Loon, a unit of Google’s owner Alphabet Inc , which uses high-altitude balloons to provide mobile internet to remote areas, has signed a deal with Vodacom to expand the South African mobile operator’s network in Mozambique.
South African telecommunications regulator ICASA announced on Monday an emergency release of broadband spectrum to meet a spike in internet demand during alockdown to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Saying he felt “caged,” Pope Francis delivered his Sunday blessing over the internet from inside the Vatican on Sunday instead of from a window to stop crowds gathering during Italy’s coronavirus outbreak.
The community of Mankosi, outside Ngqeleni in the Eastern Cape, has successfully developed South Africa’s first community-owned internet service provider.
Sanef, Media Monitoring Africa and other media and online industry organisations have been meeting to provide thought leadership on universal internet access as a basic human right in South Africa.
Ethiopia’s parliament passed a law on Thursday imposing jail terms for people whose internet posts stir unrest, a move the government says is needed to prevent violence ahead of elections but which the United Nations says will stifle free speech.
The Air Force is using SpaceX’s fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of military planes, the space company’s president said, detailing results for the first customer of Elon Musk’s planned constellation of thousands of broadband-beaming satellites.
“All South Africans – and especially those who cannot afford it and other vulnerable groups – need a daily first tranche of free internet access to exercise their basic human rights such as access to government services, participating in the digital economy, looking for jobs, online communication and for learners and students to access online educational resources. This is the only way to achieve universal access to information and digital equality amongst our citizens, including the rural poor who have access to mobile phones.”
Indonesia has partially lifted an internet blackout imposed following civil unrest in the country’s eastern most region of Papua, but is yet to restore access in areas where the most violent protests erupted, a government statement said.
Mobile internet services were restored across Sudan Tuesday following a court order, weeks after the ruling generals imposed a blockade in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters.