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Kenya Tops other 10 African countries with the fastest download speeds

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Internet penetration is growing in Africa and more people use the internet for various reasons such as work, school, accessing information as well as, more recently, streaming video content such as YouTube, Netflix, Showmax, and more. New streaming video services are making strides in the African market but with slow internet speeds, streaming video can prove to be difficult.

Although, when compared to the world, Africa is lagging. This can be attributed to the cost of data, infrastructure and slow connection speeds. Some African countries like Kenya are not so far behind. To watch a show, Netflix requires a 0.5 Mbps connection speed, but the streaming company recommends a minimum 1.5 Mbps broadband connection speed and for users to be able to watch an HD quality video they need 5.0 Mbps.

Other streaming operators suggest having an internet connection speed of between 1 Mbps and 6 Mbps is suitable with the upper figure being for HD quality video streaming. This is below the 10Mbps average speed deemed by Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the needs of a typical family or small business.

New data, extracted by Cable.co.uk from broadband speed tests worldwide reveals the countries in the world that have the fastest broadband internet connections.

Some people would prefer to download movies and TV series. Downloading videos requires fast internet speeds and increased connectivity. The test measured overall speeds as well as the time it would take to download a 7.5 GB movie. Additionally, it mainly focused on fixed broadband connections, which placed Africa at a disadvantage regarding infrastructure challenges.

According to the report, some African countries do much better with mobile internet comparisons. Kenya’s mobile internet speed ranking is higher than some advanced economies such as the USA.

Cable.co.uk analysed data which was collected over a 12 month period up to 10 May 2017, including 189 countries. The ranking is put together by New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s Planet Lab.

The three worst ranked countries include DR Congo, Burkina Faso and Gabon with Kenya, Morocco and South Africa topping the list. Let’s take a look at the top ten African countries with the fastest broadband internet speed and how long it would take to download an HD movie with a size of 7.5 GB.

1. Kenya
This East African country has a download speed of 8.83 Mbps. Out of 183 countries, Kenya is positioned at number 51. It would take nearly two hours to download a high definition movie in Kenya.

2. Morocco
Ranked second in Africa, this North African country has a speed of 4.38 Mbps it would take close to four hours to download a high definition movie in Morocco.

3. South Africa
South Africa has a download speed of 4.36 Mbps according to the report. This African country is ranked 80 globally and would take on roughly 3 hours 54 seconds to download an HD movie with a size of 7.5 GB. It has the third fastest internet connection in Africa.

4. Tunisia
Situated in the North of Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, Tunisia is ranked 88 globally and takes 4 hours 52 minutes to download a high definition video. The internet speed in Tunisia is 3.5 Mbps.

5. Madagascar
It would take 4 hours 53 minutes to download a high definition movie in Madagascar, the island clocked fourth in Africa and 89 globally. Madagascar has a download speed of 3.49 Mbps.

6. Nigeria
This West African country has one of the highest internet users in Africa. Nigeria is ranked 95 globally. It would take a user in Nigeria 5 hours 25 minutes to download a 7.5 GB high definition movie. Nigeria has a download speed of 3.15 Mbps.

7. Zimbabwe
South Africa’s neighbour, Zimbabwe has a download speed of 2.49 Mbps and it would take 6 hours 50 minutes to download a high definition video. Zimbabwe takes on the number seven spot.

8. Zambia
Situated in the South of Africa, Zambia has a download speed of 2.45 Mbps, much like Zimbabwe, it would take 6 hours 58 minutes to high definition movie. Zambia is ranked 106 globally.

9. Ghana
This West African country has a download speed of 2.3 Mbps, it would take users 8 hours 4 minutes to download a high definition movie. Ghana has the second least fast internet speed in Africa. It is ranked at 116 globally.

10. Uganda
With a download speed of 2.12 Mbps, this East African country has the slowest internet speed. It would take 8 hours 4 minutes to download a high definition movie in Uganda.

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Facebook Tests ‘Downvote’ Option for Flagging Abusive Comments

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Facebook is testing a new feature to let you quickly report abusive comments to the company.

On Thursday, a mysterious option called “downvote” began to appear over the platform. Only a select number of Facebook users have access to it, but the function is found on any comment made on public page posts.

Despite the name, the feature is nothing like Reddit’s own downvoting option, which can demote questionable content further down the comment section. Facebook’s own spin on the downvoting is more about flagging inappropriate or offensive content.

Currently, a user can report an abusive comment over the platform by clicking on the “…” next to it and selecting “Hide comment.” Facebook will then let you alert the company about the post, but the whole process isn’t exactly intuitive. (On the mobile app, you can do so by holding down on a comment, and then selecting report.)

In contrast, the company’s downvoting feature gives you a clearer avenue to complain about a comment. Once clicked, the option will automatically hide the comment from view and ask why you had a problem with it. Four answers are given including offensive, misleading, off-topic and other.

Still, Facebook created some confusion with the test feature by naming it “downvote.” This prompted speculation that the company was about to take a page from Reddit and implement actual comment downvoting.

Facebook stressed the function is nothing akin to a dislike button.

“We are not testing a dislike button,” the company said in an email. “We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts.”

Christina Hudler, who lives in Jacksonville, N.C., was among the Facebook users who noticed the mysterious feature pop up on Thursday. She too thought the test feature was similar to Reddit’s downvoting function.

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Here’s what I see on my end if I click downvote, but since I don’t know anyone else with the feature I don’t know what it might look on their end. #FacebookDownvote

 

Nevertheless, Hudler said abusive comments can be problematic on Facebook. She herself is the owner of a social media marketing agency called Hudler Social.

“Right now when people see an irrelevant or nasty comment all they can do is angry react or leave a comment,” she told PCMag. “And those things actually push it up in the comments.”

Whether Facebook will make the downvoting feature official one day is unclear, but the company has vowed to make the platform better for society. It intends to do so by curbing abuse over the platform and making sure it can build online communities as opposed to wasting people’s time.

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OLX shuts down offices in Kenya,Nigeria & Ghana

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On 6 February 2018, it emerged that OLX, an African e-commerce platform, has shut down all its offices in Africa except the one in South Africa. The company, which is owned by Multinational media group and investor Naspers, has thus shut down operations in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya, according to a report by Nigerian Communications Week.

OLX is a global classifieds platform, which has a physical presence in nearly 40 countries.

According to a report by Innovation Village, the staff working within the offices were informed about the closure on 6 February 2018 and are expected to fully move out by the end of March 2018. OLX will reportedly still be present in these countries but will be run remotely, the Nigerian and Kenyan websites of OLX are still up and running.

Speaking to TechpointNG, Sjoerd Nikkelen, CEO of OLX in Asia, Middle East, and Africa confirmed that OLX has indeed shut down physical operations in Nigeria. He, however, made no mention of Kenya or Ghana.

“We made a difficult but important decision in Nigeria to consolidate our operations between some of our offices internationally. Our marketplace will continue to operate here — uninterrupted — as it has since 2010, and we remain committed to the many people here who use our platform to buy and sell every month. We continue to be focused on constantly innovating to make sure that OLX remains the top classifieds platform in the country. Of course, we are committed to helping our affected colleagues during this transition and have already offered them meaningful financial and other support. As we’ve expressed to them directly, we are extremely grateful for their many significant contributions to OLX’s success,” said Nikkelen.

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Airtel Kenya to launch 4g network soon

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Kenya has finalized payment for its 4G LTE license Kenya. The telecom operator paid $25 million license fee for the 4G LTE 800 MHz signal.

Airtel Kenya has not yet officially launched the high-speed network, but it has been testing the signal across the country since April 2017 with an aim to grow sites covered by the spectrum to 65 sites. In October 2017, the company applied to extend its 4G trial license.

Airtel is the second telco in Kenya to acquire a full 4G license after Safaricom which acquired 4G in January of 2017 after a two-year trial phase.

“We are in the process of rolling out 4G and we expect to officially launch soon. We are driving towards the fastest speeds at the most affordable rates in Kenyan market with Airtel 4G.

Customers with 4G-enabled phones together with 4G SIM cards are now able to experience our 4G network in various parts of Nairobi,” said Airtel Kenya.

Telkom Kenya and Jamii Telecom have also rolled out 4G for home broadband and mobile telecommunications respectively in a bid to increase their market share.

Data from CA shows that during the June-September period Airtel Networks Limited recorded a market share of 15.7 percent in mobile data subscriptions, second to Safaricom’s 76 percent market share.

The Authority has been keen to switch to the high-speed 4G network from 3G, saying it will enable the telcos to offer broadband-based TV broadcasts.

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