ZACR hikes prices for South African internet domains

Broadband, Domains, Internet
Registering or renewing,,, and domains will cost more from 1 March 2015, the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has told its domain registrars. Reports MyBroadband South Africa's ZA Central Registry has informed registrars about a price hike for .ZA domain registrations and renewals.  ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela said the wholesale price of registrations through the extensible provisioning protocol (EPP) system would become ZAR 45, while legacy registrations would increase to ZAR 90. Currently. EPP costs ZAR 35, while legacy registrations cost ZAR 65.88. These price increases were approved in November 2014, and were originally set to take effect on 16 February. Further price increases to legacy registrations of ZAR 10 per year will be implemented annually from 01 March, u

Google now wants to be a mobile carrier

Broadband, Business, Internet
It’s a new year, which means we’re all ready for a new round of speculation that Google will become a mobile carrier. Right on cue, The Information’s Amir Efrati published a report saying Google will shortly begin offering its own mobile plans by becoming a mobile virtual network operator – a network-less service provider that buys capacity on another carrier’s infrastructure. by Kevin Fitchard I’m not trying to bust Efrati’s chops – well, maybe a little – as he’s rarely wrong, but this is a story that’s been ‘evolving’ for the better part of the decade. Last year, The Information reported very much the same story with a few details changed. At that time Google was in discussions with Verizon and Sprint to use their networks. Today the discussions are with Sprint and T-Mobile and the effo

App-based Uber to launch in Nairobi during EatOut Kenya’s Restaurant Week

Broadband, Business, Mobile, social media
Popular App-based transportation network & taxi company headquartered in San Francisco, California, is preparing to launch in Nairobi,  Kenya, CapitalFM  a Kenyan-based news site has reported. The company uses a smartphone application to receive ride requests, and then sends these trip requests to their drivers. The popular ridesharing App is already operational in some African cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Cairo and Lagos and is in over 200 other cities across US, Asia, Australia and Europe. Brazilian start-up Easy Taxi, is already in Nairobi which means Uber is certainly not entering a virgin market. It’s launch in Nairobi is a challenge to similar taxi hailing services such as Rocket Internet’s (AIG) EasyTaxi, Sasa Cabs, MaraMoja Transport among others. The promotion

2015: The year the Internet crashes Hard?

Broadband, Business
2014 saw the largest Internet network attacks of all time, fundamental network programs cracked like eggs, and user IDs and passwords leaked everywhere. It will only get worse. An Internet joke that goes back at least to the early 1980s consists entirely of the phrase: “Imminent Death of the Net Predicted!” Every year, even more often than you’d hear “This will be the year of the Linux desktop!” someone would predict that the Internet was going to go to hell in a handbasket — and nothing happened. This year it’s my turn, but I fear I’m going to be proved right. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Reports Here’s why. Take a good look at what happened to the Internet in 2014. In February we saw the biggest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack of all time. It hit a high of 400 gigabits per

Safaricom launches 4G network ahead of its rivals

Broadband, Business
In Summary Safaricom has launched a high-speed wireless Internet network that is initially available on Mombasa Island and in parts of Nairobi such as Gigiri, Runda, Buru Buru, Parklands and Kabete. The launch of the 4G technology comes on the heels of last week’s signing of a Sh14.9 billion national security communication contract between Safaricom and the National Treasury. The firm has been seeking to cut reliance on voice revenue, whose growth has nearly flattened out in recent years due to falling rates. Safaricom is betting big on the home internet market segment with the launch of an advanced fourth generation (4G) long term evolution technology to drive its data services. The integrated telecoms services provider Thursday launched a high-speed wireless Internet ne

Kenya ranked most connected economy in Africa

Broadband, Business, Internet
Kenya is the most regionally integrated economy in Africa, according to the second edition of the Visa Africa Integration Index. The country leads the continent in the amount of business it conducts with her African counterparts, trouncing Ghana and South Africa as the window into Africa; owing to advancement in mobile technology and Internet connectivity. Reports Standard Media “Kenya’s Integration Index score has risen consistently over the period of the survey, resulting in Kenya achieving the highest score,” said Visa General Manager for East and Southern Africa Jabu Basopo. “This result follows some improvement in global integration and robust advances in regional integration as Kenya, the largest economy in the sub-region, drives broader and deeper integration in the EAC.” This mea

Telecommunications operator Africell to acquire Orange Uganda

Broadband, Business
Africell, one of the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operators in Africa, announces it has completed the acquisition of Orange Uganda. The transaction will add to Africell's portfolio 700,000 subscribers, as well as a 2G - 3G - 4G network. Africell has now reached 11 million active subscribers, a 700% increase over five years, and expects to end the year with over 12 million subscribers. Ziad Dalloul, Chairman & CEO of Africell, said: "Africell's acquisition of Orange Uganda presents a great opportunity for us to replicate the success we have achieved in other territories. This is an important strategic step for the company; this acquisition will add substantial growth to our portfolio which already includes the fastest growing network in DRC and another two operations ...

Uganda: Alcatel-Lucent & Liquid Telecom look to expand networks

Broadband, Internet, social media
Alcatel-Lucent is set to provide Liquid Telecom with various GPON and DWDM technologies for the expansion of its networks in Kenya and Uganda. Reports Alcatel-Lucent is providing upgrades to previously deployed dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) technologies. The DWDM upgrades will enable Liquid Telecom to add capacity needed to meet the demand for broadband services, as well as address new markets and business opportunities.  The technology will be used to provide the home and small office markets with high-speed Internet services. Ben Roberts, Group CTO of Liquid Telecom stated that: “As a company Liquid Telecom is focused on building Africa’s digital future and so we’re always looking to upgrade and expand o

Kenya becomes the third African country, after Tanzania and Zambia, to get free internet from Facebook

Broadband, Internet
Kenya  will become the third African country, after Tanzania and Zambia, to get free internet from Facebook, according to a message posted on  below Today reached a special milestone. With our announcement in Kenya this morning, free basic internet services will soon be available to more than 100 million people worldwide. We still have a lot of work ahead to make available everywhere and to help 5 billion people connect and use the internet, but our recent launches in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia are a good start. Kenya already has a thriving startup ecosystem and the internet is already making a big impact, with millions of people using services like mobile banking over SMS. To fulfill this country's full potential, we need to help everyone connec

Safaricom’s bid for low roaming tariffs thwarted by Rwandan government

Broadband, Mobile
Kenya’s largest telecommunication company Safaricom has cancelled plans to lower all costs and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda. Reports CNBC Africa Following introduction of new levies on international calling and roaming tariffs by the Rwandan government between the two countries, Safaricom decided to suspend the proposed tariffs. Safaricom had earlier had intended for its customers visiting Rwanda to make calls to Rwanda's networks at 10 Kenya shillings, a 60 per cent drop from the initial rate of 25 Kenya shillings per minute. “This new developments make it impossible for operators in Kenya and Rwanda to go ahead with the planned downward revision in tariffs. We will therefore revert to the previous tariffs even as we push on with efforts to ensure that we have affordable ca