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Huawei training 1,000 South Africans in China

In an agreement signed this week between Huawei and the government of South Africa, an investment by the Chinese telecommunications company will bring 1,000 South African students to China over the next five years to participate in a new training program. The students will be trained in telecommunications networking, cloud computing, and big data. The… Read More

Algeria bans Twitter, Facebook after exam papers leaked online

Algeria has mad moves to block social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and has also partially cut off access to 3G data services for its citizens following an exam paper leak. Over 555,000 secondary school students are now having to resit their baccalaureate exam [French] after the papers were leaked across social media. The social… Read More

Civil construction wipes out internet connectivity across Africa

Submarine cable operator Seacom has today announced that civil construction activity in Egypt was the cause of widespread outages which left large parts of Africa without internet connectivity yesterday. According to the firm, its Northern Trans-Egypt cable was damaged between Cairo and Alexandria, and the Southern Trans-Egypt route was also disrupted outside of Cairo. The… Read More

Fire destroys power room at Ghana data centre

Data centre operations were brought down yesterday afternoon at the Surfline Data Centre in Tema, Ghana following a fire outbreak, reportedly caused by a major power outage. According to Surfline, the fire completely destroyed the power room at the data centre leading to disrupted services for its 4G LTE network users. The fire is thought… Read More

Will a free internet do more for Africa than free trade? Interview with Calestous Juma

For a western consumer, a broadband connection has become something we take for granted. As a technology professional, when did you last sit down and think about the educational benefits of the internet? Earlier this week I interviewed Calestous Juma. He is currently Professor of the Practice of International Development, at the Harvard Kennedy School,… Read More