Loon, a balloon-powered Internet firm run by Google has announced the installation of a new set of ground stations in Nyeri, it’s third town after Nairobi and Nakuru in a move aimed at seeing it deploy the service commercially in Kenya in collaboration with Telkom Kenya. With the installation, Loon aims to kick off testing of the stratospheric balloons in a few months. Ground stations are strategically located to support balloon access to an Internet connection. They are located in places that already have access to Internet and data services. Loon works by beaming an Internet signal from these ground stations to a balloon 20km overhead. That signal can then travel across multiple balloons and long distances, allowing Loon to provide service far from where the groun
Rumours have been running for over a year that Telkom and Airtel were planning to merge their operations in a bid to augment their product and service offerings to match the services of Safaricom. Safaricom had also been mentioned in the competition clause by both Telkom and Airtel that highlighted their inability to grow based on Safaricom’s lion’s share of the local mobile operator business. India's Bharti Airtel anouncement on Friday reut.rs/2SyMMhc that its unit, Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd, has agreed to merge with Telkom Kenya Ltd, the East African nation's smallest telecom operator is now active. A report that investigated the claims is yet to be fully examined by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and parliament, and there is a likelihood it will be discarded
The internet today is central to our lives. Many depend on the web to shop, bank, learn, work, date and play to a degree unimaginable even ten years ago. On the odd occasion our connection goes down we panic. Suddenly hundreds of simple day-to day tasks become inordinately difficult or time consuming. Yet, that's life for over half the world’s population which is still offline. The latest UN figures show that the rate of people getting connected is slowing. In 2007 people came online at a rate of 19 per cent annually. Last year this dropped to just 6 per cent – and the rate of growth is projected to fall further. A new report by the Alliance for Affordable internet says over two billion people live in countries without affordable internet. That means getting connected to the internet
Rafiki Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid for off-grid clients in rural Tanzania. combining the best of mini-grids and solar home systems to bring higher value and better service to their mutual customers at lower cost. While Rafiki Power will continue to build mini-grid infrastructure, Mobisol will complement the offer and help reduce overall costs by equipping customers lying outside the core perimeter of the mini-grid with their large solar home systems. According to Daniel Becker CEO Rafiki Power, “We are thrilled to combine the best of both worlds of mini-grids and solar home systems. Our customers stand to benefit from the improved offer, in particular in terms of access to a wider range of high quality appliances. The operat
Alepo, a provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, has announced that it has been selected by Smart Link Communications (SLC), an Algerian internet service provider, for its public wireless broadband service. As part of the first public WiFi network in Algeria, SLC will deploy the complete Alepo WiFi monetisation solution, including AAA infrastructure, real-time charging and policy control, prepaid voucher management, and more. Alepo will deploy a solution that will support the WiFi monetisation requirement, as well as offload in the near future. According to SLC, by selecting Alepo, the firm will be able to accelerate their overall return on investment (ROI) by creating new revenue streams with a flexible and robust captive portal that...