Malawi operators witness connectivity problems during elections

19 July 2019

Malawi Telecommunications and fibre-optic network operator SimbaNet last month joined the list of African service providers that have experienced disrupted internet connectivity during crucial election periods. 

The internet providers saw service interruptions as results from the general election came in on Tuesday May 21st. It is understood the disruption lasted six hours in some cases.

According to reports, the suspension came after a tight election in which president Peter Mutharika was seeking a second term in office. 

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Safaricom trials new base stations for urban areas

08 February 2019

The TubeStar occupies much less land than typically required for a BST and also houses all equipment within a protective tower structure.

The TubeStar occupies much less land than typically required for a BST and also houses all equipment within a protective tower structure.

 

Safaricom is trialling new network coverage technology aimed at enhancing coverage in urban areas. 

Known as the TubeStar base station, the operator claims the solution replaces the standard tower base station with a tubular structure that occupies up to 75 per cent less land than typically required.

In addition, it says the new BST eliminates the need for a protective compound and perimeter wall by incorporating all equipment within the tower structure.

Furthermore, it’s claimed the technology eliminates the need for diesel generators by replacing these with high-performance lithium batteries.

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Konnect Africa launches internet offers in DRC

08 February 2019

Konnect Africa, Eutelsat’s pan-continental broadband initiative, has launched its first internet access offers throughout the DRC.

At the end of last November, it said internet access solutions for both households and SMEs were now available from a large network of local resellers across the country.

Konnect Africa unveiled a range of eight pre-paid offers for individuals and businesses.

It described the packages as “suitable for all consumer profiles”, with data usage deals ranging from 5GB to unlimited for professional users.

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BRCK and Clear Blue to serve next billion

08 February 2019

Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology will be used to power thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.

Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology will be used to power thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.

 

Clear Blue Technologies International has been selected as the power service provider for BRCK, a hardware and services tech specialist based in Nairobi.

BRCK says that because connectivity is too expensive for the average African to afford, the majority of citizens in developing markets rely heavily on Wi-Fi.

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