Daily Archives: November 14, 2019

Vanu a été sélectionné par MTN Group pour fournir des systèmes de communications mobiles OpenRAN aux communautés hors réseau à travers l’Afrique

Plus de 5 000 sites dans 21 pays devraient être déployés  

LEXINGTON, Massachusetts et LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 14 novembre 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Vanu, Inc., un fournisseur d’équipements, d’outils et de services qui permettent aux opérateurs de réseaux mobiles de réaliser des profits en servant les collectivités hors réseau, a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir été choisi par MTN Group, l’un des principaux opérateurs des marchés émergents avec plus de 240 millions de clients dans 21 pays d’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient, pour fournir à la fois des équipements et des services pour 5 000 sites de réseaux mobiles. Les systèmes réseau hors réseau uniques de Vanu permettront à MTN Group de fournir des solutions de connectivité efficaces et rentables à des communautés auparavant non connectées. En choisissant Vanu comme partenaire, MTN Group s’appuie sur l’expertise d’une organisation qui a fourni avec succès des systèmes de communications mobiles basés sur des architectures ouvertes depuis sa création, permettant aux opérateurs de fournir une connectivité rentable dans les zones où elle est la plus nécessaire.

« Nous sommes heureux de nous associer à MTN Group pour étendre la couverture aux communautés hors réseau », a déclaré Andrew Beard, PDG de Vanu, Inc. « Les marchés hors réseau présentent des défis uniques pour les opérateurs qui ont besoin de solutions spécialisées. MTN Group reconnaît les avantages des systèmes ouverts, basés sur la radio logicielle, pour relever ces défis. En tant que première radio logicielle certifiée pour une utilisation commerciale aux États-Unis, Vanu est un pionnier dans le domaine de l’innovation des plateformes ouvertes. Nous utiliserons les performances et les avantages financiers de ces plateformes ouvertes pour permettre à MTN de connecter les communautés hors réseau à travers ses zones d’exploitation. »

Vanu contribue à combler le fossé numérique en fournissant la connectivité mobile cellulaire aux marchés éloignés, hors réseau, qui n’ont pas eu l’occasion de profiter des avantages économiques, sociaux et culturels générés par la couverture cellulaire. Pour couvrir efficacement les villages, Vanu utilise une combinaison d’équipements, d’outils et de services propriétaires, y compris des stations cellulaires à faible coût total de possession (TCO), des outils de cartographie et de planification du réseau (pour s’assurer que les stations sont construites dans des emplacements optimaux), ainsi que des services de surveillance, d’optimisation et de soutien (pour assurer une utilisation efficace des ressources de maintenance).

Les équipements, outils et services de Vanu, conçus pour minimiser les coûts de l’électricité, de liaison secondaire et de maintenance, permettent aux opérateurs de réseaux mobiles et à leurs partenaires, tels que MTN Group, de fournir une couverture hors réseau rentable. De plus, VanuMaps, l’outil unique de cartographie de couverture à haute résolution de Vanu, fournit aux opérateurs de réseaux mobiles, à leurs partenaires et aux investisseurs potentiels la couverture à haute résolution et les données démographiques nécessaires pour identifier avec plus de précision et d’efficacité le retour sur investissement offert en proposant leurs services aux villages précédemment non couverts.

« Notre équipe Group Technology a été pionnière dans l’OpenRAN, en concluant des essais sur le terrain en Zambie en 2018 et en déployant des sites commerciaux au début de l’année 2019. Nous nous concentrons sur la création de nouvelles solutions RAN viables en plus des déploiements traditionnels des fournisseurs de technologie réseau, afin d’accélérer l’expansion rurale dans nos marchés », a déclaré Rob Shuter, le président-directeur général de MTN Group.

À propos de Vanu, Inc.  

Vanu fournit des équipements, outils et services qui permettent aux opérateurs de réseaux mobiles de servir de façon rentable les 1,2 milliard de personnes qui ne disposent pas de connectivité aujourd’hui. Les solutions de Vanu combinent des innovations technologiques et des modèles commerciaux innovants pour réduire le coût total de possession des réseaux sans fil. L’entreprise, fondée en 1998, est née d’une recherche révolutionnaire dans le domaine de la radio logicielle au MIT. Vanu est le développeur de la station de base Anywave™. Anywave a été le premier produit commercial de réseau d’accès radioélectrique (RAN) à prendre simultanément en charge plusieurs normes radio cellulaires sur la même plateforme et la première radio logicielle certifiée par la Federal Communications Commission (FCC) des États-Unis. Le siège social de Vanu est situé à Lexington, dans le Massachusetts, avec des bureaux à Gurgaon et Bangalore, en Inde ainsi qu’à Kigali, au Rwanda. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez visiter le site www.vanu.com.

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Malawi Clinic’s Safe Births Record Rivals Rich Countries – Here’s Why

LILONGWE, MALAWI – The founder of a Malawian maternity clinic for poor women says it has set a record � safely delivering more than 8,000 babies. For her efforts improving access to safe childbirth, Charity Salima has even won a prestigious British award and honorary title.

Grace Chakudza gave birth in November to a healthy baby boy � her fourth child – at Achikondi Community Clinic. It opened in 2008 to help poor women safely give birth.

Since then the clinic has performed more than 8,800 successful deliveries, without the loss of mother or child, according to its founder.

That’s a record number in Malawi, where the United Nations Children’s Fund says the average mortality rate per 1,000 births is 22 deaths for babies and six for mothers.

Chakudza appreciates the care she got from the clinic.

She says “there is a big difference. There is congestion in public hospitals. Women give birth on the floor. And, sometimes one nurse is responsible for three pregnant mothers. This compromises the health of mothers and children. But here, I received good treatment, Chakudza said.

The number of successful deliveries reported by the clinic, means it beats not only the global average of 17 newborn deaths per thousand births, but also the average of rich nations.

Britain this year gave clinic founder Charity Salima the Commonwealth Points of Light Award, calling her Malawi’s Florence Nightingale, the English founder of modern nursing.

Salima credits the way the clinic handles medical emergencies.

All that success has come in because we can refer whenever there is a complication as soon as possible. Early detection of any abnormality and any referral – that is what has made us to be successful, Salima said.

Services in the clinic are free-of-charge. The facility was built with donations from Scotland and the Norwegian Nurses Organization.

The U.S.-based charity Freedom from Fistula Foundation, which helps treat childbirth injuries, funds the clinic.

Lita Kaunda hails from the community at Area 23, where the clinic is situated. She says “before this clinic, many pregnant mothers were giving birth on their way to the hospital because of the distance they were traveling.

Despite its good reputation, Salima says the clinic does have challenges.

Sometimes we lack resources. It could be financial resources; we don’t have many resources. We also want if this building could have solar electricity because sometimes electricity is on and off.

Salima hopes the clinic will get additional support and do even more to reduce Malawi’s newborn and maternal deaths.

Source: Voice of America

In Uganda, Dissidents Adapt to Evade Huawei Assisted Government Spying

WASHINGTON – On Aug. 13, 2018, Bobi Wine was in campaign mode.

The popular musician-turned-parliamentarian was attending a rally for Kassiano Wadri, a politician from Uganda’s Arua region, in the north of the country.

There, Wine says, government forces ambushed, arrested and tortured him.

On his Facebook page, Wine later shared his ordeal.

The marks on my back, ankles, elbows, legs and head are still visible. I continued to groan in pain and the last I heard was someone hit me at the back of the head with an object � I think a gun butt or something, Wine wrote. That was the last time I knew what was going on.

Wine’s driver, Yasin Kawuma, was fatally shot during the violence that day.

Wine, a vocal critic of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, is certain security forces knew where he’d be and meticulously planned their attack.

Reporting by The Wall Street Journal this summer confirms his claims and shows that Ugandan intelligence officials, with the help of employees of Chinese tech giant Huawei, hacked into Wine’s WhatsApp and Skype accounts to monitor the dissident and his supporters.

In an interview Wednesday, Wine told VOA he’s now adopted a sophisticated routine to throw government spies off his trail using burner phones and old-fashioned code words.

What I’ve been doing to protect myself and the people that I communicate with is, one, to use coded language when I’m talking on the phone that is known, he told VOA.

I’ve been forced to devise means of changing telephone numbers and telephone headsets constantly to keep them on the wrong track, Wine added. And sometimes, when I have to move to a place and I don’t want to be followed by the regime, I’m forced to leave my phone behind or put my phone in a car that is going in a different region of the country while I’m going into another one. That alone is how I’m trying to maneuver to go around it.

Denials

Huawei, who helped build a large portion of Africa’s cellular backbone, has also been implicated in allegations of spying on African diplomacy on behalf of the Chinese government.

But Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, firmly denies spying claims and says his company refuses to give up confidential information of clients and would definitely say ‘no’ to such a request, in a rare press conference at the company’s headquarters in January.

In a recent interview with VOA, Zambian President Edgar Lungu also addressed the question of spying on dissidents and opposition parties in the country.

There was this story that Huawei, the Chinese company, that I am spying on opposition party leaders, their phones and so on, he said, describing what he thinks is a spread of misinformation.

He further explained that these claims are detrimental to the country’s image and foreign policy.

I think that we need to do more so that the truth is given to the people, so that we are not demonized over fake news stories, he said.

‘They were tracking me’

Wine, who was born Robert Kyagulanyi, says his first-hand experiences reveal the scope and sophistication of government-backed spying.

Among the things I got to learn was that they were listening to my calls and having a copy of all that was WhatsApp chats and many other things, following my location every time, he said. I even learned that day when I was arrested and brutalized in Arua, it was because of that technology that they got that they could listen to my phones, and they were tracking me. And they know that they follow me on my phone and they know where I am and listening to my calls.

The government’s paranoia won’t stop, Wine suggested, as long as they perceive him as a threat.

And he has no plans to back down.

Wadri, the candidate Wine campaigned for in 2018, won his seat in parliament.

Now Wine is gearing up for a new kind of campaigning, after announcing this summer his intention to run for president in Uganda’s 2021 polls.

VOA’s Peter Clottey contributed to this report.

Source: Voice of America

South Sudan Villagers Relocated After Oil Leak

JUBA – More than 2,000 South Sudanese villagers reportedly have been relocated following an oil spill in a remote part of Northern Liech state.

Gatkouth Ruach says he and other villagers were moved to a different part of the state after a pipeline burst Nov. 7 in Budang County.

State Health Minister Kur Yai Nop denied anyone was relocated, saying there are no human settlements near the affected area.

“The people who are staying there are oil company staff. There is no community there, they are very far,” Nop told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus.

But Ruach told a different story.

“When the leak happened, those who are in the area were relocated to another place from the oil-spilled area. Some of them are taken to Laloba, and others [were taken] to a place called Thirty Mile,” he told South Sudan in Focus.

Ruach said his village was flooded with crude oil and many families and cattle were affected by the spill.

“People are staying close to it and with their cattle. It is affecting people, causing diarrhea and other diseases. Up to this week, the oil is full on the ground. Cattle are playing in it and children as well, and the children are now suffering,” Ruach told VOA.

The ruptured pipeline is owned by Greater Nile Pioneer Operating Company, a Chinese-owned company that has refineries in Khartoum and Port Sudan.

Nop denies anyone was harmed by the leak and said the pipeline was repaired.

“It is not a big area. It is an area like an acre. It was sealed and hastily was put [down] and it was controlled. So it did not mix up by water supply being consumed by the community,” Nop said.

But Ruach said the leaking oil ran into local streams and children bathed in the contaminated water.

“Children and older persons often go to bathe in these oil-contaminated streams. Even this stream flows into the river. So when they bathe in this water, after some time they experience skin irritation,” Ruach said.

Last month, Petroleum Minister Daniel Chuang warned that several pipelines could burst because of corrosion and lack of maintenance. He made the comments shortly after an oil pipeline burst in Budang County’s Roriak area.

When a child was born with a deformity in October in Northern Liech state, the baby’s photograph was circulated widely on social media, prompting public debate on the effects of oil pollution on South Sudanese. The child was flown to Nairobi, Kenya, for medical tests.

Source: Voice of America