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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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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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Can Snapchat Help Us Tell the Stories of Survivors of Sexual Violence?

By Dana Da Silva Former eNCA journalist, and recently appointed mobile editor of the Hindustan Times, Yusuf Omar, has received huge plaudits for his creative storytelling abilities. And for good reason too. Most recently Omar, used Snapchat filters to tell the stories of rape survivors. Snapchat has cleverly employed technology to allow its users to transform themselves into a dog, fire-bre.....read more...

'Telecoms Sector Improving Africa's GDP'

By Adeyemi Adepetun For Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries to wriggle out of their current economic challenges, the need for governments to focus more on telecommunications sector has been stressed. This is even as it has been adequately established that there is strong correlation between telecommunications sector and the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) growth rate in Afri.....read more...

With U.S. Shootings, Power of Live Streaming Takes Center Stage

By Sharon Gaudin Live streaming, a technology that has been around for years, became white hot this week after it was used to capture the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in Minnesota. Diamond Reynolds opened her Facebook Live app and live-streamed what happened after the shooting that left her boyfriend Philando Castile dead and a country in turmoil. "Live.....read more...

Zimbabwe Shuts off Social Media

The Zimbabwe government has fallen to a new low. According to Techzim, WhatsApp appears to have been blocked on a number of networks including the incumbent fixed line carrier TelOne, Liquid Telecom, Zimbabwe Online, Telecel and Econet Zimbabwe. For more, please point your browser to https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/zimbabwe-shuts-off-social-media-jabulani-dhliwayo?published=t...read more...

Seacom Adds Exchange Points in Nairobi and Kampala to Boost User Experience

Pan-African telecom enabler and network provider, SEACOM, has added new internet exchange points in Nairobi and Kampala to its list of peering (traffic exchange) agreements in Africa. These new peering agreements will further enhance the performance and reduce the inactivity users will experience when they connect to Web services in Europe and across Africa. SEACOM launched Africa's first.....read more...

High-Tech Jobs on the Ground Keep Egypt's Economy Flying

Many different advanced skills are required to run an airline. While pilots get most of the attention, the technical and engineering knowledge required to maintain, repair and overhaul (MRO) aircraft engines are equally crucial. Only highly skilled professionals with advanced training can work on these machines. So as EGYPTAIR works with GE to expand its MRO capabilities to handle the CFM5.....read more...

Google's a Spy, It Knows What You Want to Hear, It Knows Your Deepest Secret Fear...

By Elsie Eyakuze I was recently asked what I thought about the Internet of Things and how it would affect my life. Had to be honest: As it is, the Internet of Things is the purview of a very small minority of technophile Tanzanians. You have to have means to buy Things, and you have to have uninterrupted electricity, and you have to have a certain kind of education for it all to come togeth.....read more...

South Africa Opposed UN Resolution On Internet Access

By Rejul Bejoy South Africa recently opposed a human rights council resolution that calls on governments to ensure access to the Internet and recognizes that the right to freedom of expression extends online. Contrary to many media reports, South Africa did not vote against the resolution itself; the resolution was passed by consensus on 30 June, meaning that no official vote was recorded. .....read more...

Africa Uniquely Placed to Develop Diverse Energy Mix

Johannesburg — Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, head of power at Standard Bank. "However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth, governments' commitments and capital markets," she points out. The World Bank estim.....read more...

A 'Brexit' May Have a Sunny Side for Tech

By Patrick Thibodeau The tech industry mostly opposes the prospect of the U.K. exiting the European Union -- a view that's supported by polls and in statements. Ahead of Today's vote on the idea, London's mayor, for instance, joined 140 representatives of the city's "leading tech and creative firms" to release a letter urging a vote for "remain." "Our capital has the potential to be the .....read more...