Broadband

The growth of Africa’s online and radio community

Broadband, Internet
The internet in Africa is limited by a lower penetration rate when compared to the rest of the world. Measurable parameters such as the number of ISP subscriptions, overall number of hosts, IXP-traffic, and overall available bandwidth all indicate that Africa is way behind the ‘digital divide’. Moreover, Africa itself exhibits an inner digital divide, with most internet activity and infrastructure concentrated in South Africa, Morocco and Egypt. more

WiMAX maintains momentum in Africa, Middle East

Broadband
Recent announcements from Africa and the Middle East show that WiMAX still has legs as carriers, vendors and governments pursue deployment of the technology in that region and the WiMAX Forum prepares to holds its first Middle East-focused event. Alvarion this week announced that longtime customer ETI in Guinea will use the vendor's 4Motion 802.16e WiMAX gear to expand its 2.5 GHz broadband network from the capital city, Conakry, to the entire country, covering an area of 94,981 square miles.  more:

Satellite broadband coming to underserved communities in South Sudan

Broadband
A satellite service launching across South Sudan will provide wide reaching, high performance, satellite broadband Internet to unserved and underserved locations and communities across the country. The service is being launched by the UAE-based operator Yahsat. Known as YahClick “broadband everyone”, the service will be launched in partnership with local ISP RCS-Communication. Commenting on the upcoming launch, Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, Yahsat CEO, said: “As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan is facing multiple infrastructure building priorities. YahClick brings internet connectivity instantly to the population, irrespective of the state of the local telecommunications infrastructure that is within their reach.” more

New High-Speed Internet For African Research Cooperation Unveiled

Broadband
Boost for scientists and academics as EC-funded AfricaConnect project launches UbuntuNet, the high-speed data network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa Lisbon, Portugal, 28 November 2012: DANTE, 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 network, a high-speed Internet network connecting scientists and academics throughout Southern and Eastern Africa to peers in the region and to Europe, the first network of its kind in Africa. more