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
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...
The gender divide is one of the most significant inequalities to be amplified by the digital revolution, and cuts across all social and income groups. Throughout the world, women face serious challenges that are not only economic but social as well as cultural obstacles that limit or prevent their access to, use of, and benefits from ICTs. The digital gender gap weakens the innovation potential of a society by hindering a large proportion of citizen’s productivity. It is a gender inequality with regard to fewer women having access to the use and impact of information communication and technology. Improved understanding and awareness of these challenges, but most importantly of the opportunities that ICTs could provide for women, are important steps towards bridging the gender dig
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
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