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State to assign mobile devices IP addresses to curb cyber-crime

cybercafeThe Standard Digital By Fredrick Obura

Monday Dec 10 2012

The move would help track and monitor activities of mobile devices and supplement the registration of mobile phone SIM cards

Mobile devices will soon be assigned unique public Internet protocol (IP) addresses as part of the Government’s efforts to crack down on cyber crime. 

Information and Communication PS Dr Bitange Ndemo (pictured) said the State, through the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), is pushing mobile operators to give each device – including cellphones and tablets – unique IP addresses to ease identification of users.

This, he said, would help track and monitor user activity on these mobile devices and supplement the ongoing registration of mobile phone SIM cards. Ndemo said mobile operators had missed several deadlines to comply with the order and called on CCK to expedite the matter. “Operators are exposing themselves to litigation by ignoring the IP address procedure,” he said. “We want them to comply, because this information will be linked to other Government databases to improve integrity and combat cybercrime since we are able to trace the users.”


Fibre optic firms race to connect counties

thumbThe Standard Digital By Fredrick Obura

Monday December 10,2012

Development comes at a time when the Government has started pushing some of its services online

Jamii Telecoms Ltd (JTL) is seeking to increase its fibre-optic network by building 1000 kilometers (km) in the first quarter of 2013 as it positions itself for Internet tenders to connect county governments ahead of its rivals.

The company says it will increase its fibre network to 5,000 km from the current 4,000 km at a cost of Sh500 million,  in a move that will make it the biggest fibre optic provider in the country in terms of coverage. The firm intends to build the metro fibre optics in major towns in Central and Costal provinces that will include, Meru, Nyeri,Embu Nyahururu, Kilifi and Malindi.

The move will place it ahead of its rivals, Telkom Kenya that has 4,500 fibre km and AccessKenya with 350 km. JTL chairman Joshua Chepkwony said the firm has already ordered for the materials to build the cables and that the project will commence in January and its completion date slated for March next year.

“The project will enable those in  towns to easily connect with their counter parts in other parts of the country without necessarily having to travel thereby cutting on their travel expenses,” said Mr Chepkwony. “We are targeting, corporate, small and medium enterprises as well as Government with our fibre network.”

He said other than the banking institutions, it is targeting, the firm has also set eyes on the Government tenders — to connect learning institutions, health facilities and the administrative offices in the devolved governments.


Kenya at crossroads on proposed Internet rules


Friday, December 7, 2012

cybercafeIt has been a tough week in the global telecommunications sector as the battle lines over control of the internet were drawn.

In the World Conference on International Telecommunications going on in Dubai, the debate over whether to change the current internet model has been going on, and will continue until next week.

This concerns issues of who should govern the internet, to what extent it should be governed, privacy online, who should pay for content and who to be paid for internet usage among other contentious issues.

This has been seen as a fight between the West and East. On one hand is the US and Canada governments seeking to retain the regulations set as far back as 1988, rules that have seen them retain much control of the net.


Kibaki names investment banker to drive Konza tech city


Business Daily By David Herbling

Sunday, December 9  2012

President Kibaki has picked career investment banker John Ngumi to lead the development of the Sh850 billion Konza technology city.

Mr Ngumi, currently director of investment banking at CFC Stanbic Bank, was appointed chairman of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority, the State-owned body that will regulate, monitor and evaluate the development of the multi-billion-shilling ICT park.

The appointment sets the stage for the recruitment of the authority’s board members and its executive officer.

Mr Ngumi will guide the search for investors and cash for the tech city that will be developed through a private-public partnership financing model. The government will provide basic infrastructure like roads and electricity while a master developer will build and sell the premises to tech firms.


UN net meeting 'hit by hackers' causing website disruption

The Standard Digital

Thursday, December 06 2012

wcitA UN conference to discuss the future of internet governance has been disrupted by a suspected hacking attack.

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (Wcit) is debating changes to a wide-ranging communications treaty.

Delegates were unable to access material relating to the meeting after its website was forced offline.

Hacker groups had claimed responsibility, organisers said.

The UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said delegates had been left "frustrated" by the disruption, which lasted for about two hours on Wednesday.

"However, a spirit of camaraderie prevailed," it said in a statement. "With those who had access to up-to-date online versions of the texts willingly sharing with other delegates in order to keep discussions moving forward."


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