Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 68 | Page 9


stc boosts 5G network capacity by more than 60 %

This is expected to boost the 5G network capacity up to 60 % and improve download speeds for its subscribers .
This development plan utilises 2.3GHz band for 5G at more than 1,000 sites as an initial phase , through reuse of the spectrum resources initially used for 4G which affirms stc ’ s strategic commitment to adopt cutting-edge technologies and services .
The use of 5G carrier aggregation technology is expected to aggregate the new 2.3GHz carrier to the main 5G carrier on 3.5GHz , to augment the overall 5G network capacity and elevate speeds to global-ranking levels .

stc , a digital enabler in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has developed its 5G infrastructure capabilities through utilising a new additional 5G spectrum to be the first operator in the MENA region to enable 5G carrier aggregation technology .

“ In stc , as per our leading position in strengthening the Kingdom ’ s status in the global telecom sector , we are restlessly working with the support of our partners to develop our infrastructure capabilities and introduce the latest solutions and technologies to enrich our subscribers experience and improve the Kingdom ’ s global ranking ,” Eng . Bader Alluhaib , stc Infrastructure VP .
“ As the leading operator in the Kingdom , we are planning to adopt these advanced solutions on a larger scale throughout the upcoming years as an integral part of the 2030 vision .”

Phishing and scams hit the roof in Kenya and Nigeria

Kaspersky analysis has revealed that attacks related to data loss threats ( phishing and scams / social engineering ) increased significantly in Africa in Q2 2022 in comparison with the previous quarter . The company ’ s security solutions detected 10,722,886 phishing attacks in Africa in Q2 .

Kenyan users were influenced the most by this type of threat : there were 5,098,534 phishing attacks detected in three months – a growth of 438 % when compared to the previous quarter . It was followed by South Africa ( 4,578,216 detections and a growth of 144 %) and Nigeria ( 1,046,136 detections and a growth of 174 %).
“ Planning a vacation is not easy . People can spend weeks , even months , looking for the perfect place to stay and the tickets to get them there . Fraudsters use this to lure users that have grown tired of searching for great deals . After two years of flight restrictions imposed by the pandemic , travelling is back . But so are travel scams – with intensified scamming activity targeting users through fake booking and rental services . Such attacks are totally preventable , which is why we urge users to be skeptical about overly generous offers . If an offer seems too good to be true , it probably is ,” commented Mikhail Sytnik , Security Expert at Kaspersky .
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