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Facebook is building a huge undersea cable around Africa to boost internet access in the continent

Facebook is building a 37,000-kilometer long undersea cable around Africa to provide it with better internet access. The subsea cable will interconnect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, Facebook says. The move highlights increased interest from Silicon Valley companies in Africa. Facebook is building...

Subscribers flee 9Mobile as MTN, Glo, Airtel drive Nigeria’s broadband penetration by 39% high

Broadband penetration in Nigeria attained a new height of 39.58 per cent in February as against 38.49 per cent recorded in January, driven by increasing number of internet users in the country. According to the latest industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),...

Trump moves US to lay groundwork for quantum internet of the future

In the 1960s the U.S. government funded a series of experiments developing techniques to shuttle information from one computer to another. Devices in single labs sprouted connections, then neighboring labs linked up. Soon the network had blossomed between research institutions across the country, setting...

Nigerian Government Denies Issuing Licence For 5G Network Deployment

Following growing concerns over the health implications of the 5G network, the Nigerian Government said it has not issued any licence for the deployment of the network in the country. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim, disclosed this in statement on...

Nigeria partners US tech giants to regulate social media

The Federal Government has said there was no going back on its move to regulate social media in the country. As a proof to that, it has contacted the two major social media platforms — Facebook and Google — over the...

African internet slows after undersea cables break

Some Internet users across sub-Saharan Africa are stuck with slow service after two undersea cables to the continent’s western coast were damaged. The so-called WACS and SAT3/WASC cable systems are in the Atlantic Ocean and connect South Africa and many other African countries to Europe,...

Critics see Nigeria’s controversial Social Media Bill as attack on internet freedom

Lagos, Nigeria - Tens of thousands of Nigerians have banded together online to call for the scrapping of a bill which, they say, threatens to roll back internet freedoms in the country. The proposed legislation - officially named the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation...

Imposing tax on communication services would slow Nigeria’s broadband adoption, GSMA warns

Warns tax will slow broadband adoption as ecosystem adds $21b to economy The Global System for Mobile telecommunications Services (GSMA) has expressed serious concern over the proposed nine per cent Communication Service Tax (CST) in Nigeria, currently under consideration by the National Assembly. GSMA noted that...

Airtel Africa To Buy Additional Spectrum For $70m to Drive Broadband Expansion in Nigeria

(Alliance News) - Airtel Africa PLC on Thursday said its subsidiary Airtel Networks Ltd has signed a deal with Intercellular Nigeria Ltd to buy additional 10 megahertz spectrum in the 900 MHz band in Nigeria for USD70 million. The FTSE 250-listed telecommunications and mobile money...

Finnish phone giant partners Nigerian based-ISP for broadband expansion

Nigerian internet service provider Spectranet and Finnish player Nokia have joined hands to provide Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) based 100+ Mbps ultra broadband services to consumers and business users in Nigeria. As part of the extensive FTTH rollout, Nokia’s GPON solutions will be deployed to enable high-speed...
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