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Yahsat partners Hughes networks to extend internet services in Africa — Business. Yahsat, global satellite operator, has announced a JV with Hughes Network Systems (HUGHES), a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia. In a statement released to the media, the new venture is said to combine Hughes “deep expertise as the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services” with Yahsat’s unique position and knowledge “as the leader in satellite broadband solutions across these regions.” Hughes will purchase a minority interest in the venture, which will provide unserved and underserved communities with internet services operating over Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 (AY2) and Al Yah 3 (AY3) Ka-band satellites, and leveraging the capabilities of the Hughes JUPITER System.

Masood M. [Column] Kamal Mokrani: Connecting an unconnected Africa with wireless technology. [Column] Kamal Mokrani: Connecting an unconnected Africa with wireless technology Africa’s diversity encompasses more than its landscape, it includes the political, economic, social, technological and environmental outlook, with each country and region having its own set of unique challenges and advantages. Across the globe, access to technology and the Internet is no longer a luxury only attainable by developed countries. The most recent figures from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the governing body for LTE and 4G standards, showed that global Internet access and usage has increased significantly by up to 43% between 2000 and 2015, with Africa alone seeing a 28% increase in Internet access.

Mobile subscriptions have also risen globally by a staggering 90% thanks to better network coverage and affordability. For Africa, 2015 alone witnessed several significant milestones for Internet governance and development across the continent. These are the biggest data centre market drivers in Africa today - Data Economy. Djibouti hub is home to several undersea cables connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. China Telecom Global (CTG) has chosen colocation company Djibouti Data Center (DDC) to further its network expansion, co-location and submarine fiber cable access services in East Africa. CTG is the international operating subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation (China Telecom). The move will allow CTG to serve its multinational corporation clients and carrier partners in Djibouti, Ethiopia and other countries in the region.

The DDC has been built to Tier III data centre standards and also serves as a meeting point for submarine fiber cable systems including the new Southeast Asia-Middle East — Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable designed to connect Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe. China Telecom Global is a founding member of the consortium for SEA-ME-WE 5, which is expected to be ready for service in late 2016.

Data Is the New Frontier As African Telecom Firms Battle. Africa: Over 90% of the Continent Has No Internet Access. By Obinna Chima The internet is one of the most important enablers of social development and education. While internet services have been quite phenomenal in the rest of the world, access to the Internet remains very low in Africa, especially in the rural communities. According to a report, the Internet World Stats for Africa 2016, only 9.3 per cent of people across the African continent are Internet users.

"A few years ago anyone who could not read and write was considered illiterate, but today this concept goes further, encompassing people who do not know how to use information and communication technologies. Health organisations and schools in Africa often face a unique set of obstacles, including a lack of access to much-needed health education and counselling platforms. The report pointed out that in today's digital world, bringing Internet access to rural communities was a tremendous step in the right direction of social development and education. Afrique subsaharienne: vers un taux de pénétration de 105% du mobile. Par APA - 14/12/2016 Selon un rapport de la multinationale Ericson, le taux de pénétration du téléphone mobile dans cette partie de l’Afrique devrait se situer à 105% entre 2016 et 2022 Le taux de pénétration du téléphone mobile en Afrique subsaharienne devrait se situer à 105% entre 2016 et 2022, selon un rapport de la multinationale Ericsson.

Cette région, qui comptera 55 millions d’abonnements nets de plus en fin 2016, connaît aussi une croissance exponentielle du trafic de données mobiles qui se situera à environ 55% par an à l’horizon 2022. Comptant 43% de la population âgée de moins de 15 ans en 2016, la firme d’origine suédoise émet ainsi l’espoir que le comportement de ce segment, en Afrique subsaharienne, soit un facteur clé dans l’adoption croissante des services mobiles. «Avec de bonnes projections macroéconomiques, cette sous-région reste également un bon endroit où investir dans le secteur», a expliqué à APA le directeur pour le Cameroun d’Ericsson, Olivier Vandermoten. A data revolution is happening in Africa. A revolution is underway in Africa and it is not one that involves crowds taking to the streets.

Instead it is a revolution in the way the continent is generating and using data to help shape its future. In the past decade narratives about Africa have moved from one extreme to another. Ten years ago, the continent was written off as a “basket case”. Then there were signs of macroeconomic growth, and analysts talked of “Africa rising”. Now, this new stance could already be shifting. Economic and political fortunes dictate these drastic shifts in narrative to an extent. Africa has long suffered from a lack of high-quality, transparent and reliable statistics. So there is a need for more robust and sound information But, crucially, the data collected should also be more accessible and better utilised.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has worked to advance governance in African countries for ten years. We also need to see innovation. By Dr. Forbes Welcome. Vers la création d’une organisation africaine des agences gouvernementales en charge des TIC. 10inPartager Des représentants de Madagascar, du Nigéria, du Cameroun, du Ghana, du Kenya, du Gabon, du Rwanda et du Zimbabwe ont pris part à la rencontre organisée par le Sénégal, sous la direction de Cheikh BAKHOUM, DG de l’ADIE et en présence de Modou Mamoune NGOM, Directeur des Télécommunications au Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications. L’objectif de ce premier contact, en marge du Forum International était d’échanger sur les motivations et l’opportunité de la mise en place d’une telle structure. Le Directeur exécutif de l’ONG Smart Africa, Didier Nkurikiyimfura a participé aux débats. C’est ainsi que la proposition a été faite et retenue de tenir la première grande réunion de la future organisation en mai 2017, en marge du sommet Transform Africa organisé à Kigali par l’ONG Smart Africa.

Le Sénégal, Madagascar et le Ghana ont été choisis pour prendre en charge les préparatifs de l’organisation de cette première rencontre majeure. Autres articles. Africa To Surpass 1bn Mobile Subscriptions - Report - Reports Afrique News | Nigeria, Africa, Sports, Entertainment, Fashion. Africa is expected to cross one billion mobile subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching 1.02 billion by year-end. This is according to market research and advisory firm Ovum, which also forecasts the total number of mobile subscriptions on the continent will rise to 1.33 billion at the end of 2021. However, the firm says growth in new mobile subscriptions is slowing, pointing out the average rate of mobile penetration in Africa was 79% at the end of June.

Mobile voice revenue on the continent is set to decline over the five years to 2021. According to Ovum, data connections, as well as data and digital service revenue, will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market. The firm believes there will be one billion mobile broadband connections in Africa in 2021, including 157.4 million 4G LTE connections. Ovum notes the number of fixed broadband connections in Africa is also expected to increase significantly over the coming years, albeit from a very low base.

Internet Monopolies Could Be Ending in Africa. Telecom workers in Burkina Faso were on strike again this month, leading to phone and internet interruptions. The country has only one internet service provider, Onatel, but the days of the telecom monopoly in Africa may ending. The Burkina Faso telecommunications authority fined Onatel 5 billion CFA francs ($8.5 million U.S.) in response to the strike, which cut internet access across the country for more than a week. Arouna Ouédraogo, an information technology specialist, said people without access to the internet become desperate. He said he businesspeople rushing to his internet cafe with contracts to sign and documents to send, but he couldn't help them.

"People outside this country just cannot imagine that there is no internet" for such an extended period, he said. Some people were so desperate to get their email, Ouédraogo said, that they flew to Bamako, in neighboring Mali, for internet access. The problem? More providers His solution? Nairobi gets world's 4th GSM Roaming Exchange. Published on 16 September 2016 By Olusegun Ogundeji Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has become home to the fourth Global System of Mobile Communication Roaming Exchange GRX in the world - first in Africa - after Amsterdam, Singapore and Washington. The East African country's ICT Secretary, Kate Getao, launched the exchange this week with a view that mobile traffic originating from operators in Kenya and neighbouring countries will henceforth pass through the facility instead of any of those outside Africa. The facility is expected to lower phone call roaming charges and provide high definition voice and video calling, she said.

Basically, the launched GRX will enable mobile networks around it to interconnect in the region for their roaming customers. "It is expected that as more African mobile networks connect to the GRX in Nairobi," he adds, "it will attract mobile operators from other regions such as the Middle East, Europe, Asia and beyond. AU Launches the first Mobile Roaming Exchange in Africa at the Kenya Internet Exchange Point: “Contributing to lower roaming rates and quality of service in Africa” | African Union. Nairobi, Kenya – 08th September, 2016: The African Union Commission (AUC), through the Infrastructure and Energy Department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology of Kenya and the Telecommunication Services Providers Association of Kenya, launched the first Global GSM Roaming Exchange in Africa at the Kenya Internet Exchange Point on 08th September 2016.

Through the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project of the African Union Commission, Member States with internet exchange points have increased from eighteen to thirty two. The Commission has further provided grants to eight internet exchange points to be supported to become regional internet exchange points. Under the grant awarded to the Kenya Internet Exchange point, the GSM Roaming Exchange (GRX) is one of the activities supported by the African Union Commission.

Dr. The launch was officiated by H.E. The GDP Impact of Mobile Networks [2010 Data] by Country. IP traffic set to soar in Africa. Published on 14 June 2016 By Chris Tredger Africa will experience the highest IP growth rate globally at 41%, according to the Cisco Visual Network Index Complete Forecast for 2015 to 2020. According to the Index the continent's IP traffic is predicted to grow 6-fold and fixed broadband speed 2.4-fold with an average mobile speed connection of 5Mbps. Traffic growth is immediately attributed to key drivers including the adoption of personal devices and deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. In a statement Cisco states that over the next five years, IP networks will support up to 10 billion new devices and connections, increasing from 16.3 billion in 2015 to 26.3 billion by 2020. Advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) is also identified as a significant influence. "Applications such as video surveillance, smart meters, digital health monitors and a host of other M2M services are creating new network requirements and incremental traffic increases.

Africa – Mobile Voice and Mobile Broadband Statistics (tables only) | Stock Transcript. NEW YORK, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — African mobile internet traffic expected to increase 20-fold by the end of the decadeAfrica’s diverse mobile market is characterised by having a small number of mobile players with footprints across multiple countries. These include Orange, Bharti Airtel, Millicom (Tigo) and MTN. There are also a large number of national providers, many of which have emerged from State-owned enterprises and in some of which the State retains a significant stake holding.

Given the poor condition of fixed-line telecom infrastructure in many markets, mobile voice forms a major component of telecom services, and has a greater share of overall voice traffic than in Europe or the Americas. This is particularly true in many semi-urban and rural areas, where mobile network operators maintain the only service available for customers. In terms of mobile penetration, the region is also diverse.

SOURCE Reportlinker. Africa's continental opportunity for digital and technology. Over the last 16 years, I have had the pleasure of travelling across Africa and during this time I've witnessed many things change. I have seen air conditioners installed in Lagos airport which, to my knowledge, are still not functional. The Botswana pula became stronger than the South African rand. I have seen the Ghanaian cedi depreciate weekly to the US dollar, affecting households and businesses in ways they have yet to feel, and I’ve seen the Gaborone airport take shape. Massive though it is, it is still not completed after many years due to change of plans, lack of funds, change of strategy, and so it goes.

Stagnant connectivity On a more personal note, I have presented to the Ethiopian Telecommunications Ministry the various ways in which opening the telco market up to more players could benefit the entire nation – with many listening and agreeing. Surely a dramatic change from 10 years ago! Digital dealerships. TMT Prédictions Afrique 2016 : Deloitte dévoile les grandes tendances technologies, médias et télécommunications. TMT Prédictions Afrique 2016 : Deloitte dévoile les grandes tendances technologies, médias et télécommunications L’Associé Deloitte Conseil Tunisie et Responsable TMT Afrique, Karim Koundi, a indiqué lors de son passage à l’émission Expresso du jeudi 31 mars 2016, que le cabinet Deloitte dévoilera son étude internationale dédiée aux grandes tendances des technologies, médias et télécommunications, lors de l’événement « TMT Prédictions Afrique 2016 » qui se tiendra demain, vendredi 1er avril 2016 de 8h30 à midi à l’hôtel Paris au Lac. « Les TMT Prédictions Afrique mettent en valeur l'évolution spécifique de ce secteur sur le marché africain, l’étude démontre les principales tendances qui façonneront le secteur des technologies, médias et télécommunication cette année en Afrique », a précisé Karim Koundi.

Programme de l’événement : 8h30 - 9h : Accueil 9h - 11h30 : Allocutions introductives Présentation des Deloitte « Africa TMT Predictions 2016 » Débat en plénière autour des tendances 11h30 : Mobiles Speed Up Financial Inclusion In Africa. Satellite TV growing fast in West Africa. Africa: Children in Refugee Camps to Benefit From Vodafone's Instant Classroom Lite Platform. Africa's Biggest Data Centre Coming.

Africa's Phone Users Reach 700 Million. Millicom's Africa CEO Cynthia Gordon thinks the mobile market on the continent still has room to grow. Africa: Mobile Phone Access Explodes Across Africa. L’Oxford Internet Institute examine le taux d’internautes sur 37 pays africains | ECODAFRIK. Rétrospective: Les pays africains en mode 4G en 2015 | ITmag. The African ICT landscape: Six trends to watch in 2016. IoTWF 2015: How will the Internet of Things benefit Africa? Africa's Internet gap: 15% of world's population just 1% of Internet users. Telecom sector revenue to reach 2.8trn/- this year. | Africatime.

Africa’s mobile revenue 3 times that of developed countries. Africa Monetizing Opportunities of Multiscreen Entertainment. Africa: Mobile-Network Coverage Reaching the Last Half Billion People Globally. Africa gains access to global IXs. Africa poised for 4G boom as 700 MHz goes globalRethink Wireless. The satellite internet landscape in Africa - developments and future scenarios. Smartphone boom will drive African data explosion. Call to reserve .africa domains. Africa’s technological advancement is gaining momentum, but Nigeria is languishing behind. Nigeria's mobile subscriber base forecast to reach 200 million. Untitled.