Orange is set to enter South Africa and Nigeria ‘within months’

Telecoms giant Orange looks set to enter the South African and Nigerian markets "within months" to take advantage of their potential growth opportunities.

Speaking to Les Echos business newspaper, Orange CEO Stephane Richard said:

“It could make sense to be in economies such as Nigeria and South Africa.

If one considers there are things to do, the time frame I am considering is rather a few months than a few years.”

Orange has previously had a...

Zimbabwe shuts down internet amid protest crackdown

Zimbabwe has ordered a shutdown of internet services while it violently cracks down on protests over fuel hikes.

Econet, the country's largest mobile operator, is one company reporting it’s been ordered to cut off services.

Access to popular services including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter has been intermittent since protests began on Monday.

These services are often used to organise protests, as well as report on excessive violence by the...

British hacker took down Liberia’s whole telecoms network

A 32-year-old hacker from Surrey, England was arrested for a cyber attack which disabled Liberia’s whole telecoms network.

The hacker, Daniel Kaye, admitted to being hired by a senior official at Liberian telco Cellcom to carry out a cyber attack on rival Lonestar.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted...

How cybersecurity challenges remain a roadblock towards Internet inclusion in Africa

Achieving reliable availability of a safe, secure, trusted, affordable internet for all is seen as a key enabler of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around the globe. People globally are relying more and more on the internet for access to education, healthcare, employment, commerce and information. Plus, the developing Internet of Things (IoT) with its myriad of connected sensors and devices promises to dramatically enhance the varied social and economic benefits of...

Google adds three partners to CSquared for faster, more reliable African broadband

Google has formed a four-way partnership to invest $100 million in a wholesale broadband infrastructure project which aims to bring fast and reliable internet access to cities across Africa.

The new ‘CSquared’ partnership extends Google’s existing Project Link programme which the web giant introduced to the Ugandan capital of Kampala back in 2013 to provide local internet service providers (ISPs) or mobile networks access to a more efficient...

Project Loon is almost ready for lift-off

Google's ambitious plan to connect the world via balloons, Project Loon, is preparing for lift-off as the web giant reports it has "almost perfected" the technology and will announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. 

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa, the good news comes from Google's regional business lead, Wael Fakharany. He believes that it's now "time to scale" the technology in Africa, and connect people to the rest of the world via...

Telecoms services take the brunt of Boko Haram

Boko Haram, a terrorist group in allegiance with ISIL, has been giving Nigerian security agencies trouble since it was founded back in 2002. The group's attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, and it's thought Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of 17,000 people since 2009 alone. 

The recently-appointed president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered security agencies operating in the region to eradicate insurgency within three months. As part of this move,...

SMS is banned in Central African Republic

There are those who argue that in the modern world, internet access should be classed as a human right. The ability to communicate certainly should be, and yet the level of constant connectivity we have today is sometimes so overbearing that we need to cut off from it for a while - but at least that disconnection is of our own choice.

According to Agence France-Presse, text messaging is now considered a threat in the Central African Republic. It follows waves of violence supposedly...

Microsoft launches White Space pilot in Africa for low-cost broadband

Whilst Bill Gates may be spending less time at Microsoft, instead focusing more on incredible global philanthropic work with his – and his wife Melinda’s – Gates Foundation.

The research teams back at Microsoft have launched a third pilot in Africa to explore the possibility of low-cost broadband.

The Redmond-based giant has had previous forays into Africa under the aptly-named ‘4Afrika’ initiative - now in its third iteration - this current...

“Its a tough time to be an operator”, Googles Schmidt

It's hard to be a Mobile wireless operator today, according to Eric Schmidt, Google chairman; with regulation and the cost of 4G network upgrades threatening to cause serious problems for telcos the world over.

"It is very difficult to be a telecom operator right now," said Schmidt in his keynote to a packed Mobile World Congress crowd last night. "You've got the reality that you have to upgrade your equipment to 4G and you have customers who are busy using enormous amounts of the...