Spacecom’s Amos-17 Satellite Successfully Completes Critical Design Review

AMOS-17 Multi-Band High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) To Service Africa from 17°E Orbital Position, Scheduled for Launch in 2019 via SpaceX Falcon-9 Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, announced that its AMOS-17 communication satellite has successfully completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) and entered full production. Specifically designed for the African continent and scheduled for launch… Read More »

Turky to add three new communications satellite to its fleet

The number of Turkey’s active communications satellites will increase to six as the satellite company plan new launches, according to Transport, Maritime and Communications Ministry data examined by Anadolu Agency. When Turksat 5A, 5B, and 6A start operating in the years to come — joining Turksat 3A, Turksat 4A, Turksat 4B — the number of… Read More »

NCC plans on direct payment using mobile phone airtime

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that Nigerians will soon start to pay for goods and services directly using mobile phone airtime. This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, when he met with Queen Maxima of Netherlands in Abuja. According to him, the NCC is committed to… Read More »

Newtec Boosts Banking and Backhaul in Mozambique

Newtec has announced its Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform is being used by publicly-owned telecommunications specialist Teledata for hundreds of mobile backhaul (2G, 3G) and banking application sites across Mozambique. The Newtec Dialog platform, with a HUB 4IF Hub Module at its core, will power Teledata’s cellular backhaul network using Newtec Dialog modems (MDM3310 Satellite Modem).… Read More »

SpaceX could provide satellite broadband service as early as 2020

Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s VP of Satellite Government Affairs, provided a statement to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding SpaceX’s broadband satellite constellation ambitions. Cooper stated that SpaceX intends to launch two prototype satellites into orbit within the next few months, and further suggested that an operational Starlink launch campaign is tentatively scheduled… Read More »

Africa leaps forward into space technology

In 1964 Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, high school teacher and self-appointed director of Zambia’s national space program, had the bold ambition of beating the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race, and landing a Zambian on the Moon. Using unconventional techniques, such as spinning students around a tree in an oil drum, Nkoloso trained… Read More »

NIGCOMSAT to install NigComSat-1R to upgrade Broadband penetration

In a bid to increase broadband penetration in Nigeria, NIGCOMSAT plans to deploy its NigComSat-1R through the facilities of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to boost broadband penetration, the agency’s head of media, Mr. Stephen Kwande stated recently in Abuja. “In a bid to further expand the broadband penetration in the country, the Nigerian Communications… Read More »

80% of Nigeria’s telecoms infrastructure run on wireless technology

Eighty per cent of telecommunications infrastructures in the country currently run on wireless (3G). This was disclosed by the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, while fielding questions from the audience at the telecoms conference in South Korea. Danbatta admitted that the sector is still grossly underserved with infrastructure going by… Read More »

Facebook to support African entrepreneurs in a ‘celebration of tech’ week

Showcasing Facebook’s passion for investing in creative, diverse talent across Africa, and nurturing the tech and startup ecosystem, Facebook announces a week-long celebration of activities as part of its sponsorship of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017. In the first event of its kind on the continent, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, will search for the… Read More »

UAE Space Agency signs MoU with Luxembourg

The UAE Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, defining a framework for collaboration and the exchange of information and expertise in the fields of space science, research, and technology. The MoU was signed by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for… Read More »