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Ghana Telcos Bear Brunt of Fibre..

By Masahudu Kunateh: Accra — THE Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has reported an upsurge in the incidents of fibre cuts, a setback that is costing local mobile network operators millions of Cedi. According to the chamber, 1 370 fibre cuts were recorded nationwide within the six-month perio.. read more…
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SON to Partner NCC, Telco's On N..

By Femi Adekoya: Wary of the intrigues being played by mobile phone dealers in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), yesterday unveiled plans by the agency and other stakeholders in the telecommunications industry to initiate a system that would remotely reject counterfeit and s.. read more…
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ICT Africa Latest News: Broadband

What the Future of African Broad..

London — The subjective experience of using the Internet in Africa has always been a strange one. Having been using it for over 14 years, we know it's got better but it's sometimes hard to see it as anything but frustrating. There's always cost, network or capacity restrictions that pull you down ev.. read more…

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Panama Papers - Soon Searchable By Everyone Thanks to the Cloud

By Simon Huelsboemer The Panama Papers have become a worldwide phenomenon. Contents aside, the technical aspects of the related investigations, involving 2.6 terabytes of data -- 11.5 million documents! -- are intriguing. How did journalists manage, organize and analyze this huge amount of data? The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) over the past year established .....read more...

As Internet Access Expands in Africa, so does Cyber Harassment

By Sitawa Wafula As internet access increases across Africa, it is giving our citizens new development opportunities and freedom of expression. But there’s a dark side to this transformation. Trolling, hacking, spamming and online harassment are wreaking havoc on the psyches of our women and girls, effectively silencing us. The Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says o.....read more...

Econet, Introduces Airtime Credit On Ecocash

ECONET Wireless is introducing an airtime credit service via the EcoCash platform which will allow more than 5-million customers to borrow airtime. The innovation, means that an Econet customer can use EcoCash or the EcoCash App to borrow airtime in denominations from 30c to 75c depending on a customer's historical usage. Explaining the service, EcoCash General Manager Natalie Jabangwe sa.....read more...

Chinese ZTE to Open 50 Branches in Zim

Chinese telecoms equipment and handset manufacturer, ZTE is set to open 50 branches in Zimbabwe this year which will also include a technical and repair centre for all its products. In the past ZTE used to sell its products through Econet Wireless. An investment of $1,5 million has been set aside for the process. The company's grand entry on local market will be shown through the launch of its .....read more...

Data Roaming Charges to Fall As Four East Africa Countries Sig

By Christabel Ligami It will be easier and cheaper to use your data bundles on different telecommunication platforms within four East African countries from July 1, following the adoption of a price cap per megabyte on mobile data roaming scheme. Across all the networks, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan have agreed on a proposal of a maximum retail tariff of $0.11 per MB inclusive of t.....read more...

Eutelsat 7B Satellite to Increase Liquid Telecom's Role in the Digitisation of Africa's TV Landscape

By Jeanette Oloo Eutelsat Communications announced a multi-year agreement with Liquid Telecom for multiple transponders on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite. Liquid Telecom will use the EUTELSAT 7B satellite in two ways: to service its new broadcast requirement for Direct-to-Home (DTH) services across the African continent; and to connect a growing number of enterprise customers located in areas wh.....read more...

On World Intellectual Property Day, UN Agency Spotlights Role of Digital Creativity

The way in which creative works are produced, distributed and enjoyed around the world has been reimagined as a consequence of digital technology, the head of the United Nations World Intellectual Property organization (WIPO) said today. In a message marking World Intellectual Property Day, whose theme this year is Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry s.....read more...

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Hosted Online Twitter Campaign #worthmorealive

By Jeanette Oloo According to wildlife conservationist group, Save the Elephants, 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa from 2010 to 2012 and Kenya has the third largest rhino population in the world and yet the country has less than 2000 which goes a long way to prove that the rhinos are at risk of extinction. U.S. Embassy Nairobi hosted a massive online Twitter campaign on the 25th April t.....read more...

Why You Should Clean You Cell Phones Regularly

A physician, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, has advised users of cell phones to always clean them regularly with antiseptic wipes to avoid contracting infections from them and lead a healthy life. Adeolu, a general physician with the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that mobile phones accumulated more germs than toilet seats. "Researches re.....read more...

New Computer Crime Law Hinders Vibrant Online Discourse

The ruling Revolutionary Democrats have crafted the first ever computer crime law and tabled it to the federal parliament, fully controlled by themselves and their affiliates. Intended to manage the ever-growing damage computer crime is causing to the economy, directly and indirectly, the 16-paged draft proclamation outlines the punishment related to cyber and computer crimes. What remains c.....read more...