Five reasons why 5G makes the difference

07 December 2021

The fifth-generation of wireless technology is paving the way for the connectivity that digital technologies increasingly require. Peter Linder, head of 5G marketing at Ericsson, shares his views on why 5G makes a difference

5G has rapidly gained mindshare in society as a vital technology. But what makes 5G different from its predecessors? We describe a set of strategic choices made for previous mobile generations of which we made a single choice. 5G makes it possible to embrace both options, unlocking larger opportunities earlier in the deployment cycle.

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Is industry inertia keeping SIM-swap fraud alive?

07 December 2021

As SIM-swap fraud continues to skyrocket, Lincoln Naicker, product owner at Entersekt looks at how businesses can lower their risk and protect customers.

SIM-swap fraud has been around for decades and according to the latest SABRIC figures, SIM-swap incidents increased 91% year-on-year when looking at digital banking fraud across all platforms. But why, with all the advancements in technology, are we still dealing with this relatively unsophisticated, but rampant fraud type? How could we lower our risk to this perennial and costly threat?

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Burkina Faso mobile internet disrupted following anti-government protests

06 December 2021

Mobile internet connectivity in Burkina Faso has been down for a week and shows no signs of resuming as protestors call on president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré to resign over the wave of killings by militants.

A report on newswire Reuters said the death toll from the latest attack on security forces and civilians this month has climbed to more than 50, sparking protests against the government. On Saturday, mobile internet connectivity went down as the protests raged.

NetBlocks which monitors disruptions to telecommunications connectivity said on Monday in a statement and on Twitter that “mobile internet remains disrupted in Burkina Faso as of Monday,” with surveillance data confirming that “service was cut” from 10:30 pm on Saturday night.

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Airtel Africa and Unicef in multi-million dollar partnership to scale-up digital learning

06 December 2021

Airtel Africa and global children’s charity Unicef signed a five-year “multi-million dollar” partnership to scale-up digital learning for children across 13 African countries.

The move is part of the global Reimagine Education initiative launched by Unicef last year to generate public and private sector investment in digital learning and help children catch up amid the pandemic.

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