An investigation into the factors affecting Internet performance in Africa: a throughput, latency, and content hosting analysis

May 7th, 2018|1 Comment

Panel discussion at Africa Internet Summit, 8 May 2018, Dakar, Senegal. With increasing demand for videos, streaming media, and for services such as cloud computing on the continent, measuring Internet performance to identify performance bottlenecks, and specifically how users experience performance, becomes increasingly important. Across Africa, operators have extensively invested in increasing capacity through investing in undersea cables, as well as in terrestrial fibre networks. Mobile LTE networks provision is expanding as well but remains insufficient to cover [...]

Vacancy-Research Manager

Mar 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Research ICT Africa conducts research on digital policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for sustainable development in Africa and in the Global South and we are looking for a Research Manager to join our team! Key responsibilities of the job include: Research management and leadership (50%) Lead and co-ordinate public interest research projects for evidence-based ICT policy and regulation. Develop/operate effective systems for research management (including online systems) Develop working [...]

Call for Papers International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa

Aug 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Call for Papers International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa IMRA Workshop International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa  Call for Papers Submission: 17 SEPTEMBER 2017 Notification: 1 OCTOBER 2017 Camera-ready submission: 30 OCTOBER 2017 Conference takes place: 11-12 DECEMBER 2017 Location: Lagos, Nigeria . Internet measurements provide useful insights into the accessibility of the Internet (e.g. coverage of WiFi and cellular networks), performance (e.g. Internet throughput and latency) and Internet usage. Internet development campaigners, national regulators, [...]

AFRINIC/RIA Workshop on Internet measurement Initiatives in Africa

May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

AFRINIC/RIA Workshop on Internet measurement Initiatives in Africa Africa Internet Summit 2017 Nairobi, Kenya Internet measurements workshop 30 May 2017 Co-organised with AFRINIC Internet measurements is a well known research area in networking, but it is still at an early stage in many developing regions including Africa. Typically, Internet measurements provide information with regard to coverage of networks (e.g. WiFi and cellular networks), performance (e.g. Internet throughput and latency) and usage. Importantly, Internet development campaigners, as well as policy makers [...]

Mozilla Press release: Research ICT Africa (RIA) 2017 host organisation

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Mozilla Press release: Research ICT Africa (RIA) 2017 host organisation The Open Web Fellowship program empowers the next generation of open Internet leaders and advocates by embedding them at leading human rights and civil society organizations from around the world, where they can positively impact the health of the Internet and bring critical strategic expertise to the organization. Open Web Fellows are an amazing and diverse group. They are cryptographers, community organizers, educators and makers from around the world. Research [...]

Public Wi-Fi/Open access models in developing countries- Access solution or supplementary model?

Nov 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Public Wi-Fi/Open access models in developing countries- Access solution or supplementary model? Global IGF 2016: Is public Wi-Fi an answer to affordable access to the internet now? Friday 9 December. 1130-1300 Guadalajara, Mexico. Type: Fishbowl session Workshop Organisers: Dr Alison Gillwald and Chenai Chair. Digital inequality remains the primary barrier to the harnessing of ICTs in the three broad areas of the Sustainable Development Goals - economic development, social inclusion and environmental. In this context this workshop explores free public [...]

ITID Special Issue: CPRsouth

Jun 24th, 2016|0 Comments

ITID Special Issue: CPRsouth Information Technologies & International Development Publishes CPRsouth Special Issue Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly pervasive across the globe and are recognized as critical tools for modern economic development. Yet, beyond the recognition of the positive impact of ICTs on economic growth, there is a need to assess how governments and enterprises, particularly in developing countries, can effectively use ICTs to meet broader socioeconomic objectives and particular poverty-reduction strategies. In the Global South, and in Africa [...]

Participate in a Mobile Broadband Performance Study!

Nov 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Participate in a Mobile Broadband Performance Study! Do you have an Android phone? Help researchers at Research ICT Africa, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Cape Town and Princeton University learn more about mobile broadband performance  and how South African's use mobile data and manage the high cost of data. Download and install our mobile app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=GTNoise&hl=en or scan the QR code) and use it for at least 3 months. You can check your broadband speed, latency, and data [...]

Participate in our Broadband Quality of Service Study

Oct 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Participate in our Broadband Quality of Service Study Want to find out about the internet speeds and performance on your ADSL connection? Have you ever wondered what the real speed you’re getting on your ADSL line is? Do you want to know how your broadband performance changes over time? Do you want to contribute to a data set about the quality of broadband speeds in the Western Cape Province and in Africa? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, sign [...]

Mobile broadband quality of service study – update

Sep 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Mobile broadband quality of service study - update Research ICT Africa is still collecting mobile broadband speed and latency data for a project on measuring broadband performance in South Africa. More details on the project are available at this page. A smartphone, which was the prize for a competition open to those who participated to this study using My Speed Test App, has been awarded to Ryan from Howick. Congratulations to Ryan and thanks to all the participants of our study. [...]

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