Tag: internet

Facebook Virtual Reality Meeting App

Facebook Virtual Reality Meeting App

Business, Internet, Technology
Facebook has launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves. This app aims at reinventing virtual office spaces. It looks like many of us may be working home for even longer than we initially imagined due to Covid 19 pandemic. Facebook has invested heavily in virtual and augmented reality, developing hardware such as its Oculus VR headsets, working on AR glasses and wristband technologies, and buying a bevy of VR gaming studios, including BigBox VR. The company predicts that this will be the next big computing platform. This will allow it to be less reliant in the future on other hardware makers, such as Apple, the company has said. To get started inside Horizon Workrooms you'll need to buy an Oculus VR h...
Angola Cables and CTM announce signing of MoU

Angola Cables and CTM announce signing of MoU

Cyber Security, Internet
Angola cables and CTM have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance digital opportunities for business between Macau, Mainland China, African Portuguese-speaking countries and Brazil. CTM envisages leveraging on its international network and Macau’s privileged position in the Greater Bay Area, as a key hub for the digitalization of Asia-Pacific region. Macau and the neighboring regions have the conditions and opportunities to be the landing point for international cable systems and the ideal location for hosting data centers, in order to promote the digital ecosystem of the region. Angola Cables has a submarine cable network linking the continents in the Atlantic region, with high capacity and good quality; the company also owns data centers, in Angola

UN Report says 3.2 Billion People Now Online, but Number Still Falls Short of Internet Target

Some 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the global population, but the number still falls significantly short of reaching the anticipated goal of 60 per cent by 2020, according to a United Nations report released today. While the proportion of households projected to have Internet access in 2020 will reach 56 per cent, exceeding the 'Connect 2020' target of 55 per cent, only 53 per cent of the global population will be online in 2020, the report found, ranking the Republic of Korea first in the information and communication technology (ICT) 2015 Development Index (IDI). Africa ranks worst, with 29 of 37 countries in the IDI's bottom quarter, and 11 figuring last out of 167, illustrating the importance of addressing the digital divide between the continent and...

SEACOM targets African enterprise market with fibre Internet and cloud services

Broadband, Business
SEACOM has entered the enterprise market, promising best-in-class connectivity and Cloud services that bring business customers lightning–fast bandwidth at highly competitive prices. It aims to shake up the enterprise connectivity space by offering businesses high-speed connectivity and quality bandwidth at an affordable price. Reports Businesstech SEACOM’s Business division is already signing up more than 20 corporate and SME customers a month, since a soft launch of its enterprise offering a year ago. It has also appointed more than 20 business partners to support its drive into the new market. Its fibre Internet access services have been available since January 2015, and have received positive feedback from the marketplace. Last-mile fibre is a major focus for SEACOM in the corpora

Internet Usage in Africa Rising Rapidly

Internet, Mobile
The African Internet Effect is rippling out and affecting everything it touches. The first shocks of this earthquake have been quite gentle but its power will build for two reasons.  reports Balancing Act Firstly, the African “digital change” generation are 18-30 years old. In the next five years as they get older, there will be a new tranche of “digital native” Africans. They will themselves move into positions of power and decision-making. Secondly, in the more advanced African markets 50% of phone users will have access to a smartphone or a smartphone-like feature phone. In other markets, a significant number of users will have smartphones. Argon Telecom will offer a US$40 smartphone next year and all the talk is of when a US$30 smartphone will arrive. There are two big clusters

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

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-rating
Google unveils Gmail alternative: ‘Inbox’, but will it last?

Google unveils Gmail alternative: ‘Inbox’, but will it last?

Mobile, social media
Google revitalized webmail in 2004 when it debuted Gmail, and now it's trying to do it again with a new take on the old Web stalwart, called Inbox. as reported on CNET by Richard Nieva and Seth Rosenblatt. If you've been feeling overwhelmed by a mountain of email in Gmail, you may be glad to know that Google wants to help. But there's a twist: the help will come from Inbox, a free email app now available by invitation that promises to better organize messages. Developed by the Gmail team, Inbox is intended to coexist with Google's flagship email product, not replace it. For example, it groups similar types of messages, and automatically highlights key information such as flight itineraries and event information. It comes as competitors, including Apple and file-sharing company Dropbox...

Russia: Veto online Law to Restrict Online Freedom, Bloggers to use real names

Domains, Governance, Internet
Written by Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russia should not impose unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets. On April 22, 2014, Russia’s State Duma adopted amendments to counter-terrorism legislation, including a new law on “Internet users called bloggers.” The law requires bloggers with more than 3,000 daily visitors online to register with Roskomnadzor, the state body for media oversight. Once registered, bloggers will have the same legal constraints and responsibilities as mass media outlets, including verifying information for accuracy, indicating the minimal

Sacrificing ICANN Not Enough for the US to Restore Its Internet Ethics

First Written by Jean-Christophe Nothias Editor in chief, The Global Journal on huffingtonpost.com We were only a few among media to realize, back in 2012, how arrogant and powerful was the US over its dominance of the Internet, and not just its control over the root servers and the domain name management. Policy making was at stake! Since December 2012, we know it as the US 120-member delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) left the room where over 190 nation states were convene to discuss terms of progress over agreement in international telecommunication connectivity. Its major reason was: "We do not want to see the word 'Internet' appearing in an updated telecommunication intergovernmental treaty. If the US accepts this, freedom of expression over ...

Four Critical African ICT facts and figures

Broadband, Business
Africa may be regarded as a booming telecommunications market but it still lags behind the rest of the world. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies (ICT), annually reveals facts and figures regarding the global uptake of ICT. ITU officials have said the mobile revolution is moving closer to having almost as many mobile- cellular subscriptions as people on earth. Africa is no different in this case, but as ITU statistics reveal, the continent lags behind the globe with respect to particularly the take up of broadband. Below are four tables with fast facts and figures for mobile, internet, mobile broadband growth in specific areas around ...