ARCT Burundi launches ‘Burundi Broadband’ project

Burundi’s Agency for Regulation and Control of Telecoms  otherwise called Agence de Regulation et de Controle des Telecoms, ARCT has officially launched the ‘Burundi Broadband’ project, an eight-year programme covering the period from 2018 to 2025, which aims to make Burundi one of the most connected countries in the world. Field work on the project… Read More »

China turns space debris into in-orbit ‘Internet of Things’

Chinese scientists have turned the final stage of a discarded launch rocket into a smart application programme by fitting it with intelligent chips. A programme carried out by Shanghai-based Fudan University installed several intelligent chips on the final stage of the Long March 4C rocket, which sent the Fengyun-3D satellite into orbit last November. The… Read More »

China’s Beidou satellite system upgraded for global reach

China has begun to upgrade its Beidou Navigation Satellite System with global coverage capabilities through the launch of new satellites. Two third-generation Beidou satellites, the first of their type, were launched atop a Long March 3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province recently and were placed in medium Earth orbit thousands… Read More »

Russia fails to place satellite into targeted orbit

Russia has failed to place a meteorological satellite into the targeted orbit, according to Russia’s State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS during a recent launch. “Communication with the spacecraft could not be established during the first planned session due to its absence in the targeted orbit,” the state corporation said in the statement, without giving details. Earlier… Read More »

Twitter Lite launches in Africa

Twitter has announced the release of Twitter Lite to 24 new countries including 6 African countries. South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Tanzania were the African countries selected as a part of the expansion. The announcement was made by Jesar Shah, the product manager at Twitter, via the company’s blog. According to the company,… Read More »

Australia’s Buccaneer satellite launched into orbit

Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne has announced that the Buccaneer cube satellite has been successfully launched into orbit. The miniature satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, on a Delta-II rocket. Communication with the satellite has already been established, Payne stated. The satellite was developed by the Australian Department of… Read More »

Digital technology helps reinvent basic education in Africa

African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million children of primary school age and 25,7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there’s a possibility technology could… Read More »

AsiaSat 9 fully operational at 122ºE

AsiaSat 9, the most powerful member of the AsiaSat fleet, is fully operational at 122 degrees East following successful migration of all services from AsiaSat 4, delivering enhanced power, greater bandwidth and improved efficiency to customers for advanced DTH, TV distribution, VSAT broadband and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific. “Our brand new AsiaSat 9 now carries the most… Read More »