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Liquid Telecom announces direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa via DRC

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Liquid Telecom has launched the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa. This breakthrough coast-to-coast digital corridor follows the completion of Liquid Telecom’s new high-capacity fibre link running 2,600-kilometre (km) across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

This expansion connects millions of DRC citizens and thousands of businesses to Liquid Telecom’s ‘One Africa’ broadband network linking the African continent to the rest of the world. This will help to create a foundation for social mobility, economic diversification and private sector-led growth both in the DRC and more widely across Africa. It also underscores the company’s commitment to bring high-speed connectivity to every African on the continent.

Liquid Telecom Fibre from East to West Africa

Until recently, no direct, land-based fibre network existed between East and West Africa. Network traffic between Kinshasa in the DRC and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, for example, was routed via London. Liquid Telecom’s East to West fibre link promises significantly reduced latency between major continents via Africa. It also meets the growing demand from global enterprises for fast, reliable, high-capacity and cost-effective communication across the southern hemisphere. 

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This new extension connects the DRC to neighbouring Tanzania and Zambia with onward connectivity to Liquid Telecom’s ‘One Africa’ broadband network fast approaching 70,000km. It is central to the company’s vision to create a single fibre network spanning the entire African continent – North to South and East to West. 

 “Liquid Telecom has connected East to West Africa with the most direct digital corridor across the southern hemisphere. We have set a new benchmark and achieved a historic milestone in our vision to create a more connected Africa,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom. “By linking the DRC to Liquid Telecom’s rapidly expanding pan-African fibre network and the rest of the world, this transformative infrastructure is creating a foundation for digital growth. Fast, reliable broadband connectivity will advance society, fuel innovation and help champion pan-Africa trade.” 

Sound infrastructure development has the potential to transform the prosperity and livelihood of the DRC population. In Kinshasa alone, for example, some of the city’s 11 million population will no longer have to rely solely on mobile broadband – they will have access to high-speed, reliable internet directly into their homes. Similar outcomes will be available in other DRC cities along the route – collectively comprising approximately 5 million citizens.

“What Africa has been lacking until now was a direct east to west telecommunications backbone. Liquid Telecom has achieved what African states and organisations have been contemplating for years without success. It deployed a high-capacity fibre optic backbone connecting subsea cables on the East Coast of Africa with cables on the West Coast of Africa. By doing this, it not only considerably shortened the communications route between East and West Africa and contributed to keeping the traffic local, it also laid the groundwork for connecting millions of Africa’s citizens (especially in the DRC) to the internet and the world. This is a significant milestone in continued expansion of modern telecommunications infrastructure across the African continent, supporting governments’ policies aimed at closing the digital divide within their countries and ultimately ensuring ubiquitous connectivity.” Said Dobek Pater, Director at Africa Analysis.

“Bringing major continents closer together via the most direct fibre link connecting East to West Africa via DRC is history in the making,” said Nic Rudnick. “In 2018 Liquid Telecom launched a direct land-based fibre link between Cape Town and Cairo and in July this year, we started work on connecting South Sudan to the rest of the continent. By connecting East to West Africa via DRC with a direct land-based fibre link, more African cities, more communities and more businesses will have access to reliable and faster internet connections than ever, and many for the first time. This will bring proven economic and social benefits throughout the country, including vastly improved healthcare, education, social welfare and trade as we continue to expand Liquid Telecom’s ‘One Africa’ Broadband Network.” 

Liquid Telecom’s latest fibre expansion connects the company’s network on the Atlantic coast at Muanda in the DRC, via Liquid Telecom’s international subsea cable partners. It then runs directly East to Kinshasa and through the DRC onto Lubumbashi in the South, connecting with other cities in between, including Kikwit, Kananga and Kolwezi. The link then crosses the DRC border into Zambia, integrating there with Liquid Telecom’s existing and rapidly expanding pan-African terrestrial fibre network. 


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4 Steps to Perform a Website Security Audit – TechMoran

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Weak cybersecurity measures are to blame for the majority of hacking and cyber threats. When reading about the hacking issues you will be surprised to learn how common data leaks have been increasing recently.

Knowing what is running on your website is the first step in enhancing your website safety. But before jumping into checking the website for vulnerabilities, we should define a website security audit.

 Website Security Audit

A website security audit examines the website and server for current or possible vulnerabilities that perpetrators might take advantage of. Website security audits aim to search for flaws in your website’s design early on and fix them before hackers with destructive intentions note.

It includes everything from the website’s core functionality to plugins, themes, server settings, SSL connections, and configurations. The next move is to administer vulnerability scanning, also known as pentests, after all, weaknesses and gaps have been found.

In this scenario, cybersecurity teams perform simulated hacking attempts against the website, imitating real attacks. Then, risks associated with the vulnerabilities discovered in the first phase are calculated. Improving your web design in terms of security measures is only possible after detecting security risks.

Hackers will actively threaten the website’s protection with their tricks, according to industry professionals. Regular system auditing is critical. Following simple procedures and leaving the rest to chance is not the solution.

Administrators must be on their toes at all times and do a thorough screening and checking to ensure there is little to no room for abuse.

Steps to Perform Security Audit 

To do the audit you can whether use online auditing tools. There are several free and paid security scanning tools and resources available online.

Also, the agency that you are usually outsourcing your web development projects to may provide security audit services. If so, you can ask for their consultancy and auditing services.

Website security audits can be performed in four steps. So, let’s take a closer look at the measures and resources available to you to keep your website safe from cyberattacks.

Step 1: Finding The Vulnerabilities

The tool you chose will go into all facets of your website’s security in this first step. It can scan the servers, themes, plugins, folders, archives, web server, and other areas for bugs, malware, viruses, and insufficient protection measures, among other things.

Here are some of the tools used for this step of website security audit:

This tool scans your website codes for any malicious codes, malware, or viruses. It also performs component checks. e.g. it checks for any vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins and CMS on your website. 

This platform will undoubtedly assist you in ensuring that the website adheres to industry-standard correspondence protocols and encryption.

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Intruder prioritizes problems based on the threat they pose. It means you can fix the more serious flaws first and then move on to the less severe issues.

Step 2: Update Your Scripts and Applications

Ensure that all of the scripts and programs, such as WordPress and plugins, are recent and up-to-date. Read “How to protect your WordPress website” for more information on WordPress-specific hardening.

Set aside time to upgrade as soon as you get a notification that updates are available. Hackers look for out-of-date systems to exploit bugs that are fixed in the most recent update.

Step 3: Strengthen Your Passwords

Even though it seems to be an obvious measure, solid passwords can protect your website security to a high extent. All of your accounts, including your own, other users’ accounts, the hosting dashboard, and FTP access, must be secure.

Forget the pet and partner names, and please don’t use the term “password”. The more complicated your password, the better. To come up with some strong passwords, use a password generation program.

Step 4: Put An Ongoing Solution In Place

Hackers don’t take a day off, nor do malware and viruses. Your website can be attacked by hackers right after you finished checking it with security tools. That’s why you need to have an ongoing process in your website’s security audit to ensure maximum protection. A good idea is to get help from 10 top web design companies to make sure about the security of your app.

There are services such as Godaddy that you can outsource your website security for a day to day monitoring by their experts. This way you can focus on your business and feel relaxed that your website security audit is in safe hands.

Whatever you choose, make sure it works with your routine and keeps your site secure. If you can back up your data daily, that’s fantastic. If not, you may want to consider using an automated service. In any case, the company’s image and clients are on the line without a good website security audit procedure!
Author Bio:

Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses. You can follow me on Twitter.


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Weak cybersecurity measures are to blame for the majority of hacking and cyber threats. When reading about the hacking issues you will be surprised to learn how common data leaks have been increasing recently.

Knowing what is running on your website is the first step in enhancing your website safety. But before jumping into checking the website for vulnerabilities, we should define a website security audit.

 Website Security Audit

A website security audit examines the website and server for current or possible vulnerabilities that perpetrators might take advantage of. Website security audits aim to search for flaws in your website’s design early on and fix them before hackers with destructive intentions note.

It includes everything from the website’s core functionality to plugins, themes, server settings, SSL connections, and configurations. The next move is to administer vulnerability scanning, also known as pentests, after all, weaknesses and gaps have been found.

In this scenario, cybersecurity teams perform simulated hacking attempts against the website, imitating real attacks. Then, risks associated with the vulnerabilities discovered in the first phase are calculated. Improving your web design in terms of security measures is only possible after detecting security risks.

Hackers will actively threaten the website’s protection with their tricks, according to industry professionals. Regular system auditing is critical. Following simple procedures and leaving the rest to chance is not the solution.

Administrators must be on their toes at all times and do a thorough screening and checking to ensure there is little to no room for abuse.

Steps to Perform Security Audit 

To do the audit you can whether use online auditing tools. There are several free and paid security scanning tools and resources available online.

Also, the agency that you are usually outsourcing your web development projects to may provide security audit services. If so, you can ask for their consultancy and auditing services.

Website security audits can be performed in four steps. So, let’s take a closer look at the measures and resources available to you to keep your website safe from cyberattacks.

Step 1: Finding The Vulnerabilities

The tool you chose will go into all facets of your website’s security in this first step. It can scan the servers, themes, plugins, folders, archives, web server, and other areas for bugs, malware, viruses, and insufficient protection measures, among other things.

Here are some of the tools used for this step of website security audit:

This tool scans your website codes for any malicious codes, malware, or viruses. It also performs component checks. e.g. it checks for any vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins and CMS on your website. 

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This platform will undoubtedly assist you in ensuring that the website adheres to industry-standard correspondence protocols and encryption.

Intruder prioritizes problems based on the threat they pose. It means you can fix the more serious flaws first and then move on to the less severe issues.

Step 2: Update Your Scripts and Applications

Ensure that all of the scripts and programs, such as WordPress and plugins, are recent and up-to-date. Read “How to protect your WordPress website” for more information on WordPress-specific hardening.

Set aside time to upgrade as soon as you get a notification that updates are available. Hackers look for out-of-date systems to exploit bugs that are fixed in the most recent update.

Step 3: Strengthen Your Passwords

Even though it seems to be an obvious measure, solid passwords can protect your website security to a high extent. All of your accounts, including your own, other users’ accounts, the hosting dashboard, and FTP access, must be secure.

Forget the pet and partner names, and please don’t use the term “password”. The more complicated your password, the better. To come up with some strong passwords, use a password generation program.

Step 4: Put An Ongoing Solution In Place

Hackers don’t take a day off, nor do malware and viruses. Your website can be attacked by hackers right after you finished checking it with security tools. That’s why you need to have an ongoing process in your website’s security audit to ensure maximum protection. A good idea is to get help from 10 top web design companies to make sure about the security of your app.

There are services such as Godaddy that you can outsource your website security for a day to day monitoring by their experts. This way you can focus on your business and feel relaxed that your website security audit is in safe hands.

Whatever you choose, make sure it works with your routine and keeps your site secure. If you can back up your data daily, that’s fantastic. If not, you may want to consider using an automated service. In any case, the company’s image and clients are on the line without a good website security audit procedure!
Author Bio:

Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses. You can follow me on Twitter.


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Nigeria’s Helium Health announces expansion into Kenyan Market

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Helium Health, the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa has announced the launch of its full suite of products and services in Kenya for the first time.

Partnering with three local providers, Philips Healthcare Technologies, Carepay and Savannah Informatics, Helium Health will be integrating new services, including an EMR to serve the entire East African market.

Tito Ovia, co-founder, Helium Health commented: “We have been planning to expand into Kenya’s thriving health tech sector since last year, so we’re very excited to be hitting the ground running in 2021, already working with three new local partners to help improve efficiencies and provide a better service to patients. We believe there is a great opportunity to harness cutting-edge technology to help improve the way healthcare data is gathered and managed across Africa, so partnering with like-minded healthcare providers and facilities in Kenya is an excellent fit for us.” 

Nigeria's Helium Health launches cutting-edge health tech services in Kenya
Helium Health founders (L to R) Dimeji Sofowora, Tito Ovia, Adegoke Olubusi: Image Credits: Helium Health

Jean Kyula, Country Manager for Helium Health Kenya and formerly a National Health Service (NHS) doctor in the UK added, “We are confident that we can play a major role in supporting both Kenya’s public and private healthcare sectors. We are delighted to announce that we are open for business, already working with three new partners in Nairobi, and rolling out in Uganda and Liberia. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of technology in healthcare, and the need to keep building better systems, to develop more remote access solutions, and to improve efficiencies in our healthcare sector, so we’re looking forward to working with more partners, doctors, hospitals and clinics as we move forward.”

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Helium Health was co-founded in 2016 by three entrepreneurs, Adegoke Olobusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora, with a shared passion for solving the practical problems that they identified within the Nigerian health sector through the use of cutting-edge technology. In May 2020, Helium Health successfully closed a US$10 million Series A funding round (the largest fundraise of any software as a service (SaaS) healthcare provider in Africa) to scale and grow the business in both existing and new markets, expanding its footprint across East, North and Francophone West Africa. Helium Health has already partnered with facilities in Uganda and Liberia onboarding their 90-plus users early in 2021 and is now extending its services to facilities in Nairobi.

Helium Health offers a full suite of products covering the complete healthcare value chain, from Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems, to credit and telemedicine products. Over 300 healthcare providers and 5,000 health professionals in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana currently use Helium Health’s technology, allowing healthcare facilities to accept payments and issue invoices with ease, access quick funding, and hold televisits with their patients, making it easier for patients to get diagnosed from their homes. 

In 2020, Helium Health won the IFC Tech Emerge award, an award that matches innovative health tech startups with leading healthcare providers across Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to implement pilot projects and build long-term partnerships.  Helium Health willpilot its technology in the East African market.

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