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East Africa sees internet connectivity disruption, Netblocks and Cloudflare say

East Africa sees internet connectivity disruption, Netblocks and Cloudflare say

INTERNET connectivity was disrupted in and around several East African nations, the internet observatory Netblocks said, adding that the incident was linked to failures affecting the SEACOM and EASSy subsea cable systems. Tanzania and the French island of Mayotte were experiencing a high impact on internet connectivity, while Mozambique and Malawi were seeing a medium impact, Netblocks' said on social media platform X. Internet firm Cloudflare said on one of its X accounts that monitors trends that internet disruptions were ongoing in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar as a result of faults reported on the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and SEACOM…
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South Africa’s internet space is getting hotter

South Africa’s internet space is getting hotter

A surge in internet connectivity and speeds will amplify opportunities within South Africa's already flourishing digital economy, executives in the sector believe. Africa-focused news platform Innovation Village reported the 2Africa subsea cable project is expected to be operational in the Rainbow Nation in 2024. “We expect 2Africa West and 2Africa East to be live by the end of the year,” David Eurin, the CEO of Liquid Dataport, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies involved in implementing the project, told Innovation Village. The subsea cable, which landed in Gqebera in the Eastern Cape and Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal last year and in Yzerfontein…
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Fast internet brings tech jobs to Nairobi’s poor neighbourhoods

Fast internet brings tech jobs to Nairobi’s poor neighbourhoods

MONICA NJERI DANIEL NZOMA'S face glows in the light of a computer screen as he reviews computer codes used for driverless cars and crop disease detection, an unusual job in Nairobi's crowded Pipeline neighbourhood. Nzoma's job, which includes "geotagging", needs reliable and fast internet connectivity that used not to be available in Pipeline. But start-up company Poa Internet is aiming to provide fast, cheap internet to low-income Kenyan neighbourhoods, such as Pipeline. "The geotagging really requires high internet speed for you to be accurate," said Nzoma, as hawkers and horns blared outside his home. Companies often outsource work that underpins…
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