Nigeria leads in Africa Internet speed

Nigeria leads in Africa Internet speed

According to the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai Technologies Global Internet Platform, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa in terms of Internet speed – less than eleven years after reforming its communications networks and market. According to a report, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa in terms of internet speed (image: stock.xchng) In the report it is revealed that Nigeria has an average connection speed of 322kbps with a peak rate of 5674kbps. But while South Africa’s average speed is faster at 496kbps, the country’s peak speed is only half that of Nigeria, at 2172kbps. ”All mobile providers had average peak connection speeds above 2 mbps, though last place South African provider, ZA-1 was just above the threshold, losing over 13 per cent from the prior quarter, at 2.2 mbps,”

the report stated.

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ITU, Google partner to provide free global technology statistics

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Google have teamed up to provide free global statistics on information and communication technology (ICT), the UN specialized agency has announced. The ITU said its highly regarded telecommunication and information and communication technology (ICT) statistics will now be available through the Google Public Data Explorer (PDE). ”With Google PDE users can now explore and visualize ITU’s key ICT statistical indicators from 1960 to 2011 (where data exists) for about 200 economies worldwide,” the Union said in a statement August 3, 2012. The key indicators include fixed telephone, mobile cellular, fixed (wired) Internet, fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions and penetration, as well as the percentage of individuals using the Internet. The Google Public Data Explorer platform enables quick search of statistics, and helps users quickly interpret data and statistics through rich visualizations. Continue reading

Ghanaian company develops biometric verification software

B Systems Ghana Limited, a leading software and database management company, has reiterated its commitment to help expand bio-metric verification software technology to meet present and future needs of businesses in Ghana. The company is specialised in solutions that meet the business needs such as voters’ identity card verification, asset management, brokerage, accounts reconciliation and loans management for micro-finance software as well as cheque cloning verification systems among others. Mr Thomas Akwasi Baffi, Chief Executive Officer of BSystems, who launched the biometric verification software in Accra on Tuesday in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, expressed regret that a lot of organisations were lacking in Information Communication Technology (ICT) development in the country. He said government was committed to changing the trend by stepping up the ICT application in all sectors of the economy, hence the need for all businesses and financial institutions to position themselves to become effective in delivering of services to their customers. Continue reading