Telecommunications

Total 134 Posts

We need to find a solution to ending Internet shutdowns in Africa

Given that we have established a pattern of how Internet shutdowns tend to happen across Africa, how do we ensure they do not happen in African countries and also, as important, how do we punish governments that shutdown the Internet?

Miko Rwayitare - the man who built Africa's first-ever mobile network

Long before mobile phones were popular in Africa, and even in Western countries such as the USA, Zaire (present day Democratic Republic of Congo) already had a reported 3,000 mobile phone subscribers on the first ever mobile network in Africa.

MTN's love for difficult markets is now haunting them

When you operate at the scale MTN operates, operating and investment capital is not sufficient. Political capital goes a long way to solving problems, but sometimes, as is now possibly the case in Afghanistan, it can backfire.

We need more terrestrial fiber cables interconnecting Africa

Africa is now surrounded by several high speed subsea cables connecting it to North and South America, Europe and Asia. What is more important than subsea cables is terrestrial fiber cables connecting various African countries together.

We need to rethink how we provide Internet access

Given how important the Internet has become in our lives, perhaps we need to start seriously thinking about who and how Internet services are provisioned in each country.

How the high cost of Internet access can be reduced across Africa

African countries are among the lowest with regards to Internet speeds but they have the most expensive telecommunications and Internet costs.

The top 50 websites that Kenyans most visited

While the list of the top most visited websites in Kenya keeps changing from time to time, it is an important indicator of what Kenyans are doing online.