Technology News From Liberia
|Richmond Nagbe Tobii - LIBTELCO's New Managing Director
The West African nation of Mauritania lost all internet access for 48 hours due to an undersea cable break, according to infrastructure analysts.
The break, which took place a couple weeks ago, provides a reminder of how much internet users rely on the cables that connect their countries.
According to Dyn, the Oracle-owned internet performance firm, the African Coast to Europe (ACE) cable was cut near Noukachott in Mauritania on March 30. It’s not clear what caused the break, but six countries entirely rely on that one cable for their connectivity, and all--Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and the Gambia--saw a big impact. Read more...
LIBTELCO gets a new Managing Director
March 2018: Richmond Nagbe Tobii was appointed as LIBTELCO's new Managing Director by President George Weah replacing Darren Wilkins.
CSquared: Building a fiber Network in Monrovia
On May 16, 2017, Google, Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”) signed an agreement to invest in CSquared, a technology company making commercially-driven investments into broadband-enabling infrastructure throughout Africa. CSquared will operate as an independent company based in Nairobi. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
While a basic connection is useful when it comes to Internet access, abundant, affordable broadband can transform communities and help people make the most of opportunities online. By investing in a shared internet infrastructure and making it available to local ISPs and mobile operators, CSquared helps bring high-quality broadband access to Africa’s major cities.
Monrovia – The Managing Director of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) Dr. Darren Wilkins has said that LIBTELCO has a strategy to work with Google/C-Squared to deliver Internet services to Government and the people of Liberia.
Dr. Wilkins said that as the National Operator, LIBTELCO has a mandate as enshrined in the Telecommunications Act of 2007 and the National Telecommunications and ICT policy, to provide ICT services to Government and the people of Liberia. Read more...
Monrovia Liberia November 5, 2016- Lonestar Cell MTN has revealed that it is experiencing unprecedented and repeated cyber-attacks in the form of Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) from hackers sponsored by its competitors. The situation has caused intermittent service disruption in the delivery of the company’s data and other services.
The company in a statement said it is profoundly disturbing to find its competitors treading on such unorthodox practice that could have far reaching national security and economic implications.
“For the past weeks, we noticed a constant build-up of artificial volumes of data on our internet links. These artificial volumes are caused by malicious cyber activities that target our system with the aim of clogging or blocking connectivity in the network. However, we continued to react and restore service to each incident as it happens. From all indications, these attacks are only directed at Lonestar Cell MTN in the Telecommunications sector. These cyber activities coming from competitors have serious national security and economic implications.” Read more...
Someone is trying to take down the whole Internet of a country by launching massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using a botnet of insecure IoT devices infected by the Mirai malware.
It all started early October when a cybercriminal publically released the source code of Mirai – a piece of nasty IoT malware designed to scan for insecure IoT devices and enslaves them into a botnet network, which is then used to launch DDoS attacks.
Just two weeks ago, the Mirai IoT Botnet caused vast internet outage by launching massive DDoS attacks against DNS provider Dyn, and later it turns out that just 100,000 infected-IoT devices participated in the attacks. Read more...
Wednesday, 21st September 2016: -- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced today at the USA-Africa Business Forum in New York, NY that as a part of their Public-Private Partnership initiative, Liberia will be collaborating with Google and USAID to bring best-in-class, reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure to Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia.
"Unfortunately, Liberia has one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world and access to fiber connectivity costs significantly more than neighboring countries." said President Johnson-Sirleaf. "This initiative will expand connectivity by reducing costs of access and will play a vital part in the path forward to help Liberian youth fulfill the promise of a new generation. We expect this will boost the economy, support Telemedicine and connected health programs, as well as extended education resources in universities and primary school classrooms." Read more...
Says Chairman Weeks; Denies Knowledge of Lonestar's alleged US$30 Million Bid to Buy Novafone.
The attempt by the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO) to purchase Novafone is "off the table," the Daily Observer has reliably learnt.
The Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Ms. Angelique Weeks, told this newspaper in an exclusive interview yesterday that the LIBTELCO bid to buy Novafone will not hold because the deal is now "off the table."
Ms. Weeks declined to go into details about the failure of the deal to go through. She said she preferred the newspaper to contact directly the parties concerned and let them speak for themselves.
The Daily Observer contacted Mr. Abdullah L. Kamara, Novafone's Executive Vice President for Operations, to comment on the cancellation of LIBTELCO's purchase deal, but he said he "could neither confirm nor deny" that the deal was "off the table." Read more...
By Ciata Victor
(Monrovia, May 3, 2016) Fiber optics especially at the physical layer is one of the things few Liberians truly understand. I happened to be one of the few who do.
Fiber Optics for Liberia has always been a passion for me, it why I studied network engineering in school, it was why I focused on the physical layer as a LAN / WAN Engineer before coming home in 2006, with the idea of helping Liberia acquire the technology.
Since coming home I have written several articles about technology in Liberia and how different players were having both positive and negative effects on implementing ICT in Liberia. Read more...