Aubin Kashoba wrote a letter this week to members explaining…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Director, Regulatory Affairs, Zain Nigeria, Osondu Nwokoro, has called on the Federal Government to grant fiscal incentives by way of tax holidays to international submarine cable access providers…

Internet News - In Brief

* MTN South Africa has announced plans to build a 3G network in the 900MHz band, TechCentral reports. MTN expects significant growth in demand for broadband services outside of South…

Kenya to Market Films Online As Sector Reels From Lack of Exposure

The government will develop a content management web portal to market Kenyan films on a digital platform to raise international visibility. The portal, to be run by the Kenya Tourist…

Zimbabwe - Aquiva Wireless to launch VoIP by April

Aquiva WirelessOne of Zimbabwe’s licensed Internet Access Providers (IAP), Aquiva Wireless, will be launching VoIP services by April this year. We got the news from the company this week that…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Times of Zambia and Sunday Times of Zambia are now on Facebook.-The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohamed Salem and his Ugandan counterpart Ruhakana Rugunda on…

Togo - super high speed available from June

Sam Bikassam, CEO of Togo Telecom has given details of the arrival, as expected by users, of high speed bandwidth delivered by the new WACS cable. It will be for…

Broadband boost for rural Africa

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Nexpedience have entered into a deal to bring quality broadband access to rural AfricaAccording to ITU, Nexpedience, which is a supplier of proprietary point-to-multipoint…

Liquid Telecom signs partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL)

The Liquid Telecom Group has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) to interconnect with its fibre network in Tanzania.Liquid Telecom Kenya has…

Djibouti Telecom Modernizes Fixed Broadband Network with Alepo BSS/OSS Upgrade

Austin, TX – Alepo, a provider of network and IT software solutions for global communications service providers, has announced that its longstanding client Djibouti Telecom has decided to upgrade to…

TEAMs begins laying cable as deadline looms

Laying of the Sh10.4 billion ($130 million) undersea fibre optic cable -the East Africa Marine System (TEAMs)- started on Friday and is expected to take two months in a race…

Will Seacom Enable a sea change?

Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth. It is a problem which is as old as the Internet is in South Africa and which is seemingly impossible to solve with an intractable Department of…

ONLINE SHOPPING STILL A SOURCE OF ANXIETY IN SOUTH AFRICA

A global survey to assess whether South Africans trusted online transactions has come up with mixed findings after only 400 people responded. Opinion was almost evenly divided about the safety…

STORM CLAIMS VOIP BUSINESS SUCCESSFUL: 31,000 USERS DAILY

Storm's foray into voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services has been successful despite the lack of interconnection with Telkom and some technical issues, says the second tier telecommunications provider. The…

KENYAN FIRM TO START NEW WIRELESS TELEPHONES

A US-based Kenyan firm will spend Sh150 million in the next six months to provide broadband Internet and telephones services through Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) - that is, wireless…

Internet News - In Brief

- ICANN has released for public comment a draft of the three year ICANN Strategic Plan. The public comment period will commence today and will end on 15 January 2005…

SA'S TELKOM TRIALLING ‘LAST MILE' WIRELESS SERVICE

Telkom and Intel announced last night that they are to trial WiMAX broadband wireless networks locally, to give the end-user wireless alternative connections to the telco's network.Trials are expected to…

DATAPRO TO BECOME FIRST ISP TO WHOLESALE BANDWIDTH ON VARIABLE TIME BASIS

Following the installation of a 1MB Internet line at the Protea Hotel Victoria, Internet service provider, DataPro, has announced it will offer wholesale bandwidth on a variable time basis to…

KENYA DATA NETWORKS IN USD1M DEAL WITH ALVARION

Alvarion Ltd last week announced that Kenya Data Networks Ltd. (KDN), a subsidiary of Kenya’s Sameer ICT Group, is deploying advanced Alvarion wireless broadband networks valued at over USD1 million…

Data pricing and rigid contracts in South Africa: Vodacom CEO responds

Vodacom answers questions as to why they haven't reduced their data pricing and suggests that rigid contract terms may become a thing of the pastA couple of weeks ago I…

Spectrum Training launches a new training center in Egypt

Spectrum Training, a leading IT Networking and Security training, certification and consultancy services provider in the Middle East & Africa region expanded its reach in the region by setting up…

Seychelles now connected by fiber optic underwater cable from Tanzania

The landing of the fiber optic submarine cable to Seychelles from Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam was launched on Saturday afternoon with a laying of the first inch…

Internet News - In Brief

- Sierra Leone is set to receive Wi-Fi Network after Edgewater Wireless Systems confirmed to have been paid US$4.9 million by Edgewater Wireless Systems to facilitate the project.- Effiwe.net, an…

LTT signs ADSL-2 internet contract with Alcatel

Libyan telecommunications company LTT signed a €2.3-million contract with the French company Alcatel-Lucent in Tripoli for the third stage of the development of ADSL-2 internet services in a number of…

Orange to set up internet service provider in SA

FRENCH telecoms operator Orange would establish an internet service provider (ISP) unit as part of its strategy to strengthen its presence in South Africa, Orange Horizons MD Sebastien Crozier said…

Algerie Telecom launches long-range public Wi-Fi with Telnet

Algerie Telecom launched an outdoor Wi-Fi service on 20 April as it switched on a hotspot at the central post office square in Algiers. The new pay service is delivered…

NCC Calls for Joint Management of Sat3 in Nigeria

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Engr. Ernest Ndukwe has called for a joint management of the SAT3 optics fibre project to forestall frequent breakdown and improve…

Multi-Links Telkom Begins EVDO Broadband Internet Services in Lagos

Nigerian fixed wireless phone operator, Multi-Links Telkom last week rolled out its broadband EVDO package, an innovative Internet service that would ensure a seamless connection to the worldwide web, to…

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigerian PTO Startech Connections will deploy a WiMAX network in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX 3500 system, offering broadband data and voice services. Targeting corporate, SOHO and…

DAKAR AIRPORT LAUNCHES A WI-FI HOT-SPOT

Dakar Airport is offering a free test of its Wi-Fi hot-spot until its full commercial launch on Monday 6 February. However the “postes installes” were nowhere to be seen and…

STORM BREWING OVER KNYSNA MUNICIPAL WIFI: TELKOM GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH UNINET

Telkom and wireless Internet service provider (WISP) UniNet are squaring off over UniNet's implementation of a WiFi solution within the Knysna municipal area. UniNet is installing the first of 40…

UGANDA GETS WEB BROWSER TRANSLATED INTO LUGANDA

LugandaICT Translations, a Ugandan based organization last week launched the first ever-indigenous local language software in Uganda, writes Esther Nakkazi. The software is in Luganda, a widely used dialect spoken…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Ghanaian internet exchange point (GIXA) has set itself up as a separate company from GISPA with Charles Lomu of CIS as Chair. It now has 20 ISP and…

TUNISIANS GRANT TEN YEAR VSAT LICENCE TO GIVE TT SOME COMPETITION

The Tunisian regulator has granted a new VSAT licence on a ten year renewable basis to an international consortium. The aim is to gradually liberalize the communications sector and reinforce…

Kenya: Share Cables, Ndemo Tells ICT Firms

The government is set to implement a policy to put a cap to the ongoing menace of individual internet firms hauling fibre cables around in the city and residential areas.…

Internet News - In Brief

The Europe India Gateway (EIG) undersea cable system is live and ready for commercial use. The cable will provide additional capacity to North Africa and provide an alternative route for…

Lonestar Cell MTN Launches Internet for Liberia

Lonestar Cell MTN has launched the Internet for Liberia Project, introducing a variety of internet services.The Internet for Liberia Project is aimed at getting devices into the hands of Liberians,…

AfriNIC to host the first African Internet Summit AfriNIC-16: 12th – 18th May 2012, Serekunda, Gambia

AfriNIC-16, the African Network Information Centre’s (AfriNIC) 16th bi-annual meeting together with AfNOG (The African Network Operators Group) will take place in Serekunda, The Gambia from the 6th – 18th…

Internet - In Brief

- The Wireless Access Provider’s Association (WAPA) last week announced a 25% increase in its membership for the year ended. “The increase in our membership to 164 dynamic wireless operators…

DStv in partnership with MWEB WiFi keep UB40 fans ‘connected’

“Ensuring ‘connected’ consumers have instant; uninterrupted access to their online world is essential for enhancing social experiences.” This is according to MWEB WiFi Head of Marketing, Siphiwe Thabethe, who aims…

Facebook’s Internet.org App Coming To Nigeria By May 2015

Facebook is said to be working to bring its Internet.org app to Nigeria by May 2015, according to Ebele Okobi, the company’s Head of Public Policy in Africa.During a panel…

Small wireless providers in limbo in South Africa

Small wireless application providers still have to feel the direct benefits of the telecommunication industry's liberalisation, with frequency being the biggest question, says Wireless Application Providers' Association (WAPA) chairman Johann…

Internet News - In Brief

- Mainstreet Technologies has obtained its landing station licence in Ghana. - MWEB Namibia is offering a free business Internet audit to MWEB Namibia subscribers and Namibian internet users.The free…

Internet News - In Brief

- Ethiopian police have detained a journalist for a US-based Website critical of the government, tightening a clampdown on independent media, a press freedom watchdog said on Tuesday. Frezer Negash,…

EGYPT'S BLOGGERS PROVIDE OPPOSITION DISSENT WITH A VOICE

With unkempt black locks and a laptop tucked under his arm, Alaa Fattah has a voice that carries further than those of other antigovernment activists. Fattah, just 23, is one…

Internet News - In Brief

- After much criticism of its monopoly of SAT-3 bandwidth, Telkom South Africa has cut its international bandwidth prices by 25%. - First National Bank (FNB) has introduced an FNB-branded…

Internet News - In Brief

- South African internet application provider Warp 10 has announced that it will offer up to R1 million a month to one of its users for the foreseeable future as part…

Global momentum builds to Connect Schools and Communities

ICT Ministers and senior officials from several countries around the world gathered at the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) to share experiences and best practices and forge common approaches…

Uganda: Tweeters Oppose Invisible Children Campaign

NGO Invisible Children has launched an internet campaign against Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels. The LRA is infamous for committing extreme atrocities against civilians,…

Nigeria: Federal Government set to Support Broadband Rollout

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, gave further clarification on its roadmap for broadband delivery for Nigeria as Dr Eugene Juwah, the Commission's Executive Vice-Chairman said in Lagos that to enable…

South Africa: Spectrum Policy Key to Achieving Objectives of SA Connect

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) has released a draft Position Paper on Spectrum, and last week hosted the second Future Wireless Technologies Forum, as part of iWeek, at the…

Internet News - In Brief

- MainOne Cable Company announced at the weekend that it has started the main route survey operations of its submarine cable project. Over the next two months, while en route,…

GLO connects Southern Nigeria to its national fibre network

National Telecom Operator Globacom has connected the Eket, Akwa Ibom, axis to its high capacity Optic Fibre telecommunication transmission backbone. The Eket-Port Harcourt route is the first such commissioning of…

NON-PROFIT CYCLES WIFI AND VOIP INTO THIRD WORLD PHONES

After the tech bust, Mark Summer burned out on working in the technology industry. But he didn't give up on the hope that the networking technology he had helped develop…

Egypt starts using top-level Arabic domain names

In May 2010, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers activated the top-level Arabic domain name ".masr" for three Egyptian companies (TE Data, InTouch and Vodafone Data). The Arabic…

Angola - Province capitals connected via fibre optic cable

The minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Rocha de Carvalho, announced Tuesday that the capital cities of Angola’s 18 provinces will be connected through fibre optic cable, aimed at…

Free Internet for Schools in Namibia

Starting from May this year, Institutions of higher learning, vocational training centres, state schools as well as health centres will enjoy free Internet access. This information was made available by…

Coke machines in South Africa to dispense free Wi-Fi

South African consumers will soon be able to quench their thirst and check their e-mail at the same time. Coca-Cola and BT Global Services have announced plans to offer free…

Safaricom Extends Broadband Internet Service to Mombasa in Kenya

Residents of Mombasa will enjoy broadband Internet access after mobile phone firm, Safaricom, extended its services to the coastal town. Customers have the option of accessing the Internet through 3G…

INTERNET SOLUTIONS IS SA GOVERNMENT'S ISP

Internet Solutions (IS) has been awarded a State IT Agency (SITA) contract to provide national and provincial governments with Internet services. SITA will become a first tier Internet service provider…

Internet News - In Brief

- The National Information Communication and Technology Broadband backbone was switched on in 16 regions in Tanzania after the completion of the first phase of its construction. The move brings…

Internet News - In Brief

- Liberian gay rights activist, Archie Ponpon, has stopped his campaign for ensuring gay rights in Liberia on Facebook, a global social networking site, just days after he escaped the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has opened the terminal in Monrovia that houses the country’s connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) undersea cable system, which connects 23…

Kenya hosts Sh13b high speed server

Kenya has been picked to host a public domain server, in a more than Sh13.2 billion ($150 million) ICT Infrastructure development project that promises faster and cheaper internet access to…

Internet Solutions creates business incubator for Internet ideas

Entrepreneurs with ideas on how to improve the internet are being offered funding and mentoring by Internet Solutions in an effort to turn bright ideas into potential businesses. The technology…

ONLY TWO OUT OF SEVEN MOOTED COUNTRIES SIGN EASSY GOVT PROTOCOL IN LATEST ROUND

Earlier in the week 7 African Governments were meant to be in South Africa for a further signing ceremony for the NEPAD Government Protocol. Four failed to turn up for…

AFRINET HELPS FREETOWN'S CYBER-CAFES STAY ONLINE WITH ITS SERVER

With most of the Internet Cafes within the Freetown Municipality down for the past week, Afrinet, a newly established company with affiliations in Ghana, has taken the lead by providing…

NEW CYBER-CAFÉ IN A BOX FROM REDWING

The Redwing CyberCity solution is quite literally a cyber café and phone shop in a box. It is housed and wired in a small enclosure that provides connections for up…

Ghana: Huawei to build north-south fibre cable

Chinese vendor Huawei will build the first phase of Ghana’s planned national backbone.President John Agyekum Kufuor has officially commissioned the construction of phase One of Ghana's fibre optic backbone from…

Internet – In Brief

Angolan cable TV operator TVCabo has sponsored the Angola Music Awards, an annual initiative that rewards local music. Besides being the general sponsor, TVCabo provided internet during the event, which…

Internet News - In Brief

- Seacom, the venture capital company that is laying a cable down the east coast of Africa, says the first length of cable will slip below the waves just over…

Togo connects to SAT3

Togo and Benin can now boast of a telecommunications link between following the launch of a fibre optic cable linking the two countries. The ceremony was attended by the two…

Additional IP range for ADSL users in south Africa

The growth and demand for ADSL in South Africa has necessitated the introduction of an additional range of IP addresses by Telkom. “Telkom will introduce an additional range of IP…

SOUTH AFRICA: ADSL GAME UP FOR TELKOM

Internet users have welcomed new draft regulations that aim to dramatically increase the speed and lower the cost of Telkom's broadband ADSL services. Draft rules published by the Independent Communications…

Internet News - In Brief

- Tecnocom Telecomunicaciones y Energia SA and Cactel Communications said they have introduced the Power Line Communications (PLC) broadband internet technology in Accra, Ghana. In a statement, Tecnocom said the…

ALCATEL PLANS FOR LOCAL CELLPHONE NEWS

French telecoms group Alcatel plans to provide cellphone networks that offer communities useable local news. Alcatel said its goal was not to provide these communities with internet access in the…

Access Kenya Launches 140-Km Metro Fibre Link in Nairobi

Access Kenya has commissioned a 140-kilometre metropolitan fibre optic cable covering Nairobi's Central Business District and other high-end residential areas. The launch of the metropolitan fibre follows the purchase of…

Interstella sues NCC for breach of exclusive licence to operate Internet exchanges in Nigeria

Interstella Communication Ltd. has sued the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), demanding N10 billion damages for allegedly interfering with its exclusive licence for Internet Exchange Gateway.The suit is before a Federal…

MWeb loses court battle for equality with Telecom Namibia

The long running legal battle between MWeb and Telecom Namibia came to an end this week when the Supreme Court dismissed MWeb’s appeal with costs.MWeb had argued that while Article…

NiRA targets 17 mln SMEs with switch to .ng campaign

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) plans to rollout the switch to .ng campaign next year 2015 in an effort aimed at getting over 17.7 million SMEs in the country to…

Uganda delays decision on joining EASSy

The Eastern Africa submarine cable system kick-off may be delayed further after Uganda said it would not sign up until its concerns are addressed. "We are not ready to ratify…

Wrangle Over Namibian Internet domain

Namibia’s ICT alliance held a workshop last week on the regulatory framework surrounding the administration of Namibia's Internet domain. It set out to deal with the tricky issues of a…

ALGERIE TELECOM HOPES TO DOUBLE INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS TO SIX MILLION USING WIRELESS LOCAL LOOP

Algérie Télécom says it expects to double its internet subscriber base to six million by 2009 thanks to a new wireless in the local loop (WiLL) deployment and an expansion…

TANZANIA: FBME BANK TRAINS 69 ON INTERNET BANKING

Sixty-nine staff members of FBME Bank Ltd have been trained on FBME direct Internet banking in order to train customers on how to use FBME direct services. The Project Manager…

NEW REPORT SAYS GROUND IN PLACE FOR MOROCCAN E-COMMERCE GROWTH

An essential prerequisite for larger e-commerce adoption in Morocco is growing at a healthy rate. Debit and credit cards in Morocco have grown by 30% 2002 to exceed 1.3 million.…

Internet News - In Brief

- DRC’s local IXP now has three peers and an internet association, ISPA-DRC has just been established. - Kenya’s IXP continues to grow with another peer due to join in…

Uganda Lays Wrong fibre Cable, Experts said

Uganda is laying the wrong fibre optic cable for the national backbone infrastructure, local and international experts have said. Uganda is using the G652 type whereas it should be using…

Namibia plans to link up to SAT3

Namibia is considering broadband connectivity through Angola to cut the high cost of telecommunications.Cabinet this week announced that Government would enter into discussions with Botswana and Angola to secure a…

UK broadband provider to enter Rwandan market

London based emerging markets broadband provider, Augere, is set to expands its African operations with the launch of broadband services in Kigali. The UK firm announced its expansion plans to…

Facebook’s universal access ‘Trojan horse’ attacked

The Facebook-led media and tech partnership Internet.org, which aims to get the developing world online, has been criticised for placing self-interest over fair and far-reaching internet access for the poor.This…

Kenya’s Safaricom is testing HSDPA

Safaricom has completed a test run for an HSDPA service that it says will enable subscribers access the Internet faster. HSDPA will be used to deliver the service that will…

Has South Africa’s Minister backtracked on SAT3 exclusivity?

Not for the first time, South Africans are wondering whether their Government – which has made much of its insistence on South African ownership of new landing stations - is…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telecom Malagasy is testing Wi-MAX from Alvarion for data and looking forward to the day when it can use it for voice. Mike van den Bergh of Gateway says…

AFRICAN BUSINESSES SHOULD BUY LOCAL DOMAINS, SAYS MUTI

African businesses and agencies operating on the internet should promote their country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) instead of paying foreign companies for .com, .net or .org addresses, said registry…

CISCO SHIFTS ITS EMEA NETWORKING CONFERENCE TO SOUTH AFRICA

Cisco is moving its Europe, Middle East and African networking conference to SA, in a rare instance of Africa getting top billing over its northern neighbours. Claudia Nieckau, marketing and…

Vodafone to launch browser for low-cost phones in emerging markets

Vodafone teamed up with Opera to produce a browser for low-cost, non-smartphone (dumb?) handsets for use in emerging and developing markets and now it's launching services to use the new…

IN BRIEF:

- In South Africa, the department of communications is demanding that the international owners of Seacom, the $500 million (R3.6 billion) undersea fibreoptic cable project intended to link South Africa…

Kenya plans speedy Internet in counties

The government is planning to have all counties covered with fixed broadband in the next eight months. Bitange Ndemo, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Information and Communication said…

Google bringing super-fast internet to Kampala

Google has launched an initiative to bring fast and more reliable internet service to Kampala. Through Project Link the search giant is building fibre-optic networks that will make it possible…

Guinea-Bissau’s top-level domain starts working

The top-level domain(.GW) of Guinea-Bissau is already working, the National Regulatory Authority (ARN) , responsible for the telecommunications sector in the country, said Wednesday in Bissau.The process was launched with…

iBurst loses ground in South Africa

Despite almost doubling its broadband subscriber base from 35,000 to 60,000 in the past year, iBurst is losing ground in terms of market share, delegates heard at the Broadband Summit,…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kenya government will pre-qualify at least three operators to participate in the provision of connectivity to digital villages under the Digital Village Project, to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)…

MTN RWANDA TO PROVIDE INTERNET AND VOIP

MTN Rwanda has announced last week that the company will become an internet service provider (ISP) by February next year. It will offer VoIP, domain registration, Broadband Wireless Access (BWA),…

SA'S INTERNET SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES A POP IN ACCRA

South Africa's Internet Solutions last week announced that its new POP had gone live in Accra. The new connectivity infrastructure, which terminates on SAT3 in London, has an additional fail-over…

Internet News - In Brief

- SA’s Comztek has announced the availability of Alvarion’s BreezeAccess broadband mobile solution, which is claimed to have increased the efficiency of police officers throughout the US. - Madagascar last…

Internet News - In Brief

- The much awaited East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has finally landed at Msasani Peninsula shoreline in Tanzania. Zantel and TTCL which are investors of the EASSy project in…

Telkom South Africa confirms broadband speed upgrades

Telkom has finally confirmed officially that it’s in the process of upgrading most of its 512kbit/s asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) users to 1Mbit/s.The telecommunications operator says it began upgrading…

Internet News - In Brief

- According to internet intelligence company Renesys, broadband access was restored to war-torn Libya on Sunday 21 August, only for the country to be taken offline several hours later.- Mobile…

China Telecom Global services signs with vendor neutral data centre Teraco

China Telecom Global is now offering services from Teraco Data Environments. Lex van Wyk, Chief Executive Officer of Teraco Data Environments says, “China Telecom’s decision to be part of Teraco’s…

NAPAfrica celebrates a new peak at 15Gbps

NAPAfrica, Africa’s most successful neutral peering exchange has reached a record-breaking peak of 15Gbps, making it the largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa. NAPAfrica is housed within each of…

Giddiphones.com is simplifying the way Nigerians buy phones – Olulana

A new online ad site that allows individuals to buy mobile devices has been launched in Nigeria. Dubbed giddiphones.com, the platform allows buyers and sellers to meet and transact business.In…

Internet News - In Brief

- According to the Malawi Government Gazette (2964 :Vol XLV no.3 18 Jan 2008) the MAREN IGL (a university network) has been granted a licence for an international gateway until…

Internet News - In Brief

- After an extensive free trial offer, Kenya’s Safaricom now has 15,000 regular users of its data service, 6000 of which have bought a card for their laptops. However the…

E-REFERENCE LIBRARY AVAILABLE ONLINE

South African LR Learning Solutions, a business unit of Learning Resources, has partnered with US-based, publisher-owned joint venture, Safari Books Online, to offer a comprehensive e-reference library of technical books…

TUNISIAN ISPS ASK GOVT TO LOWER INCUMBENT’S CHARGES BY 10-30%

ISPs in Tunisia are lobbying the state telecom company and communications carrier Tunisie Telecom to reduce the fees it charges them for access. Tunisian ISPs are suffering from an anaemic…

Nigeria: VConnect - Bridging Information Gap Between Sme's And Consumers

Nigeria's largest local search engine, VConnect has continued to bridge the information gap between information seekers and suppliers, using the online platform in connecting and growing several businesses in the…

Kenya: Internet helps accountant run thriving dairy farm in Nyanza

In 2005, one of the farmers, Jonam Okok, borrowed Sh200,000 which he invested in rice farming on his four-acre parcel of land. He says that he got nothing and had…

Orange strikes ‘strategic’ deal to assume control of DRC fibre backbone

French telecoms giant Orange Group and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a ‘strategic’ deal, which will see the French firm’s local unit Orange DRC…

Vox Telecom and Vumatel partner to connect Parkhurst

Vox Telecom has confirmed its partnership with Vumatel, the company that won the project to deploy fibre-to-the-home broadband in Parkhurst, as part of its continued commitment to providing high-speed, reliable…

Internet – In Brief

The executive mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille has announced 61 public buildings in the city would have free WiFi by June 2015. According to the mayor, access to…

Zain Malawi Launches Hotspots to Access Internet

Malawi’s Zain announced the launch of a hotspot service that offers wireless Internet to enable its customers access the service where there is network coverage. Zain Malawi Marketing Drector, Enwell…

AFRICA ONLINE INTRODUCES INFINET WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICE IN GHANA

Africa Online in Ghana has publicly rolled out its wireless broadband service in Ghana. Infinet will afford its subscribers access to Internet services without having to own a fixed telephone…

SOUTH AFRICA - ISPA LODGES "BROAD-RANGING" COMPLAINT WITH COMPETITION COMMISSION

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) last week lodged a broad-ranging complaint with the Competition Commission regarding Telkom's anti-competitive activities in the Internet services market. A large number of Internet…

GISPA CALLS ON GHANAIAN GOVT TO HELP REVERSE INTERNET SHOPPING BAN

The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association is calling on government to help reverse the ban on Internet shopping in Ghana. Ghana was banned from using credit cards to shop via…

SA'S HP AND SA OUTSOURCING LAUNCH WI-FI SOLUTION TO CREATE HOTSPOTS

Despite the relative illegality of Wi-Fi in SA at present, HP SA and SA Outsourcing last week announced an agreement that will see them provide a solution that aims to…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG), in collaboration with Google held a two-day business forum targeted at local institutions and how they can use Google products and…

Voice tech helps Africa get online

Funding for a project to deliver voice-based technologies that enable illiterate people in rural Africa to access the web — even those without an Internet connection or a computer —…

Gambia launches first-ever internet exchange point

The Ministry of Information Communication & Infrastructure (MOICI) and Telecom Operators, under The African Union Commission (AUC) Internet Exchange Services (AXIS) Support Project on Saturday July 12th 2014, launched the…

Going Where the Money Isn’t: Wi-Fi for South African Townships

Spending time in Africa, one is always awestruck. The continent has so much to offer, from sands to rain forests, from apes to zebras, from Afrikaans to Zulu. More than…

NigComsat Budgets $500 Million for New Satellites

Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComsat) Managing Director, Ahmed Rufai, disclosed on Monday that the country would have to shell out $500 million to launch two satellites to replace NigComSat 1 that…

NTRA CUTS ADSL PRICES IN EGYPT

The Egyptian regulator NTRA has cut ADSL prices in a bid to meet its ambitious target of getting more than 500,000 users on high-speed access by 2007. The goal is…

TELKOM SA'S ADSL USERS HIT 120,000 BEFORE THE FESTIVE SEASON

Telkom, South Africa’s only fixed-line provider, has announced that they expect the total ADSL subscribers to reach 120 000 before the start of the festive season. ADSL packages first entered…

NEW REGIONAL ALLIANCE TO INCREASE PROTECTION LEVEL OF INTERNET USERS

A new regional alliance announced Monday will increase the level of protection offered to businesses and home computer users across the Middle East, in the face of rising levels of…

Internet News - In Brief

- Sonatel has launched Ticket Surf, an online payment system that allows users to pay for a number of services including SMS text messaging. It uses a throwaway card with…

Tanzania First to Lower Internet Rates

Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd customers will from this month enjoy a 50 per cent cut in Internet charges, making Tanzania the first East African country to lower Internet charges. TTCL…

Kenya hosts first Intel developer initiative in Africa

Intel Corporation has announced a new initiative that will see Kenyan developers become the first in Africa to benefit directly from Intel Software and Services Group (SSG), a global division…

Teraco Data Centre Environments facilitates internet growth and economic development in Africa with the funding of the NAPAfrica initiative

As part of its corporate strategy to facilitate internet growth and broader economic development, Teraco Data Centre Environments established the NAPAfrica Internet eXchange Point (IXP) in 2012, a multi-lateral peering…

Meet the BRCK – rugged internet for Africa

Uninterrupted internet access is but a dream in many parts of Africa. One of the reasons for this is the constant power outages that also cuts off internet connectivity.Last week…

Uganda to benefit from new iWayAfrica managed service solution

Pan African telecoms operator, Gondwana International Networks (GIN) has announced that its iWayAfrica business has launched a managed infrastructure and services solution for the SME market in Uganda.  The  new…

Uganda’s national data backbone makes good progress

The construction of Uganda's $106m national data transmission backbone has entered its second and third stages simultaneously and a fourth stage is being planned, the ICT minister Ham Mulira said…

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES US$100M EQUAL ACCESS BACKBONE NETWORK

Nigerian Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelius Adebayo launched a $100m fibre backbone rollout project aimed at providing equal access to all providers with Chinese support. It is the first of…

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigeria's leading internet service provider and software development firm, BrowseCom says it has mapped out strategies to revolutionise the Information Communiucation Technology through an integrated capacity building programme. The…

BTC Reserves Millions for Botsgate and reduces prices by 40%

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has committed close to US$5 million (approximately P35 million) over the next three years to the enhancement of the country's Internet backbone, Botsgate. The money will…

Open Wi-Fi Comes to Tunisia: Ex-Dictator's House Turned Into "openwireless.org" hotspot

When former Tunisian dictator Ben Ali was ousted, the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) was quickly transformed from an institution of control to one of openness, reversing the oppressive censorship policies…

BICS establishes point-of-presence in Johannesburg to increase reach into Africa

Telecoms operators can now access improved quality of connectivityin the region following BICS’ deal with Teraco  BICS, global provider of international connectivity and interoperability services, has established a point-of-presence (POP)…

Ghana: Surfline Brings 1st 4G LTE Service to Ghana

In line with its commitment to bring latest cutting edge technologies to Ghana, Surfline has raised the bar with the introduction of 1st 4G LTE service to Ghanian ICT market.With…

Internet News - In Brief

- Figures recently released by the Tunisian Ministry of communication technologies show that ADSL connections are expected to reach 400,000 by the end of 2009. The soaring rate of ADSL…

MYADSL SURVEYS BROADBAND OFFERINGS IN SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET

The number of ADSL subscribers in South Africa is growing at a steady rate, and so is the number of ADSL ISP offerings. But which ADSL offerings are best suited…

Backbone outage in Cameroon highlights need for redundant capacity

Authorities of the telecommunication network did not preview other rapid means to provide Internet in the case of optic fibre breakdown. Technicians and authorities of Cameroon Telecommunications, Camtel might not…

African Entrepreneurs Deflate Google’s Internet Balloon Idea

Google’s latest pet project, called Loon, is meant to deliver the Internet to new parts of the world via solar-powered balloons soaring through the stratosphere. Yet some technologists in Africa…

Nigeria: “WhiteSpaces” Begins Private Beta To Introduce Affordable Internet

WhiteSpaces begins private beta with 250 beta users and 25,000 intending users who have shown interest.Founder Mark Afolabi says: ” Internet access is a really big deal, with the 6-7%…

Nigeria: Airtel Takes ICT to Rural Communities

AS part of a strategic effort to empower more Nigerians in line with its key objective of becoming Nigeria's number one mobile Internet operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced an empowerment…

Emtel turns to FTTA technology to counter fibre broadband threat

Mauritian fixed line, broadband and mobile operator Emtel has announced the launch of high speed wireless broadband fibre-through-the-air (FTTA) in the coastal resort of Balaclava, as it looks to reduce…

Damage to Sat3 Cable Cripples business in Nigeria, Benin and Niger

The damage to the mainstay of Nigeria's terrestrial internet service provision, SAT3, has disrupted businesses in the private and public sectors across the country. The unavailability of Internet services disrupted…

Iburst's Commercial Wimax Network Goes Live in South Africa

Wireless broadband operator iBurst has switched on a commercial WiMax network following extensive trials. Some 120 WiMax base stations are already live in the major metropolitan areas (Johannesburg, Durban and…

Internet News - In Brief

- Rwanda's leading telecom company by market share, MTN, is in talks with TEAMS about obtaining capacity. - In Uganda, the second phase of the National Data backbone project will…

Egyptian mothers on the net

For a first-time mother, it is usually her own mother who becomes the primary source of motherhood advice. Other female relatives and friends who already have children are often second…

Ethiopia: Polish IT Company Looks for Partnership in Ethiopia

Asseco Group, a Polish Information Technology company and Europe's seventh largest IT company, is looking for partnership with a local IT company in a bid to join the Ethiopian IT…

Internet – In Brief

- Namibia: MTC said this week that it has come to its attention that customers are not happy with what they call 'high data usage' on their handsets. MTC said…

MyDigitalBridge, Microsoft and partners successfully trial largest TV Whites Spaces project in the world

Windhoek, Namibia 27 August 2014 – MyDigitalBridge Foundation in partnership with Microsoft and Adaptrum, with support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia, has successfully trialed…

Telkom overhauls free Wi-Fi offering

Telkom is overhauling its free Wi-Fi offering in an effort to make access to the Internet and time online easier for non-Telkom customers at the operator’s 6 000 hotspots nationwide.From…

Cheap Internet Far From Reality Despite Seacom Roll-Out in East Africa

Two fibre optic cables, Seacom and TEAMs, landed in the country this month, with Seacom activating its network in five countries in Africa, Kenya included. An article in Business Daily…

Nairobi to Host E-Tourism Conference

The first international online tourism conference for East Africa would be held in Nairobi next month. The two-day conference starts on October 13 bringing together online and digital experts to…

SEACOM BEGINS MAPPING FOR SEABED CABLE IN EAST AFRICA

While progress on a government-backed undersea cable to boost Africa's bandwidth remains embroiled in political bickering, rival cable operator Seacom begun mapping out the ocean bed ready to start installation.Seacom’s…

Social media saved Africa's oldest community station

When a financial crisis threatened the existence of Africa’s oldest community station, Bush Radio, an outpouring of sympathy and appeals went viral on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.…

Internet – In Brief

- Google has announced the launch of 18 additional languages on Google Drive, including Swahili, Afrikaans and Zulu.- Mobile service provider Safaricom has launched a public transport free Wi-Fi initiative…

Video on demand is the rising African star, says Teraco

While studies have shown that TV is still the main channel for entertainment across all age groups, Africa’s largest population group (15-24s), regard the Internet as a provider of entertainment,…

China Blocks Namibia on Internet to cut off news of Hu Jintao corruption case

Namibia has disappeared off the face of the earth as far as the Chinese government is concerned, at least. People in China keen to read about the fate of fellow…

Airtel to deploy WIMAX network for Camtel in Cameroon

SR Telecom, a supplier of WiMAX-based broadband wireless solutions, has announced that it will provide Airtel Telecom Group with equipment to deploy 100 base stations throughout Cameroon, allowing Camtel to…

AccessKenya Group Invests $3.5m to offer residential Internet services in Kenya

AccessKenya Group announced that it has invested $3.5 million to build out the largest WiMax network in Kenya with an initial deployment of 35 base stations. This network will form…

GAMBIA’S RURAL WIRELESS EXPANSION IN CRISIS

The Gambia’s efforts to provide wireless telephones to 350 villages have been hampered by insufficient funds, the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Nenneh Macdouall-Gaye, told the parliament.She said for the…

Street View coming to Botswana

Google has added five Western Cape wineries to its popular Street View service in Google Maps and will begin collecting images in Botswana in the next few weeks, the Internet…

Internet - In Brief

- Standard Chartered Bank has been declared the Best Consumer Internet Bank in Tanzania by the Global Finance magazine. In addition to being named the country winner in Tanzania, Standard…

Botswana launches TV white spaces project

Southern African nation Botswana has become the latest African country to launch a TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project.TVWS taps unused portions of spectrum in frequency bands - commonly used…

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s mobile operator MTN has a new mobile broadband service dubbed HyConnect Wireless Internet. MTN Hy-Connect Wire-less Internet is a pre-paid high speed internet service that combines the speed…

Internet News - In Brief

- The number of Internet users in Tunisia has increased by 39% between 2007 and 2008 with 2.3 million users at the end of August 2008. Hence, the number of…

Johannesburg wireless ring goes live

Wireless infrastructure provider, Amobia, completed the roll out if its first network ring in Johannesburg this week. Amobia's Johann Botha says that there has been a big demand from their…

KENYA'S VOIP POLICY READY IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

The VoIP service sector will get a new policy framework in two weeks time, it was announced last Monday. John Waweru, the Director General of the Communication Commission of Kenya…

VODACOM WILL TEMPT SA INTERNET USERS WITH 3G HIGH-SPEED ACCESS

Vodacom expects to spend at least R200m upgrading its network to offer third-generation (3G) high-speed data services, with a goal of earning 10% of its revenue from data within three…

NEPAD’S BROADBAND PROTOCOL UNDER POLITICIANS FIRE IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has objected to the ratification by Parliament last week of the broadband protocol of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). The grounds for the opposition…

Global Connectivity Provider SkyVision Increases Its Pan-African Coverage.

SkyVision Global Networks, a provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic networks, has announced that it has partnered with CMC Networks, a leading ISP based in South Africa,…

Liquid Telecom offers free high speed internet in Kenya

Network and internet solutions company Liquid Telecom has launched a free high speed Wi-Fi network in Nakuru County, Kenya.The 1 Gbps high capacity Wi-Fi will be offered for free to…

Egyptian Website Blocked As Country Hosts Africa's ITU Conference

On 12 May 2008, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information reported that the website of the Egyptian Movement for Change ( http://harakamasria.org ), or Kefaya, has been blocked for…

CANAR INTRODUCES 3G WIRELESS BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE TO SUDAN

Canar Telecommunication, the nationwide provider of fixed lines, data and internet services in the Sudan has announced the commercial launch of Sudan’s First 3G wireless broadband internet services for individuals…

SOUTH AFRICA TO GET MUNICIPAL BROADBAND NETWORK: KNYSNA TO GO WIFI AND OFFER VOIP

Knysna is poised to become the first South African town to become fully WiFi connected, with the signing of five-year deal with wireless ISP UniNet. UniNet chief executive office David…

INTERNET GHANA SIGNS PACT WITH GHANA TELECOM ON INTERNET ACCESS ROLL-OUT

One of Ghana’s leading ISPs Internet Ghana has signed a pact with the incumbent telco Ghana Telecom. Leslie Tamakloe, the Chief Executive Officer of InternetGHANA said InternetGHANA believed in the…

ETHIOPIA TO USE SATELLITE FOR RURAL EDUCATION

Hughes Network Systems (HNS) says that it will supply Ethiopia Telecommunications Corp (ETC) with a comprehensive DIRECWAY broadband satellite network. One of the first projects under this USD25 million contract…

NIGERIAN FIRM DEPLOYS FIBRE CONNECTIVITY SOLUTION FOR BANK

An Abuja-based IP solutions provider, layer3, has successfully connected Aso Savings and Loans to its Abuja metro fiber connectivity service whereby the bank can enjoy an end-to-end interconnection of all…

Majority of Kenyan Internet access is through mobile, says consumer survey

Most Kenyans are accessing the Internet through mobile phones as opposed to other primary means such as personal computers at work or home and Internet cafés. A new research survey…

Google+ users at almost half a million in SA: report

Canadian start-up Exponential Labs claims to have monitored Google+ since it launched and have made statistics about the social network available onlineNew statistics from PlusDemophraphics.com finds as many as 466,828…

Egyptians move away from fixed line to mobile Internet services

Egypt's fixed line subscribers declined 21.3 percent in March compared to the same period the prior year, falling to to 6.7 million when they registered 8.6 million in 2013, revealed…

President Kagame presents Open Letter from Broadband Commission to PP-14 Delegates

Governments must enhance their National Broadband planning process to enable ICTs and broadband to catalyse socio-economic development, according to an Open Letter from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to…

YahClick & Vox Telecom to Provide Internet to Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Community in South Africa

YahClick, the satellite broadband service of UAE and Vox Telecom have won the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project tender in South Africa. This will see YahClick delivering voice and data…

Internet News - In Brief

- Namibia’s government has guaranteed funding of NAD240 million (USD32 million) to Telecom Namibia to connect the country to a new undersea cable that will provide greater broadband capacity for…

MTL TO DISPOSE 36% STAKE IN MALAWINET

Fixed line incumbent Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has announced that it intends to sell its 36% stake in internet service provider Malawinet because it plans to set up its own…

ANGOLA'S NEXUS LAUNCHES FIXED WIRELESS PHONES WITH INTERNET ACCESS

Telcoms and internet service provider Nexus is launching wireless fixed phones that permit internet access in Luanda. According to the President of its Administrative Council Rui Santos, the new service…

GHANA’S CYBER-CAFES COME TOGETHER FOR BUSINESS STRATEGY TRAINING

www.icoagh.com The session covered: location; hiring and training; marketing; strategy and focus; and accurate financial planning. There was an emphasis on product differentiation ­ what can you do to create…

TELKOM INTERNET WINS TWO YEAR CONTRACT WITH STANDARD BANK

Telkom Internet has won a two-year contract to provide Standard Bank, one of SA’s big four banking groups, with a cost-effective Internet access package for its 10 000-strong Internet banking…

IN BRIEF:

- Altech Stream Rwanda, a subsidiary of South African vendor Allied Technologies (Altech) has been granted a licence to offer broadband in Rwandan cities, using both Wi-Fi and WiMAX. The…

Egypt cable outage hits some Seacom customers

A fault on a cable operated by one of Seacom’s transmission partners means some of South African Internet service providers who buy international connectivity on the East African cable system…

Nigeria: NITDA to Provide Wide Internet Access to Varsity Students

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said it will soon provide wide Internet access to students in universities across the country. ProfessorCleopasAngaye, the Director-General of the agency, said…

Angola Cables and DE-CIX Announce Long-Term Strategic Partnership for African Continent

Angola Cables, an operator of fiber-optic submarine cables, has announced a strategic partnership with DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet exchange operator. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)…

Facebook launches Internet.org app in Tanzania

Tanzania joins Zambia in being among the world's first countries to have access to Facebook's Internet.org mobile application.In July, Zambians received access to the app which gives users free health,…

Inaugural Conference and AGM of Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa

The newly-established Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (Wi-Fi Forum SA) is holding its inaugural conference today in Johannesburg, South Africa. Wi-Fi Forum SA will play an active and positive role…

UGANDA BEGINS LAYING 2,500KMS OF FIBRE

The Uganda Government has secured a US$106m (about sh180b) loan from the Chinese government to construct a national data transmission backbone infrastructure to foster the development of information and communication…

IBURST IN AGGRESSIVE BROADBAND PUSH IN SOUTH AFRICA

Wireless broadband provider, iBurst has revealed an aggressive growth strategy, ahead of an anticipated boom in data services in the local market. “We anticipate a capital expenditure rollout of R350…

M-WEB BUSINESS LAUNCHES eBILLING

M-Web Business, the division of M-Web that focuses on the specialised Internet needs of businesses, on Wednesday launched its eBilling offering. eBilling, which is powered by M-Web Business' mCentre Message…

Internet News - In Brief

www.sentechsucks.co.za - CATS-Net has introduced a wireless Internet services in Tanzania. Through this new service, it gives a consumer wireless Internet access wherever and whenever it needed. Connection will be…

MAURITIUS SEES FIRST WI-FI INTERNET OFFERING FROM ISP DCL

The official presentation of the first public wi-fi offering by ISP DCL took place last Thursday. This new wi-fi approach will compete directly with Mauritius Telecom who already offer corporate…

EASSy to double capacity

Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC and Co-Chair of the EASSy Management Committee, today announced on behalf of the EASSy submarine fibre-optic cable Management Committee that the EASSy system will be…

African ISPs get digital verification

The African Network Information Centre's (AfriNIC's) resource certification service is now readily available, according to the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa.It explains that this is a number resource organisation…

Airspan Networks Selected by AfriConnect for 4G Network in Zambia

AfriConnect Zambia, an Internet Solutions Provider in the Vodacom Group of companies, has selected Airspan 4G equipment to deliver broadband services to the capital of Lusaka and several other major…

Internet News - In Brief

- Dutch Anthropologist Mirjam de Bruijn has been awarded a Vici grant by NWO to investigate the influence of new communication technologies and social media on changing social and political…

ACE submarine cable to land in Sierra Leone in October

The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) fibre optic will land in Sierra Leone in October and become operational at that time, The Freetown Concord Times reported. Project Coordinator of the…

MTN expands coverage of global Virtual Private Network

MTN’s enterprise customers with global operations are now able to communicate with their branches and employees worldwide. This follows the signing of an agreement between MTN and leading international telecommunications…

Free MWEB WiFi in Durban

Internet service provider (ISP), MWEB, has launched  a free Wi-Fi ‘zone’ in Florida Road, Durban, its first Wi-Fi activated high street.The group said that the Wi-Fi zone solution covers 90%…

The Government of Burundi officially commissions the Bujumbura Metropolitan Area Network installations

Bujumbura, Burundi, October 28th, 2014: The Government of Burundi in conjunction with Huawei and Onatel officially commission the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project installations for Bujumbura.The Bujumbura MAN project is…

AFRICA ONLINE TO EXPAND WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICES IN GHANA

Africa Online, an Internet service provider in Ghana has announced that it would extend its services, particularly wireless broadband infrastructure throughout the country to optimize its network capabilities for the…

UGANDA TO BUILD NATIONAL BACKBONE

The Ugandan government is planning to build a national backbone throughout the country after securing a $106 million loan from the Exim bank of China but this has not gone…

TEAM FORMED FOR ESSAYFIBRE OPTIC PROJECT

A task force has been appointed to spearhead the launch and the completion of a regional fibre optic cable project. A press release issued after a three-day meeting on the…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Gauteng branch of South Africa’s National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) is planning to give away 10000 e-mail address accounts to its existing and potential members after…

Rwanda’s President to Chair Global Broadband Commission

President Paul Kagame is set to chair the new global broadband commission, an initiative that will be put in place by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to implement broadband initiatives.…

Internet News - In Brief

- Unitel, the leading mobile operator by subscribers in Angola, has selected the Opera Mini web browser to provide its users with faster and easier access to the internet from…

Swift launches its WiMAX service in Nigeria

Wireless broadband provider, Swift Networks Limited, has announced its WiMAX broadband service has gone live after a three month trial. Over the pilot test run of the service, the company…

Nigeria: Social Media Inspires Fuel Subsidy Protests

As Nigerians woke up to a third day of protests on Wednesday, the virtual world was waking up too: "Now, Nigeria controls its own media and Nigerians control their own…

Us Actress Named ICT Envoy

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has named award winning American actress Geena Davis, as the body's special envoy for women and girls in the field of technology.The post is linked…

Kenya: Uptake of social media increases Internet use

Stiff competition by Internet service providers has driven up subscription by 82.7 per cent over the past one year to reach 7.7 million, according the latest industry regulator report.The Communications…

Ghana: Alliance for Affordable Internet Moves to Cut Costs

THE Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) announced plans to launch a new drive to lower internet costs in Ghana. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, next week.According to officials, the…

Mozambique seeks partners to provide cheap internet

Maputo is hosting the Forum of Multi-Stakeholders of A4AI Mozambique, with the aim of establishing a multilateral partnership that will contribute to the development and implementation of targeted government policy…

Smile Splashes N10m per Month on 50 Internet Connected Schools

Barely seven months it launched in Lagos, Smile Communications Nigeria Limited has taken bold step towards enhancing education in Nigeria through information communication technology (ICT) by connecting 50 public schools,…

Mobile Internet on the rise in South Africa

With the development of technology such as the 3G card - the mobile success story of 2007 - providing consumers with increasing access to online, banking and other services, mobile…

ACCESSKENYA GROUP LAUNCHES “BUSH” A VSAT SOLUTION FOR REMOTE SITES

The AccessKenya Group last week launched a new Direct Out VSAT solution for remote users. Through this product christened Bush, remote users will now be able to get connected from…

E-COMMERCE THE WAY FORWARD FOR KENYA

The way we do things has changed in the last few years mobile phones became more affordable. Take, for example, the short message service, or SMS as it is popularly…

VERIZON BUSINESS HAS PLANS TO ENTER CONSUMER BROADBAND MARKET IN SOUTH AFRICA

  Verizon Business South Africa, formerly known as UUNet, is making tentative plans to enter the consumer broadband space in South Africa. In the past UUNet were predominantly focused on…

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY GETS USD65,000 FOR INTERNET

Makerere University recently received a USD65,000 (about sh120m) grant from the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation to boost the quality of its Internet service under VSAT technology. The University's director of…

MAURITIUS TELECOM WILL OFFER DIGITAL TV THROUGH INTERNET BROADBAND

Incumbent, Telco, Mauritius telecom (MT) announced the launching of Digital TV through "ADSL" before end of 2004 covering almost 90% of its territory writes Pasquale Goder of rufaa.com. Subscribers, will…

South Africa’s ISP iBurst launches “free broadband after midnight”

iBurst has joined the bandwidth fray, offering its customers free bandwidth after midnight, a move likely to target the gaming market. The company has been slow to respond to a…

Safaricom Kenya Eyes Two More Data Providers

Mobile provider Safaricom has set its sights on buying two more data firms by end of the year. They will bring to four the number of acquisitions by the telco…

Zimbabwe: Government Websites Shut Down Over Wikileaks

A group of cyber-activists have shut down Zimbabwe government websites in retaliation for Grace Mugabe's legal action against the Standard newspaper. The government is the latest target of cyber attacks…

Internet News - In Brief

- Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology Charles Kitwanga told the 'Daily News' on Tuesday that his ministry was aware of increasing nature of cyber crimes in the…

VC4Africa launches secure network for private investing

VC4Africa is pleased to announce new tools that make private investment easy, secure and social. This is a first for the African space and is part of our constant drive…

Internet News - In Brief

- Angolan operator Net One has launched its YahClick service, Angop reported. Executive director Jaime Ferreira said the intention is to deliver an internet service through satellite at a low…

Megaupload sequel faces Gabon's suspension order setback

Efforts to create a follow-up file-sharing service to Megaupload have been dealt a blow after Gabon blocked access to its intended web address.The West African nation said it was worried…

Internet – In Brief

Smile Communications Nigeria says it will be piloting its LTE network in Lagos. Smile first rolled out its Nigerian commercial operations in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state. It said…

MTN cuts off WBS, iBurst

MTN South Africa terminated services to iBurst parent Wireless Business Solutions for non-paymentMTN South Africa has terminated services to Wireless Business Solutions (WBS)/iBurst for non-payment on 6 June 2014.MTN said…

Nigeria wins ITU Gender Empowerment Award

Nigeria has received an award from the International Telecommunications Union ITU and UN Women for initiating policies and programs empowering women and girls via ICT.According to the organisers of the…

UUNET MD challenges Kenyan Government estimates of low bandwidth costs

The cost of Internet connectivity is unlikely to fall to $500 (Sh33,000) per megabit per month as the Government has projected, UUNET managing director Geoffrey Shimanyula has said. The charges…

E-MAIL CAN GET COMPANIES INTO TROUBLE, SAYS SA’S DELOITTE

Email may be an easy way to keep in touch but it's also an easy way to get into trouble -- especially at work. Recent scandals -- such as the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Trustfund Pensions Plc, Nigeria’s biggest pension fund with over N60 billion fund under its management has launched Trustfund On-line and Trustfundmobile to enable customers to access to access their…

TELKOM KENYA LAUNCHES CABLE AND BROADBAND WIRELESS SERVICE

Telkom Kenya has unveiled its fibre optic cable and launched a broadband wireless service, all valued at Sh754 million. Telkom Managing Director, Sammy Kirui, said the 500 Km terrestrial cable…

CÔTE D'IVOIRE TÉLÉCOM'S DG FAYEAUX CALLS ISPS TO HAVE FIXED ACCESS OBLIGATION TO GOVT

Despite the development of new technology in Cote D'Ivoire, there are still enormous disparities in access to the internet. According to Michel Fayeaug, D-G of Côte d'Ivoire Télécom this new…

FIVE GHANAIANS FALL FOR ONLINE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION SCAM

Five Ghanaians have been allegedly duped out of USD550.Speaking to the Accra Mail last week, one of the five, Edward Ofosuhene said the money was part payment for a four-day…

INTELSAT SIGNS UP M-WEB, UUNET FOR BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDER AGREEMENTS

Intelsat says it has signed broadband service provider agreements with African Internet service providers (ISPs), M-Web Africa and UUNet SA. The satellite communications company used the SatCom Africa 2004 satellite…

South Africa hits 5m Internet users according to recent research

In what is being considered a significant milestone for communications in the country, the number of South Africans to have access to the Internet has hit the five million mark.…

Nigeria: Online Visa Application - Urchins with laptops Frustrate Applicants

Unending activities of street urchins who engage in web based visa appointment system for visa applicants as a source of economic living have continued to remain a challenge to both…

Liberia: World Bank backing for local ACE consortium CCL

The Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL), which is a public-private partnership comprised of Lonestar, Libtelco and Cellcom, will form the management team for the submarine cable in Liberia.Individual investments in…

First online business fair in Ghana begins March 2011

The first ever online business fair that will enable local and international customers and investors to transact business across the computer, the phone and other Internet enabled devices, begins from…

Ghana: MTN Launches 0.facebook.com Platform for Subscribers

MTN Ghana, has introduced a product dubbed 0.Facebook.com, to enable its subscribers link up on its Facebook page at no cost.Speaking at the launch of 0.Facebook.com in Accra on Monday,…

British communications firm Avanti Communications sets up shop in Nairobi

A British Internet service provider has set up shop in Kenya with expectations to tap into the growing Internet usage in the country.Avanti Communications is also eyeing the rest of…

Internet - In Brief

- TI Sparkle, the international services arm of the Telecom Italia Group, has announced a new partnership with national PTO Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) for the delivery of IP…

State House war over Museveni social media accounts explodes

Kampala. What was initially an in-house war in State House’s Presidential Press Unit (PPU) has become public, sucking in the President, who finds himself at the centre of a conflict…

Major technical failure hits Ghana Telecom’s broadband service – no apologies to customers

Ghana Telecom’s much heralded broadband service collapsed unceremoniously on Monday 12 November due to a major technical failure. According to a member of their technical team, who preferred not to…

Internet News - In Brief

- Togo’s internet users will from now on enjoy broadband with the launch by Togo Telecom of its ADSL service branded “Helim”. The service is currently available in Lomé and…

KENYAN GOVERNMENT SIGNS US2.7M CONTRACT WITH TYCO

Last Wednesday the Kenyan Government signed a $2.7 million (Sh191 million) contract with Tyco Telecommunications to fund a survey on the construction of a fibre-optic link to Fujairah in the…

ICANN’S INNE MAKES CLEAR IT DOES NOT CONTROL INTERNET CONTENT

African policy makers attending the on going training on Internet Governance (IG) at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Addis Ababa have been cautioned to think about content on…

ICANN'S CAPE TOWN MEETING TO TACKLE INTERNET POLICY

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Cape Town next week will expose South Africans to the Internet's international flavour, with many issues expected to have…

MAURITIUS' GROUPE AFRIATIC OPENS IN SENEGAL

Mauritius-based Groupe Afriatic has opened a new subsidiary in Senegal which will focus on the development of web sites and training. Based in Point E, it will offer a 120…

KENYA PLANS TO HARNESS THE INTERNET FOR E-GOVERNANCE

Government ministries and departments will soon have websites to improve administration. The websites will make it easier to manage finances, including the payroll, National Security minister Chris Murungaru said Last…

Internet News - In Brief

- Fastlane, the group of ISPs that applied for an international gateway licence has written to ask the regulator CCK to issue its licence within the statutory period of 14…

Rwandatel's Fibre-Optic Cable to Reach Kigali By April

Despite delays, Rwandatel's 900 Km fibre-optic cable is expected to land in Kigali by April this year. This was revealed by the company's Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Basilio Sadindi during…

Internet News - In Brief

- Madagascar has been connected to EASSy). Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has announced that it has already put in place a national backbone that will allow it to…

Main One cable goes live

Main One Cable Company has announced the launch of its high capacity fibre-optic cable system, which links West Africa to Europe, on time and within budget. The cable spans 7,000km…

Internet News - In Brief

- MTN Rwanda has announced that its data/internet capacity will increase by 22.4% early next year when it carries out its scheduled connection to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System…

Africa: Seacom Sees Intra-African Internet Traffic Growing

Undersea cable operator Seacom is positioning itself to benefit from growth in internet traffic between African countries by partnering with local operators to provide seamless connections within the continent.Key to…

Olympics to be screened live on YouTube in Africa

Coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be screened live on YouTube in Africa, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed.In total the service will available in 64…

Rwanda: RURA intl gateway traffic verification system goes live

Global Voice Group and Societe Generale de Surveillance announced that the International Gateway Traffic Verification System (IGTVS) commissioned by the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency earlier this year is now fully…

Internet – In Brief

According to KT Press, he is a tweep, and a tech addict! Rwanda's President Paul Kagame is described by the International Telecommunications Union as the "Digital President." Social media analysts…

Strong demand boosts Teraco’s Cape Town growth

Africa’s only vendor neutral data centre, Teraco, has reported that its Cape Town data centre has continued to grow on the back of strong demand for colocation services. The facility,…

Libya's wireless web access leap

Libya's only Internet service provider is launching its first commercial wireless network which it says is one of the most advanced in the world. The state-owned firm said only a…

Internet News - In Brief

- South African ISP MWEB is planning to offer a triple-play service consisting of ADSL, IP telephony and pay-TV. The broadband component will be a 384kbps download DSL service with…

EGYPT BLOGGERS REVEAL NEW TORTURE CASE

  Egypt's politically active blogger community has brought to light another torture case against the regime's security services amid a rising tide of outrage over police brutality. On Saturday, lawyers…

Internet News - In Brief

- Goal Technology Solutions (GTS) are ready to roll out their commercial Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) services in Tshwane, and will undercut the current ADSL prices by a significant…

IT DEALERSHIPS GENERATE ADDITIONAL INCOME WITH BRANDED INTERNET

Branded Internet, SA's first private label Internet service provider company, says that it has successfully afforded computer dealers the opportunity to create an ongoing revenue stream, generate a direct channel…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telspace has announced another low-cost package as Internet service providers (ISPs) slash Web hosting costs in a thriving market. Telspace, a small Johannesburg-based Web hosting and IT service provider,…

Internet News - In Brief

- SA’s MTN Network Solutions last week launched a new offering, giving corporates free Internet access with unlimited local bandwidth, free GPRS for six months and a free firewall with…

Gambia: U.S$3 Million for GRTS’ Satellite Project

In a landmark presentation at State House in Banjul last week, the Republic of China on Taiwan through its Ambassador in The Gambia, Dr Richard Shih presented a cheque for…

Internet News: In Brief

*Windhoek — Namibia's largest mobile operator, MTC has described its latest mobile internet provider, Netman as the fastest, most reliable and affordable internet provider in the country.It is powered by…

Kenya: E-Ticketing At Maasai Mara Game Reserve Launched

The long-awaited electronic ticketing system within the gates of the famous Maasai Mara game reserve has come into force. In an advert placed in sections of the press on Thursday,…

Kenya: Task Force set up to Look Into Internet Prices

The government has succumbed to Internet market players' demands for a piece of its inland fibre optic network.In a meeting chaired by Information permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo, and attended by…

Internet News - In Brief

- Angola’s Education Ministry and private sector mobile network operator Unitel have partnered Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei to launch a project designed to provide free internet access for selected…

Kenya: Google Swahili Push for More Local Content

Google Kenya has embarked on a drive for increased local content on its various platforms in Kenya through a Google in Swahili workshop slated for later this week.Salome Nduku, the…

600 million potential internet users in Africa by 2025

A recent McKinsey & Co. economic report on Africa looks at the potential of the internet to contribute $300 billion to African GDP by the year 2025. The report, “Lions…

AGETIC: Mali Gives Millions of Malaysians a New Internet Identity

African nation shakes up Malaysian website industry with free domainsMali, one of the largest countries in West Africa, has introduced the .ML domain name registry today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,…

Nigeria based Main One Secures $66 Million AFDB Loan For Undersea Cable Project

One of Nigeria's telecommunications and broadband infrastructure companies, Main One Cable company, at the weekend, announced that it has secured a whopping sixty six million US dollars from the Board…

Google Earth reveals hidden environment treasure in Mozambique

A team of environmental scientists and bird experts have discovered a remote treasure in Mozambique's hidden Mount Mabu. Using Google Earth to identify a remote patch of pristine forest, the…

SOUTH AFRICAN BANK MUM ON INTERNET TROUBLES

Standard Bank has still not formally explained glitches with its recent upgrade of its Internet banking interface. Consumers complain the site does not work with Firefox and Safari browsers. Others…

CISCO PUTS FULL WEIGHT BEHIND AFRICAN SERVICE PROVIDERS

Local and international Cisco executives joined those from the top sub-Saharan service providers at the South African game resort of Kwa-Maritane on November 15 – 16 for Connections Africa 2004.…

Internet News - In Brief

- Rwanda's leading telecom company by market share, MTN, has said that the company has deployed a technology called Aradial Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) that will provide wireless services in…

Zimbabwe: 24% of urban adults now using Internet, say AMPS survey

According to a Zimbabwe All Media Products and Services (AMPS) Survey, 24% of urban adults are now using the Internet. Of these, 83% of the Internet users go online at…

Uganda: Online marketplace services are beginning to get traction

As cheaper retail fibre prices began to appear in the market, Uganda’s SMEs are starting to offer online trading services.Recently, Kampala Money Mart launched an online portal, a platform aimed…

Cameroon: Blog - New, Interactive Forest Atlas Can Improve Forest Management in Cameroon

Cameroon's forests, which cover about 60 percent of the country, play a vital role for people and the economy. They provide services and sustenance directly and indirectly to local communities…

Neotel usage-based WAN in South Africa

Neotel announced in a press statement on Thursday (21 November 2013) that it was launching an enterprise usage-based wide area network (WAN) service in South Africa.“We are excited to be…

Africa 118 Launches Online Business directory In Uganda

Africa 118, the East African tech firm which has been supplying a mobile directory service in Kenya,  launched its online directory in Uganda today dubbed ‘InfoMoby’.The directory covers thousands of…

Internet surfing on mobile phone thriving in Kenya

Kenya is among the top five countries in Africa where Internet surfing on the mobile phone is thriving. Among the 12 African countries where the technology called mobile Web is…

Are Internet scammers above the law in Cameroon?

The residents of Bamenda in Cameroon are up in arms about Internet scamming, according to a report in the Cameroon Tribune. Last week, two young men, Mathias Sam Ngonain and…

Internet News - In Brief

- New Skies Satellite says it will continue to serve existing customers without interruption despite losing its NSS-9 satellite in a spectacular fireball as it was launched in the Pacific…

Internet News - In Brief

- The number of Internet subscribers in Morocco has reached 3 million, according to the the Moroccan Minister in charge of Economic and General Affairs, Rachid Talbi Alami has indicated.…

MTN relaunches UUNet as MTN Business in Kenya and targets the corporate market

Last Wednesday UUNET was re-branded as MTN Business Kenya, to reflect its principal shareholder. MTN group is Africa's largest telecommunications operator with nearly 130 million cellular subscribers in the region…

Internet News - In Brief

- Leading press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned Uganda’s Communications Commission for ordering the blocking of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter earlier this month. In…

South Africa SEACOM invests R100M in terrestrial infrastructure with Dark Fibre Africa

SEACOM has invested R100 million in additional South African infrastructure to meet the continuous high growth in demand for broadband services and applications. The investment includes the purchase of physical…

SkyVision Launches New iDirect Hub and Upgrades Pan-African Satellite Network With iDX 3.1 Software

Global service provider deploys new hardware and software to expand coverage and deliver more affordable and efficient Internet connectivity servicesVT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT…

Nigeria: Spectranet Launches 4G LTE Wireless Internet Services

Following the mandate from the newly released broadband policy by the Federal Government that service providers operating in the country should migrate to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, Internet Services…

Airtel launches Opera Web Pass in Africa

Opera Software and Airtel have launched an Opera Web Pass for customers in 17 countries across Africa. The pay-as-you-go service allows subscribers to choose a data package that is either…

Internet – In Brief

South African ISP Afrihost has announced that all its data top-ups will now roll over and be available for use in the month they were purchased in and the month…

Online shopping picks up speed in South Africa

Despite disagreeing on its growth rate, companies say online shopping will experience growth as consumers turn to the Internet to cut shopping costs. A survey conducted by Neotel's consumer division…

Internet News - In Brief

- Andrew Mthembu, chairman of South Africa’s a state-owned firm Infraco that owns a stake in the group building the WACS cable, confirmed local media reports that the cable would…

TELECOM NAMIBIA’S ANGOLAN WIMAX VENTURE AIMS FOR JULY LAUNCH

Telecom Namibia's start-up joint venture in Angola, MundoStartel (MST), says it is making ‘strong progress’ towards the deployment of a WiMAX wireless broadband network and is aiming to launch services…

EGYPTIAN REGULATOR TO LAUNCH TENDER FOR TWO INTERNATIONAL VOIP GATEWAYS

The Egyptian regulator NTRA will launch a tender for two international VoIP gateways at the end of month (March 2005). Until recently, the NTRA had only legalised VoIP for PC-to-PC…

FRANCE TELECOM'S WANADOO FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH PLANET-TUNISIE

France Telecom-owned ISP Wanadoo has formed a strategic partnership with Tunisian ISP, Planet-Tunisie. According to France Telecom's Director of International Co-ordination Gérard de Maupeau:"Tunisian internet users will benefit from henceforth…

AFRICA VENTURE PARTNERS LAUNCHES IP-DIRECT FOR SATELLITE VOICE AND IP

South African company Africa Venture Partners is launching a multimillion-dollar venture to provide satellite-based voice and internet communications across the continent. An initial USD28.5m investment will cover the launch of…

Botswana’s BTC inks 3 year deal with BT South Africa for more SAT3 capacity

Botswana incumbent BTC has signed a three year deal with BT South Africa to increase its SAT3 capacity.In 2004 BTC and BT established a relationship whereby BT negotiated a connection…

Tanzania: National Electoral Commission’s web site not ready for forthcoming election

With only four days to go before the 2010 General Election, information on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) website is shockingly outdated as very few facts and figures are available…

Internet News - In Brief

- According to MyBroadband.co.za, British Telecom’s international unit BT Global Services is gearing up to get involved in one of South Africa’s ongoing national fibre projects, with an announcement expected…

Gilat Satcom Releases New VSAT Service for Southeast Africa

Gilat Satcom has launched a new VSAT service to provide Southeast Africa with high-bandwidth Internet connectivity, the communication solutions provider announced Nov. 5.The new VSAT service is based on Gilat…

10KWEB Moves into French West Africa

Internet start-up, 10KWEB, is pleased to announce the addition of Burkina Faso in French West Africa to its global family network. This marks the latest country in Africa to join…

Kenya: KDN changes Internet billing in recovery bid

Kenya Data Networks (KDN) will charge Internet subscribers for what they have used, as it fights to claw back market share in an increasingly competitive environment.KDN, like the rest in…

Internet - In Brief

- Kenya: 34 counties have already been connected to the government's National Fibre Optic Broadband Infrastructure. ICT PS Joseph Tiampati says digitization of government services remains a key priority. He…

Internet News - In Brief

- Angolan minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha has reckoned as positive the progress on fibre optic cable project, started two years ago. 400 kilometres of…

More operators to get WiMax Spectrum in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published its final decision on the awarding of radio frequency spectrum. In November 2006, ICASA published a notice in the Government…

IBURST TO LAUNCH NEW BROADBAND PACKAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA

iBurst is set to launch five new packages, ranging between 200 MB and 2500 MB per month. The barrier to entry for iBurst will be lowered with the introduction of…

NIGERIA’S PHASE3 WINS BID TO RUN POWER COMPANY’S FIBRE

Phase3 Telecom, an integrated long distance telecommunications firm has acquired the western axis of the High Voltage Telecommunication Infrastructure (HIVOTEL) belonging to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in a…

CÔTE D'IVOIRE TELECOM GOES LARGE WITH ADSL OFFER - EXTRA LARGE IS "2 MÉGA"

"Côte d'Ivoire Telecom wants to make the Internet accessible to everyone. The objective of our latest action is to allow the internet user to connect without fear. Whatever time they…

SA'S IS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND THROUGHOUT AFRICA

Speaking at a press briefing last week, Jacques Rautenbach, GM - Africa & Middle East Services, stated that IS will be taking its services to Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana…

TELKOM AND SENTECH BATTLE OVER SA SATELLITE BROADBAND MARKET

Telkom and Sentech appear set to go head-to-head in the broadband Internet access via satellite market, following the parastatal’s launch of its SpaceStream Express (SSE) and SpaceStream Office (SSO) products.…

MOROCCO’S INTERNET CARAVAN GOES OUT INTO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

An internet caravan run by a research centre (Crafs) for the Colleges of Beni Mellal for teachers and students has just completed a three month tour visiting 42 colleges, writes…

Zimbabwe: Service providers setting up spy equipment

Mobile and internet service providers (ISPs) have begun installing surveillance equipment, in compliance with the controversial Interception of Communications Act, the Zimbabwe Internet Access Providers (ZIAP) confirmed this week.ZIAP is…

Mobile Internet Revolution Takes Zimbabwe by Storm

Zimbabwe entered a new digital era last week Friday when the largest mobile phone network Econet Wireless launched its mobile broadband package available to their estimated 4.5 million subscribers.Econet CEO…

Internet Gabon to deploy Hughes HN Broadband solution

Hughes Network Systems has announced that internet service provider IG Telecom, headquartered in Libreville, Gabon, has chosen the Hughes HN broadband satellite solution to expand its services throughout the Central…

UN Broadband Commission sets new gender target: getting more women connected to ICTs ‘critical’ to post-2015 development agenda

Commissioners gathered for the 7th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, held today in Mexico City, have agreed an ambitious new target designed to spur female access to…

Nigeria: MTN Unveils Cloud Services for SMEs

MTN, Nigeria’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Company, has launched a Cloud Services in the country for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).The launch makes MTN the first telecommunications…

Project Isizwe Will Extend its Free Wi-Fi to Eastern Cape, South Africa

The project provides internet access to areas with low internet penetration, in a manner similar to that of Facebook’s Internet.org.“The Eastern Cape is ideal because it is as rural as…

Kenya’s IPO revealed Internet Security flaw

Investors using the online application process for the Safaricom IPO were probably not aware that a security flaw meant that their confidential details and amount invested could be read through…

GHANAIAN POLICE ON WARPATH AGAINST 419 FRAUDSTERS

Ghana’s Police has issued an alert to the general public about fraudsters (419 people), who are defrauding unsuspecting people, mainly foreigners via the Internet, using the Office of the Inspector…

GHANA’S ISP ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATES $9500 DUPLEX ON SAT3 WITH GT TO SESIMBRA

The Ghanaian ISP association GISPA has received a letter of confirmation from incumbent Ghana Telecom of the deal it has negotiated for its members. It will allow them to buy…

RADIO BOTSWANA JOINS THE INTERNET AGE

Radio Botswana has joined the digital age all thanks to the University of Botswana computer science staff, who are using modern technology to record Radio Botswana's daily programmes and then…

NITEL ROLLS OUT IP WHOLESALE SERVICES ON SAT-3

Nitel last week announced that it will sell IP Wholesale Services to ISPs using its SAT3 capacity. NITEL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Mashi, said the company would use the…

AFRICA ABUZZ ABOUT PORTABLE IP ADDRESS PROPOSAL

The African Internet community is abuzz following a proposal to allow organisations in sub-Saharan countries better access to their own portable Internet address and that the region be handled as…

NEW REPORT LOOKS AT THE REALITIES OF E-COMMERCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

A new report The Reality of E-commerce with Developing Countries by John Humphrey, Robin Mansell, Daniel Paré and Hubert Schmitz summarises the results of research led jointly by The London…

NIGERIA’S NITDA PLANS OFFENSIVE AGAINST 419 SCAMMERS

Disturbed by the negative impact of the increasing wave of cyber crime on the image of the country, the Nigerian Government says it will put legislation in place to deter…

SA’s Home Affairs tackles backlog with online “track and trace” system

One of the major problems of the Home Affairs Department will be tackled by what the government is calling the "Citizen Relations Portal" which will allow South Africans to make…

Internet News - In Brief

* Broadband Infraco, the new State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) that will sell high capacity long distance transmission services to network service providers in South Africa, has confirmed that it will unveil…

Regulator ICTA extends free Wi-Fi coverage to 20 new regions in Mauritius

AgenceEcofin reports that the Mauritian telecoms regulator, the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA), has announced plans to expand the ‘Wi-Fi Mauritius Project’ to 20 new regions across the country. The…

US Embassy, Mobile Web celebrate Internet freedom

The US Embassy and Mobile Web Ghana (MWG), a community of mobile technology entrepreneurs, has held a forum to discuss innovative ways in which Ghana can take advantage of the…

Internet In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers Econet Wireless has launched the first commercial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country, ahead of the United Nations (UN)…

Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat to storm Africa’s telecom industry with massive expansion agenda

VENTURES AFRICA – Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite communications firm, is steaming ahead with its expansion plans into Africa, it emerged on Wednesday. The company wants to enter this market…

Firefox 3 speaks Afrikaans

The long-awaited Firefox 3 browser has been released and is already receiving rave reviews from users around the globe. In South Africa, Firefox 3 is significant in that for the…

HIV-AIDS ONLINE RESEARCH DATABASE SET UP IN NAMIBIA

  Institutions of higher learning in Namibia have created a special database of research documents with regard to HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which is freely accessible via the Internet. Launching…

MALI’S ISP ASSOCIATION MEETS TO DISCUSS IXP

AFIM (Association des Fournisseurs Internet au Mali) andt AFRISPA (the African ISP Association) organised a two day workshop (31 May-1June 2006) to discuss the setting up of a local IXP…

ALVARION SELLS WIMAX TO DRC’S INTERCONNECT AND HAS TALKS WITH ANGOLA TELECOM ABOUT PARTNERSHIP

Alvarion Ltd a provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, announced that Inter-Connect, an ISP and broadband provider in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is improving and expanding…

NAMIBIA: DISTANCE LEARNING CAN REACH ALL

Open Distance Learning (ODL) has the inherent potential to ensure that all people have access to life-long learning. This was said by Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, at…

KENYA DATA NETWORKS SIGNS INTERNET DEAL WITH TAIDE

Kenya Data Networks has signed an internet backbone and international gateway agreement with Taide Networks. The two firms signed the contract last week at the Serena Hotel, in Nairobi. Taide…

Internet News - In Brief

- SA’s Systemsfusion, a supplier of next generation IP services and hosting platforms, has partnered with MTN Airborn and Sun Microsystems to provide what it calls a ‘turnkey solution that…

Internet News - In Brief

- Tanzania’s IXP is stalled for reasons that insiders say are not technical. So when are they going to get down to it?

DURBANITES COME OUT ON TOP OF INTERNET USE SURVEY

The preliminary results of a UUNet survey on Internet usage by the small, micro and medium enterprise (SMME) sector in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng show that Durbanites are the…

IN BRIEF

- Angus Hay, Neotel’s Head of Strategy, said that their CDMA trial is continuing, but that the company can not give specific feedback about the trial results yet. The company…

Cameroon tightens Internet trade security

Cameroon has over the years struggled with cybercrime. Cameroon has begun using online security technology authorities say will boost confidence levels in the exchange of information over an increasingly insecure…

O3b Networks announces capacity deal with unnamed DRC ISP

Channel Islands-based satellite service provider O3b Networks has announced what it describes as a major long-termo3b-networks-ltd capacity deal providing highly resilient and affordable capacity to ‘the leading ISP in the…

Gambia: Seven Service Providers Awarded International Data Gateway Licenses

International Data Gateway Licenses have been issued to Africell, Comium, Gamcel, Gamtel, Qcell, Unique Solutions, and Netpage by the minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure in accordance with Section 7(2)…

Airtel provides Machakos police with free Internet

Airtel has connected Machakos Police station, in Kenya to the Internet for free.The connection will allow the officers at the station connect to relevant online platforms such as Facebook and…

Internet News - In Brief

- Mobile operator Vodafone Egypt is moving into the fixed-line market with the launch of ADSL services. The company said it will offer high-speed services for both residential and business…

Internet News - In Brief

- In Nigeria, board members of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) have been appointed.  IXPN is a public-private partnership where all ISPs and content providers are stakeholders; the…

EGYPTIAN BLOGGERS BEATEN AND SENT TO JAIL

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrests of two bloggers, Mohammed Sharkawy and Karim El-Shaer, during a demonstration at the Press Syndicate in Cairo on 25 May 2006, and the…

NITEL PILOTS WHOLESALE BROADBAND SERVICES FOR ISPS IN ABUJA

Nigeria’s state-owned incumbent operator Nitel has launched a pilot project for its wholesale ADSL service in the city of Abuja. The operator aims to sell bandwidth on its broadband network…

ANTI-MUBARAK CAMPAIGN GOES TO INTERNET

Baheyya is Egyptian, pillories President Hosni Mubarak and heaps scorn on his regime daily. But this fiery dissident who says aloud what others don't dare to think has no face:…

SA TELKOM'S ADSL ‘RIPPING US OFF', SAYS MyADSL's MULLER

Local ADSL connectivity is prohibitively expensive and costs could be significantly cheaper, despite Telkom's claims to the contrary. This is according to Rudolph Muller, founder of the MyADSL forum, which…

Internet News - In Brief

- Investec is to offer an online foreign exchange product to individuals, allowing them to trade commission-free and at interbank rates, in real-time, according to the bank’s treasury division. Investec…

Loggu 4G to provide affordable uncapped internet access in Ghana

Ghanaian start-up, Loggu 4G Ghana Limited is gearing up to start offering uncapped, unmetered and affordable high speed internet service in Ghana.Founder of Loggu 4G, Gershon Adeklo told Adom Business…

South Africa: Western Cape Minister for Finance, Economic Development and Finance Announces Spaces for Broadband Network's Pilot Phase

The Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) area in Khayelitsha has been selected as one of the first spaces to be linked to the broadband network.The Western Cape Government's broadband…

Microsoft launches low-cost Internet in rural Kenya

Microsoft is aiming to connect rural residents in Nanyuki, a market town in Laikipia County in central Kenya, with low-cost wireless Internet. The move aims to deliver affordable Internet service…

Telecom Egypt commissions new submarine cable network linking Northern Egypt to France

Telecom Egypt, the incumbent telecom operator in Egypt, and Alcatel-Lucent announced they have signed a USD125 million contract to deploy a new submarine cable network linking Sidi Kerir in Egypt…

Consolidation in Kenyan ISP sector

The Kenyan ISP sector is consolidating, with many companies buying up their competitors and new foreign owners entering the market. Pressure on margins from the switch to DSL broadband has…

THIRD ANNUAL VOIP FORUM TO BE HELD IN LAGOS

Lagos is to host the third annual African VoIP Forum over 31 July – 3 August, with the theme "The developmental and business imperatives of IP telephony in Africa". The…

MALI: "WIRED" IMAM OF DJENNE CONNECTS TO OUTSIDE WORLD WITH U.S. HELP

Imam Almamy Korobara is reaching out beyond his remote corner of Mali to connect with millions of Muslims and religious leaders worldwide using the web of linked computers called the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Ethiopian cellco, the Ethiopia Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has revealed plans to launch an ADSL services in October. The service will be the first of its kind in the country.…

DATAPRO COMPLETES VOIP NETWORK ROLL-OUT

DataPro Group, the listed telecommunications company and ISP, has announced that the roll-out of its VoIP network, started in the fourth quarter of last year, has been completed after an…

Internet – In Brief

- Kenya will adopt digital signature systems for online transactions by October this year, if the roll out exercise goes according to plan. The Kenya ICT board deputy chief executive…

Nigeria: Main One Rebrands, Addresses Broadband Initiatives

Main One Cable Company has rebranded itself as Main One. The rebranding marks the conclusion of the company's evolution from a submarine cable company to a full-fledged communications services provider,…

Opera Software launches Opera Max with Data saving, Wi-Fi management and App Blocking features

Opera Software, the company that developed Opera Mini, Africa’s most popular mobile browser, has today launched the new Opera Max, a data compression tool that has seen huge popularity amongst…

VANS fume over licence conversion process in South Africa

Value added network services (VANS) are decrying the Independent Communications Authority of SA's (ICASA's) delay in converting them to full individual electronic communications network services (ECNS) licensees, and lawyers are…

Uganda Telecom wins wireless contract for CHOGM

Uganda Telecom has won a contract to build a wireless internet command post worth sh142m in preparation for the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM). Hans Paulsen, utl's chief commercial…

INTERNET SHUTDOWN IN ZIMBABWE

The benighted mess that is the remnants of Zimbabwe’s economy has slid further towards complete disintegration with the news that what limited Internet traffic there was in, and to and…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Asterisk development team has announce new releases of its primary projects: Asterisk 1.2.8, Zaptel 1.2.6 and libpri 1.2.3.All of these releases incorporate a number of bug fixes, with…

INTERNET MEDICINE FOR AFRICA'S VETERINARIANS

Veterinary schools in sub-Saharan Africa have joined forces to create an internet-based training programme that will allow vets to study for postgraduate degrees while continuing to work, says the Science…

Internet News - In Brief

- In Mali three ISPs have created wireless connections between themselves to route local traffic locally and the University in Bamako is talking of becoming part of this nascent internet…

Kenya: President's Office to Host Key Cyber Security Team

The Office of the President will house a new department to monitor cyber security on all public platforms set up with the adoption of online services. Falling under the directorate…

Internet - In Brief

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), in partnership with Africa Network Information Center (AfriNIC), is organising a four-day international workshop on IPv6 in Lagos from June 18 to…

Kenya: Access Kenya Completes Network Upgrade in Nairobi, Nakuru and Thika

Access Kenya has completed network upgrade in Nairobi, Nakuru and Thika as part of increasing business connectivity.The chief technical officer Raymond Macharia said the upgrade is part of Sh300 million…

Google Starts Recruitment Plan to Up Clout in Africa

Internet search company Google Kenya's Nairobi office is searching for five senior executives for its African operations, laying the foundation for a looming market share battle on the continent. The…

Nigeria: Country domain registrations tops 3,000

Number of Internet registration in the country grows to about 3,000, the Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has said.Nigeria got the authority to operate its own domain registration body early this…

DOUALA-YAOUNDE OPTICAL FIBRE CABLES READY IN NOVEMBER

Camtel announced that a range of fibre links will soon connect major cities in the country. The 12 optical fibres to be installed by government through the Cameroon Telecommunications Corporation…

Internet News - In Brief

ICANN, The Internet's key oversight agency has outlined a plan for testing domain names entirely in non-English characters, bringing closer to reality a change highly sought by Asian and Arabic…

Wood grants Zamtel fibre optic injunction

Lusaka High Court judge Albert Wood has granted Zamtel an injunction restraining Zesco from preventing the communication company having the indefeasible right to use its optic fibre network as agreed…

Pamoja launches vision to cultivate cloud services market for Africa

In what is a step closer to establishing a premier Cloud services marketplace for Africa, Pamoja, the Cloud services business unit of Pan-African ICT enabler SEACOM, has launched its go-to-market…

Internet – In Brief

Nigeria's Globacom, has launched the country's first ever-comprehensive airport Wi-Fi facility in collaboration with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). With this development, passengers and other users of the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Uganda’s Ministry of ethics, Nsaba Buturo, has announced that the Government has plans to review the pornography law in place. "The anti-pornography bill will soon be tabled in Parliament…

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Unwired magazine has changed its name to Digital Life to avoid confusion that it is about wireless applications. - The Ivorian Group SIFCA has decided to pull…

KENYAN STATE TO RECLAIM INTERNET HUB

The Government has taken steps to repossess the hub used by Universal Satspace and whose disconnection has caused internet disruptions in parts of the country. The Ministry of Information and…

Liberia: Fiber Optic Cable Emerges From the Sea in Liberia

Inside a small internet cafe in Monrovia, only three customers hunch over computers. Getting on-line in Liberia's capital costs $2 an hour, more money than many Liberians earn in a…

Kenya’s civic education site launched

Kenya National Integrated Civic Education (K-NICE), a government initiative charged with monitoring civic education, last week unveiled a website for sharing constitutional information ahead of the general elections slated for…

Kenyans in Diaspora to vote online in 2017

Although Kenyans in the Diaspora have been ruled out from voting in Kenya’s general elections in March next year due to “time and resource constraints,” they could cast their votes…

ICASA defends WiFi equipment confiscation in South Africa

The telecommunications regulator has the right, under the Electronic Communications Act, to seal and prevent the use of equipment that is considered to be the source of interference with a…

BROADBAND OVER POWER LINE SOLUTION APPEALS TO PROPERTY SA DEVELOPERS

Gauteng broadband-based Services Company Goal Technology Solutions (GTS) has been contracted by developer Zotos Construction to supply an integrated broadband residential solution. The technology, using the existing electricity grid within…

SOUTH AFRICAN USERS NOW PAYING 1000% MORE THAN OTHER COUNTRIES AFTER WHOLESALE PRICING RESTRUCTURE

High-speed internet users in SA will pay 1000% more for their bandwidth than users in other countries after Telkom restructured its wholesale fees for internet service providers (ISPs). Telkom's new…

Internet News – In Brief

- A software used to identify victims of September 11 bombings in the United States has been brought to Kenya. Acting government chemist Leonard Waweru said the Mass Fatalities Identification…

Sonitel starts work on Dosso-Konni fibre link

Niger operator Sonitel has started the deployment of a 300 km fibre link between Dosso and Konni at a launch ceremony attended by the country's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, deputies, diplomats…

Thumbs Up Africa blog 9: Ethiopia's internet explorer

Neda Boin (22), Sierd van der Bij (23) and Christiaan Triebert (21) are the lucky Dutch trio who began on 1 October a three-month-long hitchhiking trip from Groningen in the…

MWEB Africa Launches Business Wi-Fi across its network in Africa

The MWEB Africa Group has launched commercial Wi-Fi solution that will allow laptop users to connect wirelessly to the internet in locations throughout the continent. The service will give owners…

BIG DISH SELECTED AS THIRD REGIONAL CARRIER BY AfrISPA

Big Dish have also been selected by the African ISP association, AfrISPA, in response to its request for Service for data transport between the different ISP members of local Internet…

MOZAMBIQUE'S TDM TO INTRODUCE 512k BROADBAND

Mozambican incumbent TDM is set to introduce 512k download speed ADSL broadband. Like a lot of operators it is tiering its pricing by introducing 512k and only offering the full…

ARIVIA.KOM COMPLETES R4M PHASE OF BOTSWANA AGRICULTURE ROLLOUT PROJECT

Arivia.kom subsidiary Ariel Technologies Botswana has completed the third phase of the Botswana Ministry of Agriculture network infrastructure rollout project. This R4 million project consisted of the supply of network…

Brymedia West Africa bids to build overland fibre cable from Nigeria to Tunisia

One of the firms bidding to take-over NITEL and MTel is planning to build an overland cable from Katsina to Tunisia, Daily Trust learnt last week. A source said that…

Sierra Leone: Preserving Historic Records & Tools for Reconciliation

ICTJ joined government officials and civil society in Freetown, Sierra Leone to celebrate the launch of a new website for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone and welcome…

African high-speed data network open to researchers

A high-speed network that allows faster data transmission both among researchers in southern and eastern Africa and with scientists in Europe and other parts of the world has been launched.The…

Internet News - In Brief

- TEAMS has been given the first submarine cable landing operator licence in Kenya. The firm paid an initial fee of Sh15 million, besides making an up front annual operating…

Internet News - In Brief

- Mali’s incumbent fixed line operator Société des Télécommunications du Mali (SOTELMA) has launched its first ADSL services in conjunction with Huawei Technologies, the company said in a statement. The…

ONLINE CENSORSHIP PERSISTS IN NORTH AFRICA

A report released by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed the prevalence of online censorship in several North African countries. The 140 page report titled "False Freedom: Online censorship…

MALAWIAN ISP SKYBAND WANTS TO PROVIDE MORE WI-FI HOTSPOTS AFTER TRIAL

Malawian ISP Skyband has implemented a Wi-Fi hotpot at its office in Blantyre and has offered use of it for free to all existing domestic and full internet, dial-up subscribers.…

SKYVISION NOW OFFERING LOW COST INTERNET OVER INCLINED ORBIT SATELLITE FROM INTELSAT

In a long awaited step, SkyVision is now offering in Africa its Internet services over an inclined-orbit satellite (the IS-603) from Intelsat. The new service promises prices as low as…

Telkom Kenya raises stakes in data market with Sh1 per MB plan

Telkom Kenya on Wednesday revised its Internet charges downwards, raising the stakes in the battle for control of the data market which is expected to be the next frontier of…

Teraco wins DINX

Teraco Data Environments, South Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre, has won the bid to host the Durban Internet Exchange (DINX). Teraco is set to make internet history with this…

ICT empowering disabled in Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania

According to the UN, around 10 per cent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority. Children and adults with…

Chad heads for hi-speed internet – Millicom tests LTE

Tigo's successful testing of 4G (LTE) wireless technology in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, is a significant landmark for Millicom as well as a regional first for the country.The event…

SIERRA LEONE:FIDELITY COMMUNICATIONS SPREADS INTERNET TO SCHOOLS

Fidelis Asielue, Managing Director of the newly opened multi-purpose high-tech communications company, Fidelity Global Communications probably the fastest internet service in the country Tuesday disclosed that his company has taken…

TELKOM KENYA LAUNCHES HIGH SPEED ADSL INTERNET SERVICE

Telkom Kenya has publicly launched its high-speed DSL internet service. Launching it at Nairobi's Norfolk Hotel on Wednesday last, Information and Communication permanent secretary James Rege said it was among…

PLANETSKY ADDS CAPACITY USING YAMAL SATELLITE TO SERVE AFRICAN MARKET

PlanetSky Ltd. and JSC Gascom signed a long-term agreement for the use of capacity on Gascom’s Yamal 200 satellite at 49E. Over a period of time, PlanetSky intends to load…

SA’S MBEKI DENOUNCES "CALIFORNIA LAW" ON DOMAIN NAMES

The issue of administering Internet domain names should be discussed at next month’s world information summit in Geneva, "otherwise the world continues to be governed by California law", says president…

Nigeria: EFCC Shuts 800 Scam Web Sites

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has shut down over 800 scam websites and busted 18 syndicates of email fraudsters in a drive to check cyber-crime that Nigeria is…

AccessKenya to Feel Price War Heat on Internet services

Listed internet service provider AccessKenya is set to feel the pressure of mobile phone companies' increasing forays into the home internet market, analysts said, citing last week's move by Telkom…

Broadband Access: Penetration Take Centre Stage at WAFICT Congress

Nigerians last week in Lagos, witnessed a renewed campaign for broadband access and penetration at the just-concluded 3rd West African Information and Communications Technology (WAFICT) Congress, as almost all papers…

Cameroon: Illegal Optical Fibre Network Uncovered

Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) has unmasked an impostor that has already planted over 150 km of optical fibre cables along the Douala-Yaounde road. The yet-to-be-identified individual or company has reportedly buried…

South Africa: Young, black, poor and online

A majority of South African Internet users are young and black, two-thirds speak an African language at home, and four in 10 live on less than R1 500/month.These are some…

South Africa: Now Parkview asks suppliers to quote for FTTH

Residents of another upmarket Johannesburg suburb have kick-started the process of building a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in their neighbourhood. Parkview has signalled plans to follow the example of nearby Parkhurst,…

More setbacks for South Africa’s satellite Sumbandilasat

South Africa's satellite, Sumbandilasat, will only be launched after August, following another rescheduling by Russian launch partner, Roskosmos. While the Department of Science and Technology (DST) had secured a general…

iBurst wants South Africa to ditch dial-up

Broadband service provider iBurst is offering a R200 credit to new subscribers who sign up for a 24-month ADSL, HSDPA or iBurst Wireless contract with the company, provided they trade…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Nigerian ISP association ISPAN has signed a deal with telco incumbent Nitel for all its members. The price? US$3,500 per mbps per month. The Lagos IXP is still…

CACTEL SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES AMR TECHNOLOGY IN GHANA

Cactel Communications, the UK-based Powerline Communications (PLC) company has successfully demonstrated the use of an Automated Meter Reading technology on Ghana’s power distribution network with the support of Powertech Worldwide,…

3COM INCORPORATES INTERNET FILTERING WITH ITS OFFICECONNECT PRODUCT LINE

3Com Corporation has announced the addition of advanced Internet filtering capabilities to its line of OfficeConnect® Routers and VPN Firewall, providing easy-to-deploy, affordable Web filtering. By joining forces with SurfControl,…

GHANA'S GISPA ATTACKS THE COST OF SAT3 FIBRE BUT ISPS NEGOTIATING

Last week's conference by Ghana's internet providers association GISPA revealed that the operators have been negotiating with Ghana Telecom for SAT3 capacity collectively but still feel they are unable to…

Internet News - In Brief

- Uganda’s local governments have received funding from the World Bank for projects connecting the districts to the global network via the Internet. The bank has previously given the Rural…

Mobile Internet Search to become 'a Marketing Opportunity' in South Africa

The use of cellphones for internet searches is growing as a trend in SA, with an estimated 25% of all search queries on Google SA coming from them, says ad…

Tanzania: Internet Service Provider Eyes Bigger Market Share

Tanzanian ISP Raha has resolved to extend its network connectivity services to cover medium and small scale enterprises, in a bid to expand its customer base. Raha's CEO, Aashiq Shariff…

eNews blames DStv after channel freezes

The eNews Channel is fuming after it went off air for 47 minutes on Monday during President Jacob Zuma’s press conference at which he axed two of his ministers and…

Rwandans to Manage .rw Domain

The Rwanda Information Communication and Technology Association (RICTA) yesterday announced that the country's code top-level domain .rw will be run by the government.The country code top level domain ccTLD, which…

Internet - In Brief

- Madagascar is to receive a boost to its satellite Internet services after Gulfsat Madagascar inked a long-term deal with the satellite provider O3b Networks for a new service aimed…

Telecom Namibia, Jasco to deliver faster, cheaper Internet

Telecom Namibia has entered into an agreement with NewTelco South Africa, represented by Jasco Co-location Solutions, to establish a total of four international Points of Presence (PoPs) connected into the…

Online mapping aims to stop harassment of women in Egypt

Tech startup HarassMap is taking a stand against sexual harassment in Egypt by allowing victims to text, tweet, or email reports of assaults and map them online.A nonprofit startup is…

Malawi launches Internet Governance Forum, to help shape the development of Malawi’s internet economy

The Malawi Government and the New Partnership for Development (Nepad) have launched the Malawi Internet Governance Forum (Malawi IGF) in an effort to bring a semblance of order in the…

AU, UNIDO unveil online platform to grow business in Africa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African Union Commission launched a new Internet-based Monitoring Platform to map investment flows in Africa and offer investors more information for…

Glo Offers Flexible Hi-Speed Internet Packages in Nigeria

National telecoms operator, Globacom, has introduced new hi-speed internet packages which offer highly flexible usage options for subscribers on its 3G Plus HSDPA network. Globacom which was the first network…

TALKNET AFRICA BRINGS VOIP SOLUTIONS TO AFRICA

TalkNet Holdings is launching TalkNet Africa, a VoIP solutions and services provider aimed at the business and residential markets. The company, which operates and owns an internationally distributed network in…

SA'S SYSTEMSFUSIONS SIGNS UP AS SLIPSTEAM DATA DISTRIBUTOR

South African-based Systemsfusion has signed an agreement to become the African distributor of the data compression and acceleration products developed by SlipStream Data Inc., a leading provider of accelerated web…

NIGERIA'S NITEL IMPLEMENTS ADSL AND WILL ROLL OUT TO MAJOR CITIES

Last week Nitel joined the growing list of telcos in sub-Saharan Africa offering ADSL internet services. Although at present limited the service will be rolled out to all major cities…

Eassy Submarine Cable Set to Go Live

Construction of the East Africa Sub marine cable system (EASSy) has been complete and the facility will go live later this week, Zantel Wholesale and Roaming Director Nahaat Mahfoudh told…

Multimedia Approach Generates Higher Incomes for Women Shea Butter Producers in Mali

Shea butter producers in southern Mali incraesed their income by using technology. Through photos, slides, videos, radio and the internet, shea butter producers learn how to improve the quality of…

South Africa: Afrihost runs Free ADSL offer without planned end date

Afrihost’s Free ADSL offer is currently available, and this time there is no fixed deadline on when they will be closing the promotion In October 2010 Afrihost offered consumers 500…

Uganda: NBI to Shake Internet Market

All ministries, government departments and institutions are to be connected to the National Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure cable (NBI/EGI) which was launched on October 7.This follows completion of the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telecom Namibia is in the process of setting up four international Points of Presence (PoPs) along the WACS undersea cable route, which entered service in May, reports Datacenter Dynamics.…

Internet – In Brief

- Ericsson and MTN-Rwanda are partnering to help rural based schools in Rwanda access faster internet in a bid to improve the quality of education for less privileged students in…

MWEB explains uncapped ADSL abuse following ASA ruling

MWEB said that a recent Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling shows that there is nothing misleading about its uncapped ADSL advertising, and that it is simply enforcing a policy to…

Internet - In Brief

- Kenyan daily The Star has launched an e-paper set to operate on smartphone platforms such as Android, iOs, Blackberry OS, as well as on desktop PCs and tablets.- Algerie…

Google South Africa in discussions for local content

Google SA is in discussions with some telecoms companies to bring local content to South African homes and mobile phones, says new country manager, Stephen Newton. While he would not…

ISPA announces “Hall of Shame” Spammers initiative

The Internet Service Providers' Association of South Africa (ISPA) yesterday, Wednesday, 17 September 2008, released its first 'Hall of Shame' report at iWeek 2008. Naming some of the country's top…

ETHIOPIA FIRST TO INTRODUCE DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY FOUNDATION'S INTERNATIONAL AMP SYSTEM

The Government of Ethiopia is the first to deploy the Development Gateway Foundation's Aid Management Platform (AMP), a web-based information-sharing tool that helps improve the coordination and harmonization of international…

Internet News - In Brief

- Southern Sun Hotels Group is making high-speed Internet access a standard feature in all its hotels in SA. The High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) strategy will see HSIA installed…

MAIL2SPEAK TARGETS SPEAKING E-MAILS AT SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET

A new service that lets people record a voice message and have it e- mailed to as many as 25 addresses simultaneously could provide business people and consumers with a…

Safaricom snaps up two more datacos

It was only a matter of when, not if, that Safaricom would fish out firms from the small pond of ICT providers to enable it grow its data business. The…

Internet News - In Brief

- Google has released its second transparency report. Google's Transparency Reports provide details of traffic and censorship demands by country and across specific services such as YouTube, Google Earth, Gmail,…

Rwanda: Country Mapped On Google

Rwandan communities were for the first time, over the weekend, mapped by local cartographers using a Web program called Google map maker, during an exercise dubbed the Rwanda mapping party.…

MIH shuts down Kalahari sites in Nigeria and Kenya

MIH Internet has announced it is to close down its e-commerce Web sites, Kalahari Kenya and Kalahari Nigeria, due to their lack of profitability.The digital arm of South African media…

Telecom Namibia and Jasco ICT Solutions interconnect to DE-CIX Internet Exchange Platform to improve customer experience

Telecom Namibia has joined forces with German Internet provider Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (De-CIX) and New Telco SA, a Jasco Group company, to establish international access points in South Africa…

Internet News - In Brief

- In South Africa, Telkom Internet ADSL subscribers have been enjoying uncapped ADSL in July. Telkom confirmed that due to a software glitch on TelkomInternet's authentication server, some users have…

Internet News - In Brief

- The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is now offering a half-hour packaged podcast, known as GIBS FN, which features interviews with leading local business people…

Internet News - In Brief

- Principal Thulani Thwala of Inkosi uMdibaniso Comprehensive High School near Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal was awarded the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) of SA's “Super Teacher of the Year”…

SENEGAL'S SONATEL TARGETS WIRELESS INTERNET MARKET GAP

Sonatel Multimedia, the ISP arm of Senegal's incumbent last week launched a wi-fi service for those needing access to the internet on the move. The service is provided by an…

Break in Fibre-Optic Cable Damages Economy in Mozambique

The normal functioning of the economy throughout central Mozambique has been compromised by a break in the underwater fibre-optic cable operated by the publicly owned telecommunications company, TDM. Much of…

Kenya: Flexible Online Learning Clicks With Employers

Companies are slowly reducing reliance on physical training programmes and adding online learning portals to their staff learning systems to improve output while ensuring maximum utilisation of office hours. Experts…

Internet News - In Brief

- IT security and data Protection Company Sophos is warning of a malicious email attack, one of the first to capitalise on the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.The scam…

Namibia: Disadvantaged Students to Interact Via Internet

The British Council in consultation with the Ministry of Education has introduced an internet programme that will enable Namibian students to interact with British students on educational matters.During a recent…

Zimbabwe: Community library brings internet to remote village

Given the increasing tasks facing youths today, and the complex skills they must develop for future careers, Manzununu Community Library in Mutare South constituency has dedicated itself to giving unemployed…

Telecom Egypt and 15 Other Telecommunications Companies Sign Agreement to Build High Bandwidth Undersea Cable System from UK to India

Major operators last week signed a formal Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) to build the first direct, high-bandwidth optical-fiber submarine cable system from the United Kingdom to India. The Europe…

SA'S MTN ANNOUNCES FREE PREPAID MOBILE BROWSING WITH MTNLOADED

http://www.mtn.co.za It says that WAP access to MTNLoaded will be free for three months following the launch, and customers will only be charged for the items that they buy, billing…

Internet News - In Brief

* MWEB today announced that they are set to start using Seacom bandwidth again from tonight if everything goes according to plan. In a statement MWEB said that “if all goes…

Internet News - In Brief

- Côte d’Ivoire, telecoms regulator, ACTI has ordered all mobile operators and ISPs to block independent news websites and websites opposing Laurent Gbagbo.- Intelsat S.A., announced last week that the…

IEEE to champion experts review of Internet Security in East Africa

The Kenya section of the world’s largest technical professional association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has partnered with AITEC Africa to convene a high level expert conference…

90% of African Internet Content Is Hosted Outside Region

Content delivery networks (CDNs) play an integral part in the management of internet bandwidth. And as the internet gains wider acceptance in Africa, providers are adopting CDN services to create…

Kenya’s Coffee Board Bets On Online Trade to Boost Sales

The Coffee Board of Kenya is exploring the possibility of starting the third window of coffee sales which involves selling the coffee online. This comes one year after opening of…

CYBERCAFE FRAUDSTERS ARRESTED IN LAGOS AND USD3.5M RECOVERED

Twenty-eight Internet fraudsters have been arrested in Lagos, in joint operations between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the FBI.Also, USD3.5 million (N490 million) was recovered in fraudulent…

Internet News - In Brief

- This week's GISPA press conference (see above) also announced that the Ghana Internet Exchange will be launched in October, ending what must be the longest running discussion to set…

FUTUREX VISITORS TO GET AN ISP IN JUST 10 MINUTES

Branded Internet, a private label Internet service provider, will be offering visitors to Futurex 2004 the opportunity to take home with them a fully operational, tailor-made, branded demonstration version of…

Rwanda: TTCS to Be Connected to the Internet

At least 11 Teacher Training Colleges (TTC) across the country have been connected to the Internet.The USAID funded program was implemented by the Rwanda Education Commons (REC) under the Ministry…

Internet - In Brief

- American Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to shutdown its Egypt base at the end of 2013, to restructure operations for increased concentration of its employees and…

Kenya: Orange Connects for more Counties to Its High Speed Broadband Network

Integrated telecommunications solutions provider, Orange has added four more counties to its high-speed broadband network in Kenya, bringing the total number of counties on its network to 31.The four counties:…

Uganda Electricity Transmission Company to lease part of its fibre optic network capacity

The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company (UETCL) has applied to the Uganda Communications Commission to lease out part of its fibre optic infrastructure. UETCL was motivated to apply for the public…

ALGERIE TELECOM SELECTS EUTELSAT ATLANTIC BIRD™ 3 FOR NATIONAL BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS

Eutelsat announced the signature of a contract with Algérie Télécom, Algeria's incumbent operator, to support a far-reaching satellite broadband programme that will serve public administrations and enterprises throughout the country,…

UUNET KENYA LOOKS SET TO PROVIDE VOIP CARRIAGE SHORTLY

UUNET Kenya is set to set up an internet backbone service that can carry multimedia traffic on their network in two months time. The firm's Managing Director, Henry Kimani, says…

MAURITIUS GETS A THIRD WIRELESS INTERNET PROVIDER: NETWORK PLUS

Network Plus becomes the third ISP to offer wireless internet access to laptop users, joining DCL and Telecom Plus. Users will have to have a wireless card and need to…

TESPOK LASHES KENYAN GOVERNMENT FOR "PARTIAL LIBERALIZATION"

Private sector internet body TESPOK attacked the Government for using the issuing of the SNO licence as a way of creating two "protected segments": international internet/data gateways and VSAT hubs:"The…

Conmen Target Facebook Users in Uganda

If you sent mobile money to an unknown person following a request from a friend on Facebook, the famous social networking website, you could have been conned.At least four people…

Mauritius leading nation in broadband provision

Mauritius has provided high-speed internet for households and businesses, pushing it ahead of the race for broadband provision in Africa.“This is a very important project for Mauritius Telecom in the…

Internet – In Brief

A comparative study carried out by Twinpine Networks, a premium mobile advertising network, contradicts popular opinion, as its recent research reveals that Nigeria’s older generation are more active online than…

Internet News - In Brief

- The South African government has revised its plans for an undersea cable from Cape Town to South America and will now run the cable to Europe instead. The project…

ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT TO INVEST USD200M IN FIBRE TO CONNECT WITH NAMBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA

The Angolan Government is investing about USD 200 million in the installation of a new telecommunication system that will facilitate the access to Internet and other telecommunication services across the…

MOROCCANS CLAIM TO BE BEST HACKERS AFTER BRAZILIANS

Moroccans are the best hackers in the world, according to a report in L'Economiste, after Brazilians. They amuse themselves by attacking overseas web sites and like to attract attacks from…

Internet News - In Brief

- As part of a price-cutting package, Senegal’s SONATEL will reduce its internet rates from 1 June 2004: and 39% on monthly internet subscriptions and 32% on internet subscriptions between…

Internet News - In Brief

- All Kenyan Government ministries and departments will be accessed on the internet as from June this year. National Security minister Chris Murungaru said last week the ambitious programme, under…

Wananchi 'triple-play' fibre service finally goes live; one million homes in East Africa targeted by 2015

Kenyan telco Wananchi Group, which offers services under its Zuku brand, has announced that its long-awaited 'triple-play' fibre package has gone live in the cities of Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Lavington and…

Kenya: Public Servants Must Have a Strategy for Social Networking

Three days after being sworn into office the new Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga's first order of business included establishing a presence on social media.Dr Mutunga's appointment had generated a…

Sudan Internet Cut Off As Protests Erupt Against Government In Khartoum

Sudan's internet connectivity abruptly stopped on Wednesday 25 September at 1300 UTC, according to RenesysAll internet connections to Sudan were cut off abruptly on Wednesday afternoon, after riots erupted in…

GHANA'S NCS LAUNCHES ITS OWN AFRICAN VERSION OF SKYPE: CLICKTEL

Ghanaian ISP NCS has just launched its own version of Skype called Clicktel (www.clicktel.biz) to its own customers. It offers free PC to PC telephone commmunication and global PSTN calling.…

EGYPT'S INTERNET MARKET PROJECTED TO GROW IN DOUBLE DIGITS

New research from the Arab Advisors Group on Egypt's Internet and Datacomm market shows that Egypt's Internet market is growing strongly. Spurred by infrastructure based competition and government initiatives, Egypt's…

FREE SOFTWARE, INTERNET GIVE A VOICE TO AFRICAN LOBBYISTS

African lobby groups, as well as community and independent media, are using free software and the internet to fight a lack of money and skills. The internet had also helped…

Kenya Turns to Phones for Internet Browsing

Nairobi — Most Kenyans are accessing the Internet through mobile phones as opposed to other primary means such as personal computers at work or home and Internet cafés.A new research…

Internet News - In Brief

- Gulf African Bank (GAB) has announced the introduction of internet banking. The online service, named GABNET, will allow customers to view account balances, generate statements and transfer funds between…

Malawi shortlists six firms for internet project

Malawi government through the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) has shortlisted at least six foreign companies earmarked to provide a fiber cable that will facilitate internet connectivity in the country.A…

Internet - In Brief

- The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has teamed up with organisations to offer free Wi-Fi internet access in certain public spaces in Kigali. The initiative, called Smart Kigali, plans…

Violence Slows Down High Speed Internet Project in Kenya

Consumers of Internet services will have to wait much longer for faster and cheaper access that was to come through the National Fibre Optic Backbone. Industry insiders said construction of…

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG HOLDS MEETINGS ON MUNICIPAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE

The City of Johannesburg’s Economic Development Unit in conjunction with BMI TechKnowledge Group held a series of workshops last week to discuss a broadband strategy for Johannesburg. Role players from…

SA'S DATAPRO OFFERS FREE E-MAIL, HOSTING FOR SMES

DataPro has teamed up with the SMME Forum and the Universal Service Agency (USA) in an attempt to help bridge the digital divide. From January, DataPro will provide free e-mail…

Internet News - In Brief

- Francis Quartey, IDN has done a VoIP calling deal with Ghana Telecom but other ISPs have not had the chance to reach the same arrangement…the Ghanaian regulator NCA is…

TESPOK LASHES KENYA’S MONOPOLY PROVIDER JAMBONET OVER SERVICE DISRUPTION

A statement last week from Sammy Buruchara, Chair of private sector group TESPOK lashed monopoly international bandwidth provider Jambonet for disruption of service and called on the Government to speed…

Econet Zimbabwe connects to SEACOM undersea fibre cable

Econet just announced some 3 milestones today. The first and most significant is that Econet has established a direct connection to the SEACOM undersea optic fibre cable in Durban and…

Voice-based web access helps illiterate get online

In Mali, the roads are mostly unpaved and access to landlines and the internet is scarce. Even if citizens have online access, illiteracy is a major barrier: less than a…

Vodacom tests superfast 4G in SA

Vodacom has launched its next development in 4G technology, capable of downloading an entire 1Gb movie in less than a minute, this being the first time that this has been…

Court orders Nitel to pay for non-delivery of SAT3 service to Interstella

The Court ordered Nitel to pay Interstella In a letter written to its lawyer Messrs. Ikechukwu Uzuegbu & Co, dated 3rd July, 2007 and signed by the company's secretary, Hadiza…

TELKOM CLEARS UP SAT-3 EXCLUSIVITY EXTENSION SPECULATION

Telkom’s 5 year exclusive rights to on-sell SAT-3 bandwidth capacity in South Africa will come to an end in April 2007, sparking speculation of a possible extension. This speculation was…

ABSA IN LINE TO ROLL OUT THE SMART CARD SYSTEM IN SA TO CREATE MORE SECURE INTERNET PURCHASING

Shopping over the internet will become more secure when magnetic stripe credit and debit cards are replaced by more secure chip cards. At the moment, consumers can be swindled if…

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigerian wireless solutions provider Junisat, has unveiled its W3A satellite system that will ensure adequate Internet connectivity for the whole continent. The W3A is one of the most sophisticated…

SA’S TISCALI STARTS ITS EXPANSION INTO AFRICA WITH BOTSWANA

Tiscali, has begun a project that aims to bring Internet connectivity to many countries in Africa.While SA has a well-developed Internet industry, poor communications infrastructure on the rest of the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Internet Solutions' AlwaysOn hotspots are available at 750 locations, including coffee shopsDimension Data division Internet Solutions (IS) is slashing the cost of accessing the Internet at its AlwaysOn Wi-Fi…

Angolan rights activists say young protesters lead pro-democracy push using Internet

Young Angolan protesters who have been able to mobilize online have invigorated anti-corruption and pro-democracy campaigns, traditional political activists in the southern African nation said Monday.Elias Isaac, country director in…

Online Platform to Boost Access to African Stats

Twenty African countries are set to benefit from a data platform on developmental issues such as the Millennium Development Goals aimed at improving access to quality information.The Open Data for…

Freenom Relaunches The National Top Level Domain Of Equatorial Guinea

Freenom relaunches the .GQ top level domain - the domain extension of Equatorial Guinea - and will deploy its innovative business model to give .GQ domains away for free. Freenom…

Telkom South Africa optimistic about ADSL growth

Telkom is on its way to meet its ADSL target of at least 700,000 subscribers by 2011 Current estimates indicate that Telkom is on its way to meeting its target…

MALI: BAMAKO UNIVERSITY INTRANET PROJECT IN CRISIS

USAID has invested more than FCFA1 billion in an intranet project to connect 10 University sites in Bamako but thus far with few results, writes Assetou Diarra of Mali NTIC.The…

CACTEL COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTS POWERLINE DEMO IN GHANA

Cactel Communications (formerly Intell Solutions) has carried out what is probably the first test of powerline transmission in Africa outside of South Africa. Tshwane Municipality (which covers Pretoria) has also…

CI’S ICT COMMISSION ANNOUNCES ITS KEYNOTE PROJECTS TO NEW MINISTER

Cote D’Ivoire’s Commission Interministérielle pour l’informatique(CII) which seeks to promote ICT has been set up since 1999. However the first foundations for the Commission were not put in place until…

MAROC TELECOM BACKS THE OPENING OF AN INTERNET GARDEN IN MARRAKECH

Maroc Telecom has agreed has agreed to refurbish Arsat Moulay Abdelssalam Park in exchange for the commercial rights to exploit part of the garden as a multimedia and cyber space…

e-Legislation to reduce bottlenecks

The government of Botswana says it is geared towards enacting reforms that would see the operations of both government departments and ministries go online in order to expedite services that…

Africa: Research Coalition to Boost Internet Access in Rural Africa

An international group of research organisations are collaborating on a project to boost Internet access in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.The project was discussed at a meeting of the board of the…

Internet – In Brief

- Kenya: The Igembe South Legislator Mithika Linturi could soon find himself outside parliament after Facebook fans initiated a page to recall him back from Parliament. The page which was…

SkyVision VPN solution chosen by Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s Largest Retail Financial Institutions to Ensure Seamless Connectivity Between its Branches Nationwide

LAGOS, Nigeria, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – SkyVision Global Networks, global communications provider, has announced its recent partnership with Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading retail financial institutions.…

Seacom and Interoute team up to link East Africa to Europe

Seacom and Interoute are going ahead with their deal to create a digital super-highway between East Africa and Europe. The agreement will see the East African undersea cable being connected…

Cheaper, Faster Internet Gets Closer as Seacom Cable Laid

The promise of cheaper and faster international bandwidth for Africa moved significantly closer last week, with the official groundbreaking of a landing station where the undersea Seacom cable will dock…

Internet News - In Brief

- Mobily is expanding the reach of its national fiber-optic network regionally and globally as part of a consortium that includes Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates and Etisalat Misr…

KENYA’S TEAMS FIBRE PROJECT LOOKS SET TO DRAW IN OTHER COUNTRIES

At the East African Broadband Workshop in Kigali on 8-9 May, five Governments signed a communiqué that may well be the first step on the road to the widening out…

WIMAX GAINING MOMENTUM IN SOUTH AFRICA

More South African ISP’s and broadband providers are looking at using WiMax as a way of reaching their customers and bringing new services to the market. iBurst has joined various…

KENYAN BATTLE ROYAL RAGES OVER MUSIC ON THE INTERNET

An all-out war is raging in the music industry over the sale and distribution of Kenyan music and videos in the Internet. Some unscrupulous Kenyans, mainly in the US and…

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Jigawa State communications company known as the Broad Band Network services will provide 20 states with internet access, government spokesman, Alhaji Abba Umar Kukuma informed Daily Trust in…

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s I-Net Bridge has upgraded its business portal model with an offering that it says takes relevant Internet content to corporates while avoiding unnecessary Internet use by employees.

ACCESSKENYA PLANS ACQUISITION OF ISP

Technology firm AccessKenya says it hopes to acquire part of Todays Online, another Internet service provider, but is awaiting regulatory approval. The company plans to take over a number of…

Djibouti - Reporters Without Borders creates mirror of radio station’s blocked website

Reporters Without Borders has launched a mirror site of radio La Voix de Djibouti’s website, in order to help circumvent the government’s censorship and allow the population to have access…

West Africa Cable System (WACS) technically goes live, benefits soon to follow

Millions of Africans are one step closer to being connected to the global Internet following the May 11th launch of the 14,000km long West Africa Cable System (WACS) in Cape…

Libya - Country-wide WiMax internet by August, says ZTE

There could be WiMax coverage across the whole country by August this year, according to ZTE, who are working on the project with Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT).Malik Shaban, the…

Internet – In Brief

Online classifieds site OLX, ICT Authority of Kenya and Consumer Federation of Kenya today announced their partnership during the launch of the 'Kaa Ridhoo' campaign aimed at enhancing the safety…

AccessKenya close to completing metro fibre optic network

AccessKenya has announced that it is close to completing the construction of its Sh781 million metro fibre - a network of fibre optic cables for Nairobi. Access said it was…

Brazil renews commitment to train Africa TLD managers

Brazil has renewed its commitment to training Africa's TLD (top-level domain) managers after successful training in Angola, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Togo, and…

NIGERIA TARGETS $70MILLION ANNUAL REVENUE FROM NIGCOMSAT-1

Ahead of the official launch of Nigeria's first communication satellite, it has been revealed that the country stands to generate an annual revenue of about USD70 million from the direct…

TELKOM STRUGGLES TO COPE WITH BROADBAND DEMAND

Telkom is failing to cope with soaring demand for corporate and residential broadband. Sensing blood, wireless operators, including iBurst and the cellular network providers, are moving quickly to take advantage…

SA’S TELKOM ADSL STILL OVERPRICED

Telkom is cutting the cost of its high-speed ADSL internet access services by an average of 24% from August, but the service is still a massive 800% more expensive than…

Internet News - In Brief

- Mweb is looking at going into three other African countries (including Cameroon) once it is happy with progress in Nigeria. - Reports reach of us from several directions of…

SOUTH AFRICA’S INTERNET ACCESS GROWS, BUT ONLY FOR THE HAVES

The number of South Africans with access to the Internet will grow by little more than 3% in 2007, despite massive growth in broadband connectivity. This is the key finding…

WACS cable reaches the shore of Namibia

The US$600-million West African Cable System (WACS) linking parts of Africa to Europe has reached the shores of Namibia. Local telecommunications operator, Telecom Namibia, partner in the intercontinental project through…

Africa: Orange to Offer Customers Free Online Access to Wikipedia

In what is being promoted as the first partnership of its kind, millions of mobile phone owners in Africa and the Middle East will soon have free access to Wikipedia,…

Africa: New Threat to Internet Freedom

Out of public view, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN agency, is working on proposal to give governments more control over the internet. The effort is supported by a…

MYICT, partners, launch ICT literacy campaign

Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) together the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), the Rwanda Education Board (REB), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the Private…

Benin Telecoms begins 4G LTE rollout

Benin Telecoms has officially commenced its 4G rollout. The reveal was made  at an event attended by president Yayi Boni. Benin will be the fourth country in the Economic Community…

Congo DRC ISP signs multi-million dollar contract with O3b Networks

O3b Networks Limited (O3b announced last week that Global Broadband Solution (GBS) has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for O3b Networks’ Quick Start service. O3b says that its Quick…

Altech’s court “hat-trick” in South Africa

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) announced last week that The Minister of Communications’ urgent application to the Johannesburg High Court for a declarator, that its Notice of Application for Leave to…

DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES MAY BECOME CHEAPER IN SOUTH AFRICA

The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) has recently announced a formal, regulated process that aims to resolve domain name disputes without the need to employ a lawyer. This process…

SAFARICOM, WANANCHI IN PARTNERSHIP ACCORD

Wananchi Online last week signed a deal to use Safaricom's infrastructure to provide value added services. The partnership, signed by the Safaricom chief executive officer Michael Joseph and his Wananchi…

GHANA INTERNET EXCHANGE FORMALLY LAUNCHED WITH PROMISE OF LOWER LATENCY

As Ghana Internet Exchange formall started operations it promised to create lower costs and latency times through local exchange of traffic. In Ghana, the cost of Internet bandwidth and connectivity…

GOVERNMENT FINALISING NEW CYBER LAWS IN UGANDA

The Government is finalising new cyber laws aimed at protecting computer users from cyber crime. The information and communications technology minister, Ham Mulira, said the laws include personal intrusion, national…

Nigeria: Glo Crashes Internet Modem price to US$32, Offers Cheaper Packages, More Data Volume

Glo has announced a reduction in the price of its 3G Internet modem from N8,500 to N5,000 (US$32), making it the most affordable product of its kind in the market.…

Consulting firm, McKinsey releases report on the impact of the Internet on Nigeria, other emerging economies

Global consulting company, McKinsey & Company, recently released a report on the impact of the Internet in Nigeria and eight other countries around the world namely Argentina, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico,…

Internet News - In Brief

- Namibia - MTC has become the second operator in Africa to launch Fourth Generation (4G) LTE technology, promising much faster internet. "Customers will definitely have a much better experience…

Google will decline censorship requests in Africa

Google will decline requests for user information from totalitarian governments in Africa that seek to crack down on online communication."We get these requests all the time," said Google Executive Chairman…

NiRA records increases in domain name registrations

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) reported an increase in the number of domain name registrations. According to the report, 1,805 domain names were registered and 1,429 domain names were…

Internet News - In Brief

- Dancom Technologies, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group has partnered with Huawei Technologies to construct a fibre optic network that will cover the eastern part of Nigeria. The project…

Internet News - In Brief

- The interim government of Somalia has applied to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) seeking to regain control of the .so domain. The government approached the International Telecommunication Union…

Access Kenya Introduces High-Speed Home Internet

Access Kenya has introduced a retail broadband product dubbed Access@home and the service is being marketed to domestic users as a new addition to the company's already existing product for…

NEPAD LOOKS TO LINK AFRICA SCHOOLS TO INTERNET

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) hopes to use satellites to connect 600,000 schools in Africa -- which have no fibre-optic cables -- to the Internet using VSAT terminals.…

INTERNET SOLUTIONS CHOSEN TO HOST JINX IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Internet Service Providers' Association of SA (Ispa) has accepted Internet Solutions' proposal to host the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (Jinx). Jinx aims to enable Ispa members to interconnect networks and…

TELKOM SA'S ADSL TAKEN TO ICASA AGAIN

Cape-based Internet service provider (ISP) DOTCO has petitioned the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to stop Telkom from implementing its new ADSL pricing structure from 1 November. DOTCO claims…

INTERNET ACCCESS AND USAGE ON THE INCREASE IN MOROCCO

According the third annual edition of a national survey  organised by Morocco’s National Telecommunication Agency, the ANRT, Internet access and usage is on the increase with a heavy take-up of…

Somalia denies selling Internet domain to Japanese firm

After public outrage over the sell of Somalia’s domain to a Japanese firm by Somali officials, the Ministry of Information denied recent reports saying that a Japanese company has purchased…

Tunisia - After Recent Attacks, Interior Ministry to Beef up Internet Security

Concerns about the security of the websites of  Tunisian Interim Government ministries have increased, especially after recent breaches.Recent cyber-attacks have targeted the Tunisian Prime Minister’s email account and the official…

South Sudan plans link to fibre-optic Internet in 2013

South Sudan, one of the world's least developed countries, aims to lay a fibre-optic network this year to link the capital Juba with submarine cables in east Africa to cut…

Kenya: State-owned fibre optic cable not viable, says auditor-general

The Auditor–General has questioned the economic viability of a government-owned terrestrial fibre cable.An audit revealed that by last year, more than Sh12.5 billion had been used to finance the National…

Business Sector to Foot Bill for fibre infrastructure in Rwanda

The Minister in the office of the President in charge of Technology and Research, Professor Romain Murenzi, has said that the business sector will be required to pay a fee…

BROADBAND WIRELESS TEST FOR 1000 IN SOUTH AFRICA

A thousand internet users in Cape Town and Johannesburg are being roped in to test broadband wireless services by MWEB. The tests for WiMax technology will be fully operational within…

SOUTH AFRICA’S BROADBAND PLANS IN QUESTION

The South African Government’s ambitious new broadband company, Infraco, may be still born with internal dissent and regulatory uncertainty currently blocking progress on the deal to create it. Andrew Mthembu,…

Internet News - In Brief

- Algerian company EEPAD has launched "Assila box" telephony via Internet. EEPAD's first official told a news conference held in Algiers that with this "new product, Algerian double play, will…

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT SIGNS PREPAID CARD AGREEMENT WITH GHANA POST

Ghanaian ISP Fruit of the Spirit has signed a distribution agreement for its pre-paid cards with local newspaper, the Ghana Post. The cards, which would be available in all post…

KENYAN GOVT ACCUSED OF DRAGGING ITS FEET OVER COMPETITORS TO JAMBONET

Frustration is welling up in the local Internet industry following an apparent Government inaction in breaking Telkom Kenya’s monopoly in the provision of international gateway services. At least two firms…

IN BRIEF:

- Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT-1, Engineer Ahmed T. Rufai has announced the commencement of commercial activities. The company has received enormous expressions of interest for the purchase of bandwidth on…

Internet News - In Brief

Africa will continue using Internet Protocol version four (IPv4) after the global supply is exhausted in coming weeks. AfriNIC, the African Region Internet Registry (RIR) responsible for allocating IP addresses…

Internet News - In Brief

- Two young Tunisians have been sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of the prophet Mohammad on Facebook, in a case that has fueled allegations the country's…

Internet in Brief

- Mali: The population of the city of Gao have no phone signal since January 15, 2013. In retaliation for attacks jihadists Mujao destroyed the facilities of telephone operators Malitel…

48h of the Senegalese Music Online

Kheweul.Com and the Senegalese Regulation Authority for Post and Telecom (ARTP), in close relationship with the supporting institutions (World Bank, etc.), is promoting Senegalese music by launching the My Music…

MTN CUTS DATA RATES IN SOUTH AFRICA

MTN has reduced rates on data contracts and data bundles by up to 20%. MTN customers can now also pay as little as 20c per MB when buying the 1GB…

COMPLAINTS ABOUT GHANA TELECOM’S BROADBAND BILLING

The article below comes from Ghanaian newspaper Public Agenda and is a complaint about the billing for Ghana Telecom’s ADSL service: ”When GT outdoored their Internet services many Ghanaian internet…

UUNET LAUNCHES FOUR NEW POPS IN NAMIBIA

Internet Services Provider (ISP) UUNET is planning to increase its presence in Namibia. In 1996, UUNET sold its dial-up service to Africa Online and remained with the lease-line business. Today,…

NOW TUNISIA ARRESTS TWENTY FOR LOOKING AT BANNED WEBSITES

According to BBC Online, twenty young men, many of them students, have been arrested in Tunisia for looking at banned websites. The Tunisian Government is believed to censor the internet…

BTC cuts internet prices by half

Internet prices are expected to go down as the Botswana Telecommunications Corporations (BTC) Group has slashed its wholesale internet bandwidth prices by 59 percent due to the commissioning of the…

Smile Communications launches 4G/LTE network in Lagos, Nigeria

Smile Communications has announced the launch of a 4G/LTE network on 800 MHz spectrum in Ibadan and Lagos, both in Nigeria. In Ibadan, commercial services were launched in February 2013,…

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana Telecom has expanded its broadband coverage to the city of Sunyani. The incumbent broadband service labelled "Broadband4U" offers currently a 256kbps connection at US$92.30 per month. - Sokoto…

UUNET LAUNCHES VIDEO-CONFERENCE SERVICE IN KENYA

UUNET Kenya, a local business communications provider has finalised plans to launch video conferencing facilities in the country. The intended introduction of the service so far limited to such institutions…

INTERNET SOLUTIONS EXPANDS FTP SITE

Internet Solutions, a converged communications services provider, has upgraded its ftp site - ftp.is.co.za - to 8TB of storage space, and completely replaced the old platform. “This has allowed us…

Internet News - In Brief

- M-Web has launched a prepaid Internet dial-up access service, Quicksurf, aimed at the foreign tourist market staying in hotels and guesthouses. Quicksurf retails at R79 and provides two weeks’…

West Africa: Main One Submarine Cable Project Inches Near Completion

The Main One Cable Company has announced the commencement of the final laying of its high capacity fibre optic cable from Seixal, Portugal, through the coast of West Africa to…

Rwanda: Fibre Roll Out 50 Percent Complete

The Government has disclosed that approximately 50 percent of the works to roll out the fibre optic cable across the country is now complete. This was revealed last week by…

South Africa: Kagiso New Media Launches New Celebrity Website

Kagiso New Media have launched a website, Zalebs celebrity channel, by branching it out of its former Howzit MSN platform. Lauren Lee Atkinson has been appointed as the editor of…

Internet Monopoly by "Algerie Telecom" behind Algeria's Internet Underdevelopment

Private companies called upon the government to intervene for the liberalisation of the national fibre network and the  international landing station that is still an Algerie Telecom monopoly. Heads of…

Q-KON and partners Alvarion and Skyband help connect top Malawi school for the introduction of iPads in the classroom

Q-KON, a Pan-African distributor of Alvarion solutions, has provided Alvarion Wi-Fi technology to Malawi’s Bishop Mackenzie International School (BMIS), enhancing the academic institution’s existing network and equipping it with valuable…

DadaabNet: Wiring the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

High-speed Internet network supported by USAID during one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises delivers hope, connects aid agencies and refugees in eastern Kenya.Sayana Mohamed Hassan sits in front of…

South African Minister claims several consortiums interested in NEPAD international fibre project

There were "several" consortiums that had shown interest in getting involved with the proposed information and communication technology broadband infrastructure for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri,…

TRANS-KALAHARI PROJECT TO BOOST CONNECTIVITY IN BOTSWANA

The Trans-Kalahari project, which will cover an approximate 2000 kilometres of optical fibre, has the potential to change the country's ICT infrastructure. Marking the ground-breaking launch of the Botswana Telecommunications…

IDIRECT SATELLITE SERVICES TO BE DEPLOYED IN LIBYA

Phoenicia Group Libya LLC, a U.S-Libyan diversified business and consultancy group, announced its intention to deploy iDirect VSAT terminals in Libya for the first time, to support clients across Libya…

INTERNET SOLUTIONS BECOMES 3RD PAN-CONTINENTAL PLAYER - OPENS MPLS NODES IN NAMIBIA AND MAURITIUS

Dimension Data-owned Internet Solutions is about to become the third pan-continental ISP on the continent, joining Africa Online and Mweb. It is looking to find 40% of its revenue from…

Fresh Storm Brews Over Uganda’s National Fibre Optic Cable Project

The government has ditched technical safeguards for proper construction and functioning of the multi-billion national optic fibre backbone infrastructure, according to a report in the Daily Monitor.Our investigations show that…

Data Market Heats Up in Uganda With Foris Entry

The arrival of Foris Telecom into the data market has broadened the opportunities for internet consumers as players and offers in the previously secluded market open up.Foris is trading under…

Somaliland: Somcable to build African fibre net

A company planning a terrestrial fibre network in the north-east African territory of Somaliland has awarded an equipment contract to Canadian optical networking specialist Optelian.Somcable is planning to build a…

Egypt arrests as undersea internet cable cut off Alexandria

Egyptian authorities say they have arrested three divers trying to cut through an undersea internet cable.The men were caught on a fishing boat just off the port city of Alexandria,…

Namibia’s first IXP a step forward

The Namibia Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which was officially launched on Friday in the capital, should result in more secure, affordable and faster internet services in the country. The government…

TEAMS looks set to confirm financing and start operations in June 2009

Although the wrangling is not yet over, the Kenyan Government’s international fibre project looks set to get its financing and is promising a May or June 2009 start date, more…

Algeria: ISPs express scepticism at Government’s target of three million users by 2010

Algerian ISPs do not believe the Government’s target of 3 million Internet users by 2010. According to a one of those attending a meeting of ISPs at the El Moudjahid…

ISPA UPBEAT ABOUT TRANSPARENT SOUTH AFRICAN REGULATOR ON ADSL REGULATIONS

The public call by The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) for input regarding the ADSL regulations published in the Government Gazette in August 2006 was answered by the Internet…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Moroccan parliament has agreed to a law extending the role of the ANRT, the telecom regulator, in relation to electronic certification and management of the domain .ma. According…

SA'S TELKOM SET TO OFFER TRIPLE-PLAY: VOICE, INTERNET AND BROADCAST

Telkom hopes to begin trials within three months on a new broadband service called triple play, which includes Internet, music and video-on-demand. According to Steven White, Telkom executive for product…

NIGERIA’S JIGAWA STATE COMPLETES BROADBAND ACCESS NETWORK IN CAPITAL

Jigawa State has installed a multi million naira broadband access network which is being run by the state government-owned Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunication. The project, financed by the EXIM…

IGG Clears Controversial national fibre backbone Project in Uganda

The Inspectorate of Government has cleared the controversial sh200b Government internet project. The project, which consists of three phases, involves building a 2,100km fibre optic cable network. Ultimately, it is…

Safaricom and Huawei to test LTE within two months

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest cellco by subscribers, has announced that it will begin technical trials of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology across its network within the next two months. Safaricom…

South Africa’s Internet Solutions eyes LTE, fibre networks

Internet Solutions is betting big on telecommunications infrastructure, with plans to participate in a wireless spectrum auction later this year that could result in it building a national wireless broadband…

ACE cable lands in Liberia

A high powered cable ship is expected to land at the shores of Liberia next month under the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), intended to increase government inter-connectivity computer networking and…

Nigeria: Google Commences Training for 500 Entrepreneurs

Google Nigeria has commenced the "Succeed Online" training series for 500 entrepreneurs to help Nigerian small and medium business owners make better use of the internet in reaching more customers…

Google puts spectrum database to use in Cape Town white space broadband trial

Microsoft is testing white space technology in Kenya, and now Google is doing the same in South Africa. The company’s involvement extends to sponsorship and the use of its newly-launched…

TVCABO Taps Metaswitch for Angolaís First Triple-Play Service

Metaswitch Networks has announced that TVCABO will deploy a range of Metaswitch solutions to underpin its new triple-play service offering ñ the first in the Angolan telecom market.Leveraging the Perimeta…

Rise and fall of Ivory Coast’s internet cafés

The business of internet café in Ivory Coast is no longer what it is used to be five, six or even 10 years ago due to various factors.Technological advances and…

Internet - In brief

- Training sessions on best practices to set up internet exchange points (IXPs) are being conducted in the African island nation of Comoros. The African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership…

Teraco secures R400-million from Barclays Africa for new data centre

Data centre operator and Internet exchange point (IXP) firm Teraco Data Environments has secured R400m in funding from Barclays Africa to build a new data centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.The…

Seacom promises international bandwidth at 'fraction of today's cost'

The price of international bandwidth will plummet 80% when the Seacom undersea cable goes live on June 17 2009, more or less the same date as the TEAMS cable in…

South Africa: Mandela Bay Municipal Billing Goes Online

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan in Eastern Cape has developed an innovative billing system in an attempt to improve customer service and the collection of revenue. The municipality, which includes…

EGYPT JAILS DISSIDENT BLOGGER FOR FOUR YEARS

An Egyptian court sentenced a dissident blogger to four years in prison Thursday for insulting Islam and defaming President Hosni Mubarak. The court, in the second city of Alexandria, sentenced…

EASSY TASKFORCE MEETS GOVERNMENT STAKEHOLDERS

Since 9 March 2006, an informal African ‘open access task force’ – made up of NGOs and small and medium sized ISPs – was initiated to lobby for the implementation…

NETCOM AFRICA BRINGS 3G MOBILE BROADBAND TO NIGERIA

Nigerians will be able to enjoy high speed broadband access while on the move and at a very affordable cost as Netcom Africa has introduced a new product called MyNetcom,…

WIFI HOTSPOT LOCATER LAUNCHED

CellularOnline MD Leon Perlman is so confident that wireless Internet access will grow strongly that he has launched a hotspot locator website that will detail hotspot locations domestically and eventually…

South Africa: Sentech defends cable involvement

Sentech has defended its involvement in two separate undersea cables, but there are still major questions surrounding its capacity and mandate, which government will have to answer for, says BMI-TechKnowledge.…

South Africa: MTN to Match Competitors in Fast Broadband Offering

MTN has fallen into step with competitors Vodacom and Cell C by announcing that it would be rolling out HSPA+ broadband services at speeds of up to 21 megabits per…

Internet News - In Brief

- The East Africa Submarine Cable System is set to land in Mtunzini, on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal this weekend. This will be the only landing of the…

Internet News - In Brief

* Telecommunications operator Cell C will launch the first leg of its mobile broadband network in Port Elizabeth. TechCentral has established that Cell C will launch its third-generation (3G) network,…

Zambia: MTN Launches Broadband Internet

MTN Zambia last week launched the broadband internet services, to make it one of the fastest internet service. MTN Zambia managing director, Farhad Khan said his company had made substantial…

Internet Solutions mulls metro Wi-Fi plan

Dimension Data division Internet Solutions (IS) is at an advanced stage of planning for a project that could see it investing heavily in building metropolitan Wi-Fi networks to serve business…

Cheap Internet sparks Tanzania access revolution

The arrival of new submarine telecommunications cables, paired with government investment in the national telecommunications backbone has seen the cost of Internet connectivity drop by 15 US cents a day…

Internet Solutions Mozambique: country’s best ISP

Internet Solutions Mozambique has scooped the award as best internet service provider in Mozambique. Following a two month independent study by PMR.africa, IS Mozambique was highest rated on an overall…

Uganda Signs Pact for Internet Regulation

The government through the national IT authority, the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda and Government of the Republic of South Korea through Korean Internet and Security Agency (KISA) have signed a…

Somalia: Federal Govt Urges Telecom Companies Not to Abide By Al Shabaab Internet Ban

Federal Government of Somalia called on private telecommunication companies to resist Al Shabaab coercion following the ban of internet on mobile phones and through fiber optic cables, Garowe Online reports.The…

XDSL inks fibre agreement with DFA

South Africa ISP XDSL entered into an agreement with Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Conduct, DFA's last-mile fibre network subsidiary. The agreement provides XDSL with access to DFA's 8,000km of…

Africa gets its first commercial TV white space offering

Ghana has become the first country in Africa to have a commercial TV white space offering. The offering, which is a joint venture between Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika, is…

Seacom's Cable Reaches Two Ocean Floors on its way to Africa

Seacom has announced that the first portions of deepwater cable are now resting on the seabed of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. The cable has been laid from the…

South Africa May Follow UK Bill on Downloads

South Africa may follow the UK government's intention to pass a law curbing illegal content downloads by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to crack down on users' illegal activities, local…

Internet News - In Brief

- According to an insider, the Egyptian Government wanted to charge one East coast fibre consortium US$600 million for transit rights up the Suez Canal. Some distance here between rhetoric…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Internet Society of South Africa (ISOC-ZA) has officially launched the Spam Bounty Hunter Programme. This is intended to provide information on spam, how to deal with it, when…

NIGERIAN GLOBACOM TO INVEST IN SUBMARINE INTERNATIONAL FIBRE CABLE COMPETITOR TO SAT3

Globacom Limited, Nigeria's second national carrier has concluded arrangements to launch its submarine cable, Glo-1, which will link 16 African countries. It will start from Lagos to London and through…

TELECOM PLUS CUTS DSL RATES BY 7% AFTER INTERCONNECT PRICE CUT IN MAURITIUS

Following a decrease in the Mauritius Telecom interconnection tariff that was approved by the regulatory authority ICTA, Telecom Plus has decided to apply this decrease on its different Wanadoo ADSL…

NEO-NAZI SPAM INVADES AFRICAN HYPER-SPACE

African inboxes were flooded with massive amounts of German e-mail over the past week, believed to be the result of a Sober variant outbreak. The variant is unlikely to cause…

Internet News - In Brief

- Africa Online is deploying a Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) network within Tanzania, commencing with initial roll out in Dar es Salaam in the last quarter of 2003. The network…

Payment Portal Promises Major E-Commerce Shift in Kenya

When Quentin Faulkner launched an online store for parents looking for good quality clothing for their children two years ago, his peers told him he would close shop in weeks.…

East African Universities Enjoy Cheap Internet Bandwidth

A global education partnership is working to help selected pioneer African universities make significant savings on their internet bandwidth costs. Through the Bandwidth Consortium (BWC) initiative developed by the Partnership…

South Africa’s new fibre links go live

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) today officially announced the completion of an open access dark fibre infrastructure linking the undersea cables landing at Mtunzini to Gauteng and Durban. DFA CEO Gustav…

Airtel inks 3G network roll-out deal with NSN

Finnish telecommunications equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has signed an agreement with Bharti Airtel to expand the operator’s 2G infrastructure and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries. Under…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Namibian Government is looking for an investor in its US$6.5m project to upgrade the government IP network. The project is currently in the concept phase and all design…

Internet – In Brief

- Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, is working on the expansion of its WiMAX network to areas outside of the three major cities of Lilongwe,…

Nigeria: Minister Tasks Broadband Committee On 20 Percent Access

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has tasked the Presidential Committee on Broadband to ensure that Nigeria attains 80 percent of broadband access by 2018.The minister gave the…

Ghana postal service hard hit by internet shift

Ghana’s postal service company has recorded a drop in its traditional mail service as the country’s population shifts towards electronic means of communication, like email.It has been reported that the…

Peppermint introduces cloud-based open source desktop to Africa

Open source makes a lot of sense in rural areas and in third world countries. Lightweight and open source systems that are easy to use, and which allow normal users…

Swaziland establishes domestic IXP

Swaziland has established the first domestic internet exchange point (IXP) in the country, which will result in the faster and more secure exchange of intra-country traffic and eliminate the countrys…

Price hike for SA Internet domains

The ZA Central Registry has informed registrars about a price hike for .ZA domain registrations and renewalsRegistering or renewing co.za, org.za, net.za, and web.za domains will cost more from 1…

Teams cable secures operating permit in Kenya

The East Africa Marine Systems (Teams) has been given the first submarine cable landing operator licence, opening the way for the country to tap cheaper high speed Internet connection. The…

Internet News - In Brief

- Malawian President Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika has signed the protocol on policy and regulatory framework for the NEPAD Broadband Infrastructure Network, meaning the protocol came into force immediately, RNA…

EASSY CONSORTIUM SIGN SUPPLY CONTRACT

The EASSy cable project took a step forward with the official signing of a turnkey Supply Contract. This follows the finalisation of the Supply Contract in Pretoria, South Africa, by…

TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA HAS BIG BROADBAND PLANS

Broadband enjoyed a great deal of attention at Telkom’s Analyst Open Day on Thursday. According to the telecoms giant consumers have a lot to look forward to in the broadband…

LIBYAN CYBER-DISSIDENT HELD WITHOUT CHARGES - NO NEWS AFTER 5 MONTHS

There is still no news of Libyan cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansouri five months after his arrest. He was detained in January for writing an article for an overseas web…

Tunisie Telecom launches Hannibal submarine Telecommunications Cable

Tunisie-Télécom has launched last on Friday, its own, 100% Tunisian, submarine fibre cable dubbed "Hannibal." With an initial capacity of 40 gigabits per second, expandable to 3,200 Gbps, the submarine…

Internet News - In Brief

- Spacecom, the AMOS satellite fleet operator, today announced that the AMOS-5i satellite has reached its °17E orbital position and has begun commercial service. With clients from Africa, Europe and…

Internet News - In Brief

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, has said that the commission would provide light regulation in terms of access and fees charged operators in…

Zetu platform gains popularity among bargain hunters in Kenya

Zetu, an online platform which focuses on the group buying concept is gaining acceptance in Kenya and grown to employ 13 workers six months since it launched in November 2010.The…

Internet News - In Brief

Airtel has launched an online search platform to help Somali refugees find their relatives. The platform includes the use of mobile Internet (wireless application protocol or WAP) and also Android…

Tunisia: Anonymous Hacks Islamist Party's Facebook Page

The Facebook page of Hizb Ettahrir, an Islamist political party that is legally unrecognized in Tunisia, was hacked last night by a Tunisian group claiming affiliation with the international cyber…

Morocco to launch 4G services

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) will invite bids for 4G licences by year's end. Officials with the agency expect Moroccan 4G services to go live next year.The decision to…

Dutch registrar to revive three African TLDs

Freedom Registry has taken up operating the TLDs (Top Level Domains) for Mali, Gabon and Central African Republic, aiming at creating international interest in them by providing free domains.The Amsterdam-based…

Sierra Leone: 3 ISPs fail to meet ACE consortium payments to SALCAB

The new year could not have started worse for three of Sierra Leone’s nine internet service providers (ISPs) who have had their services deactivated. They are among the leading ISPs…

Alcatel-Lucent to build FTTH network for Vodacom in South Africa

Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to underpin ultra-broadband network for enterprise, residential and mobile customers of South Africa’s largest mobile operatorAlcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by Vodacom, South…

What’s the market share of South Africa’s Leading ADSL ISPs ?

The number of ADSL subscribers in South Africa recently surpassed the 500,000 mark and is expected to continue its steady growth during 2009. One of the aspects making ADSL an…

MWEB LAUNCHES OWN SATELLITE LINK IN ZIMBABWE BECAUSE OF TELONE OUTAGES

MWEB Zimbabwe has introduced a satellite link for outgoing communications, to complement is existing TelOne link, in a bid to eliminate frequent disruptions in communications. The company has until now…

KENYA POSTAL CORPORATION ALLOWED TO TENDER FOR VSAT

Postal Corporation of Kenya has been allowed - subject to competitive tendering – to have a licence for a  Sh3.2 billion satellite-link project, claiming it had been wrongly enjoined in…

Internet Download Drama Strikes At Telecom Namibia after caps put in place

Clients of Telecom Namibia's Mobile Broadband deal have come to a shocking realisation - what it actually costs to download data from the Internet. Telecom launched its mobile broadband service…

Telkom South Africa merges AFSAT and Africa Online to create iWay Africa

Telkom South Africa has confirmed that it has unified its pan-African data assets Africa Online and AFSAT under the name iWay Africa. WiMAX operator Africa Online currently has operations in…

South Africa: Facebook Check-in Deals launches with two Cell C deals

Facebook Check-in Deals launched in South Africa with Cell C offering two deals to potential customers through the platform Earlier this week Facebook’s official sales partner in South Africa, Habari…

Nigeria: Undergraduate Creates Social Network Website

Prudence Okoilu, a 300 level student of Physics and Electronics, University of Lagos (UNILAG), recently opened a social network website "HIPINGG." Its feature combines Facebook, Twitter and Pinging. Tosin Adesile…

MTN Uganda Nearly Doubles Mobile Internet Customer Base Over Past Year

Uganda's MTN says that the number of its customers using the Internet has increased more than 85% in the last 12 months leading up to June 2013.MTN Uganda Chief Marketing…

Ivory Coast fibre optic network to boost growth - minister

A $210 million project to lay fibre optic network across Ivory Coast should allow the West African country to connect up to 30 percent of its population to the Internet…

Given Uganda's homophobia, why does it lead the way in Googling gay porn?

The anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda is more than simply a bill about homosexuality, and it is more than a pernicious piece of local legislation that affects Uganda alone. Of course,…

Internet – In brief

Just three weeks after announcing the acquisition of Zip Phone, India-based messaging app Hike has updated its Android app with a voice-calling feature. When Hike bought Y Combinator-backed Zip Phone,…

Internet News - In Brief

- Tunisie Telecom has signed a contract for a submarine fibre-optic cable linking Tunisia to Europe. British wholesale operator Interoute, Global Marine and Chinese equipment vendor Huawei, will be involved…

TELKOM’S 2011 BROADBAND PLANS FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Telkom laid out is broadband plans for 2011 at a recent analyst meeting, but consumers looking for drastic price cuts and far higher speeds may be disappointed. Telkom has come…

46% UGANDANS NOW USE INTERNET, ACCORDING TO UCC SURVEY

Forty six percent of Ugandans, in a survey by the Uganda Communications Commission last year, said they use the Internet on a daily basis. The survey was carried out in…

KDN rolls out second redundant route from Nairobi to Mombasa to combat vandalism

Kenya Data Networks, the internet infrastructure provider, is laying a 700-kilometre fibre optic cable from Thika to Mombasa to act as a redundancy path to its cable. This will check…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Internet was cut in Mogadishu due to telecommunication equipment hit by stray shells in the latest round of fighting. The three major telecommunications companies, Nationlink, Hormood and Olympic,…

Kenya: Motor Vehicle Licences to Be Verified Online

The government has developed an automated system to verify the authenticity of transport vehicle licences, putting the brakes on cartels that have thrived from the sale of counterfeits.Supported by mobile…

Rwanda: Internet Charges to Be Slashed

Internet users are set to enjoy cheaper rates as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) promised to slash interconnectivity fees during the first half of next year, a move that underlines the…

Tunisia: Internet Freedom in Nation Hovers Between Present Fragility and Future Hope

Last Tuesday Tunisia celebrated the National Day of Internet Freedom. A ceremony was held at the Carthage Presidential Palace, where the Tunisian President paid tribute to the memory of Zouhair…

Kenya: Customers to Enjoy Unlimited Internet Bundles On Airtel

Airtel Kenya has announced the return of unlimited internet bundles to all its pre-paid customers in the country.The daily unlimited bundle will now cost Kshs. 250,the weekly unlimited bundle will…

Kenyaís broadband strategy asks for ten fold increase for ICT budget

Kenya's ICT sector is gearing up for massive reforms following the launch of the National Broadband Strategy (NBS), which is seeking to increase ICTs to 5 per cent of the…

South Africa: MWEB customers get exclusive access to Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network

MWEB has announced an exclusive partnership with Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network.  The deal gives MWEB ADSL customers, with a Fon – enabled router, the opportunity to join a…

ACCESSKENYA EXPANDS TO NAIVASHA

The AccessKenya Group has expanded its network coverage to Naivasha. Through its public data network provider - BLUE, the Group has installed two base stations in Naivasha which will provide…

Internet News - In Brief

- Makerere University in Kampala is to scale down its bandwidth from the current 21 Mbps (Megabits per second) to 6 Mbps due to lack of funds. By December 2005,…

EGYPTIAN ISPS GIVEN THE ALL-CLEAR TO GET INTERNATIONAL GATEWAYS

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) says it will amend all of the country’s internet service provider (ISP) concessions to allow licensees to obtain international bandwidth, a government official said…

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG SETS UP HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS NETWORK

The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is in the process of deploying a high-speed wireless network to connect over 500 buildings and locations throughout the metropolis, giving it a highly cost…

NIGERIA’S MTS SIGNS N3BN INTERNET CONTRACT

Nigeria’s largest internet network may be underway with the signing in Lagos, of a N3billion contract between MTS First Wireless and Balom Communications Limited for the deployment of a new…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kenyan Government last week made a bold step towards ensuring network security for its agencies, when it scaled-up plans to set up an internet exchange point, where they…

Eutelsat Announces distribution agreement with Egyptsat for satellite broadband service

Eutelsat Communications has announced a 6-year distribution agreement valued at EUR20 million between its Skylogic subsidiary and Egyptsat. The agreement enables Egyptsat to use the new-generation Tooway satellite service to…

Kenya: 11,000 Small Businesses Get Access to Web Link

More than 11,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have benefited from an initiative by Google, Equity Bank and Safaricom to create own websites at no fee.Designing a simple website costs…

Ghana’s Internet speed ranked highest in Africa

Ghana has been ranked number one in Africa as the country with the highest Internet speed, according to the latest global internet speed report released March 5, 2012 by US-based,…

Q-KON’s HotZone Solution to increase connectivity in Africa

Q-KON, a South African based engineering group that provides turn-key solutions and managed network services to the African and South African telecommunications industries, has launched a HotZone internet access and…

Platco selects SES for DTH service in South Africa

Platco Digital, a sister company of the South African independent broadcaster E.tv, has awarded a fifteen-year contract to SES for the broadcast of a free-to-air service in South Africa, with…

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- US-based Mushroom Networks has teamed up with French IT company Impartial-IT to launch internet services in North Africa. Mushroom Networks plans to introduce its 'broadband bonding' service, which links…

Umhlanga unveils free Wi-Fi network

Kwazulu-Natal’s Umhlanga has become the latest area in South Africa to give its residents and visitors free Wi-Fi internet.A private initiative, the Umhlanga Wi-Fi connection project was aimed at enticing…

Q-KON’s private networks enable satellite growth in Africa

The arrival of innovation in the satellite technology space will continue to deliver significant value to trade and commerce…This is the view of management at Q-KON, an established specialist service…

Main One Restates Commitment to Early Completion of sub-marine fibre cable rollout

The company’s Managing Director, Funke Opeke stated in Lagos this week that the company remains committed to completing its 7,000 Kilometre transatlantic submarine cable for the middle of next year.…

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- Retail broadband prices are set to decrease in Benin. According to local IT professionals lower new offers will increase competition and drive prices down. The OTI and other local…

EASSY SPV AGREEMENT SIGNED BY AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS MINUS KENYA

In what has been widely recognized as Rwanda's commitment to the construction of the new East African Sub-marine Cable System (EASSy), President Paul Kagame has asked beneficiary states to forge…

AFRICA ONLINE LAUNCHES ADSL IN TANZANIA

Africa Online Tanzania has just introduced ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) in addition to its range of products. This a communication technology that uses the existing phone network the deliver…

WANANCHI ONLINE, ISP KENYA FINALISE MERGER

Wananchi Online and ISP Kenya, have finally merged after two years of protracted negotiations. Wananchi Online Chief Executive, Njeri Rionge, said the merger would enhance the strengths of the two…

DJIBOUTI: TADJOURAH AND DIKHIL GET CONNECTED

Djib-Télécom has connected two colleges in the interior of the country in Tadjourah and Dikhil. Speaking at the opening of the Tadjourah facility, the Police Chief of the Republic Mr…

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- In a statement made available to local newspaper This Day, Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel said that the company is ready to launch a 4GLTE network following…

EA entities lag behind in internet security matters

Dar es Salaam. A financial consultancy firm has said East African organisations lag behind peers in the continent in information security breach preparedness due to lack of awareness creation and…

Gambia - Netpage launches WiMAX wireless broadband service

Netpage has launched a new WiMAX-based wireless broadband service in Gambia, under the banner ‘4G Max Evolution’, which hit the market on 15 March 2012. Netpage is offering fixed-wireless internet…

Free Wikipedia for learners a pipedream?

A drive by a group of learners to have Wikipedia zero-rated seems to have run into the immovable force that is the South African mobile operators.In December last year, a…

Internet - In Brief

Malawiís internet consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets, following the reintroduction of VAT on internet services this month.

Orange Foundation funds Khan Academy platform in French

The Orange Foundation has spearheaded a project to create a French version of Khan Academy web platform for education. Orange is providing financial support for the project, with translation provided…

Improving Internet Experience In Angola

Angola is improving the experience for all internet users by launching Angonix, which is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform situated in Luanda, the capital of the country, in West…

Zanzibar ISP Connected to Seacom

A Zanzibar-based Internet Services Provider (ISP) has become the latest Tanzanian company to connect with Seacom submarine fibre optic cable. Zanlink whose trade name is Zee Communications Limited becomes the…

Caps on broadband Internet soon to be introduced in Namibia

Telecom Namibia's high-speed ADSL Internet system does not limit the amount of data that customers can download from the Internet - a loophole that many customers are exploiting. Telecom has…

KENYA LOSES SATELLITE LINK FOR NONPAYMENT

Millions of Kenyans across their country awoke today without access to cheap and easy communication when the company providing satellite bandwidth to more than 500 post offices cut off their…

MAURITIUS CONNECTS 120,000 STUDENTS ON BROADBAND AND LAUNCHES IXP

Since the launch of an initiative to connect both public and private secondary schools to DSL broadband, 171 institutions (of which 166 are Colleges) have been put online. According to…

BURKINA FASO GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SERVICES USING TWO-TIER STRATEGY: ONLINE AND OFFLINE

In Burkina Faso, a country with very low ICT penetration, some government services have been put online, but the lack of access by the majority of the population means that…

UUNET KENYA UPGRADES ITS INTERNET NETWORK ADDING MPLS

Uunet Kenya has completed the first phase of its nationwide system upgade. The company that provides business communication solutions announced last week it had introduced a new feature known as…

IP PLANET LAUNCHES VipSAT SERVICE ON C-BAND/VSAT

IP Planet Network Ltd., one of the leading providers of IP backbone connectivity solutions to PTTs, Telcos, ISPs and other enterprises in Africa and the Middle East, announced last week…

EASSy arrival in South Africa looks set to spark another bandwidth price war

The arrival of the latest international fibre on the east coast of the continent (EASSy) has sparked another set of downward price movements in the wholesale bandwidth market.According to a…

Pay TV slows, Internet grows at Naspers

Multinational media company Naspers released its interim results for the six months to 30 September on Tuesday. They show subsidiary MultiChoice has enjoyed far slower growth than in 2010 but…

Internet News - In Brief

- Vodafone Ghana has introduced an integrated and engaging communications campaign with the tagline ‘Limitless Possibilities’. This campaign is aimed at educating Ghanaians about the Internet and empowering them to…

South Africa: Screamer case gets postponed

The ongoing case between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and Screamer Telecom, set to be heard today (26 June 2012) has been postponed to 11 September 2013,…

M:lab to host first Africa YouTube & Internet Personalities forum

The first Africa YouTube & Internet Personalities forum/seminar will be held at the  m:lab, Bishop Magua Centre, 3rd floor from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on September 6th 2014 and…

SEACOM brings Africa closer to central Europe with DE-CIX peering

Pan-African telecom enabler and network provider SEACOM has added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Frankfurt, Germany to the growing list of European Internet exchange points at which it…

Telkom South Africa’s ADSL performance indicators

Telkom has released its latest ADSL Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), captured between 1 April 2009 and 6 July 2009. Telkom KPIs – a requirement of the ICASA ADSL regulations –…

Wananchi to Roll Out First 'Triple Play' Service in Kenya

After a series of mergers and acquisitions, Wananchi Group is set to roll out Kenya’s first triple play offer. "Next month, Wananchi will roll out in the Kenyan market the…

IBURST LAUNCHES IN GHANA

The iBurst wireless broadband system is now available in Ghana, after Infinite Stream Ghana recently launched the service in collaboration with BusyInternet. SA iBurst users are now able to roam…

Internet News - In Brief

* The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has deregistered 30 Internet Service Provider (ISP) operators. CCK director-general, John Waweru, last week said the affected companies, which he did not name…

NIGERIA FORMS ALLIANCE WITH UK'S OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING TO FIGHT 419 SCAMS

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has teamed with Nigerian officials to warn internet users of fraudulent junk email, known as Nigerian 419 scams, that attempt to con recipients…

MAURITIUS: GOVT WANTS ADSL TO BE MORE DEMOCRATIC BY REDUCING COSTS

The new government is reviewing a number of measures that could bring down the cost of Internet access and extend the use of high-speed ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) connections…

SA’S TELKOM AND IS FIRST TO MARKET 155MBPS INTERNATIONAL FIBRE BANDWIDTH

Internet Solutions (IS) says that it will be the first Service Provider to utilise the 155Mbps STM1 configuration. An approach to Telkom has resulted in the supply of broadband International…

DIDATA INTRODUCES HIGHER BANDWIDTH OFFERINGS IN RESPONSE TO DEMAND

With the continued growth in Internet and data traffic, and the broader adoption of bandwidth-intensive services, users are demanding greater and more cost effective bandwidth with a broader selection of…

Main One to Begin Commercial Rollout in Nigeria on July 1

Submarine cable company Main One, which has licences to land in Ghana and Nigeria, said it has completed the landing processes and would begin commercial service next month.Main One Chief…

Mweb's Unlimited Internet Enables South Africa's First Online Radio Service

MWeb's unlimited internet has enabled the launch of SA's first online radio service that is targeting the tech-savvy market. 2oceansvibe Radio is aiming to change the face of radio in…

Internet News – In Brief

- The City Council of Nairobi has set a January 12, 2012 deadline for migration to the online platform for submission of building plans proposals and processing of construction permits.…

Internet - In Brief

- South African company Internet Solutions (IS) has launched allConnect, a converged data service that offers enterprises anywhere access across multiple connectivity platform, IT-Online reported. This allows employees to connect…

OpenWeb breaks the bank

Local Internet Service Provider OpenWeb will be launching a new range of Capped Unshaped ADSL packages with prices below R2 per GigaByte and uncapped packages will start at only R149…

Angola: Minister Welcomes Free Internet Service

Luanda — Angolan minister of Family and Women Promotion, Filomena Delgado said Monday that the newly launched national free Internet service "internet.org", by mobile operator Movicel in partnership with the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Uganda Telecom and Rwandatel have purchased up to 620 Mega bytes per second of capacity on the Seacom fibre optic cable and secured links from the landing point on…

Emperion launches franchise programme for cybercafes in Nigeria

Emperion Nigeria Limited last week made a bold move to make internet service not only available to the large majority of Nigerians, but made a promise to extend the services…

FREE WIKI ONLINE TEXTBOOKS PLANNED FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS

A US-based initiative plans to make new textbooks available for free on the Internet for university students in developing nations. If the Global Text Project's first book -- due in…

LIBYA SENTENCES BLOGGER TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CRITICISING GOVERNMENT

Libya has sentenced a blogger to 18 months in prison after he criticised the government in his online articles, according to Human Rights Watch. The jailing, which the rights group…

SA'S NETWORK OPERATORS SAY THAT BROADBAND AS CHEAP AS ELSEWHERE IS 'UNREALISTIC'

It is unrealistic for South Africans to expect broadband services to become as cheap as they are in other countries, networking companies have warned. For once MTN, Telkom and other…

Internet News - In Brief

• Nigeria’s request for an involuntary transfer of control over its .ng domain is about to be granted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the United…

STANDARD BANK WANTS TO LEAD THE WAY WITH INTERNET BANKING

Standard Chartered Bank of Botswana is moving into internet banking. This is a new concept to Botswana and some banks will only give it it to corporate customers. It is…

First Phase of Government-funded Fibre Backbone is Activated in Tanzania

The National Information Communication and Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) was switched on yesterday in 16 regions after the completion of the first phase of its construction.The move brings the hope…

Zambia: ZICTA Rescinds Ban on ISPs

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has temporarily withdrawn its earlier statement that five Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should cease operations effective tomorrow.ZICTA director for public relations and…

Uganda: iWayAfrica offering fibre access to SMEs

The demand for high capacity Internet connectivity within enterprise and corporate markets in the major cities of Kampala and Entebbe are ever increasing, and an alternate provider was becoming a…

NAPAfrica peering boosts cross border business

Africa’s largest Internet exchange(IXP), NAPAfrica says that the digital divide still exists and new innovative approaches such as peering should be better utilised if Africa is to ever have full…

1.6 million taxpayers now on KRA online tax payment system

About 200,000 TAXPAYERS sign up on KRA’s online tax filing system iTax in May 2015, bringing the total number of users to 1.6 million.In May 2015 alone, 200,000 taxpayers signed…

Internet News - In Brief

- UUNET Kenya intends to spend Sh680 million to develop infrastructure and products compatible with the expected fibre optic network. "Rather than spend money investing between Fujairah and Mombasa, we…

Uganda Extends Fibre Cable to Rwanda Border

Uganda Telecom has started work on a fiber-optic link from the western town of Mbarara in Uganda to the Rwanda border-crossing point at Katuna - essentially giving a major boost…

COFFEE FETCHES RECORD PRICE VIA INTERNET AUCTION IN ETHIOPIA

A co-operatively-grown Ethiopian coffee sold for USD 10.65/lb at an Internet coffee auction held last Thursday, the price setting a record in the history of Ethiopian coffee export, The Daily…

Internet News - In Brief

- A Japanese car trading company has introduced a groundbreaking system where by Ugandans can buy used vehicles from Japan over the Internet. Officials of Trust Company Ltd (TCL) on…

ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT ORDERS CYBER-CAFES TO SHUT BY MIDNIGHT

The Algerian Government has ordered all Algerian cyber-cafes to close by midnight. This is despite the fact that a great deal of cyber-café use happens after this time. This follows…

SENEGALESE CYBER-CAFÉ OPERATORS ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR SECTOR TO BE REGULATED

The owners and managers of cyber-cafes officially launched " Forum des Cybercentres du Sénégal " (Focys) last Saturday at the Dakar Chamber of Commerce. They used the occasion to look…

BUSYINTERNET LAUNCHES GHANA'S FIRST WI-FI HOTSPOT WITH BILLING

Having fine-tuned its billing system, Busyinternet Ghana is set to publicly launch its Wi-Fi Internet access service. "We have sorted part of it," says Bless Adomako, Busyinternet senior IT consultant,…

AFRINIC SETS UP SHOP IN MAURITIUS

AfriNIC opened its offices in the Mauritius Cyber-Tower during the conference. It has been given a one year lease by Cyber-Tower Parks of Mauritius, a government-operated corporation. AfriNIC’s administrative staff…

AFRICAN LAKES SELLS EGYPTIAN ISP MENANET BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL OWNER

In a negotiated deal, African Lakes sold 100% of its ownership of the Egyptian internet company to the former owner and existing MenaNet Chief Executive Officer, Gamal Marwan earlier this…

Internet News - In Brief

- With 317,000 telephone banking customers and 13,000 cellphone banking customers, Absa says it is leading the race for customers in South Africa’s e-space. - Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)…

Vodacom to Install Its Own Fibre Backbone Network in Mozambique

The South African mobile phone company Vodacom has scorned the recommendations from the Mozambican regulatory body, the INCM (National Communications institute of Mozambique) that basic infrastructure should be shared between…

Internet News - In Brief

- A Namibian man's online identity was stolen this week when an unknown Internet confidence trickster used the man's personal mailing list to beg for US$3,000 from unsuspecting friends, family…

Google Nigeria gets 5000 SMEs online

Google said on 31 October 2011, that through its latest initiative, 5,000 of Nigeria ’s SMEs would move their businesses online in the next five days.According to BusinessDayOnline.com, statistics indicate…

Internet – In Brief

Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms and postal services minister, has announced that a final policy on high-demand frequency spectrum for mobile broadband services, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), will be…

Senegal's internet penetration passes 50% mark

Senegal had 6.86 million internet subscribers in December 2014, up 2.7 percent in three months and up 60.5 percent on a year, according to the country's telecom regulator, the ARTP.…

Liberia’s International Bank Launches Internet Banking

The International Bank (IB) Liberia Limited has launched an Internet Banking service. It will allow customers to make financial transaction on a secure website. Features and services offered include viewing…

Internet News - In Brief

- South African technology company Saab Grintek says it is now ready to add WiMAX services to its communications solutions portfolio. The firm has completed several trials of WiMAX equipment…

SHARP INCREASE IN SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNET COURT CASES

Since the start of 2005 there has been a significant increase in the number of Internet related judgments from South African courts. In the past, fear of our courts not…

SA'S TELKOM KICKS OFF WIMAX TRIALS IN PRETORIA

A select group of Telkom customers is enjoying the full experience of next-generation WiMAX broadband wireless connectivity as part of trials that could connect many to the Internet for the…

TELKOM SA LAUNCHES USD33 A MONTH "ALWAYS-ON" HOME ADSL SERVICE

  Telkom SA has launched the TelkomInternet powered by ADSL Standard package, offering customers a combination of e-mail and always-available Internet services at reduced cost. The TelkomInternet powered by ADSL…

KENYA’S KDN SET TO SPEND USD5 MILLION ON REGIONAL NETWORK

Data communications carrier, Kenya Data Network (KDN), has set aside US5 million (KSh400 million) for an ambitious expansion programme that will see it set up base stations in Uganda and…

MICROWAVE LINK BETWEEN SPAIN AND TANGIERS

 Slashdot reported that a company called have just installed a wireless link between Tarifa in Spain and Tangiers in Morocco, thus linking the African and European continents together with a…

AFNOG MAKES PROGRESS ON SEVERAL FRONTS - ISPAS, IXPS AND REGIONAL CARRIERS

Meetings were held at last week’s AFNOG meeting in Dakar with a number of West African ISPs and Telcos about peering, IXPs and the formation of ISPAs, their countries at…

Internet News - In Brief

- Work has commenced on building of the largest wireless network in Africa across the four campuses of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Google Inc., is the lead sponsor of…

Africa’s Double Bonanza: Main One Cable Goes Live while GLO – 1 Ready To Go

Main One has announced today that it’s 1,920 Gbps, 7000 kilometres long, submarine fibre optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe has been completed and commissioned. With landing stations…

Broadband speeds: SA versus the world

South Africa’s broadband speeds are still lagging behind the global average South Africa’s average broadband speed of 2.84Mbps is still significantly lower than the global average of 9.18Mbps. South Africa…

West Africa’s largest data centre to be commissioned in July

MainOne’s US$25 million data centre, currently under construction in Lagos, Nigeria, will be commissioned in July, according to Temitope Osunrinde, the company’s marketing support analyst.Speaking to HumanIPO on the sidelines…

Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa Launched

An inaugural conference of the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (Wi-Fi Forum SA) was held on 12 March 2015 in Johannesburg, officially establishing the Forum as an active player in…

Embryonic electronic commerce in Tunisia: 250 sites now offer e-transactions

Electronic commerce in North Africa in general remains an embryonic activity. Such is the case for Tunisia which has nearly 5,000 web sites but only 250 offer visitors the ability…

AMERICAN EXPRESS, DIDATA AIM TO OPTIMISE NETWORK PERFORMANCE

American Express has selected Dimension Data (DiData) for a bandwidth optimisation solution, aiming to enable it to prioritise business-critical traffic across its existing WAN. DiData's bandwidth optimisation solution is designed…

AFRICA'S OWN NET REGISTRY ON TRACK

The good news for the African Internet community is that the continent is on track to get its own Regional Internet Registry (RIR), but this will mean higher input costs…

RAD UNVEILS CARRIER-CLASS WIRELESS MULTIPLEXER FOR E1/T1 AND ETHERNET NETWORKS

RAD Data Communications will launch the AirMux˙-200, a high capacity, carrier-class multiplexer that provides point-to-point connectivity of E1/T1 and Ethernet networks over a wireless link. "Available at the most competitive…

AUSTRALIAN SAT CO SIGNS SUDATEL FOR BROADBAND SERVICES

An Australian company developing satellite-based broadband services across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa claims to be at least six months ahead of its business plan and expects a…

THE .NG DOMAIN DISPUTE - LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?

 A request to ICANN to redelegate Nigerian Country Code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD) has been ratified, writes Shina Badaru. The transfer to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA),…

WATCH OUT FOR DOMAIN OPPORTUNISTS, WARNS SA LAW FIRM

Law firm Bowman Gilfillan John and Kernick last week announced that a UK-based company, Solus Online, has recently been approaching SA companies under the pretext that their company names and…

South Africa: Flagship municipal broadband project in Gauteng 'Faces Axe'

The long-awaited multibillion-rand Gauteng Link broadband project could be shelved, a senior government official has told Business Day. Putting the project on ice would mean Gauteng residents would have to…

Kenya: Yellow Pages Develops Free Mobile Travel Guide Software

International and local tourists will from January be able to search and access basic information about places of interest on their smartphones .Yellow Pages Kenya Limited has made this possible…

Kenya: Uptake of social media increases Internet use

Stiff competition by Internet service providers has driven up subscription by 82.7 per cent over the past one year to reach 7.7 million, according the latest industry regulator report.The Communications…

SEACOM Partners with Level 3 for Faster Internet Speeds

SEACOM has announced that it will work with network provider Level 3 Communications to deploy its content delivery network (CDN) nodes into data centres connecting to the SEACOM Pan-African IP/MPLS…

Outernet installs CubeSat facilities in Kenya to provide free internet

Outernet, is a service aimed at proing  CubeSat facilities in Kenya to provide free Wi-Fi service for use by Kenyans, at a low cost.Using a network of  small satellites dubbed…

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s SNO Neotel has secured access to the landing station for the SAT3/Safe submarine cable, enabling it to carry international voice and data traffic at competitive prices. Local…

Internet News - In Brief

- Sunday Folayan of Nigeria's Skannet has just rung in to demonstrate the impact of connecting to the SAT3 fibre connection. Skannet is based in Ibadan, Nigeria's second city and…

KENYAN REGULATOR CCK RELAXES REGULATION ON VoIP

Non-commercial telephone calls through the Internet will not attract additional costs other than those paid for Internet connectivity. Calls through the Internet popularly referred to us VoIP (Voice over Internet…

MWEB NAMIBIA LAUNCHES BUSINESS SERVER AND E-COMMERCE PRODUCTS

  At a launch event in Windhoek last week, MWeb Namibia unveiled two new products that they say will change the way Namibia does business using the Internet. Delegates from…

ZAMBIA SET TO PASS CYBERCRIME LAW

An Internet crime bill in Zambia, which includes provisions that could see convicted hackers facing sentences of up to 25 years in jail, has caused some controversy in the country's…

MAURITIUS' POST OFFICE SEEKS TO UNDERCUT THE MARKET WITH CLICKPOST.COM

Mauritius' La poste wants to become an ISP with its Clickpost.com service.  In order to get market share, it will offer what it claims are the best prices per minute.…

Internet News - In Brief

- Andrew Weldrick, Telkom’s senior manager for media relations said last week that the so-called ‘Shilowa Express’ ­ the high-speed Gautrain project that will operate between Pretoria and Johannesburg ­…

World Cup provides huge boost for Sport24 and Supersport sites but others were losers

The 2010 World Cup gave Sport24 and Supersport a massive boost in traffic, but not everyone benefitted. The 2010 World Cup brought thousands of international visitors to South Africa, but…

Internet News - In Brief

- The United Nations says less than one in five small and micro enterprises (SMEs) has a website in sub-Sahara Africa compared with four of five in high-income countries.- YouTube…

Internet News - In Brief

- Angolan operator Net One has launched its YahClick service, Angop reported. Executive director Jaime Ferreira said the intention is to deliver an internet service through satellite at a low…

Rwanda's ambitious 4G rollout begins, education cited as major beneficiary Of Technology

"In the case of Rwanda, we have made some modest progress in the area of using ICT," says the country's president Paul Kagame speaking at the Transform Africa 2013 summit…

Samsung Launches Solar-Powered Internet Schools

Samsung Electronics East Africa has launched the first Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS)in Kenya in a bid to improve the quality of education provision regardless of the schools ability to…

Zipnet to Boost the ICT Sector in Ghana with Alepo Policy and Charging Control

Friday, March 20, 2015, Austin, TX – Alepo,  a provider of network and IT software solutions for global communications service providers, announced today a new partnership with Zipnet – an…

Internet News - In Brief

- 3Com SA has announced that it has formed strategic alliances with leading gateway vendors to create plug-and-play solutions for Wi-Fi-certified wireless hotspots worldwide. The list of alliance vendors include:…

HACKERS WILL GET IN SO CONTAINMENT STRATEGY NEEDED, SAYS DELOITTE

The battle is over and the bad guys have won virus writers have become too clever and too relentless for individual users or companies to defeat. No matter what defences…

SKY2NET ORDERS SATELLITE HUB FROM SHIRON TO SERVE AFRICA

Sky 2 Net LTD announced last week that it ordered a Satellite Hub from Shiron Satellite Communication LTD. The Intersky Hub 3.0 is the most advanced Hub. The location of…

Internet News - In Brief

-   According to Ian Isenberg, Network Solutions Business Unit Manager at South Africa's Internet Solutions (IS), 46% of all Internet traffic is e-mail, and a large portion of that is…

SOUTH AFRICA’S TELKOM INKS USD3 MILLION ISP DEAL

South Africa’s Telkom said on Monday it had signed a 22 million rand ($3 million) deal to handle Internet access needs for the country’s largest private Internet Service Provider @tlantic.…

Internet News: In Brief

* Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has expanded its network reach to six major countries in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling it to deliver cost effective services to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic…

Ecoband is the first ISP in Ghana on Main One

Ecoband activated an STM-1 service on the new Main One submarine fibre optic cable connecting Nigeria and Ghana with the Internet backbone in Europe. This makes Ecoband the first ISP…

Morocco Censors the Web: Collateral Damage Allowed

On the morning of October 19, many Moroccan netizens woke up to the blocking of a large number of websites, among them popular social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest. Noticeably,…

Nokia and ZTE confirm roles in Algerie Telecom’s LTE network deployment

Finnish vendor Nokia has confirmed that under the terms of a contract with Algerie Telecom it has provided its Single RAN Advanced solution based on its high-capacity, scalable Flexi Multiradio…

Liquid Telecom upgrades Kampala’s International Internet gateway

Liquid TelecomLiquid Telecom-owned Infocom recently unveiled a major upgrade of its international Internet gateway in Kampala to provide 16 times more international Internet capacity.One of the major upgrades is the…

Mozambique mulls free internet areas

The Mozambican government plans to implement free access on Saturdays as part of a drive to promote technology usage through Digital Resource Centres (CPRDs), an official has announced.Ministry of Science…

Nigeria’s National Internet Gateway of Controversy

Obi Thompson who claims he was given an exclusive contract to operate an Internet gateway continues to make waves in the Nigerian media. An interview in This Day last week…

Internet News - In Brief

- As Somalia puts itself back together again, there are moves to try and get the country domain name administration re-delegated to a local organisation. It is currently being run…

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana Telecom has been told not to go ahead with its ADSL product offer by the regulator NCA while it looks at anti-competitive pricing issues. The same has also…

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT PUTS N1 BILLION INTO GOVT INTERNET LINKS

Lagos State Government has earmarked N1 billion to boost its internet facilities.Chairman of the state House of Assembly Committee on Information and Strategy, Mr Tunde Oyewo, told the News Agency…

TANZANIA’S RECENTLY OPENED DATA HUB SAVES DAR A ‘DOUBLE HOP’ 

Communication data from Tanzania will no longer have to be routed through a another country following the establishment of a satellite hub by SatCom Africa Networks, a local data communications…

Mobitel Inaugurates WiMAX Broadband service in Nigeria

Last week Mobitel unveiled its WiMAX- based services, with the statement that the future of information technology is here in Nigeria and it will provide 4G enabled broadband and voice…

Zimbabwe: Utande Unveils New Broadband Service

One of the country's leading Internet service providers, Utande, has introduced an innovative broadband service designed for households and small businesses. The latest offering from the data services provider that…

Internet In Brief

- The estimated number of Egyptian Internet users has grown by around 15 percent, reaching some 36 million in June this year, compared to 31.21 million during the same period…

Internet – In Brief

- Smile Communications Limited, has announced its readiness to roll out its 4G LTE internet service in Abuja and Port Harcourt in August this year. The plan is sequel to…

Jovago.com Partners With Nigerian Bus Transport Companies

Online hotel booking platform, Jovago has commenced forging partnerships with nationwide bus transport companies in Nigeria to make hotel bookings accessible to travelling Nigerians.So far, the company has partnered up…

MTN Data Share launching early 2015

MTN has quietly activated a service called Data Share, which lets its subscribers share data bundles between multiple SIMs.It has not officially launched yet, however, and a spokesperson for MTN…

Subscribers disappointed with broadband service in South Africa, says survey

Only 13 percent of SA broadband subscribers rated their service as better than expected. South African broadband subscribers are generally not very impressed with their broadband service. According to feedback…

ALCATEL WINS SH15B EASSY FIBRE OPTIC TENDER

French company, Alcatel has won a Sh15 billion tender to lay a cable connecting the Eastern African coastline to the global fibre optic network. Representatives of regional state telecommunication companies…

SA’S TELKOM’S ADSL IS NOT MEANT TO OFFER INTENSIVE BANDWIDTH

ADSL has become a major discussion point in the media, driven by a few customers who are dissatisfied with the service. ADSL is an access product used to connect to…

SA INTERNET USERS PREFER TO RECEIVE THEIR BILLS ONLINE SAYS SURVEY

Nine out of 10 internet users who took part in a survey on electronic billing would prefer to receive their bills online rather than via traditional snail mail. Of the…

South Africa: Icasa knew of dodgy Sentech deal

Questions have been raised about the South African telecommunications and IT regulator’s complicity in allowing Global Web Intact (GWI) and Screamer to lease spectrum, apparently illegally, from Sentech.This follows the…

Main One and SEACOM join forces to offer capacity between Nigeria and South Africa immediately

Main One and SEACOM have interconnected their West and East African Cable Systems to launch capacity services from PoP to PoP, from a STM-1 level and above. This partnership extends…

IBurst Builds Fast Internet for South Sudan in Three-Year Plan

iBurst (Pty) Ltd. is expanding Internet capacity beyond the capital of South Sudan, Africa’s youngest country, in a three-year plan to provide services to the nation’s government and biggest companies.“By…

Africa: Cisco - Africa, Middle East to Have Second Highest Cloud Workload By 2018

By 2018, there will be a continued strong growth of cloud traffic, cloud workloads and cloud storage with private cloud significantly outpacing public cloud.According to a new study by Cisco…

Price a hindering factor to 4G uptake in Rwanda – retailers

Following the launch few months ago of 4G in Rwanda, retailers have said the uptake of the service would be largely dependent on the price the providers and others are…

O3b Networks Ltd makes inroads into Nigeria’s Internet market

O3b Networks Ltd. announced it will begin deployment of a new high capacity backhaul infrastructure for Galaxy Wireless Communications Limited to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to its emerging and…

Yahoo Enters Nigeria with the appointment of Seed Media as Local Partner

Yahoo, a leading internet service firm has appointed Seed Media Limited as its exclusive media Sales representative in Sub Saharan Africa. This was made known by the Partner Manager of…

THREE CAMEROONIAN ISPS MERGE TO TAKE ON MOBILE OPERATORS OFFERING INTERNET ACCESS

Three Cameroonian ISPs are about to merge to present a unified front to compete with Orange and MTN’s new internet offers. International Computer Center Network (known as ICC Net), Créolink…

Internet News - In Brief

- A project for the launch of Electronic Governance (E-Gov) in Angola is being prepared at the National Commission for Information Technologies. E-Gov will be a generalised use of information…

South Africa: Operators give users more bandwidth but no price reductions

The battle of the bandwidth suppliers has begun, with MTN and MWeb not dropping their fees but instead increasing bandwidth to end users. This is a sort of price war…

Kenya’s government won’t partner with Seacom on cable project

The Americans had proposed a 'co-build' arrangement that permits each party to own individual fibre pairs on the desired routes.Kenya has turned down a proposal by American company Seacom -…

Internet News - In Brief

* Zimbabwe’s Econet says it has connected more than 100,000 subscribers within just a week. Econet published new tariffs for its mobile broadband services in the press. On the new…

AfDB Approves USD 12 Million for Seychelles Submarine Cable Project

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, a USD 12 million senior private sector loan to finance Seychelles East African System “SEAS”. The project…

Airtel Ghana launches 3.75G internet service

Internet users in the country now have the luxury of the fastest internet yet which is the 3. 75G service provided by Airtel Ghana.The telecom giant has upgraded its 3.…

Jasco brings data centre to Congo

Jasco Networks has expanded its operations into Central Africa with the formation of Jasco Congo, a subsidiary company with a dedicated presence in the region.Following this expansion, the newly formed…

Important news from the Parkview Residents’ Association about ConnectParkview – a project of the PRA

Indra de Lanerolle writes: I’m writing with the exciting news that we have completed the process of selecting a partner to deliver a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network in Parkview that…

The real word on the street about Burkina Faso’s internet

Last July we came across a great op-ed on news site Burkina24 about how Burkinabé internet users really feel about internet access. Seven people (a mix of students and professionals)…

EASSy Submarine Project on Target for Completion by June 2010

Noel Herrity, the CEO of Zantel said: "The EASSy Project remains on track for completion at the end of June (2010), and the resulting upgrade to telecoms infrastructure in East…

Terrestrial broadband study begins in Africa

The e-Africa Commission has initiated a study on the feasibility of its Umoja terrestrial network – marking key strides in the development of a broadband infrastructure network for Africa. “The…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Government of Mauritius has put online 48 application processes at www.gov.mu. From January 2008, people will be able for example to book an appointment online with the National…

IBURST PLANS 20,000 INTERNET CAFES

iBurst, one of South Africa’s largest wireless broadband providers, is planning to roll out 20 000 Internet cafes by 2010. Thami Mtshali, iBurst CEO, said that the project’s focus is…

Botswana: Consortium Brings Cheaper Internet Connectivity

The much-anticipated undersea fibre optic cable linking Africa to Europe is expected to bring cheaper internet connectivity to Botswana before the end of the year after a local consortium clinched…

Neotel expands it fibre network across South Africa

Neotel has quietly ramped up the deployment of optical fibre routes in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Neotel is quietly going about their business of expanding their network and…

South Africa: ADSL speed upgrades and uncapped ADSL

Telkom looks set to bump up DSL512 speeds to 1Mbps in the near future – here is what you can expect with uncapped ADSL on the new serviceWhen new Telkom…

Kenya: Tech Gurus Caught Napping As 103 Websites Hacked

An Indonesian hacker has caught Kenya government tech gurus napping. In an unprecedented occurrence, an Indonesian hacker known as direxer has taken down 103 government of Kenya websites.According to a…

Turkish conglomerate Yda plans data centre in Rwanda

Turkish multi-industry holding group Yda is in talks with the Rwanda Development Board's (RDB's) ICT department to invest in a data centre in the country, IT Web reported. Rwanda has…

Northern Mali: Resistance in the Streets and Online

Northern Mali, which comprises about two-thirds of the national territory, has been de facto cut off from its central government since first the Tuareg rebels of the National Movement for…

Internet – In Brief

Maroc Telecom, the country’s incumbent telecoms provider, has successfully trialled Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Rabat, achieving maximum download speeds of 140Mbps, Maghreb Emergent reports. The test process, which…

Internet - In Brief

The government of Nigeria is looking to connect 50 percent of its population to 3G broadband in the course of this year. According to the country’s Ministry of ICT, this…

Rwanda in Talks With Kenya to Connect to Undersea Cable

Government is currently engaged in talks with Kenya over a possible partnership to connect the country's backbone with the newly launched undersea cable at the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Speaking…

Malawi intensifies fibre-optic installation as demand for telecom technology grows

As the demand for communication technology continues to grow in Africa, incumbent Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) is intensifying efforts to speed up laying of underground fibre-optic cables throughout the country…

NETHOPE IS CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN NGOS

Smart use of technology has a powerful and positive impact on the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable community development - whether it is equipping aid workers with satellite phones,…

BOTSWANA’S PRESIDENT MOGAE PLEADS WITH NAMIBIA TO JOIN WAFS FIBRE PROJECT TO GET FRIENDLY ACCESS TO SEA

In an unusual move last week, Botswana President Festus Mogae extended an invitation to his Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba to participate in the WAFS undersea fibre project. Perhaps Namibia needs…

BOTSWANA'S FONES 4 U OPENS FRANCHISE IN BOBONONG OFFERING INTERNET AND PHONE

  This is one of the company's initiatives to embark on an information, communication, technology (ICT) project to be implemented in urban and rural villages to bridge the communication gap.…

Kenya: Tata Banks On Fibre Optic Cable to Grow Revenue

Tata Communications in Kenya hopes to cash in on the expected surge in Internet traffic as a result of the new undersea fibre cables to grow its revenues. The Indian…

NIXP CEO RUDMAN ANNOUNCES LANDMARK SAT3 DEAL AT US$2800 PER MEG

Speaking last week on progress so far, NIXP CEO Muhammed Rudman announced the lowest price thus far negotiated on SAT3 and that seven members were now connected to the exchange.Rudman…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telecom Namibia has deployed a SkyEdge II broadband VSAT satellite network to provide network connectivity for businesses and residential customers across the country, including telephony and high speed internet…

Vox targets rural subscribers with satellite broadband

Vox Telecom plans to launch a "low-cost satellite internet broadband" service in June and the company expects to sign up about 40000 subscribers in the first three years of operation.Vox…

Internet News - In Brief

- CRS Refrigeration is supplying a fully functional internet cafe facility within a container of medical equipment to Mua Hospital in central Malawi. CRS has configured the container as an…

MTN Nigeria rolls out services with WACS

MTN Nigeria has started making use of the West African Cable System (WACS) cable by launching a range of services running on the high-capacity submarine cable. The services are managed…

NIRA sets July 8 deadline for renewal of Nigerian Internet domain names

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has announced that all domains registered under the nation's .ng internet name prior to January 1, this year will expire by July 8, 2009…

Internet News - In Brief

- The management of Nitel has announced it has fixed and restored the services of the SAT-3 Cable, damaged on October 15, 2008. The damage on SAT-3 has disrupted international…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has established a satellite Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer in Nyagatare in the Eastern province of Rwanda. The centre will…

ALGERIA BECOMES THE ARAB WORLD'S WIMAX PIONEER

WiMAX is commercially available in Algeria, while several operators in other Arab countries have started testing the service. Smart Link Communication (SLC) has deployed WiMAX to provide broadband wireless services…

KENYA PICKS TEAM FOR SCHOOLS INTERNET ROLL-OUT

A team was launched last Tuesday to spearhead an ambitious programme to connect all primary and secondary schools to the Internet in 10 years. Education permanent secretary Karega Mutahi introduced…

Internet News - In Brief

- A new satellite hub has been launched by a Canadian company Juch Tech Incorporation to deliver Internet services to Africa. The new Internet service, via the Trans-Africa satellite, is…

CyberTrackers of the Kalahari take out their PDAs in Botswana

That indispensable electronic tool of every rising young executive, the personal digital assistant (PDA), has been matched to the traditional knowledge of the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert to give…

SpaceDSL brings the cost of broadband internet down across sub-Saharan Africa

SpaceDSL service from ‘Afrique Telecom’, enabling high-speed internet via satellite, was launched on 18th January, 2012 in Paris. It is available in 32 countries across Africa including Nigeria, Liberia and…

Internet News - In Brief

- Countries in the east African region are fast-tracking the implementation of joint initiatives to combat rising challenge of cross-border cyber crimes that are a threat to peace and stability…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Rwanda National Police has put in place mechanisms that will enable Rwandans to process their drivers' licences online. According to Mary Gahonzire, the Commissioner General of Police, preparatory…

WFN Strategies set to supervise ADONES cable installation in Angola

Angola’s slow moving fibre roll-out took another step forward with the appointment of WFN Strategies to provide business and engineering support for the ADONES coastal cable project. It will go…

MWEB TO CHALLENGE TELECOM NAMIBIA’S MONOPOLY ON ADSL

M-Web is launching a legal challenge to Telecom Namibia's monopoly over the ADSL infrastructure in the country. However, Chairman of the Namibia Communications Commission (NCC), David Imbili, last week confirmed…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NIGERIAN IXP

The Federal Government is to actively support the establishment of Internet Exchange Points, IXPs around the country in order to encourage the proliferation of the technology among the Nigerian people.…

UGANDA'S UTL LAUNCHES FREE TRIAL OF WI-FI HOT SPOTS

Uganda Telecom (utl) has introduced a high-speed wireless Internet service. The service, the first of its kind in Uganda, enables clients easily access Internet using mobile devices like laptops and…

IN BRIEF:

- Algeria’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research assigned Continuing Education University (UFC) to post on the Internet 30% of universities pedagogical materiel to provide “a data bank for…

SkyVision Signs Extended Contract with MEASAT

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) has announced an agreement with SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.(“SkyVision”), for capacity on the AFRICASAT-1 satellite across the African region.The multi-transponder agreement enables SkyVision to…

3G broadband growth accelerates while ADSL stalls in Morocco

Moroccan regulator Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) has released its statistical report for the second quarter of 2008. According to the watchdog’s figures, total mobile telephony subscribers increased…

NINE FIRMS LISTED FOR SH3.5 BILLION CABLE TENDER IN KENYA

Nine companies have qualified to bid for the Kenyan national fibre-optic backbone tender estimated at Sh3.5 billion. Information and Communications Permanent Secretary, Dr Bitange Ndemo, said the project would involve…

ZAMBIA'S POSTAL SERVICE REVOLUTION FIGHTS EXTINCTION WITH E-POST

In a bid to save itself from being declared 'a closed shop' by its customers due to technological advancements the Zambia Postal Service Corporation (Zampost) has embarked on fresh initiatives…

AFRICA ONLINE PROVIDES GALILEO WITH ENHANCED IP SERVICES IN TANZANIA

Galileo Tanzania the national distributor of the GALILEO electronic distribution services to the travel industry in Tanzania has signed up a US$1M deal with Africa Online to connect all Galileo…

TUNISIA HOSTS ICANN MEETING THIS WEEK IN CARTHAGE

The international conference of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) will be held in Carthage, Tunisia, 27-31 October 2003. More than 500 Internet domain name experts will…

Tanzania’s Fibre Backbone is set for Completion this year

Construction of the national information communication technology broadband backbone is expected to be completed this December, according to a senior government official. The move brings the hope of increased broadband…

JTL upgrades fibre network, eyes county tenders

Jamii Telecoms Ltd JTL is upgrading its entire fibre optic network at a cost of Sh261 million in a move aimed at making the infrastructure more secure and positioning itself…

VConnect And Stanbic IBTC Join Forces To Serve SMEs

Nigeria's largest local search engine, VConnect has announced a strategic partnership with Stanbic IBTC, a leading banking conglomerate in Africa and provider of integrated financial services, to enable SME customers…

Internet Service Suspended in Eight Regional Towns in Ethiopia

Ethiopian incumbent ETC continues to provide evidence of why Government-owned telcos are incapable of providing effective roll-out and consistent service. It has suspended Internet services in the seven towns of…

ISPS STRUGGLING WITH ADSL RESELL PRODUCT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Telkom recently launched their ADSL Resell product which gives ISPs the ability to resell the ADSL access portion of Telkom’s broadband service, but according to service providers they are struggling…

RWANDA PICKS ICT AGENCY RITA AS ITS VEHICLE FOR EASSY FIBRE BID

The Rwanda government has nominated its ICT development agency, RITA, as its official representative to the multi-million dollar Eastern African undersea cable project. But RITA must be licensed first as…

Internet News - In Brief

- Internet security solutions provider Check Point Software Technologies has launched its Connectra NGX product in SA, an enhanced version of its SSL VPN solution.

SA’S REGULATOR ICASA DECLARES WIFI HOTSPOTS LEGAL BUT LIMITED

It appears as though wireless Internet access (WiFi) is here to stay, as the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has reached the conclusion that it is legal as long…

South Africa: Western Cape gets fibre boost

Vodacom Business has begun rolling out its optical fibre network in towns across the Western Cape, with over 120km of cable trenched across Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Paarl and Wellington.Ermano Quartero,…

Tanzania: Why U.S. Law Threatens Websites

Local information technology experts have expressed misgivings over the move by the US government to enact laws aimed at controlling internet use.Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, they noted that…

SomCable, Bluwan to Expand Fast Wireless Service From Somalia

SomCable, a broadband operator in Somalia, has chosen wireless technology company Bluwan SA to help introduce a high-speed wireless Internet service in the sparsely populated and predominately rural Somaliland region.“We…

Internet News - In Brief

- On 29 July 2008, ANHRI denounced the Sudanese government's decision to block the YouTube website ( http://www.youtube.com ). Since 22 July, Internet users in Sudan have been unable to…

ORANGE’S UNIFIED LICENCE WILL SEE IT OFFER BROADBAND IN BOTSWANA

The telecommunications industry is watching keenly to see what will happen after the groundbreaking award of a unified licence to Orange Botswana and the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) by the…

HIGH COSTS HAMPER DOMAIN DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Communications expects progress to be made on the development of an alternative domain name dispute resolution process within the next three months. The absence of an alternative…

EGYPTIAN  TEXTILE INDUSTRY SET TO ENTER E-COMMERCE FOR EXPORT

The Egyptian textile industry is to take its first steps in e-commerce in the next few months, experts said recently. Small-and medium-scale textile factories will be able to market and…

NiRA Releases 50,000 Free .ng Domains for Citizens in Nigeria

Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA), managers of the Nigerian name space on the internet, the dot ng domain name has released 50, 000 free domain names for Nigerians as part…

Egypt: Minister of Communications Signs Letter of Intent to Transfer IT Expertise to Ethiopia

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Mohamed Salem and his Ethiopian counterpart signed an agreement that implies benefiting from the Egyptian expertise in human development and the provision of…

Africa: Wikipedia to Be Free On Mobiles in Africa, Middle East

Nairobi — Millions of people in Africa and the Middle East will be able to benefit from free, unlimited access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia through their mobile phone, starting…

Group takes Cameroon gay right activism online, petitions govt

A pro homosexuality organization in Cameroon called All Out has launched an online petition on its website in which it is calling on President Paul Biya and the nation's justice…

South Africa: Cradlestone Mall boasts country’s first carrier-grade Wi-Fi

South Africans are set to experience the next evolution in mobile connectivity, as Internet Solutions and AlwaysOn launched the first of many carrier-grade Wi-Fi solutions at Cradlestone Mall this month.With…

South Africa: Broadband 'Should Be a Right', say city councils

City councils had a moral duty to spend money rolling out broadband networks to cover all their citizens, in the same way that they had a duty to provide water,…

Internet News - In Brief

- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced the launch of its Southern Africa Office and invites experts in the region to join the international effort of developing Web…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) will hold its public hearings into its proposed ADSL regulations before the end of May, though firm dates have yet to be…

Internet News - In Brief

- Three companies have applied to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) seeking licenses to provide public data communications network and value added services. CCK Director-General, Sammy Kirui, said the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and disappearances last week of bloggers and online activists across a number of Tunisian cities. The worldwide press freedom organization has monitored at…

Internet News - In Brief

- Airtel Zambia has announced the launch of the 3.75G upgraded internet broadband technology for the highest internet speed as it reduced internet service costs by 91 per cent, down…

Tunisia: Trial Over Censorship of Pornographic Websites in Tunisia Postponed

The hearing of the case regarding censorship of pornographic websites in Tunisia has been postponed to February 22nd, confirmed Olivia Gré, director of the Tunisian chapter of Reporters Without Borders…

Airspan Selected by Guineanet for 4G Network in Equatorial Guinea Providing High-Speed 4G Services to Residents and Businesses

Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, has announced that Guineanet, an Internet service provider in Equatorial Guinea, has been expanding its 4G broadband network operating…

Building a grassroots African Internet – Meet the Mesh Potato

Sick of waiting around until telecommunications companies bring you a faster and cheaper Internet? Some techies believe there’s no need to wait around anymore. They have started to build their…

Room for African social networks – say VAS Africa panellists

There is a place for local African social networks which will help change politics, governance and ethics across the continent, but they will only thrive if data costs decrease allowing…

Kenya’s PS Ndemo confirms Fibre Optic Project to Begin in 2009

Work on an undersea optic fibre communication system will begin in January 2009 and should be complete by June of the same year. Information permanent secretary, Bitange Ndemo told envoys…

South Africa’s DoC gives a clear maybe for Seacom

On the landing of international fibres, the South African Government’s indecision is final. SEACOM may be allowed to land in South Africa according to the latest feedback from the DoC…

ETISALAT TO DEPLOY K-ROOT NAME SERVER

Owner of Afrique Telecom and Sudatel, Abu Dhabi incumbent Etisalat has announced another initiative, which will significantly improve Internet stability and performance within UAE as well as across the whole…

Kenya: KPLC Taps New Revenues with Fibre Optic Offer

Electricity distributor, the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, has signed Sh828 million infrastructure sharing agreements with three telecoms operators, opening a new front in the battle for control of the…

Seacom achieves global first with 500GB/s network trial

Seacom and Infinera Corp (NASDAQ: INFN), a leading US-based digital optical networking equipment supplier, today announced that they had achieved a global first by successfully trialling five 100 Gigabit per…

Kenya: Cargo Clearance to Go Online

The delays being experienced at Mombasa port and border points might end when an online cargo clearance system goes live later this year. The first phase of the National Single…

Alcatel-Lucent, Angola Cables extend data link to Southern Africa

Alcatel-Lucent and Angola Cables, a consortium of Angolan telecommunications operators have joined hands to expand the availability of high-speed Internet access and data services throughout Angola and to the rest…

ICASA to water down universal access obligations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published draft amendments to its Universal Service and Access Obligations (USAO), including removing the demand for mobile network operators to provide…

Google’s Project Link offers Ugandans unlimited internet access

Google’s Project Link initiative is offering Ugandans unlimited internet access in a unique way courtesy of its microfibre network, according to Jennifer Haroon, principal, access strategy and operations at Google.HumanIPO…

Eritrea's Communications Disconnect

Three years ago, a ship carrying African migrants sank off the coast of Libya. More than 200 drowned, including dozens of young people fleeing their repressive, impoverished home country of…

South African websites attract more and more visitors

With nearly one million broadband users in South Africa the Internet is fast becoming the medium of choice for information and news. While many people still think of the Internet…

MWEB upgrades WiMax network

MWEB has upgradedits WiMax network, resulting in improved performance which may allow them to include new trial customers. MWEB has deployed a trial WiMax network in Gauteng and Cape Town…

BAMAKO CONFERENCE CALLS FOR NATIONAL LANGUAGES TO BE USED IN CYBERSPACE

Essential steps to ensure that a language, that is not yet represented on the Internet, is included in cyberspace, were identified at the conference on "Multilingualism for Cultural Diversity and…

Vodacom Halves Its Broadband Rates in South Africa

Vodacom Business looked to steal a march on Internet provider rivals last week by halving its rates for broadband connectivity, a cut made possible by last year's Seacom fibreoptic cable…

Zambia: Africonnect Seeks to Change ICT Sector

Internet service provider (ISP), Africonnect has said it will help revolutionalise the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Zambia by introducing latest and innovative technological facilities on the market.Company…

Mozambique Cellular Expands Microwave Backhaul Network

Ceragon Networks has announced follow-on orders of more than US$6.5 million with Mozambique Cellular (mcel) to expand the carrier's microwave network, first established in 2010.Ceragon is extending mcel's backbone network…

MTN SA rolls out mobile internet cafés

South African mobile operator MTN has launched mobile internet cafés that will allow customers to connect and experience the smart life for free throughout the country.MTN’s eStreet mobile internet cafés…

Somalia: Mogadishu to Get High-Speed 4G LTE Network

Glocall Telecoms plans to provide 4G LTE high-speed internet connection for mobile phones to Mogadishu residents, government offices, schools and businesses, implementing partner company Tazca Connects announced Wednesday (March 18th)."Deploying…

Quick African broadband trends from Akamai’s ‘The State of the Internet, Q1 2014′ report

Akamai Technologies, Inc recently released its First Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet report. The report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, attack traffic, and network…

Alcatel-Lucent and Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications to build Orval undersea cable system

Spanning more than 560 km, Orval will link Algeria to Spain address increasing demand for high-speed, high-quality broadband connectivityAlcatel-Lucent and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications, have…

Swift Global turns to franchises as fight for market share hots up in Kenya

Kenyan ISP Swift Global is franchising its branches to make its operations lean as it races to maintain its market share in the increasingly competitive market. It will franchise its…

Website Director Detained in Latest Wave of Media Repression in Egypt

"The systematic campaign launched by the Egyptian government against opposition candidates and the Muslim Brotherhood to prevent them from running in the next local elections in Egypt should not divert…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kenyan Government has awarded French company, Alcatel-Lucent, the tender to construct the East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) set to link the Kenyan coast with the United Arabs Emirates.…

DRC SIGNS NEPAD EASSY PROTOCOL, ZAMBIA TO FOLLOW

An African broadband protocol would help the continent bridge the digital divide, the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) ambassador to South Africa said ahead of it signing on behalf of…

KENYA UNIVERSITY TO OPEN EIGHT INTERNET-CONNECTED OPEN LEARNING CENTRES

Kenyatta University will soon have all its eight open learning centres connected via the Internet. This will enable KU's lecturers interact with students registered in various courses without necessarily travelling…

Nigerian State and Zinox Disagree Over Internet Contract

Enugu State Government and Zinox Technologies Limited have disagreed over the city wi-fi wireless Internet service for Enugu, the capital city. While the government has commenced court action against Zinox…

Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone delivers 110 VSAT to Anambra State

Galaxy Backbone (GB) Plc has delivered 110 VSAT terminals to the Anambra State government, just as it has commenced deployment of access to some selected schools in the State.This came…

Kenya’s operators access fibre optic network

The Kenyan Information Ministry’s Communication Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo has formed a team to manage the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI).  Kenya's NOFBI would be accessible to all interested…

Internet News - In Brief

- Last week's State of the Nation (SONA) address by South African president Jacob Zuma garnered a nine-fold increase in mentions on Twitter, compared to those received in 2011. According…

Cape Verde with highest internet access penetration rate in Portuguese-speaking Africa

Cape Verde had the highest internet access penetration rate per population in Africa’s Portuguese-speaking countries at the end of 2011, a figure that was also one of the highest rates…

Internet – In brief

- The African Union has launched the the African Online Library on Law and Governance that will provide an online database that offers legal text and secondary literature on the…

Internet – In Brief

- Algeria’s state-owned telco Algerie Telecom (AT) is planning to launch fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in May 2014, while mobile 4G will be introduced in late 2015, Agence…

Internet – In Brief

- President Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) has been rated as the Africa's most followed president on twitter ahead of Rwanda's president, His Excellency Paul Kagame, (@PaulKagame). This is according to a…

SEACOM IP/MPLS network upgrade completed

SEACOM’s upgrade of its global IP and MPLS network has been completed. This project consolidates the pan-African company’s position as the continent’s leading data network service provider.The investment aligns with…

Ringo Takes Challenge to Provide Internet Services to All in Cameroon

An Internet service provider, Ringo, has taken the challenge to connect as many Cameroonians as possible through its "fourth generation technology". It announced this during a press conference organised in…

Internet News - In Brief

- Regular connection failures on Togo Telecom’s fibre link with Côte d’Ivoire (via Burkina-Faso) is causing mayhem among Internet users. Sam Bikassam, a representative of Togo Telecom said that the…

SA VANS LICENSE DELAYS ADVERSELY AFFECT 2010 INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS

  The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has informed the Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) that VANS (Value-Added Network Services) licence applications submitted to the Regulator from…

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has confirmed that it has not issued an ISP licence to a company trading under the name Infinite Stream. A number of private operators…

Kenya’s AccessKenya and UUNet Secure international routes for redundancy

AccessKenya and UUNet have secured five international routes to guard against downtime due to fibre connectivity disruptions. Providing multiple paths for redundancy purposes means that their clients' links with the…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa has reported a loss of connectivity across the SAT3 cable system. The SAT3 cable is one of the primary ways that South Africa data connects to…

Internet News - In Brief

- Google, acting in partnership with local telecoms firm Wananchi Group, has confirmed that it has launched an experimental Wi-Fi network – branded ‘Wazi’ at the Junction shopping area in…

Internet News – In Brief

- The Zimbabwean wireless internet service provider uMax has announced the completion of its deployment of a wireless broadband network based on Alvarion 4Motion 2.5GHz 802.16e WiMAX equipment in the…

Laying the Ground for Local Content

A number of seemingly isolated but interrelated events are changing the IT landscape of Uganda and East Africa at large. Since they are occurring in isolation, not much notice is…

iBurst WiMax cuts prices in South Africa

iBurst has cut the prices of its WiMax products, a move that will take effect this month. The company's high-speed broadband offering, since its launch last year, has been criticised…

VODACOM GOES WIRELESS G

Vodacom Ventures, a subsidiary of the Vodacom Group, has signed a deal with G-Mobile Holdings - the holding company of WirelessG, a local provider of global broadband Internet access. This…

East Africa’s Health Sector Goes Digital, With Next Epidemic Alert a Click Away

East African Community member states are closer to having an integrated e-health regional information network to identify, confirm and respond rapidly to outbreaks of international ramifications. Following the Bujumbura Ministerial…

MTN Pilots Cloud Computing Services In 6 African Markets

MTN Business, a subsidiary of the MTN network, has launched a pilot project for its cloud bouquet of services that will provide a single point of contact for SMEs in…

South Africa: Tshwane claims to be the biggest free Wi-Fi city in SA

The City of Tshwane says it will lay claim to being the largest provider of free Wi-Fi in South Africa.Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will on Wednesday (30 July) announce…

Internet News - In Brief

- Comium Group Holding announced that Comium Data has been selected by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) in the Republic of Rwanda as the winner of a new Broadband…

NEW TOOL AIMS TO BYPASS INTERNET CENSORSHIP

A new tool aimed at circumventing Internet filters used by some governments was released Friday, offering hopes for freer access to information for activists, journalists and others.   The "psiphon"…

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya has raised the competitive stakes in the home Internet market with a new service that allows access through existing landlines, saving users substantial money in installation costs.…

Nigeria: Defence Headquarters Website Hacked - Chief of Defence Staff

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Uluseyi Petinrin, said some unknown persons have gained unlawful access to the computer systems of Defence Headquarters and that of the…

Kenya: A Year in Kenya Search - Google's Top Searches of 2012

Google announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2012 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest…

Ghana’s K-NET launches ultrafast broadband in 16 African nations

Ghanaian telecom giant K-NET last week launched a range of broadband Internet service packages expected to offer businesses and consumers across 16 West and Central African countries “unrivalled levels of…

UbuntuNet, the regional high-speed Internet network for research and education has just been commissioned in Eastern and Southern Africa

Lilongwe, Malawi, 28 July 2014: UbuntuNet Alliance, the research and education network for Eastern and Southern Africa; and DANTE, the operator of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network, today…

MWEB AND IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WIMAX POSSIBILITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

MWEB and Internet Solutions (IS), two of the largest ISPs in South Africa, are optimistic about the potential of WiMax to increase the current broadband penetration rate in South Africa.…

JUDGE BANS ONLINE GAMBLING IN GAUTENG PROVINCE

Pretoria High Court judge Willie Hartzenberg this week granted the Gauteng Gambling Board a declaratory order, banning online gambling – other than bookmaking – in the province. But the position…

TELKOM FORCES INTERNET SOLUTIONS TO HALT ADSL SIGNUPS

Internet Solutions (IS) has decided to suspend the provisioning of any new IS ADSL users on their network due to capacity problems. In a statement released on Tuesday they said…

GHANA CYBER-CAFÉ OWNERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST UNFAIR AND ARBITRARY AMA TAXES

In a packed meeting of cyber-café owners at Busy Internet attended by well over 100 people, the spokesperson for the Cyber Café Owners Association of Ghana told those attending that…

Chinese engineers deploy Brazzaville-Kinshasa fibre link under Congo River

The capitals of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Brazzaville and Kinshasa, have been linked by an under-river fibre cable installed by Chinese engineers, Agence…

Nigeria: NSE Demonstrates Possibility of Online Real-Time Voting

The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) has successfully demonstrated that Nigeria could hold its general elections online real-time, just as it was done at the recent US election.The engineers at…

WITIN uses technology to empower Nigerian women and children

Women in Technology in Nigeria is busy opening doors for women. The non-for-profit NGO provides a diverse mix of resources to empower Nigerian women, youth, and children. Offerings include hosted…

Teraco remains a hub for global players connecting to over 55 countries

Launched two years ago, the Africa Cloud eXchange (ACX) from Teraco Data Centre Environments  now provides access to 54 African countries via local and global carriers. ACX aims to provide…

Disrupted SAT3 Service Restored in West Africa

The damage done to the submarine fibre cable that provides internet service to Nigeria and other countries in West Africa SAT3 has been rectified and service restored. A BBC report…

LIBYA SIGNED AGREEMENT ON DOMAIN NAME MANAGEMENT

ICANN announced in a press release that it has signed an accountability framework with the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) managers for .ly – Libya. The Accountability Framework program provides…

Internet News - In Brief

- National operator Mauritius Telecom has been given approval by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority to cut its wholesale ADSL tariffs by 26%, writes online news portal lexpress.mu. If…

ETHIOPIA: TEN HOSPITALS TO BEGIN TELEMEDICINE SERVICES SOON

Ten selected hospitals in the country will soon begin telemedicine services to fight poverty and increase the current poor health coverage, officials said on Wednesday. The hospitals to get the…

TUNISIA TO INSTAL WI-FI HOT SPOTS FOR WSIS SUMMIT

Two pilot wireless "hot-spots" will be installed for the forthcoming WSIS Summit in Tunisia. The hot-spots are currently being installed in the Kram exhibtion centre and the main Tunisian airports.…

UUNET KENYA SUES WANANCHI AND TELKOM KENYA TO RECOVER LINES

Two internet service rivals, UUNet Kenya and Wananchi Online, are entangled in a legal dispute over alleged breach of a network agreement worth more than Sh35 million. UUNet has sued…

E-SHOP AFRICA GROWS RAPIDLY AFTER MEDIA COVERAGE

The idea that there’s a market out there for African e-commerce sites if only you can get to them seems to be confirmed by e-Shop Africa’s recent experience. Following an…

Orange, Wordcamp host blogging event

Orange is the title sponsor of this year’s WordCamp Kenya Conference, set for November 10-11, 2012.As the platinum sponsor of the event, Orange’s contribution will go towards the organisation of…

Internet – In Brief

- Airtel Nigeria, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has completed tests of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Lagos, reports The Economic Times. The company will now…

Kenya: Google, Storyful Launch Kenyan Elections Youtube Channel

Google, in conjunction with Storyful have launched a YouTube channel for the upcoming Kenyan Elections. The move was announced Thursday afternoon in a Google Hangout that featured Kenyan Media, Ory…

Q-KON partners with Startel to engage Angola

Q-KON, a provider of satellite and wireless access network solutions to niche markets in Africa, has announced a partnership with Angola’s Startel SA (Startel). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has…

Internet – In Brief

- The Information Security Society of Africa, Nigeria (ISSAN) and some stakeholders in the banking industry have decried the absence of cybercrime law to deal with e-fraud offenders in the…

TEAMS shareholders are getting different prices for bandwidth and still no link to Europe

Shareholders in the Kenyan-Government sponsored TEAMS fibre consortium are getting different prices for their bandwidth, giving some a clear price edge over others. The variations arise from the fact that…

Cape Town to Expand Fibre-Optic Network

Cape Town's economic development directorate wants the council to allocate additional funds to accelerate the expansion of its fibre-optic network to Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, saying if it did not…

FIBRE OPTIC PROJECT SHIFTS GEAR IN KENYA

The fibre optic sub-marine cable project spearheaded by the Government taken a step forward following the completion of a route survey. The East Africa Marine Systems (Teams) undersea cable should…

GHANA TELECOM TO CREDIT OVERCHARGED INTERNET OPERATORS

The management of Ghana Telecom (GT) is to credit its Internet clientele operating within Hohoe District who were overcharged by the company. Emmanuel Amoah-Duah, Commercial Manager in charge of Billing…

EGYPT EMERGES AS LOWEST COST ADSL MARKET

New Arab Advisors research covering 17 major Arab markets reveals that Egypt has the lowest total cost of residential ADSL service in the Middle East region. Syria lies on the…

MAROC TELECOM SIGNS INTERNET AGREEMENT WITH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Cuts in access costs of up to 20% and special packs to help develop web sites are some of the elements of an agreement between Maroc Telecom and the Ministry…

UNISWITH LAUNCHES INTO ZIMBABWE’S E-PAYMENT SPACE

The recent problems experienced by the Zimbabwean public in accessing cash has offered a new player in the electronic payments sector a good moment to launch. uniswitch, a newly founded…

SkyVision expands its footprint in DRC with the launch of its new corporate services and local hub

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, last week announced the expansion of their new corporate solutions in DRC. The company’s…

Launching of the first 4g internet network in bangui

Millenium Telecom Centrafrique S.A. has announced the launch of the first 4th Generation wireless high speed Internet network, technology-­‐based mobile WiMAX (802.16e), under the brand name “BLACK”.As a result of…

Tanzania: Vodacom Conducts Trials On Ultra-Fast Internet Technology

Vodacom Tanzania is conducting trials on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology which will enable the firm's customers to enjoy ultra-fast internet speed.Speaking at a ceremony to launch the trials in…

Zim internet use increases from 4% to 22% of survey sample

The latest Zimbabwe All Media and Products Survey results show that urban internet use is growing fast, with 42% of people now having access, up from 34% a year ago. …

Intelsat, SoftBank Mobile conclude successful field trial of managed, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya

Intelsat and Japan-based SoftBank Mobile last week announced the successful trial of a cost-effective, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya. Intelsat supported the demonstration through capacity on the Intelsat…

New Artel in Talks With Seacom in Rwanda

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Rwanda are preparing for the submarine fibre optic cable connection that stretch from the East African coast to different interior destinations of the region. New…

ISOC Calls for Policy Directions in Ghana

The General Secretary of the Internet Society (ISOC), Eric Akomea, has called on policy makers in the ICT sector, to institute a framework that would encourage the use of the…

NIRA CALLS FOR PROMOTION OF NATION'S .NG DOMAIN

Chairman board of trustees of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) Dr. Adeola Odeyemi has re-iterated the need for all stakeholders in the Nigerian internet community to come together to…

Internet News - In Brief

- Djaweb, a subsidiary of Algerie Telecom, has launched in Algiers an e-learning service through prepaid cards. Carried out in partnership with multinational companies Thomson Netg and Microsoft, this first…

DESTINY WIRELESS PLC LAUNCH DESTINY WIRELESS SOUTH AFRICA

The Wi-Fi Technology Forum/-Destiny Wireless plc officially launched Destiny Wireless South Africa this week. Destiny™ will replicate the structures already created in the UK and Australia as Country Agent for…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Moroccan regulator has decided that wi-fi operating on the 5 GHZ frequency can only be used within the inside of a single building. - South African internet banking…

KABISSA LAUNCHES NEXT PHASE OF TIME TO GET ONLINE PROJECT IN GHANA

Following a successful pilot in Nigeria earlier this year, Kabissa—a nonprofit organization that seeks to use technology to strengthen organizations working to improve the lives of people in Africa—has launched…

TANZANIAN ISPS MOVE CLOSER TO ESTABLISHING AN INTERNET EXCHANGE

Independent research has shown that African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) loose over US$400 million every year paying for the peering of local traffic in international exchanges and international bandwidth providers.…

GSMA Calls on Nigerian Government to Unlock Economic Growth by Supporting Mobile Broadband Rollout

The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, last week called on the Nigerian government to unlock potential NGN862 billion of GDP growth by 2015 by supporting the…

Google goes low-tech to unleash Nigeria potential

Despite all its cutting-edge technology, Google Inc. has turned to the humble text message to break into Nigeria’s booming economy.The search engine has started a service in Nigeria, as well…

Internet - In Brief

-  A Japanese online car retailer, Carview Corporation, has extended its operations to include Kenya. Carview sells second hand cars online to buyers around the world. The company has now…

Google supports internet in Africa with NSRC, ISOC

Google has announced its collaboration with two network-driven companies in an attempt to make internet more accessible and effective in sub-Saharan Africa. The company will give USD 3.1 million to…

Namibia's Wi-Fi Rollout Not Encouraging

Wi-fi in Namibia is not as widespread as one would hope, with some hotspots in and around the capital's city centre, the bigger hotels and elsewhere around the country having…

Internet News - In Brief

- Tanzanian incumbent TTCL has announced this week that it is fully connected to Seacom. Other local companies already hooked to the system include TANESCO, Songo Songo Gas and Tanzanian…

Telkom South Africa’s mobile broadband plans

Details about Telkom’s entrance into the mobile space have started to emerge, indicating that the incumbent fixed line provider will offer both wireless telephony and mobile broadband services. According to…

ACCESSKENYA RECEIVES VSAT LICENSE

AccessKenya Group, the holding company which owns AccessKenya, Kenya’s leading corporate ISP, and BLUE, one of Kenya’s largest Public Data Network Operators, has announced that through BLUE it has paid…

SA'S TELKOM INTERNET LAUNCHES WITH 2GB CAP

Telkom has launched the TelkomInternet powered by ADSL Standard package, which it says offers customers a combination of e-mail and always-available Internet services at reduced cost. The TelkomInternet powered by…

UNDP PROJECT TO STRENGTHEN CAPACITY TO CREATE NATIONAL ICT POLICY

A recently approved project, allocating US$95,000 from the ICT Trust Fund, opts to strengthen the capacity to prepare a National ICT Policy in Lesotho. According to those setting up the…

Telecommunication Firm Moves to Boost Internet Penetration in Tanzania

Tanzania’s Zantel, last week slashed prices for its modems by about 50 per cent, reviving hopes of boosting internet connections in a country that has one of the lowest penetration…

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa's Cell C has upgraded its internet firewall platform with Crossbeam Systems - allowing for a 10-fold increase in traffic.

Millions of subscribers to get one-click internet access

Mozambican mobile operator mCel and Opera Software have announced a co-branded version of a Opera Mini web browser, which will soon be available to mCel subscribers. Mozambique has fewer than…

“We are IPv6 ready!” AFRINIC and Teraco on joint training for Network Access Providers

Teraco Data Centre Environments co-hosted an IPv6 training with AFRINIC (The African Network Information Centre), the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, on 20 – 23 August 2013. AFRINIC is…

Internet News - In Brief

- Despite the public launch of Election 2009 in South Africa, the Independent Electoral Commission’s website still locks out users of open source software and mobile phones. - Gateway Communications…

Gateways launches Wireless Broadband in Nigeria

Gateway Communications, one of Africa's leading connectivity provider launched the AirLinkTM and MetroLinkTM products. The products are designed to impact on companies operating in Nigeria to access the internet and…

Internet News - In Brief

- The Nigerian communication satellite will be launched on May 14, 2007, Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Turner T. Isoun has said. Nigcomsat had already been completed and moved…

VODACOM’S HSDPA ‘SLOWER THAN ADVERTISED'

One week after the launch of Vodacom's high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA), tests have shown that downlink speeds are far less than its advertised 1.8Mbps. MyADSL founder Rudolph Muller, who…

KENYA’S REGULATOR LICENCES 8 ISPS FOR VOIP

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has said it will issue mobile operators with licences to operate their own international gateways next year, with a definite timetable expected by early…

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigerian ISP Linkserve Limited, has approved free service for prospective customers, who desire to purchase Linkserve's VSAT product. On purchase of the 1.2, 1.8 or 2.4 meter dishes, Linkserve…

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana’s Ecobank advertised an online banking service recently but pulled the plug because its head office was not ready to implement. - Ghana Telecom is thinking of launching an…

BURKINA FASO: CYBER-CAFÉ EXPLOSION BUT CONNECTIONS SLOW AND EXPENSIVE

The explosion in the number of cyber-cafes in Burkina Faso is making the web more accessible, writes Florence Santos da Silva of Afrik.com. But this is in spite of a…

Internet News - In Brief

-Zimbabwean government-run fixed line operator TelOne has announced the commercial launch of its fibre-optic link to the East African Submarine System (EASSy) international undersea cable via Mozambique. TelOne, which owns…

Internet in Brief

- Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel is planning to roll out large-scale Wi-Fi networks throughout its 17 African units in a bid to bolster the delivery of wireless data services,…

States Get 12 Months To Switch To Nigeria’s Internet Address

As part of measures to ensure Nigeria plants its feet firmly on the cyberspace, all the 36 states governments and their agencies have been given till August 18, 2014, to…

More Internet services for Western Region Market in Kenya

A number of telecom companies are expanding into Western Kenya in a bid to capture a market dominated by Telkom Kenya. Africa Online, UUNET and Kenya Data Network are rolling…

UGANDA REGULATOR SEEKS CONTROL OF UGANDA'S DOMAIN NAME

If you want to register a domain name with a Ugandan country code, .ug, the man to speak to is Charles Musisi, an Internet entrepreneur who has managed the country's…

SOUTH AFRICA DIAL-UP MARKET HITS CEILING

Growth in internet access among the public is crawling along, with the dial-up market experiencing no subscriber growth for the first time since the industry was launched in 1993. This…

SOUTH AFRICAN ISP CMC LAUNCHES NEW VOIP SERVICE

Gauteng-based Internet service provider (ISP) CMC Networks is now ‘voice-ready' following the launch of its voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology, VO-X (Voice over Xcellence). "We have comprehensively taken advantage…

TUNISIA HOSTS IPV6 AFRICA AND MID-EAST TASK FORCE EVENT

Last week (20-22 July) saw Tunisia host the "Internet Protocol V6" organised by the ITU and the Tunisian regulator ATI. The event concluded with a press conference to describe the…

SECURITY BREACHES OCCUR MOSTLY AT COMPANIES WITH LAVISH SECURITY SYSTEMS

Ninety percent of high profile security breaches occur at companies with lavish security systems in place. So said Clifford Katz of Information Security Architects (ISA) South Africa at a Sun…

A Tiny Island Finally Connects To The World Wide Web

Sandwiched between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the island of Idjwi had no Internet access until last month. Host Scott Simon speaks with Jacques Sebisaho, a doctor…

Rise and fall of Ivory Coast’s internet cafés

The business of internet café in Ivory Coast is no longer what it is used to be five, six or even 10 years ago due to various factors.Technological advances and…

Online Initiative for Reporting Xenophobic Violence in South Africa

For Quirk eMarketing, merely talking about the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa hasn't been enough, and www.unitedforafrica.co.za is the result - a site which provides real-time, geo-located updates of…

BATTLE OF THE ISPS IN SOUTH AFRICA: IS VS VERIZON

The legal stand-off  between Internet service providers Internet Solutions (IS, a subsidiary of Dimension Data) and Verizon Business SA (a division of the US-based telecoms giant Verizon group) is unprecedented,…

KENYA UUNET IN PACT WITH ITALIAN FIRM

UUNET Communications Limited (UCL) has entered into partnership with an Italian technology firm, Skylogic, to provide broadband services. UUNET Communications Limited general manager, Robert Mugo, said among the broadband service…

BURKINA FASO’S ONATEL EXPERIMENTS WITH POWERLINE DELIVERY

Burkina Faso’s ONATEL has launched DSL but it is currently only available for corporate clients. It has also been experimenting with Wi-Fi during the Francophonie conference in Ouagadougou. It is…

CISCO PIONEER TO KICK OFF AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM AT FOR ACT 2005

One of Cisco’s pioneering engineers, Jim Forster, will be kicking off the African Internet Forum at the seventh annual African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT 2005), to be held in…

UNIVERSITY OF COCODY OPENS A STUDENT INTERNET ACCESS CENTRE

Thirty computers were connected to the internet with a broadband connection last Thursday for students of the University of Cocody in Abidjan to use. These computers form part of the…

ICANN MEETING IN CAPE TOWN DISCUSSES AFRICAN INTERNET PROBLEMS

The ICANN meeting held last week in Cape Town discussed a wide range of issues. The following summary is drawn from a range of reports from different countries: - As…

MALI: HOSPITAL AT DIMMBAL USES STAELLITE INTERNET FOR TELEMEDICINE

In the hospital at Dimbal situated some 750 kilometres from Mali's capital Bamako, patients can now benefit directly from the medical opinion of experts. How? Via a Geolink Access satellite…

SKYBAND BRINGS WIRELESS INTERNET TO MALAWI

Skyband Wireless, an offshoot of internet service provider Africa Online, announced on Monday last week the launch of what it described as a fast and efficient wireless communication set to…

Internet News - In Brief

  - South African state-owned signal carrier Sentech has acquired the remaining 30% stake of Infosat from Ared. The move means Sentech will now fully own Infosat, which provides value-added…

Internet – In Brief

Google Africa has expanded the YouTube partner programme to Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda, following the launch of YouTube domains in those countries. The YouTube partner programme enables content producers…

Somalia: Federal Govt Urges Telecom Companies Not to Abide By Al Shabaab Internet Ban

Federal Government of Somalia called on private telecommunication companies to resist Al Shabaab coercion following the ban of internet on mobile phones and through fiber optic cables, Garowe Online reports.The…

Internet News - In Brief

- State-owned Algerie Telecom has halved its price for Internet access, taking the price of a home subscription for a 128kbps connection down to DZD590 (USD8.60) a month. Lotfi Nezzar,…

31 TELECOMS COMPANIES THREATEN TO PULL OUT OF EASSY PROJECT

This is a psychological blow to the initiative, which has already received a big body blow when 16 of the 23 member countries behind the initiative snubbed the signing of…

SOUTH AFRICA BROADBAND USERS MORE THAN DOUBLE IN NINE MONTHS

There are now more than 200,000 local broadband users according to the latest feedback from the various broadband providers. The 100,000 mark was achieved in the middle of last year…

NIGER ISPS HOLD DISCUSSIONS ABOUT FORMING ISP ASSOCIATION

Niger’s ISPs are talking about forming an ISP association. There are four ISPs: IXCom (French-owned), Telestar, Afripa Telecom (owned by Atlantique Telecom) and Sahel.com (owned by incumbent Sonitel). Except for…

MWEB HOME LAUNCHES SOUTH AFRICA'S BIGGEST PODCAST

  MWEB Home has teamed-up with Arno Carstens to create South Africa's first big local music podcast. Published via www.mweb.co.za on Thursday, 29 September, the podcast will feature an interview…

SA'S CUASA WANTS MORE BROADBAND COMPETITION AND WARNS AGAINST NEW OFFERINGS

While welcoming the new products and price reductions announced by Telkom, the Communications Users Association of SA (CUASA) has warned consumers to be cautious about adopting the new offerings. CUASA…

SA'S WBS SOFT-LAUNCHES BROADBAND WI-FI SERVICE IBURST

Wireless technology company WBS soft-launched its high-speed internet services in Sandton City this week, ahead of its official launch early next year. Prospective users were shown the potential coverage map…

SA'S INTERNET SOLUTIONS TO LAUNCH ADSL OFFERING

Internet Solutions (IS) is planning to introduce its own ADSL offering within two months, says CEO Angus McRobert. McRobert spoke to ITWeb during the company's Internetix conference held in Cape…

NIGERIA’S FIRST BANK’S ONLINE REAL TIME LOCATIONS HIT 130

Nigeria’s First Bank has added another 20 real-time locations. This brings to 130 the number of the bank’s branches and locations linked together online, in real time. The bank claims…

Wananchi Group and Cisco Sign Multiyear Contract to roll-out Triple Play services in East Africa

Cisco announced today that the Wananchi Group, Africa's pioneering provider of triple-play (broadband, multichannel cable television and voice telephony) and VSAT (broadband data and Internet) services, has signed a contract…

Ghana postal service hard hit by internet shift

Ghana’s postal service company has recorded a drop in its traditional mail service as the country’s population shifts towards electronic means of communication, like email.It has been reported that the…

UGANDA GOVERNMENT HAS COMMISSIONED FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR A FIBER-OPTIC BACKBONE

A team of technical experts from the Chinese government are doing a parallel study of their own following the signing of an e-government memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese…

INTELSAT WINS CONTRACT WITH THE AFRICAN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE INTERNET BANDWIDTH SERVICES

Intelsat has been selected by the African Virtual University (AVU) as its strategic communications partner in an initiative to establish a higher education bandwidth consortium which will make Internet bandwidth…

Internet News - In Brief

- According to a report by the Arab Advisors Group, the number of internet accounts in Egypt is expected to grow at an annual rate of 23.7% between 2003 and…

KENYAN GOVERMENT GAZETTES 6 INTERNET COMPANIES

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has gazetted the licensing of six companies for the Internet backbone and gateway operations. This brings to 16 the number of companies gazetted to…

EUTELSAT'S SKYLOGIC SELECTED BY NETHOPE TO CONNECT WORLDWIDE OPS

Eutelsat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, announced today that it has been selected by NetHope as a supplier for 2-way satellite broadband connectivity for aid organisations in over…

SA’S ABSA TO DEPLOY BANDWIDTH ENHANCER ACROSS SOUTHERN AFRICA

The Absa Group is deploying a new-generation bandwidth, enhancing technology in more than 45 locations in southern Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania as part of a programme to expand its legacy…

The SEACOM outage – the view from Rwanda

As the internet breakdown enters it fifth day, businesses that rely on internet connection for their operations are counting their losses by the day, with some switching their Internet Service…

MTN SA, Intel collaborate on African WiMAX venture

South Africa's MTN Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US communication giant Intel, which will see the two companies collaborating to accelerate the deployment and penetration of…

Sierra Leone: 3 ISPs fail to meet ACE consortium payments to SALCAB

The new year could not have started worse for three of Sierra Leone’s nine internet service providers (ISPs) who have had their services deactivated. They are among the leading ISPs…

Is the Merger of Pan-African ISPs a good sign for Internet Prices?

Customers subscribing to iWay Internet brand are set to benefit from efficient high, quality and reliable service after the merger of Afsat Communications and MWEB Africa. Afsat and MWEB have…

CYBER-TERRORISM THREAT IS GETTING WORSE, SAY EXPERTS

When bombs exploded on the London underground last year killing 52 commuters, medical and emergency services were caught off guard. Many of the 700 wounded had to make their own…

ISP MARKET REPRESENTS HUGE GROWTH OPPORTUNITY FOR AFRICAN GSM OPERATORS

GSM operators in Africa have an opportunity to drive massive growth in average revenue per user (ARPU) and traffic on their networks by offering ISP services such as Internet and…

NIGERIA'S NITEL INTRODUCES CDMA WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICES

Nigeria's NITEL has introduced two new products, fixed wireless access and IP wholesale, to complement its other products in the telecom market. A statement from the company made available to…

Internet News - In Brief

http://csd.ssvl.kth.se/~csd2004-team21 - Teleglobe International Holdings (which recently purchased ITXC) announced that Skype, the global Internet telephony company, has connected to Teleglobe's global VoIPLink(tm) Service for global call termination. Under the…

Internet News - In Brief

The ‘mock election’ fun poll carried on SA provider M-Web’s site has attracted nearly 20,000 votes in under two weeks. Most of the votes were for minority parties, with the…

Gambia: U.S Visa Application Now Done Online

The Visa application system of the United States of America has now been changed from paper-based forms to online application form. This was revealed at a press conference organised by…

Data and mobile internet services are emerging as the new competition war front for telecoms

Data and mobile internet services are emerging as the new competition war front for service providers ever since the landing of undersea fibre optic cables, TEAMS and SEACOM, about a…

Given Uganda's homophobia, why does it lead the way in Googling gay porn?

The anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda is more than simply a bill about homosexuality, and it is more than a pernicious piece of local legislation that affects Uganda alone. Of course,…

News24.com hits a new Milestone in South Africa

News24.com, the breaking news and information service in the 24.com network of sites, has recorded more than one million unique South African visitors in a month - the first South…

NIGERIA’S  IXP SET TO COME ON STREAM SHORTLY

Nigeria’s IXP project was unveiled during the 5th International Nigeria Telecommunications Forum in Abuja in September 2006 and President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to formally commission the project before the…

INTERNET PUTS MOROCCAN CENSORS UNDER GREATER PRESSURE

While satellite television often attracts the lion's share of analysis about new media and their effect on prospects for democratization in the Middle East and North Africa, another technology may…

Africa Google Maps now get driving directions

The internet search giant Google has now introduced driving directions for maps in Africa. Drivers with GPRS navigation systems or mobile phones with such applications can use Google Maps to…

In Brief:

- Kenya has the third highest number of blogs in Africa after Nigeria and South Africa, a firm indication of the nation's increasing IT literacy. The main African blog aggregator…

University research networks ZAMREN and TENET form the first UbuntuNet cross-border link

UbuntuNet Alliance announces that the research and education community in Zambia joined their global counterparts on Tuesday, 17th July 2012 when a team of Engineers from ZAMREN, ZESCO (the Zambian…

Microsoft to connect schools in South African white-spaces project

Microsoft is expanding the push for so-called “white spaces” broadband to South Africa, where it will help to deploy the technology in a pilot project serving five primary and secondary…

South Africa: MWEB customers get exclusive access to Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network

MWEB has announced an exclusive partnership with Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network.  The deal gives MWEB ADSL customers, with a Fon – enabled router, the opportunity to join a…

Nigeria’s 21st Century Technologies rolls out Sub-Saharan Africa’s first FTTH network

21st Century Technologies looks set to lay claim to being the first Sub-Saharan operator to roll out a Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network. It plans to target 10,000 homes in the capital…

Egyptian bloggers plan festival of torture videos

Egyptian bloggers, often at the forefront of exposing human rights abuses, are planning an online festival of torture videos to run alongside the 31st Cairo Film Festival, from 27 November…

EASSY PROJECT DISPUTE TAKES NEW TWIST

The protracted wrangle between the NEPAD's e-Africa Commission and a consortium of companies that initially conceived the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) project now looks set to result in…

NEW SECURITY PROTOCOLS MAKE THE INTERNET A SAFER PLACE TO SHOP

Adoption of new security protocols means liability for fraud shifts from merchants to issuing banks. New security measures are expected to help grow the number of South Africans shopping online,…

TELKOM SA HAS NO PLANS TO ROLL-OUT BROADBAND IN SOWETO

  Last week, president of the SMME Forum, Tebogo Khaas, caused a stir at iWeek when he told delegates there are no ADSL installations in Soweto -- one of the…

NIGERIA’S NCS TO RESOLVE NIGERIA’S .NG CONTROVERSY

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has been saddled with the responsibility of spearheading the transfer of Nigeria’s Internet nomenclature, the .ng domain, to a representative of Internet community stakeholders in…

Phase 3 Telecom to build terrestrial fibre network over power line between Togo, Benin and Nigeria

Phase 3, the provider of transmission and IP services using the aerial fibre optic transmission, has expanded its network to cover the Republic of Benin and Togo. This development came…

Internet New - In Brief:

- The Association of African Universities (AAU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) have signed a MoU aiming at establishing a strategic alliance, to promote cooperation and…

World Bank grants financial support to fill connectivity gaps in the Gambia, Guinea and Burkina Faso

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved three projects totaling US$92 million to boost ICT infrastructure and access to better services in three African countries. Burkina…

Africa to Get Own Internet Domain

Africa will now have its own Internet domain name; dot Africa, in the next 18 months.This is after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) completes its evaluation…

MFWA commences Internet Freedom project

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commenced a long-term advocacy to promote internet freedom in the West Africa region.The project is aimed at enhancing freedom of expression online…

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- US-based Mushroom Networks has teamed up with French IT company Impartial-IT to launch internet services in North Africa. Mushroom Networks plans to introduce its 'broadband bonding' service, which links…

WACS consortium, Alcatel-Lucent sign contract to deploy new 14,000km submarine cable network in West Africa

WACS will link countries in southern Africa, Western Africa and Europe, with high capacity international bandwidth. The WACS consortium and Alcatel-Lucent have signed today a turnkey contract valued at several…

Egypt’s Orasom considers merging LINKdotNET and MobiNil, buying other companies or selling

Arab Finance is reporting that broadband operator LINKdotNET is considering selling a majority stake to MobiNil, or alternatively merging with other companies operating in the Internet sector. Both LINKdotNET and…

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- Boudjemaâ Haïchour , the Algerian Minister of ostal Services and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) announced all the communes nationwide will benefit from high-speed internet connections by 2008. Meanwhile…

TERRACOM AND MTN TO TUSSLE OVER GOVERNMENT DEAL IN RWANDA

Terracom and MTN Rwandacell are set to compete for the provision of internet services in the country, after a two-year contract that the government signed with the former expired amid…

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- Interweb Satcom Limited, an information communication technology firm licensed by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has launched mobile VSAT technology into the Nigerian market. The technology known as Broadband…

AFRICAN MINISTERS' POSITION ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE - THE DAKAR RESOLUTION

"We, the African Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Ministers, gathered to consider "Africa's Common Position on Internet Governance", in Dakar from 5 to 6 September 2005, thank His Excellency Abdoulaye…

SA’S TELKOM PILOTS EIGHT FREE WIFI FOR ADSL USERS

Telkom has taken the wraps off eight WiFi hotspot pilot sites and says it will have 100 such sites by the end of the year, writes Carel Alberts of Itweb.…

Rwanda’s National Fibre to Connect Seacom to Burundi, DRC

Seacom, the company that owns the undersea cable that links the East Africa coast to the rest of the world via the Red Sea will use Rwanda's national fibre-optic backbone…

South Africa: Uniform environmental standard needed to speed up fibre network built out

Government needs to make it easier for telecommunications operators to build infrastructure, especially fibre-optic networks, as red tape and conflicting requirements are slowing the ability of companies to build broadband…

Airtel Malawi Upgrades Mobile Internet

Airtel has launched its 3.75G mobile internet in Malawi and Madagascar, which offers fastest information transfer. According to a statement released by Airtel, the launching of the 3.75G is an…

Zambia: Africonnect Spreads Wings

Africonnect, a local internet service provider will spend about US$7 million to expand connectivity throughout the typically underserved regions of Zambia in the next 18 months.AfriConnect managing director Matt Madzima…

New ISP Jostles for 1 Million Subscribers in Nigeria

NetAfric Internet Services, a subsidiary of Maybach Strategic Investment Limited, said it's working hard to register one million subscribers in Nigeria within the next twelve months. "We want to offer…

Zain launches 3.5G mobile internet service in Tanzania

Zain Tanzania has launched what it claims is the country’s fastest 3.5G mobile Internet service, the local Daily News reports. The unit’s managing director Khaled Muhtadi, told reporters that the…

EGYPT MOVES TOWARD WIRELESS BROADBAND REGULATION

Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is pushing forward with its second phase plans to introduce Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) regulation in Egypt. The regulator has announced a conference to…

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- President Kibaki has announced that the e-government policy is currently being implemented in Kenya, and will improve communications services across the country. As part of the project, the IT…

MWEB LAUNCHES FIXED WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICES IN NIGERIA

Mweb Nigeria, has launched Fixed Wireless Internet service to home and business customers in Lagos. General Manager, Mweb Nigeria, Mr. Jannie Van Rhyn, said at the formal launch of the…

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- According to a speaker at the recent CINSA conference, the whole of the island of Mauritius is a wireless hot-spot. - Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) has launched its…

Internet price reductions take time to trickle down to the end users in Uganda

The arrival of high-speed Internet in Uganda has finally been matched by price reductions to Internet service providers. By last week, some ISPs were purchasing capacity at $650-$700 per Mbps,…

Zimbabwe: Potraz Sees Internet Charges Going Down

Access to high-speed internet in Zimbabwe continues to be prohibitive partly due to charges levied by operators but the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) says the recent surge in…

Teraco opens Africa’s first privately owned public peering facility

Teraco Data Environments, a vendor neutral data centre provider, recently announced the launch of NAPAfrica, South Africa’s first open, free and public peering facility. Teraco Managing Director, Lex van Wyk…

Tanzanian incumbent to sell NICTBB bandwidth to neighbours

Tanzania’s state-owned fixed line PTO Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) is looking to strike deals with neighbours such as Mozambique and landlocked Burundi, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, to sell them…

Cybercafés in Nairobi dwindle as Internet-enabled phones rise

Vincent Nzesa sits in his cybercafé in Donholm, a suburb on the east of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, whiling away time as he waits for customers, with his eyes fixing at…

Moroccans denounce new information draft law

After a heated debate and a long wait, the Moroccan government secretariat withdrew the “Information Law” draft bill (“Code Numerique”) from its official website, after it had published it in…

Newly formed South African National Broadband Forum calls for “affordable broadband” as first priority of new Government

The South African National Broadband Forum will hand over a proposed broadband policy framework to the new Minister of Communications at the first sitting of Parliament after the South African…

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- International Energy Insurance Plc (IEI) has introduced an online transaction platform to make it easy for people to buy any of the company's products without having to be at…

ANTI-FRAUD SITE CREATOR TAKES ON THE FRAUDSTERS

In a new book published at the end of last year called Greetings in Jesus Name!, author Mike Berry describes how he and a network of anti-fraud activists have taken…

MAURITIUS' TELECOM PLUS SUFFERS THREE SERIOUS OUTAGES

The internet service of incumbent telco Mauritius Telecom's ISP subsidiary Telecom Plus has suffered three serious outages since last Wednesday. These outages have been frustrating for both companies and individuals…

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- In a press release issued this week, Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer of Main One Cable Company said that “with the Main One project having secured commitments for the…

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- Indications emerged that Nigeria may have to postpone the launch of its second earth observation satellite, NigeriaSat-2 and one other, NigeriaSat-X, scheduled for this week. The postponement according to…

Egypt: Internet Radio Powers On After Arab Spring

When an Egyptian court fined former president Hosni Mubarak and two aides a total of 90 million dollars for cutting mobile and Internet services during protests that led to his…

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- ISP PowerTel has increased its presence in Bulawayo, the second largest city after it commissioned three base stations in the city. PowerTel announced that it has switched on three…

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 South African-backed Bidvest Namibia Information Technology is the latest company to apply to the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) for a technology- and service-neutral (Comprehensive) telecoms network operating licence…

Kenya’s Nakuru County gets free Wi-Fi

Kenya’s Nakuru County will be receiving free Wi-Fi for up to a month as part of a partnership between the Nakuru County government, the State House’s Department of Communications and…

Seacom completes link to Kampala

Seacom, the submarine cable operator with a network of submarine and terrestrial high speed fibre-optic cables, has completed its link from Nairobi to Kampala through Tororo. This continues its bid…

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www.nac.org.zm - Vodacom South Africa has not picked up any trouble with its data services over the past few months, says the local mobile giant. This is despite consumers alleging…

Nigeria’s Main One Cable System hooks to Uhurunet

Nigeria's Main One Cable System is joining the Uhurunet project that aims to link the entire African continent via undersea and terrestrial fibre optic cables, Department of Communications Director General…

SHOPPERS GET THE HANG OF BUYING ONLINE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local consumers are finally catching up with the rest of the world, with more of them going online to shop, according to auction company bidorbuy, which has seen a steady…

Mali - Internet and Mobile Phone Access Help Farmers Help Each Other

For 25 years Yacouba Sawadogo, a small-scale farmer in Mali, has been working to stop the process of desertification in the Sahel region of western Africa. During  the 1970s and…

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- The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has announced that it has launched a new Internet Exchange point at its data center facility in Djibouti. The new IXP will allow existing…

Nedbank deploys Gemalto’s plug-and-play solution to secure online banking for corporate clients

Gemalto , the world leader in digital security, announces that Nedbank Ltd, a leading commercial bank in South Africa, is deploying its Ezio eBanking solution to provide their wholesale customers…

Rocket Internet’s Jumia Launches in Senegal

Following its launches in Tanzania and Angola, Rocket Internet’s online retailer Jumia last week launched in Senegal, the 12th country the e-commerce site is active in.In a statement, Patrick Farnole,…

Altech Blamed For Net Providers' Licence Delay in South Africa

Efforts to create a more competitive Internet market have been thwarted purely because legal action by Altech has halted efforts to liberate the industry, says the Independent Communications Authority of…

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- Canada's Infotec Business Systems Inc, which uses webcams to broadcast live footage of wild animals on the web, says its 'Africam' site has captured the first live kill of…

South Africa: Afrihost boosts ADSL value

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Afrihost announced on Wednesday that their capped ADSL subscribers will get more value for money, with higher data allowances for the same price.“A Bronze client who…

Global content on our doorstep as Akamai finds a home in Africa

Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s first provider of vendor neutral data centres, has teamed up with local company Vox Telecom to bring Akamai’s global content to Africa’s doorstep.Akamai Technologies is a…

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Zimbabwe’s cellular market leader Econet Wireless has introduced new time-based bundles for mobile internet customers using the Opera Mini browser. The firm is charging USD0.40 for 24 hours of internet…

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Q-KON has recently boosted its footprint into Africa by establishing its partnership with the global Newtec Business Partner Program (bePART), and is therefore an official distributor of Newtec satcom products.…

South African’s Broadband over Power Lines company gets investor

Investment group Safika Holdings had agreed to buy a majority stake in Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), a company that provides high-speed data services over power lines, GTS confirmed this week.…

22.4% of Internet users in Egypt use e-commerce services

A new major survey of Internet users in Egypt was conducted by the Arab Advisors Group in February 2012. The survey revealed that around 22.4% of Internet users in the…

Airtel launches ‘Africa Connect’ to enhance connectivity in Africa

Airtel has announced the launch of its Africa Connect network aimed at enhancing Africa’s connectivity with the rest of the world and add to the data carriage capacity in the…

ETC FINALIZED INTERNET BANDWIDTH UPGRADING PROJECT

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has finalized the implementation of Internet bandwidth upgrading project with a view to providing lasting solution to the traffic congestion witnessed at the international Internet…

MOROCCO’S MTDS WOOS ADSL CUSTOMERS FOR SERVICE LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY

There are currently three ADSL service providersin Morocco, Menara (subsidiary of Maroc Telecom/Vivendi), Wanadoo (subsidiary of France Telecom), and us, MTDS. We all pay Maroc Telecom the same prices for…

INTERNET GROWTH BEGINS TO TAKE OFF IN MAURITANIA

Cybercafes are springing up like mushrooms, despite the slow speed of the connections, according to Olivia Marsaud of Afrik.com. On a short visit to Tevragh Zeina, a district north of…

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- The Sapo CV internet portal is celebrating four years in Cape Verde by reaching a milestone of 10 million page views. Since launching in April 2008, Sapo CV has…

Intel launches programme to expand digital literacy

Intel has announced She Will Connect, a new programme aimed at expanding digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries. Intel will begin the initiative in Africa, where the…

South African Ownership required for Sea Cable so Seacom drops out

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that no undersea cable will be allowed to land in SA and provide cheaper broadband unless it is majority owned by local or African investors.…

NO MORE ADSL ACCESS CHARGES FROM TELKOM?

The new ICASA ADSL Regulations which were Gazetted last week faced a barrage of criticism for not adequately addressing the price of the service, but it does however look like…

UGANDA’S LIRA ON ON THE INTERNET WITH IWAY FACILITY

iWay Africa, a low cost direct satellite internet access group, has launched its first ever services in northern Uganda in Lira. Lira mayor, Peter Owiny while officiating at the launch…

West African regulators look at how to tackle SAT3 international fibre monopoly

The West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) held a two day conference last week to look at how its members might address the issues raised by the SAT3 monopoly. The…

GOOGLE SEARCHES FOR NEW SA OFFICE STAFF

The company behind the world's most popular internet search engine is planning to open an office in Johannesburg or Cape Town. Google is advertising for a country business manager and…

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- Standard Bank’s aggressive marketing of its online banking services seems to be paying off, with the value of transactions surging by 164% to R11 billion last year. The bank…

SOUTH AFRICA REOPENS NOMINATIONS TO INTERNET BODY

A call for volunteers to serve on the body that will oversee SA’s internet domain has been reopened. This is despite the submission of more than 80 nominations for seats…

Google Maps get to Ghana and 30 other African Countries

Detailed maps of West African nation Ghana are now accessible on Google Maps. Users can search up to date online maps, businesses and locations through any web browser or via…

Avanti powers digital economies across Africa and Middle East with new Ka-band International IP Trunking service

Avanti Communications, the satellite operator, has announced the launch of the world’s first commercial Ka-band, International IP Trunking proposition that will transform international IP trunking across Africa and the Middle…

Telkom South Africa introduces 600 Mbps Metro LAN service

Telkom will be introducing Metro LAN in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town during March. Announcing the service, Godfrey Ntoele, Group Executive for National Sales and Marketing Operations, said that Metro…

All Tunisian schools to get broadband and more computer teachers to be employed

-Tunisia’s schools are about to be connected to the Internet in an ambitious TD17 million to purchase 900 additional computer laboratories and give all schools a broadband connection. Some 846…

INTERNET CENSORSHIP ON THE INCREASE IN TUNISIA

Omar Mestiri, the editor of the opposition online newspaper "Kalima", is the victim of judicial harassment, Reporters Without Borders has said of a libel suit that could result in a…

MONTHS OF HARASSMENT FORCE EGYPTIAN COPTIC BLOGGER TO CENSOR HERSELF

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the months of harassment by the authorities in Qina (near Luxor, in central Egypt) that forced Hala Helmy Botros to close down her blog, Aqbat…

MTN RWANDA LAUNCHES MOBILE DATA SERVICES WITH GPRS

MTN Rwanda has unveiled its mobile internet service, a move that seeks to transform the telecom giant from a predominantly voice service provider to a fully fledged telecom solution provider.…

MAURITIUS: CCID ARREST SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH INTERNET OUTAGE

The deposition made by Mauritius Telecom's legal team after an internal enquiry into an internet outage over two days is beginning to bear fruit. The IT Unit of the Central…

LONG-AWAITED TANZANIAN IXP LAUNCHES WITH RAHA.COM CONNECTING

Tanzania’s local internet exchange point launched this week. Raha.com has connected and the other six ISPs that make up TISPA will join in the coming months. Equipment for the exchange…

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- The non-appearance of the Tanzania IXP took a new twist with a contributor to eThinkTank asking what had happened to the proposed Independent Telecommunications Network (ITN). This was a…

Uganda’s MPs Probe U.S.$30 Million Fibre Optic Project

Uganda Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) have directed the Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit on the national backbone and electronic government infrastructures…

Web Resource for Farming Data Launched in Tanzania

A one-stop online resource for national statistics on agriculture was launched in Dar es Salaam last week. The National Bureau of Statics (NBS) partnered with the Food and Agricultural Organisation…

Kiswahili lovers find rich digital content on new Internet hub

A kilometre into the Indian Ocean from Malindi, Captain John Mwaboza pulls his mobile phone from a pouch dangling from his neck. “Evidence from oral traditions supports the fact that…

Medical Treatment By the Internet in Tanzania

Hospitals in rural Tanzania have designed ways to communicate with doctors in referral hospitals using the Internet. The Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza has a telemedicine unit that connects Rubya…

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- The fibre from Niger’s capital Niamey has been completed up to its border but the Burkina Faso stretch to Ouagadougou has not yet been completed. - The African Development…

KENYA, BURUNDI AND MADAGASCAR SECURE FUNDS FOR HI-SPEED INTERNET

Kenya, Burundi and Madagascar have secured a US$164.5 million loan from the World Bank to help roll-out high-speed Internet networks. The World Bank said the money was being made available…

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- Mauritel SA (owned by Maroc Telecom) has rolled out a second data link on SAT3 with a bandwidth capacity of 45Mbps. The second link will also provide a redundancy…

MOZAMBIQUE WINS WIMAX RACE WITH MAPUTO MUNI NETWORK

Rapid Cloud Technology, the Johannesburg-based sub-Saharan distributor of certified WiMax equipment for Canada's Redline Communications, has deployed Africa's first certified WiMax metropolitan network in the capital of neighbouring Mozambique in…

DIDATA LOCKS HORNS WITH TELKOM AS IT UNILATERALLY ENDS PEERING AGREEMENT

Hostilities have broken out again between Telkom and Dimension Data SA subsidiary Internet Solutions (IS). IS, which is SA's largest Internet service provider (ISP), has lodged an application in the…

GEOLINK AND EUTELSAT LINK UP WITH LA POSTE TO PROVIDE BROADBAND

Geolink and Eutelsat are backing an initiative by France’s La Poste group to provide Geolink Access, two-way broadband Internet access, to post offices in Africa. Indeed, La Poste has just…

Green Future to Spend Sh900 Million On Cable to Rwanda

Internet speeds in Rwanda are set to improve dramatically, with the laying of a 1,500 km cable by Green Future, a last-mile connectivity company. The Kenyan-based firm will spend about…

Draft cyber policy welcomed but criticised in South Africa

Legal experts have welcomed the Department of Communications' (DOC's) draft policy on cyber security, but point out that the private sector has not been incentivised to participate. Gazetted on 19…

Angola - Alvarion upgrades MSTelcom’s WiMAX capabilities

Angola Communications Systems (ACS), a unit of Angolan telco MSTelcom, has chosen Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme WiMAX solution to upgrade and expand its wireless broadband network, with a WiMAX 802.16e (mobile-ready)…

Google Advises Nigerian Media To Create Local Content On Internet

Lanre Aina, the Business Development Manager of Google Nigeria, has advised the Nigerian media to develop local content on the Internet.Aina gave the advice in Lagos at a “New Media…

Nigeria registers 30,000 .ng domain names

The total number of registered Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain Names, .ng, which is the nation’s identifier on the World Wide Web has hit over 30, 000, even as…

TEAMS shareholders sign agreement in East Africa

Eleven shareholders in The East African Marine Cable (TEAMS) international undersea cable project have signed an agreement to plough USD110 million into the fibre-optic link, while the Kenyan government has…

Gamtel blocks Gambian online newspaper over bankruptcy story

For the past two weeks, Gambians have been unable to access the Freedom Newspaper, an online Gambia newspaper based in United States of America, which has been very critical of…

LIBYA, COTE D'IVOIRE GET TOP LEVEL DOMAIN NAMES

Following the conclusion of the 28th public session of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in the Portuguese city of Lisbon, Africa topped the agenda as two…

KENYAN FIRM LAUNCHES MOBILE INTERNET SERVICE

Africa Online Limited yesterday introduced a mobile high-speed internet service in Kenya, making it only the second country after South Africa to have such a service. Known as InfiNet Broadband,…

NIGERIA'S FIRST BANK CLAIMS LEADS WITH 251 BRANCHES ONLINE

First Bank of Nigeria Plc claims to be the clear leader in the online real time banking services in Nigeria, and indeed, the West Africa sub-region with the coming on…

TELKOM KENYA SUES GATEWAY OVER UNPAID JAMBONET BILLS

Incumbent telco Telkom is entangled in a dispute over an alleged Sh9.1 million in unpaid fees with one of its ISP clients. Telkom Kenya sued Gateway Online for failing to…

Tanzania Network Information Centre launches domain registration facility

Tanzania Network Information Centre (Tznic) has launched its first umbrella domain registration facility in a bid to promote domestic Internet identification. This stems on the fact that many institutions and…

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-The means to establish a network of North African scientific research on priority development including alternative and renewable energies were the focal points of the Ministerial committee of senior officials…

Satellite Sentinel Project Confirms Intentional Burning of Third Village in Contested Abyei Region in Sudan

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released new satellite imagery confirming the intentional burning of a third village, Tajalei, in Sudan's Abyei region, in addition to the deliberate destruction since…

World Bank backs ACE fibre cable for Sierra Leone

Intensive discussions between the government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank followed, leading to the approval of $31m for the Sierra Leone component of West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure…

Nigeria: Over 7.78 Terabyte of Internet Capacity Untapped

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has said over 7.78 terabyte of internet capacity is lying untapped at the shores of the country, yet internet penetration in the…

Cell C - first mobile operator to support open peering

Cell C is the first mobile operator in the country to support open peering. All of this has been made possible by NAPAfrica, South Africa’s first open and free public…

Burkina Faso’s government deployes WiMAX project

Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Posts and Information Communication Technology (Ministère des Postes et des Technologies de l' Information et de la Communication) has chosen Alvarion for the country’s first 802.16e…

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- Nigerian telco Globacom has announced the launch the Onitsha-Awka-Enugu route of its nationwide Optic Fibre Cable backbone. - Trinity Telecomms has announced the launch of an independent wireless division,…

NIGERIA’S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OKAYS N1.2B FOR CYBERSECURITY DIRECTORATE

The Federal Government has released N1.2 billion to its new Directorate for Cybersecurity (DfC) to respond to security issues associated with growing usage of internet and other information and communication…

GROUP OF UGANDA ISPS TO PURCHASE BANDWIDTH TOGETHER

Uganda Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have agreed to consolidate their purchase of bandwidth in an effort to cut down Internet costs, writes Balancing Act’s Uganda correspondent Esther Nakkazi. Officials from…

TUNISIAN RAILWAY COMPANY OFFERS INTERNET ACCESS ON LONG DISTANCE TRAINS

The Tunisian national railway company (SNCFT) is providing internet access on board its long distance trains, it was announced in Tunis. Passengers can now surf the web at a low…

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- The Grid, the mobile social network from South Africa is making an attempt to enter the Nigerian web market. The Grid in Nigeria has a few features missing from…

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo Man Arrested Over Facebook Message

A Bulawayo man has become Zimbabwe's first "Facebook arrest" over an innocent comment he posted on the social networking site on the 13th February.Vikas Mavhudzi of Old Magwegwe, is being…

Google puts South Sudan on maps

Google has updated its maps to include the newly independent nation of South Sudan. The move follows a campaign by a South Sudanese journalist, who posted an online petition calling…

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- German-based cloning giant Rocket Internet is set to open up an Amazon-style ecommerce site in Nigeria. Nigerian tech site Techloy claims a reliable source confirmed that the new ecommerce…

Hackers attack Ugandan prime minister’s site over ‘gay activism’

According to reports, Anonymous, a worldwide association of hackers, is once again rallying against the Ugandan government’s position on the LGBT community rights.The hackers have collaborated with a collective called…

Cameroon Village Celebrates 2 Years of Internet Access

In a locality called Dzekwa, in northwest Cameroon, villagers celebrated recently the second anniversary of having access to mobile phones and the Internet. It was only two years ago that…

South Africa: Vodacom launches US$50 smartphone

South African operator Vodacom has launched a self-branded, ZAR549 (US$51) mobile phone, with the aim of making mobile internet accessible to all South Africans.Vodacom said the device -called the Smart…

ANC expands Internet electioneering efforts in South Africa

In anticipation of South Africa’s national and provincial elections to be held on 22 April 2009, the African National Congress (ANC) is expanding its online electioneering efforts. The country’s ruling…

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- Competition for a contract to build a broadband “blanket” across Johannesburg is proving fierce, with 24 companies answering an initial request for information. - Tender bids for the connection…

BOTSWANA INTERNET COMPANIES CHALLENGE BTC-BOTSNET

The country's largest Internet Service Provider, Botsnet and the incumbent, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) are being investigated by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) after a group of ISPs filed a…

CISCO PROMOTES INTEGRATED SECURITY SOLUTIONS IN ZAMBIA

Africa's network operators face considerable security challenges with a range of threats including massive worm driven attacks, infrastructure hacking and many more, writes News Update's Zambian correspondent Timothy Kasolo. In…

Mozambique: Pre-Paid Electricity Goes Online

As from the second half of this year, Mozambican consumers will be able to pre-pay for their electricity online.The pre-payment system, known as Credelec, allows consumers to control how much…

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-  A new sales and advertisement website has been launched. www. salonetiday.com is a locally unique owned Sierra Leonean website aimed at boosting sales for both businesses and private individuals…

Kenyan Govt pushes for LTE to be rolled out across Kenya by December

Kenya’s government is pushing for countrywide Internet coverage with Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, also 4G technology, expected to be rolled out in most parts of the country by end…

Putting Dissent on Hold: Internet Control and Social Activism in Algeria

How the Algerian government has combated the spread of dissent by using cyber-bullying and by keeping internet and telecoms standards low.Was it coincidence or was it deliberate? Following the January…

Gambia IXP, an Oasis in the Desert

In the right direction when it comes to Internet development. To start with in early 2012 Gambia hosted the prestigious Africa Internet Summit event preceded by a pre-Africa Network Operators…

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- The ADSL network of Algerie Telecom (AT), through its three platforms (EASY, FAWRI and ANIS) has witnessed "serious disruption" due to a cable failure in the Mediterranean of the…

RWANDA TO HEADQUARTER US$ 280M EASSY FIBRE CABLE PROJECT

Rwanda is set to become the headquarters of the 23-country US$280m Submarine Cable Project according to the outgoing Executive Director of Rwanda Information Technology Agency (RITA), Dr Shem Ochoudho. Speaking…

ETHIOPIAN INCUMBENT LAUNCHES USD26M BROADBAND NETWORK

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, in partnership with Cisco, Business Connection and Dimension Data have officially launched the eagerly awaited USD26.6m broadband internet and broadband VSAT network projects in Addis Ababa.…

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- SA's first Internet Fiesta attracted more than 2 000 first-time computer users and fostered a sense of community in one of Cape Town's poorest suburbs, organisers say. The event,…

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AccessKenya on Thursday opens its first retail store in Nairobi, taking the data market war to the doorsteps of mobile phone operators. "This is part of a new move by…

Somalia firm woos Optelian to roll out broadband across East and Central Africa

Somalia’s fibre-optic specialist Somcable is spinning out a broadband network penetration across the East and Central African region. The company is partnering with Optelian, a trusted global provider of multi-technology…

Gambians Unhappy with Skype Ban

The Gambian government has backed away from its announcement last week that the use of free Internet calling services, such as Skype, is prohibited in cyber cafes. Officials are now…

Project Isizwe partners Gumtree for free Wi-Fi in Tshwane

South African non-profit internet access initiative Project Isizwe has partnered with classifieds platform Gumtree to bring free Wi-Fi connectivity to low income communities in South Africa’s Tshwane municipality, with the…

@NAPAfrica_IXP: the largest Internet Exchange Point in Africa

Since declaring its intentions to become one of Africa’s largest Internet exchanges with the help of its fast growing community of peers, NAPAfrica recently announced that it has indeed achieved…

Wananchi to use KPLC network for fibre rollout in Kenya

Kenya’s Wananchi Group is to use the national electricity transmission network to build a fibre optic platform expected to open a new front in the bruising battle for control of…

ZIMBABWE IS OUTRAGED AT GOVT BID TO MONITOR PRIVATE MAIL

Zimbabwe's civil society - frantically trying to preserve the country's shrinking democratic space - is outraged by fresh attempts by the state to push a new law, which seeks to…

SA BROADBAND MARKET 'WILL REMAIN IN THE DOLDRUMS', ACCORDING TO BMI REPORT

SA will achieve nearly 870,000 subscribers by 2009, according to a new report by BMI-TechKnowledge Group. This represents access to the Internet using PCs – an additional 4,4m subscribers will…

Kenya: KDN Announces Sh2.8 Billion Cables Upgrade

Kenya Data Networks plans to spend Sh2.8 billion over the next three years to overhaul its fibre network to help reduce service outages for its large-scale clients. Faced with a…

Internet News - In Brief

- Google has announced Thursday that 2 Nigerian universities; University of Lagos and University of Ibadan have emerged finalists in the 2012 edition of its annual Google Online Marketing Challenge…

Teraco and SEACOM work together to solve Internet Service Provider capacity crisis.

Teraco Data Environments and data networks communication provider Seacom have worked double time this past week to re-connect clients affected by a cable cut that occurred some kilometres north of…

Internet – In Brief

- This isn't another blog about “famine, Bono, or Barack Obama,” warns the blog Africa is a Country in its description on Facebook. The ironically titled blog aims, among other…

Internet – In Brief

- Maroc Telecom subscribers have reportedly complained about not being able to access voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) applications, namely Viber, for the last two weeks, prompting speculation that the operator has…

Google plans to launch ISPs in DRC, Congo – report

Google will open an ISP in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Thomas Luhaka, the country's deputy prime minister and postal and telecom minister, said at a meeting with the…

Want to Listen to Nigerian Radio Over the Internet? There Are Apps For That

The players might be an endangered species, but radio medium itself is still alive and well. Video did not kill the radio star, millions of people listen every day. Only…

Zambia connects to SAT3 fibre via Namibia

Zambian ISP Zamnet has made the first link to the SAT3 fibre from this landlocked country going via Namibia to the South African landing station. The link opened on 1…