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Facebook digs into mobile infrastructure in Uganda

Facebook digs into mobile infrastructure in Uganda

Internet, social media
Facebook has announced that it is building a 770-kilometer (500-mile) fiber backhaul network in Uganda, in partnership with India’s Airtel and wholesale provider BCS, carriers that both have networking businesses in the country; and its Telecom Infrastructure Project is leading a call to invest $170 million into telecoms infrastructure startups. The world’s biggest chat app company is also making headway on its other efforts to play a bigger role in the infrastructure behind how people connect to the internet through its Telecom Infrastructure Project. Facebook’s own Voyager optical networking transponder is now being deployed and tested by the carriers Telia and Orange in Europe. The Uganda project which will see “tens of millions of investment” from Facebook to cover access for
Opera revamps Opera Mini for Android, brings new features

Opera revamps Opera Mini for Android, brings new features

Internet, Mobile
In a bid to address issues of low connectivity and sluggish online experience, Opera has revamped its Opera Mini browser for Android users. Already available for download from Google Play Store, the revamped app brings several new features on board. When a user visits a site, Opera Mini will automatically scan it for the direct download links under the Extreme Mode. The downloadable content will appear in a drop-down menu on the top of the screen, providing a seamless downloading experience without the hassles of scrolling or getting lost. This latest update comes with a feature that automatically scans websites for download links. Users will no longer have to go deal with the frustrating advert tricks. To enjoy this feature, you need to have the Extreme Data Saving mode activated. Ope...
Internet Solutions Kenya hires US firm to upgrade its fibre network

Internet Solutions Kenya hires US firm to upgrade its fibre network

Internet
Internet Solutions Kenya, formerly Access Kenya Group, will spend 280 Million to upgrade its fibre network across the country in collaboration with a US firm. Telco Systems, the hired US firm, will upgrade the data service provider’s fibre network in the next 12 months, increasing its capacity to 10 gigabit ethernet. This will allow customers to get speeds of several gigabytes at any point on the network. With the upgrade, IS clients can access faster data carrying service on the fibre network and improved service quality. In the exercise, the IS Kenya network will be fully automated, allowing for the quick provisioning of new and existing services, a simplified deployment of the network and simpler maintenance activities. The company is looking to leverage the upgraded network to cater
Mobile Brand seeks to Transform Rwanda into regional ICT Hub

Mobile Brand seeks to Transform Rwanda into regional ICT Hub

Internet, Technology
Huawei has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. The MoU is intended to assist Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional Technology Hub. Huawei also donated a Smart Education Demonstration to the Rwandan government to help promote the smart education development process. As part of its CSR efforts in Rwanda, Huawei will roll out its global CSR flagship Program Seeds for the Future in Rwanda to cultivate more localtechnology talent. “Huawei is a leading International ICT company. Rwanda attaches great importance to the impetus from ICT industry to the economic and social development. I expe
Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet, Women
Despite worldwide endeavours, the global Internet user gender gap widened from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016, with the gap highest in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (31%) and Africa (23%). Moreover, Internet penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions of the world. This is according to a report from The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO. The report also sets recommendations to address the barriers women face in access and use of the internet. The report highlights key action areas for different types of stakeholders as part of the group's efforts to ensure that all women and girls can fully participate in the online world. Structural inequalities remain and impede women’s