ITU and Vodafone launch initiative to connect 3.4B unconnected

United Nations agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has partnered with Vodafone to launch an initiative to connect 3.4 billion people.

An internet connection is increasingly vital in the modern world to unlock opportunities. Faster connections can mean even greater opportunity, but any connection is better than none.

According to research (PDF) by the ITU last year, of the 3.7 billion people who are not connected to the internet, 3.4 billion live within the...

Ookla reveals the world’s capitals with the fastest and slowest 5G speeds

Ookla has published a new report that reveals which of the world’s capitals are enjoying the fastest 5G download speeds, or suffering the slowest.

As the owners of the industry-standard Speedtest service, Ookla has a huge amount of real-world data of the speeds that users are receiving across both mobile and broadband networks.

Oslo, Norway boasts the fastest 5G of any world capital, clocking a median download speed of 526.74 Mbps. Seoul, South Korea had the second...

Nokia to supply Africell entry into Angolese market

Luanda, Angola

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia will supply network equipment to Africell for its planned entry into Angola later this year.

Operations will begin with the deployment of a multi-standard radio network supporting everything from 2G to 4G in the Angolan capital of Luanda. The network will also be upgradable to 5G through a software update at a later date.

Nokia plans to roll out its AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites, its AirFrame data centre...

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,...