Embrace internet tech to keep key sectors in operation

Covid-19 is reminding workers that the digital economy is one that best absorbs the shocks of any disease that discourages physical contact and social grouping. The novel coronavirus that first appeared in mainland China has now spread across the world, with more than 82,000 reported cases and nearly 3,000 deaths, as of Thursday. And right alongside the outbreak is the deployment of myriad types of AI-powered tech that is now being put on full display. Economies are at a standstill, with key sectors under serious existential threats of extinction. It…

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Kaspersky partners with Arctic Security

Kaspersky

Kaspersky has announced a new partnership with Arctic Security. Through this collaboration, Kaspersky Threat Data Feeds will be available out-of-the-box, on Arctic Security’s Arctic Hub platform. These feeds will help organisations with Security Operation Centers, as well as managed security service and internet service providers, to obtain the most up-to-date and relevant information about cyberthreats.  Not all information about cyberthreats is helpful. For instance, 37% of information security executives say that there’s too much security data to deal with and not very much of it is actionable – as revealed by…

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Safaricom to roll out their 5G Network this year

Safaricom

Kenya’s biggest telecom carrier,safaricom as they roll out their 5G network this year. Michael Joseph, Safaricom’s Acting CEO said this this week according to Business Daily. He said this at a time where Huawei has been under criticism by the US authorities over them building 5G networks, citing security concerns. “We will use Huawei in 5G. What will we do in terms of the American statements about not using Huawei? We don’t have that situation in Africa,” Michael Joseph was quoted as saying. Huawei has been battling the United States…

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9mobile hosts a Mobile Network Operators workshop

9mobile

9mobile, the leading telecom operator in Nigeria, in association with Google, and Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, recently hosted a workshop in Lagos for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Aggregators, and brands to introduce Rich Communication Services (RCS), and showcase how RCS Business Messaging (RBM) is revolutionizing enterprise communication with their consumers. The workshop was attended by over 50 attendees, including representatives from MTN, Airtel, Glo, GTB, Zenith Bank, Unity Bank, Accion Microfinance, Interswitch, and Infobip, among others. Touted as the next-generation…

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5G will support more than 10% mobile connections

5G

According to the new Cisco Annual Internet Report, 5G will support more than 10% of the world’s mobile connections by 2023. The average 5G speed will be 575 megabits per second, or 13 times faster than the average mobile connection. With advanced performance capabilities, 5G will deliver more dynamic mobile infrastructures for AI and emerging IoT applications including autonomous cars, smart cities, connected health, immersive video and more. For the past 50 years, each decade introduced a new mobile technology with cutting-edge innovations. Mobile bandwidth requirements have evolved from voice…

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Google announced $1M pan-African Google.org Fund

Google

In recognition of Safer Internet Day, Google announced a $1M pan-African Google.org fund to support innovative ideas around privacy, trust and safety for families online across sub-Saharan Africa. It also launched its landmark child online safety programme, Be Internet Awesome, in South Africa, the Netherlands and Nigeria today. Be Internet Awesome seeks to help minors explore the internet safely and confidently, while the Google.org grant will provide funding to help develop further programmes that aim to do this – for children and their families. Funding applications will be requested through an open…

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Kibanda Online: Grocery shopping made easier

Kibanda Online

A new online platform, “Kibanda Online”  has now made buying groceries a task that can be done at the comfort of your home. The platform is a departure from many online shops whether on Instagram, Facebook or websites  which mainly trade on home appliances, cosmetics and clothes. The platform is the brainchild of 29-year-old Laurriette Rota. ‘Kibanda’ is a Swahili word meaning stall. Ms Rota says the idea initially was to help deliver groceries and other items needed regularly by the sick, elderly and physically challenged people who have a…

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MTN Zambia launches non-expiry data bundles

MTN Rwanda

MTN Zambia has launched a new range of non-expiry mobile data bundles dubbed Freedom bundles. The Freedom bundles are added to existing mobile data bundles to offer customers more choice and to contribute to digital inclusion in Zambia. This introduction, the first of its kind in Zambia, means that MTN Zambia data customers can now load and use mobile data bundles that do not expire before they are exhausted. MTN Zambia Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bart Hofker said, “Zambia’s number 1 network has taken the lead in the industry by…

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Telkom Kenya now offers more data for same price

Telkom

Telkom Kenya has revised their daily, weekly and monthly bundles where you now get more data for the same price. This is good news for the millions of Telkom users out there who use their network everyday Some of the data bundle offerings have received a 100% hike at the same price point which is nice to see. At the low end, you can get a healthy 70MB for only KES 10 and you can get as much as 50GB of data for KES 3,000 a month up from 36GB.…

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Safaricom invites bids of a location tracking platform

Safaricom

Safaricom has invited bids to seek suppliers of a location tracking and intelligence platform. In a bid notice, they express interest to take advantage of a location intelligence system which will help them build customer profiles based on their location, according to Business Daily. “Consequently, the evolution of the mobile network and devices has enabled Safaricom to gather information from the connected devices. At the core of any reliably connected device is an accurate location intelligence system,” the bid notice said. According to the latest sector statistics by the Communications Authority,…

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