'Blocking of phone calls a growing problem'

23 March 2020

Call blocking by South Africa’s biggest network operators is negatively impacting many local telecoms customers who are finding they cannot always successfully complete phone calls, according to Anthony Engelbrecht, technical director at independent telco, Huge Networks.

He said that some clients of SA’s many Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecoms networks such as Huge Networks, Connection Telecoms and dozens of others are increasingly finding that calls they place are not reaching the intended telecoms user.

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Asteroid lands in Mombasa

18 February 2020

Located Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved internet interconnection in east Africa

Located Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved internet interconnection in east Africa

Asteroid International, the global interconnection platform innovator, has launched a state-of-the-art and highly automated Internet Exchange Point (IXP) solution in Kenya’s oldest city.

Located in the modern, hyper connected, carrier neutral icolo facilities in Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved internet interconnection in east Africa and support the region’s strong digital growth.

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Nigerian telecom services ‘one of the best in the world’

18 February 2020

The quality of telecom services provided by Nigerian operators is up there with the best in the world, according to the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators (ALTON).

Its chairman, Engr Gbenga Adebayo, also said despite the extremely high operating costs of providing such services in the west African nation, the telecom industry is the only sector in which prices have remained stable.

“In the first place, we make bold to state that the quality of telecoms services in Nigeria is amongst the best in comparable jurisdictions,” Adebayo said in a statement.

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ETC looking for $1.3m funding boost

18 February 2020

A global network of organisations working to provide shared communications services for humanitarian emergencies needs US$1.3m to operate effectively in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2020.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) requires the funds mainly for the purchasing of relevant equipment, which will support the Telecommunications Security Standards (TESS) recommendations to enable emergency responders to communicate in deep field areas in the conflict prone CAR.

One planned exercise is the radio programming training for United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations (NGO) staff in the city of Paoua and to deploy radio and satellite equipment, as recommended by TESS.

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