SA lagging on broadband and digital broadcast migration says Vodacom

A lack of readily available radio frequency spectrum is holding South Africa’s national broadband hopes at ransom, say Vodacom in an interview with Fin24.   Particularly, the South African government has been lagging behind in implementing its digital broadcast migration project – opening the pathways to faster frequencies like 4G. “Government only started distributing a …

WEF Africa Summit: Africa needs more investment on broadband footprint

WEF Africa Summit is took place the past week in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, under the theme: “Connecting Africa’s Resources Through Digital Transformation”. Improved broadband coverage, availability and access to energy are at the centre of Africa’s move towards the 4th Industrial revolution.     Electricity challenges are weighing on the continent’s outlook in the technology …

Mali lags behind as African internet speeds rise

  By Laura Angela Bagnetto, Throughout Bamako, Mali, internet office spaces sit idle. Customers can plug in their computers, make phone calls, and take advantage of the solar-powered electricity that’s not subject to blackouts, a common occurrence in the capital. The one thing they can’t do, however, is check their email. When making comparisons to …

UNESCO CONNECTing the Dots conference adopts an outcome document

  The UNESCO facilitated and international multistakeholder conference under the theme CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues.   The objective of the conference was to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues as part of UNESCO’s response in …

Guinea-Bissau’s ccTLD starts working

  The top-level domain(.GW) of Guinea-Bissau is already working, the National Regulatory Authority (ARN) , responsible for the telecommunications sector in the country, said Wednesday in Bissau.   The process was launched with the support of DNS.pt association, responsible for Portugal’s top-level domain Portugal (.PT) and which works in this area with other African countries …

Thousands of Hungarians revolt against Internet tax

  (Reuters) – Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.   Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has been widely accused of adopting anti-democratic policies, first …

The FCC Receives in excess of 3 Million Comments on Net Neutrality

  The FCC has received more than 3 million comments concerning the current net neutrality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). That figure is dramatically higher than the previously reported 1.5 million figure that was released last week.   The massive jump comes from the FCC chewing through a deluge of comments that were filed last …

India’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to unveil dot Bharat domain name

  Minister of Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be unveiling the dot Bharat domain name on August 21 in New Delhi to facilitate multi-lingual Internet access, NIXI chief executive Dr Govind told ET.   The autonomous body National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) …