Safaricom Sets Up Kenya’s First Telecommunications Lab

Safaricom Sets Up Kenya’s First Telecommunications Lab

Mobile, Technology
Safaricom , Kenya's largest mobile service provider has launched the country’s first ever telecommunications lab for fast tracking the deployment of new technology and solutions. Located at the firm’s headquarters in Nairobi, the lab replicates Safaricom’s entire networking – billing platform and application servers such as M-PESA, 4G networks, Safaricom’s cloud, microwave, etc in a single room. The Telecomm firm has collaborated with a number of industry players including Cisco, Huawei, Nokia and others who have donated equipment and expertise to the lab, which is located at the firm's headquarters in Nairobi. Safaricom's more than 27 million customers will benefit from this investment, which will see fast tracking of deployment of new technology and solutions. Previously, the inh

‘World’s servers are ours’ says Obama administration

Business, Governance, Internet
US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers." by David Kravets for arstechnica Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce informati

Africa to dwarf USA in Internet Usage by 2017 Cisco Predicts

Broadband, Business, Internet, Mobile
Carlos Slim of Telmex tells me the world is about to change. "Two billion more people will connect to the Internet when smartphones cost $50. The phone makers are promising me a $50 phone in 2014." If Spreadtrum and Firefox deliver a $25 smartphone, as promised, that could accelerate takeover. ~310,000,000 Africans will be connected to the Internet in 2017, Arielle Sumits of Cisco predicts. The population of the U.S. is about 310,000,000, Africa over a billion. It's inevitable that the U.S. will be dwarfed by the rest of the world. In Africa, there are already about 450,000,000 mobile phone users with substantial growth continuing. Most of them will get Internet-capable phones in the next few years. There are fewer than 10M broadband landlines on the continent, about one line per hun...

Is Bureaucracy stifling SA government’s technology efforts?

Broadband, Internet
Bureaucracy in South Africa’s government is holding it back from adopting technology more quickly to help boost service delivery. This is according to David Mphelo (pictured), who is networking technology firm Cisco’s executive director for public sector business in South Africa. Cisco is in a bid to work with South Africa’s government and private sector to help roll out what the company calls ‘the internet of everything’: a concept that envisages connecting the likes of cars, traffic lights, buildings and even trees. According to a Cisco study, the internet of everything may generate $14.3 billion in value for South Africa’s public sector over the next decade. But question marks exist over the South African government’s seriousness regarding technology adoption. Sou