Friday, April 19

Tag: Internet service providers

Tizeti is testing a next-gen technology that could bring 5G-level speeds to Nigeria
Mobile, Nigeria, Telecommunications

Tizeti is testing a next-gen technology that could bring 5G-level speeds to Nigeria

If you are in Nigeria and have a smartphone close by, let’s do a little test. Spoiler Alert, we’re borrowing a leaf from Tizeti’s playbook, so try to keep up.  Go to Speedtest.net on your browser and let it load for a few seconds. What speed do you see? 500 kbps? We’re sorry about that. 2 Mbps? Well, pretty much standard. 50 Mbps? You’re simply the boss. 100 Mbps? Speak the truth; you are not in Nigeria.  Whatever your results, they’ll probably pale in comparison to what Tizeti has in store. If recent updates are anything to go by, the telecom startup is currently testing next-generation WiFi technology in Nigeria that, if successful, could deliver Internet speeds up to 1Gbps — over 30x Nigeria’s average Internet speed. Continue reading
Central Africa, East Africa, Nigeria, Southern Africa, Tech Policy, West Africa

Internet Switched Back On Again In Zimbabwe After A Total Blackout For The Second Time In A Week

The Zimbabwean story continues to be crazier at every turn. Around mid day on Tuesday the government ordered internet service providers to block all citizens from the internet. The nation was switched back on yesterday after 30 hours of darkness. When we thought that it was all done, the government issued another directive at Nicodemus time last night around 10 pm instructing total shut down again. Zimbabwe woke up to no internet today and Econet subscribers had the following message in their SMS inbox: At 22:05 17/01/19, we were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice. Our lawyers advised we are required to comply with the directive pending the Courts decision on its legality. The earlier directives are already the subject of a pendin...