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“High-capacity fiber optic networks will be the information superhighways of tomorrow.”

Al Gore

Africa

Globacom and Huawei partnership brings Glo 2 to Southern Nigeria

Glo 2 will be the first fiber submarine cable in Nigeria to land outside the shores of Lagos. This is as a result of the partnership between Globacom and Huawei on Tuesday. Speaking about the partnership, the Regional Managing Director, Technical at Globacom, Sanjib Roy affirmed that Glo 2 will ensure high-speed connectivity towards enriching the social and economic activities of the region.

This will, however, follow an upgrade of Glo 1 which will be completed in May 2018. The upgrade will ensure Globacom has the highest transmission speed in Nigeria from Lagos to London.

With Glo 2, Globacom is looking forward to expanding to other African nations, thereby making Nigeria the aggregator to international voice and data services.

MainOne secures license to deliver its services in Ivory Coast

On Tuesday, MainOne secured the C1B  license to expand national and international connectivity services in Ivory Coast. Minister Bruno Koné, the country’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services gave them the license as part of a West African expansion plan.

As a Connectivity and data center solutions operator, this will enable MainOne to deploy its submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Ivory Coast. It will equally strengthen connectivity, reduce international capacity costs and support wholesale customers, major operators and Internet Service Providers.

This license thus adds Ivory Coast as the tenth African country to benefit from Main One’s services.

Fulani herdsmen on rampage in Nigeria, as Parliament summons President Buhari to explain

It has been a deadly week in the North Central State of Benue, Nigeria as Fulani herdsmen slaughtered at least 25 persons. These are common occurrences in the North Central region of the country, where these herdsmen often attack and kill local inhabitants who are mostly farmers. The reason for these attacks is the quest for grazing land for their cattle. President Mohammadu Buhari has however claimed that the sporadic attackers are mostly foreigners, trained by the late Gadhafi, former leader of Libya.

Tempers have been flaring, with threats of a religious crisis in the wake of recent attacks in churches that saw the slaughtering of two Roman Catholic priests and more than 20 others. The Nigerian Parliament has in reaction summoned President Buhari to appear before it and explain the reasons behind the deteriorating security situation. It is left to be seen if President Buhari will honor the invitation.       

Cameroon

MINPOSTEL pays a disappointing visit telecoms regulators

Cameroon’s minister of post and telecommunication Minette Libom Li Likeng visited CAMTEL, the telecommunication regulatory agency (ART) and the national ICT agency ANTIC. Her visit was based on the telecommunication measures that were prescribed by an audit, published on October 27, 2017.     

According to the audit, the quality of the service offered by the operators was in no way helpful because of their non-compliance with the terms of agreement and regulation. However, the shortcomings of the telecommunications sector were discovered and reported by the Cybercom Group.

Cameroon’s Trade Minister denounces the low-cost price of cocoa

For some time now the faces of cocoa farmers haven’t been bright. Recently, it looks like fortune is about to smile on them. In a world Cocoa campaign which held from the 22-25 of April 2018. The Cameroonian trade minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, denounced the current cocoa prices. Nevertheless, the world cocoa campaign is been done annually. This campaign gives room for each country trade representative to suggest about the rise and fall of world cocoa price.

“The producer countries can no more agree with the actual cocoa prices which sound like slavery,” said Luc Magloire. However, he sounded like the German Minister of Agriculture who, called for transparency in the international cocoa market at the opening of the occasion. According to her, the market is one of the world’s shadiest which reserves only a meager part to the producers.

Cameroon’s Military Tribunal finds activists guilty

Cameroon’s Anglophone activist, popularly referred to as the leader of the Coffin Revolution, Mancho Bibixy, was within the week declared guilty of terrorism, secession and revolution by a military tribunal in the nation’s capital Yaoundé. Before now, the same court had found other activists guilty. However, the court allocated different prison sentences ranging from 11 to 13 years, including heavy financial fines.

That of Mancho Bibixy, was however adjourned to May 8, 2018, for sentencing. The activists were all arrested in 2016 and 2017 at the early stage of the Anglophone crisis. The crisis has now metamorphosed into a full-blown armed conflict, with sporadic clashes between government soldiers and armed separatists.

World

Why is Bose interested in the leftovers of an unsuccessful travel app?

Speaker-maker Bose, just purchased Andrew Mason’s audio tour startup Detour. The acquisition, which involves only the software and tour content – not the team – was quietly announced on Detour’s blog a few days ago.

Mason and the Detour team had been working on a new company called Descript for like six months now. Descript aims to make editing sound files as easy as editing a Word document. It just launched last year in December with $5 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz. Given Mason’s new focus, it’s not surprising that Detour was shutting down. Plus, Detour was already performing very poorly in the app store. But it is a little surprising it found an acquirer.

Bose, initially, seems like an unlikely acquirer for an app designed to help people discover a city through narrated walking tours. But its interest in the product is linked to its upcoming AR platform, which involves audio experiences delivered through a pair of sensor-laden glasses. The app, at the time of sale, had around 120 available tours. Besides, one techie’s trash is another techie’s treasure, right?

Telemedicine startup, DoD raises $74 million to bring more patients into their digital doctor’s office

Doctor on Demand which provides telemedicine services to patients who are uncomfortable meeting a doctor in person recently raised $74 million. This new cash comes in as the San Francisco-based startup seeks to gulp the telemedicine industry projected to be worth $64 billion by 2022.

The company aims to use this new funding to continue its rapid expansion in the U.S. and abroad. It brings the company’s total financing to $160 million.

Global healthcare’s got a fever. And the best prescription is more investment in on-demand medicine. At least, that’s what Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures, Tenaya Capital and some other big checkbooks who all threw money into DoD’s coffers, seem to think. By offering inexpensive, on-demand healthcare services 24/7, DoD hopes to win over millions of skeptics.

North & South Korean Leaders in historic meeting

North Korean strongman, Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, have come face to face at the inter-Korean meeting in the demilitarized zone. This was their first-time meeting in which they agreed to end the Korean war, 65 years after the armistice. At Kim’s beckoning, President Moon briefly stepped over into the Northside, in a highly symbolic moment.

How sustainable is this meeting and declaration? In a reactionary tweet to the meeting, U. S President Donald Trump described the historic even as a good sign. He, however, stated that only time shall tell.

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