Tag: broadband

Zuku back on top reclaiming fixed internet

Zuku back on top reclaiming fixed internet

Broadband, Business
  Fixed internet connections in Kenya crossed the 500,000 mark for the first time in the quarter ending 31 December 2019 boosted by growth of the major service providers. Overall, the total number of customers of fixed internet connections rose by 10% from 454,840 in September 2019 to 500,888 as at December 2019. ZUKU reclaimed top spot from Safaricom Home Fibre by adding 23,885 new subscribers to end the period with 175,433 connections. Meanwhile, Safaricom added 11,207 new subscriptions to bring their total to 165,810 connections. This now means that Zuku has a 35 percent market share compared to Safaricom’s 33.1 percent. Jamii Telecommunication’s is third with 17.1 percent market share. Source: Communications Authority Safaricom had overtaken Zuku for the first ti

Data remains costly In Africa but free internet may not come free

Broadband, Internet
The greatest barrier to extending internet use in most African countries, is the cost of data. The greatest barrier to extending internet use in South Africa, and indeed in most African countries, is the cost of data. In South Africa one gigabyte of data on mobile networks—the only means of accessing the internet for most—is R149 (pre-paid) or about $11. This means that for millions of people in the country data is a luxury. So when mobile operators start giving some of this valuable commodity for free it warrants attention. From July, the country’s third-largest mobile services provider Cell C started offering some services such as Facebook and Wikipedia for free without paying for the data. In the telecoms industry this is called zero-rating. This is not the only example of zero-rat
Africa’s mobile broadband access below 20% says ITU report

Africa’s mobile broadband access below 20% says ITU report

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
Despite increasing access to cheaper smartphones, Africa's mobile broadband penetration still remains below 20%, report indicates The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released its ICT Facts & Figures report, which revealed that the continent is the only region where mobile broadband access is less than 20%. The ITU's report examines the global development of ICT over the past 15 years from the year 2000 to 2015.And acco rding to the report Africa's mobile broadband subscriptions currently stands at 17.4%.  The report notes that mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe and the Americas, at around 78 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. A report by the Pew Research Center released earlier this year revealed that smartphones (those that can acces

Latency is holding back? Why Africa’s datacenters are still trailing behind

Broadband
Summary: While latency is holding back the development of online services in Africa, and unreliable power supply holding back the development of datacenters, what's next for facilities on the continent? Reports ZDNet  The need for speed: Why Africa's datacenters are still trailing behind Africa's datacentre industry is lagging, but on the rise. Image: Shutterstock For years, Kyle Spencer has been devoting countless hours of his free time to his passion: online gaming. The gaming community in East Africa, where Spencer lives, is woefully underdeveloped, but he has been doing his best to bring players together. It has always been an uphill battle; for games that rely on quick reflexes, the issue of latency makes connecting with other gaming enthusiasts across the region all but impossib

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 Spread trum 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 hu...

Burma’s Internet to Experience Disruptions for One Month

Internet
RANGOON — Burma’s Internet users should expect delays in establishing connections for a period of about one month, after a disruption occurred with the underwater fiber cable that links the country with international cable networks, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) announced on Wednesday. “Works are being carried out to repair the fault as quick as possible in coordination with [a] Singapore-based underwater repair and maintenance team. It is expected to take about one month,” the state-owned company said in a brief announcement in government newspaper The New Light of Myanmar. “[The] public are informed of Internet connection delay[s] while repair works are in progress,” MPT said, adding that Burma is currently linked with international networks through overland cross-border c
Sh250bn ‘Digital Kenya’ plan starts to click, byte by byte

Sh250bn ‘Digital Kenya’ plan starts to click, byte by byte

Broadband
The government has embarked on a Sh257 billion plan to turn Kenya into a knowledge-based economy by 2017, through provision of high-speed and reliable Internet services. The five-year National Broadband Strategy envisages a country where broadband will be delivered to individuals, homes and businesses with a minimum speed of 5 megabytes per second to give Kenyans easy access to basic information. By 2017, according to the plan set to be launched today by Deputy President William Ruto, 75 per cent of local businesses should be online, with at least 20 per cent of websites available in local languages. The government, on the other hand, should have at least 70 per cent of its services available virtually, while at least 40 per cent of the Kenyan population is expected to be dig...
Google blimps to bring wireless internet to developing countries

Google blimps to bring wireless internet to developing countries

Broadband
Google will be connecting Africa, Asia and other developing countries, to wireless networks with the aim of connecting approximately 1 billion people. The search giant will finance, build and help to operate high altitude platforms using balloons and blimps – rather than traditional infrastructure – to carry a signal that can transmit to areas of hundreds of square kilometres, well-suited to provide internet to developing communities. Google is also lobbying regulators to allow for the use of airwaves reserved for television broadcasting that operate at low frequencies known as ‘white space’ that can pass more easily over longer distances. more

Tanzania facing Internet shortages

Internet
Tanzania is facing Internet shortages in the country after two submarine cables were hit by technical issues recently, the country’s regulator said in a statement. The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) CEO Kamugisha Kazaura said that the problems occurred in Egypt’s northern Mediterranean city of Alexandria, “where the cables are connected to others linking the continent to Europe.” source

Counties to use wireless technology

Broadband
SOME counties will have to be served by the the 4G wireless technology instead of fibre optic cable as the government moves fast to cover all the parts of the country before next year. Information PS Bitange Ndemo said all the county governments have to be internet linked by December but they will not be relying on the cable connection only. more