Tag: technology in Africa

SEACOM subsea cable to undergo restoration after experiencing a service-affecting outage

SEACOM subsea cable to undergo restoration after experiencing a service-affecting outage

Internet, Technology
SEACOM has been experiencing a service-affecting outage on the SEACOM Subsea Cable System. The marine fault is located slightly west of Djibouti in the Red Sea and occurred on the 8th April 19:00 GMT. As a result, some Zuku Fiber customers have been experiencing internet service disruption when loading some internet sites. However, the submarine cable operator has been able to activate additional diverse capacity to its network today and as a result are starting to provide linear transmission customers with restoration capacity on a first come first serve basis. All customers whose service is being restored are being contacted directly to advise them of the status. According to SEACOM, the impact of the incident is that all linear transmission traffic on the east coast of Africa
Cybersecurity among key agenda items at Connected Summit 2017

Cybersecurity among key agenda items at Connected Summit 2017

Technology
Cybersecurity will be one of the main agenda items of the Connected Summit 2017. This follows the rapid rise of cybercrime as hackers increasingly target the Kenyan digital economy amidst continued proliferation of financial technology and internet banking. Speaking when he received sponsorship cheques totaling to Kshs 17 million from players in the ICT sector, Robert Mugo, the ICT Authority (ICT-A) CEO noted that new financial transactions platforms come with a new risk profile that has necessitated stakeholders in the financial technology space to focus on balancing innovation with prudent risk management. Deliberations from the forum, will then help the country map a future of economic prosperity using ICTs based solutions, as well as review achievements and lessons learnt in bo
Kaspersky Warns Against Lazarus Hackers as Nigeria among Targets

Kaspersky Warns Against Lazarus Hackers as Nigeria among Targets

Technology
Kaspersky  has urged all organisations to carefully scan their networks for the presence of Lazarus malware samples and, if detected, to disinfect their systems and report the intrusion to law enforcement and incident response teams. The warning was follow up to the results of Kaspersky more-than-year-long investigation into the activity of Lazarus – a notorious group of hackers allegedly responsible for the theft of 81 million dollars from the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 2016. A report from an investigation carried by Kaspersky Lab found that from December 2015, malware samples relating to Lazarus group activity appeared in financial institutions, casinos software developers for investment companies and crypto-currency businesses from various countries, with five from Africa. T
Kenya is On Track Towards Innovation Target

Kenya is On Track Towards Innovation Target

Technology
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. In Kenya, that tomorrow is already here, with more than 30 million Internet users recorded by last year, up from about 6 million in 2010, according to available online statistics. Kenya's innovation & Internet penetration has become the envy of every other country on the African continent. In fact, the country's 70 per cent Internet usage is much greater than that of all of its five neighbours in the East African Community put together. According to an Internet world stats website, this translates to more than 30 million users against, for instance, only 18 million for Tanzania and Uganda combined. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) statistics also indicate that , there has been an increase of ...
The role of Optimisation in 5G networks

The role of Optimisation in 5G networks

Internet
4G and LTE are designed to improve capacity, user data-rates, spectrum usage and latency. However, 5G represents more than just an evolution of mobile broadband. It will be a key enabler of the future digital world and the next generation of ubiquitous, ultra-high speed broadband infrastructure that will support the transformation of processes across all economic sectors. 5G will also represent a step change in the ability to meet the growing scale and complexity of consumer market demands. While 5G is still in its evolutionary stage, its development will clearly be influenced by a need to support three specific use-cases. The Extreme Mobile Broadband (EMB) , Massive Machine Type -Communication (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Machine-Type Communication (uMTC). Bringing these to life will requ...