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Liquid Telecom Kenya warns of looming IPv4 Shortage in Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya warns of looming IPv4 Shortage in Africa

Broadband, Internet
Internet service provider Liquid Telecom Kenya has warned that Africa is set to run out of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses as early as next year, potentially slowing down digital growth in the continent. The IP addresses are the website’s equivalent of telephone numbers. They are used behind the scenes anytime data moves online, for example, when a laptop requests a Web page or a smartphone posts an Instagram photo. Africa is currently on the older IPv4 addresses, while the world is migrating to the new Internet Protocol, the IPv6. Africa is the last continent with available IPv4 addresses, according to Liquid Telecom, but it is now also running short. “We are almost eating into the last block of 16 million addresses of the IPv4 space that the regional Internet regist
#DataMustFall: Zimbabwe’s mobile data prices third highest in Africa

#DataMustFall: Zimbabwe’s mobile data prices third highest in Africa

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
As the #DataMustFall campaign gains traction in South Africa, data costs in neighbouring Zimbabwe are unlikely to drop - despite the country having the third most expensive mobile data in Africa. According to a Research ICT Africa report on the state of prepared market - cost of communication, Zimbabwe's cheapest monthly 1GB data package is set at US$30. The two most expensive monthly bundles in Africa were from South Sudan (US$90.83) and Swaziland (US$30.33) said Chenai Chair Researcher/Communications & Evaluations Officer for Research ICT Africa. The cheapest 1GB of data is available in Tanzania (US$0.89), Egypt (US$2.82) and Mozambique (US$2.87). At US$5.27 South Africa was placed in 16th position out of the 47 countries recorded. The report made quarterly comparisons on...
BlackBerry kills its phone manufacturing business

BlackBerry kills its phone manufacturing business

Broadband, Mobile
It's official. BlackBerry Ltd, the Canadian company that invented the smartphone and addicted legions of road warriors to the "CrackBerry", has stopped making its iconic handsets. Finally conceding defeat in a battle lost long ago to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, BlackBerry is handing over production of the phones to overseas partners and turning its full attention to the more profitable and growing software business. It's the formalization of a move in the making since Chief Executive Officer John Chen took over nearly three years ago and outsourced some manufacturing to Foxconn Technology Group. Getting the money-losing smartphone business off BlackBerry's books will also make it easier for the company to consistently hit profitability. "This is the completion of thei...
Experts urge for mobile technology partnerships to accelerate Africa’s rise

Experts urge for mobile technology partnerships to accelerate Africa’s rise

Broadband, Mobile
Partnerships in the mobile technology sector are essential for Africa to achieve its development goals according to industry players that spoke to ITWeb Africa on the sidelines of the African Mobile 360 conference held in Dar es Salaam last week. Yasmina McCarty, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA, believes increased cooperation can help to achieve wider and more affordable access to mobile services across Africa. "In Africa we see financial exclusion, we see people who don't have access to drinking water, energy or even sanitation. What we believe is that mobile technology plays an instrumental role in being a solution to the latent demand, if we can innovate and scale fast enough. We are really cheering on the continued growth of mobile connectivity because of what it can pro...
Safaricom launches ride-hailing app called Little Cab

Safaricom launches ride-hailing app called Little Cab

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom on Tuesday launched a ride-hailing app called Little Cab to compete with Uber [UBER.UL] and which was developed with a local software firm. Safaricom, which is 40 percent owned by Britain's Vodafone, and Nairobi-based software developer Craft Silicon will jointly run the services. Little Cab cars will offer free Wi-Fi to passengers, aim to provide cheaper fares than those of competitors and offer drivers a higher share of revenues, officials of both firms said in a statement. Uber said it welcomed the new competition in Kenya. "At the end of the day competition is good," said Nate Anderson, the general manager of Uber Kenya, speaking to Reuters ahead of the Tuesday launch of Little Cab. Uber operates in several African co...