Huge growth predicted for 5G in its first six years

There will be around 1.4-billion 5G connections by 2025, an increase from just 1 million in 2019, the anticipated first year of commercial launch. This will represent an average annual growth of 232%. A report from Juniper Research warns that to be successful, 5G fixed wireless broadband would need to meet expectations in real-world scenarios…

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Transforming agricultural education through technology

For decades, African governments have used varying policy instruments in an attempt to improve farming productivity. But most subsistence and small-scale farmers continue to use traditional tools and processes, resulting in poor yield improvements. In a modern world, digital technology opens vast untapped potential for farmers, investors, and entrepreneurs to improve the efficiency of food…

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Mozilla and fact-checker engine join fight on fake news

PARIS – Mozilla, the non-profit which runs the Firefox internet browser, said it was launching a drive against “fake news” as fact-checking software backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar got its first run-out in public. The US-based open source group said it was “investing in people, programs and projects” in a new initiative to actively…

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Ghana gets SAP Africa Code Week

Africa Code Week (ACW), which started in 2015 to equip parents, teachers and educators with the coding skills and teaching materials they need to train children and youth in their immediate communities, arrived back in Ghana this week. SAP, Dreamoval and the Ghana Education Service in Accra and Kumasi jointly organised the series of Train-The-Trainer…

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Digital economy gets a boost with SACS installation

LUANDA, Angola – In what is considered a watershed moment for the African internet, the installation of the first direct subsea link, the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), is considered a strategic project for Angola to advance the region’s digital economy and to improve global communications. Angola Cables took a step closer to completion of SACS…

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Barriers to internet access in Africa revealed

Only about 25% of the African population has access to the internet and significant barriers to internet access remains in four African countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Jochai Ben-Avie, senior global policy manager at Mozilla. Mozilla-backed research has revealed the main barriers to internet access in African countries and aims to understand, from…

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Internet users in Nigeria hit 91.6 million

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of internet users in Nigeria’s telecommunications networks has increased to 91.6 million in June. Photo by rawpixel.com via Unsplash The NCC made this disclosure in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for June 2017 on its website. According to the data released, internet users increased to 91,598,757…

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Connecting an unconnected Africa through Wi-Fi

Across the globe, access to technology and the internet is no longer a luxury only attainable by developed countries. The most recent figures from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)*, the governing body for LTE and 4G standards, showed that global internet access and usage has increased significantly by up to 43% between 2000 and 2015,…

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2017 celebrates 20 years of Africacom

The recent launch event of Africacom also kicked off the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of what is described as Africa’s largest, influential, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) conference and exhibition. The launch event set the scene for November’s main event, due to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 7–9…

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Digital trust: the currency of the future

Digital trust, in a nutshell, is about the ability to protect the digital data shared across a vast digital ecosystem. And it may just become the currency of the future. Failing to safeguard it could be a costly mistake. © Jack Moreh via Stockvault Information ranging from social media sharing to private account information, exists…

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