Kilimanjaro gets high-speed internet

07 September 2022

Tanzania has installed high-speed internet services on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing anyone with a smartphone to tweet, Instagram or WhatsApp their ascent up Africa’s highest mountain.

The state-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation set up the broadband network in mid-August at an altitude of 3,720 metres (12,200ft), with the country’s information minister, Nape Nnauye, calling the event historic.

“Previously, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters who had to operate without internet,” he said. “All visitors will get connected … (up to) this point of the mountain,” Nnauye said at Horombo huts, one of the camps en route to the peak.

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Madagascar’s free internet

06 September 2022

Madagascar’s Ministry of Digital Development, Digital Transformation, Posts and Telecommunications (MNDPT) has installed hotspots to provide free internet in the district of Betioky Sud, according to local reports. This initiative is part of the government’s project to open up rural areas and give internet access to people who usually go without. It has already been implemented in the districts of Ampanihy, Sakaraha and Toliara and should be extended to other regions in due course. The free Internet will allow the population, especially the youth, to do research and master the new information and communication technologies.

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Liquid Zambia opens first office in Mkushi

06 September 2022

Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) is expanding its operations to Central Province by launching its first office in Mkushi.

According to a statement, the the launch will bring high-speed connectivity and a suite of intelligent technologies to the district for the first time.

“Mkushi is an agriculture town well-known for its large commercial farms. We realised that this underserved community is key to ensuring that we take one more step towards creating a digitally connected future that leaves no Zambian behind,” said Commenting on the increasing footprint in the country, Mark Townsend, chief executive officer, LIT Zambia. “The proliferation of high-speed connectivity and digital services by Liquid will empower commercial farmers and others in this sector, ultimately increasing the viability for more foreign direct investment to the agriculture sector in Zambia”.

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Zimbabwe: 400 schools connected to internet

06 September 2022

Zimbabwe has connected more than 400 schools to the internet, according to a government official.

Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing August 10, the country’s information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said this was part of government’s ongoing project to accelerate the national e-learning strategy.

“Four hundred schools from all the provinces across the country were connected to the internet,” she said. “This is part of an ongoing programme to accelerate the implementation of the national e-learning strategy.”

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