South Africa’s undersea cable service repaired at last

South Africa’s undersea cable service repaired at last

Repairs on two undersea cables that provide Internet and phone service to southern African nations have finally been completed after more than a month of disruptions. That’s according to Openserve, the infrastructure arm of South Africa’s Telkom charged with coordinating the repairs on two damaged cable lines, the WACS and…

Mobile World Congress canceled because of coronavirus

Mobile World Congress (MWC), one of the world’s premier tech and telecom events, has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, its GSMA organizers said Wednesday. “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has canceled MWC Barcelona 2020 because…

Researchers halt South Africa trial of failed HIV vaccine

A clinical trial of a vaccine that researchers hoped would prevent HIV was stopped by its organizers, according to a statement Monday from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States. “This action was taken because an independent…

Undersea cable break leaves Africans waiting for service, repairs

Sub-Saharan Africa reported frustrating difficulties with Internet and data access that began Thursday, following accidental cuts of the undersea West Africa Cable System (WACS) that runs along the coast. The 16,000-kilometer system runs from South Africa to the UK, connecting much of western and central Africa to Europe and each…

MTN, Mara advance the Connect Rwanda digital access challenge

The “Made in Africa” smartphones from Rwanda’s Mara Corporation have made a big splash, but there’s a much bigger vision through a “Connect Rwanda” campaign that hopes to put Mara and other smartphones in the hands of every household in the country. The program, launched in late December, relies on…

Travelex locked down by ransomware attack

Websites across some 30 countries remain locked down for Travelex customers as the foreign exchange firm deals with a ransomware attack that’s crippled its operations since New Year’s Eve. Company officials say they took their websites offline in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America as a precaution to contain the…

Huawei’s Surveillance Tech in Kenya: A Safe Bet?

By N. D. Francois When terror struck Nairobi almost one year ago, David Mwangi had yet to graduate from Kenya Police College. He and his colleagues watched the attack unfold live on television. Now an on-duty officer in Nairobi, the 26-year-old is bent on never letting such tragedy happen again….

African nations see Facebook, Instagram outages

South Africans were among the global citizens complaining Thursday that their access to Instagram was down, as a service outage for Facebook and the Facebook-owned platform popped up in dozens of countries. The Messenger service also appeared to be affected. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing…