The internet of everything water

Imagine a world where your spice cabinet reminds you to buy salt, or your cell phone sends a text message about the amount of water left in your water tank. These are the wonders of the internet of things (IoT). An official checks data from an internet-based water monitoring device at a borehole in Basbedo,…

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Three African startups win development prize

Uganda’s BarefootLaw, Ghana’s Farmerline and Kenya’s Kytabu have been named winners of the King Baudouin African Development Prize, taking home €75,000 (US$84,000) each in prize money and access to a wide network of stakeholders who will support them as they grow. This is the first year the King Baudouin Foundation has awarded the prize, which…

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Bringing Wi-Fi to Africa

Wi-Fi is so alive and kicking, it has its own dedicated day. Today, 20 June 2017 marks the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day – a day celebrated around the globe to recognise the significant role Wi-Fi has played in getting the world connected through its cities and communities. Some industry pundits see a dim future for…

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Zuckerberg on Facebook's new mission statement

CNN’s Laurie Segall interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an exclusive broadcast interview – his first in nearly five years. The interview took place of Facebook’s Community Summit in Chicago where the company announced a new mission statement: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” Image courtesy of…

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Internet development in West Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria: MainOne launches plan to become largest internet hub in West Africa with Open-Connect Service. Following the partnership of MainOne’s Data Center company, MDXi, with the Nigerian Internet Exchange, (IXPN) to improve national transit traffic in Nigeria, the company has recently announced a new interconnect service for carriers, enterprises and ISPs called Open-Connect. Open-Connect…

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.africa records 981 registrations during sunrise phase

In total, .africa recorded 981 registrations by trademark owners over the 60 days from 4 April 2017, placing it within the top ten globally for the largest number of domain name reservations during the sunrise phase of the new gTLD’s launch process. © rphotos via 123RF “The long journey to delegate the rights to administer…

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4G subscriptions continue to grow in Africa

According to Dataxis, in 2016, most 4G subscribers came from a few leading countries in northern and southern Africa. Significant disparities in 4G development and adoption still exist depending on the country, for instance, Morocco, with its 3.4 million 4G subscribers, accounts for 14% of total 4G subscribers in Africa. 4G penetration remains low in…

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Africa's mobile tower market to undergo growth spurt

In order to boost connectivity and increase network coverage in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – one of the least connected regions in the world with a mobile penetration of 82% compared to the 100% global average – service providers will need to accelerate their investment in mobile towers, particularly in rural areas. © altomedia via 123RF.com…

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Nigerian rideshare app reports success

LAGOS, Nigeria: GoMyWay.com, the Nigerian rideshare app, reports that it has experienced a 150% increase in registered members and a 300% increase in the number of seats offered. Furthermore, it has recorded rides shared in 16 states in Nigeria. GoMyWay.com is Nigeria’s leading indigenous rideshare platform that connects people with the same planned journey, to…

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DDoS attacks continue to morph

According to Bryan Hamman, territory manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Arbor Networks, while reflection and amplification techniques have come to characterise a large number of complex, multi-vector DDoS attacks, the latest approach is to use reflection to exploit connection-less lightweight directory access protocols (CLDAPs). Bryan Hamman Traditionally, large attacks based on reflection or amplification were…

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