Is fibre-tapping becoming a threat in Africa?

Fibre-tapping, which involves bending fibre-optic cables and using hi-tech means to access light they emit to steal data, has reportedly been used by UK and US spy agencies. But experts are divided about whether fibre-tapping is a threat in Africa.   Earlier this year, it was reported in the UK that spy agency, the Government …

Goldman Sachs: Technology SA’s biggest area of underperformance

Technology is South Africa’s biggest area of economic underperformance, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs.   The report, entitled ‘Two Decades of Freedom’, highlights South Africa’s achievements since the establishment of democracy in 1994 and the challenges the country still faces.   Though it said South Africa has made significant advancements in the …

Africa’s most active ICT regions

Based on information being supplied to media, Africa’s ICT industry is growing – boosted by the advent of mobile product and services, but sustaining this momentum is dependent on the identification and implementation of the right investment in ICT, skills and innovation, as well as connectivity. more

Microsoft rolls out white space Internet in Africa

Africa hides a huge technological potential that, with support from the private sector and cooperation between African regions, can transform the continent into a more competitive player in the global market, concluded speakers at the introduction of Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in Brussels on 5 June. The project was launched in February aiming to improve Africa’s …

More companies adopt .rw domain

Within a period of four months since Rwanda’s Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), “.rw” was formally re-delegated from Belgium, more companies/individuals have started registering their websites under the ‘.rw’ domain. Previously Rwandans had opted for .com, .org, .uk, because “.rw” was managed from Belgium and Rwandans were not aware of the procedures involved to …

Group mentality and ICANN GAC Advice: Another case of African misdirected and treacherous destiny

. Is Africa falling to another trap of group mentality and uninformed choices? Traditionally nations and especially when taken as continents have been known to take collective decisions. Just recently in the WCIT Dubai, there was mass failure of the delegates to agree on a treaty that had been crafted to replace the existing International …