African Internet backbone service doubles its satellite capacity
28th January 2010
Gateway Communication, which boasts one of the largest pan-African communications network with customers in 40 countries, adopted Newtec’s FlexACM tehnology to double satellite link capacity for its backbone service, Africa IPJetDirect. IPJetDirect uses C band and Ku band satellites to deliver IP services to mobile phone operators in Africa. This is one of the technologies deployed on the African continent, Newtec’s DVB-S2 VCM and DVB-S2 FlexACM, to ensure maximum bandwidth efficiency and satellite capacity in Africa.
The problems with science technology in Africa —Urama
27th January 2010
Dr. Kelvin Urama, the Executive Director for African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) with national chapters in 23 African countries, in this interview with ERASMUS ALANEME of our Abuja Bureau, stressed the need for fundamental change in Africa’s educational curriculum and the craze for certificates.
Why that SMS behind the wheel kills
23rd January 2010
For many people, cell phones have become virtual sixth fingers, permanently attached to their hands. For some, texting is like breathing, the signal of an incoming message is an irresistible siren’s call. They cannot help but respond. The danger comes with the urge to do this while driving. Though common sense dictates that drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, if you look around you on the road, chances are, you’ll still see many drivers chatting away with their mobile phones held up to their ears. The use of hand-held mobile phones to talk and text while driving was banned in Kenya years back, but the authorities would be hard pressed to show what the ban has gained.
Warid to start mobile money
27th January 2010
Warid Telecom will this year unveil its mobile phone money transfer service in Uganda.
Mr George Shine, Warid Telecom’s head of marketing, said work on the service is in its final stages.
“We have evaluated this venture [mobile money services] and we are ready to take it on this year. We have set aside the resources and we have the technical team ready. What is remaining is getting the licences,” Mr Shine told journalists in Kampala on Monday although he could not readily disclose the amount of money injected in the venture. Warid’s entry will bring to three the number of mobile money service providers in the country after MTN’s Mobile Money and Zain’s Zap money transfer services, which were unveiled last year.
Concern as hackers mess up crucial websites
29th January 2010
The Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has become the latest casualty in a growing trend in which hackers mess up with websites. Users of the popular NBS website could not access it since on Wednesday, following an invasion by hackers calling themselves the UAH-Crew. The website was effectively shut down for repairs yesterday by the Tanzania Telecommunication Company which hosts it, according to the NBS acting director, Ms Radegunda Maro. The NBS joins other public outfits including Parliament, Tanzanian Revenue Authority and Bank of Tanzania whose websites suffered similarly in the past, triggering questions on the safety of national data and statistics.