Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

BARINGO,Kenya: Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on Wednesday.The service is run by Loon, a unit of Google’s parent Alphabet, and Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s third largest telecoms operator. “Kenya is the first country… to have base stations […]

Internet body red flags DoT move to seek call details

Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) , a digital advocacy refutes the telecom department’s claims that its demand for bulk call data record (CDR) was to analyse call drops. The advocacy firm says CDR’s could lead to mass surveillance of citizens and raises the need for surveillance reforms in India. “The RTI responses do not support DoT’s […]

Internet speeds rise to pre-Covid levels: OpenSignal

Internet speeds across networks have almost recovered to pre-lockdown levels with an exception of few tier-2 cities which continue to experience congestion ever since the lockdown was imposed in March, data from third-party speed tracker OpenSignal showed. In fact, urban users are experiencing even faster speeds than pre-lockdown levels. In the week gone by, users […]

Internet Outage Hits Thousands Of Southern California Spectrum Customers

“Spectrum is investigating thousands of customers’ reports of a widespread internet outage in parts of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties,” the company said. “Our engineers are working to get this corrected for you as quickly as possible. We don’t have an estimated restoration time.”

Internet back to normal in Vietnam as undersea cable fixed

The $560-million AAG, which handles more than 60 percent of Vietnam’s international Internet traffic, runs more than 20,000 kilometers (12,420 miles) from Southeast Asia to the U.S. through Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Why Africa should use Internet infrastructure to solve its problems

The Nigerian child suddenly finds himself in a pool of economic difficulty but school curricula are not designed to explain the reasons for this predicament. But like a calculated hallucination, our education is designed not to understand local needs and the skill set required to address the daily challenges. University departments are of flamboyant nomenclatures, […]

DOJ opposes Facebook and Google building 8,000-mile Internet cable to Hong Kong

Last year, the rumor mill was abuzz with indications that the US government could soon block the project on grounds of national security interests. More recently, that has become the official standpoint of a panel of top level US government officials called the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the US Telecommunications Services […]

Terry Crews riles up the internet again over ‘black lives better’ tweet

He later clarified his statement saying: “I was not saying Black supremacy exists, because it doesn’t. I am saying if both Black and Whites don’t continue to work together– bad attitudes and resentments can create a dangerous self-righteousness. That’s all.”

Publishers say the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library constitutes ‘willful mass copyright infringement’

In brief: Plaintiffs in the case including Hachette Book Group, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins Publishers and John Wiley & Sons said the Internet Archive has taken the intellectual investment of authors and the financial investment of publishers and are giving it away. The Internet Archive back in March created the National Emergency Library, a controversial […]

Does Myanmar internet shutdown risk a COVID-19 outbreak?

U Zaw Htay, a government spokesman, said the government understands the concerns of human rights activists, but added security is a top priority in the affected areas and the government would provide all necessary help to the military to fight the insurgency.