About us…

OPQ is an Internet provider in Botswana servicing customers via its own wireless wide area networks in Gaborone and Francistown, nationwide via Metro Ethernet and national fibre. OPQ, born and bred in Botswana, was formed in response for the perceived need for an Internet Service Provider in Botswana that could provide true quality of service to…

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

“…Energy and natural resources cost money that companies would rather not spend, especially if they’re battling tough rivals. In addition to tech progress, then, the other cause of dematerialization is capitalism: intense competition among companies to provide goods and services. But doesn’t capitalism’s endless thirst for profits mean that it’ll strip the planet bare? Not…

Blog Post Delays

We apologies for the delay with some recent blog posts, in particular the posts relating to the World Karate Federation event at University of Botswana. Posting from the UK and we are still seeing issues with Twitter images and other outages and delays. ( see here ) World Karate Federation. #karate #OSS

UFAK African Karate Championships

OPQ are proud and excited to sponsor the 18th UFAK African Senior Karate Championship and 10th UFAK African Junior Karate Championship to be held in GABORONE, BOTSWANA 9th – 14th July 2019. If you are in town for the long weekend, show your support for our young martial artists and cheer on our combatants! Tickets are available from the…

The Infrastructure Mess Causing Countless Internet Outages

The web is distributed, but it’s also interconnected. It needs to be so that data can move around worldwide without all being controlled by a single entity. So every time you load a website or send an email, BGP is the system responsible for optimizing the route that data takes across these sprawling, intertwined networks.…

Phishing Attacks And Other Threats On The Rise

A typical phishing email impersonates a well-known contact or trusted company to induce the recipient to click on an embedded link, with the ultimate goal of credential or credit card harvesting. During Q1 2019, FireEye saw these type of attacks increase by 17% over the prior quarter. The top spoofed brands across these activities included…

The Speed You Need

Did you know you can test your Internet connection speed for Netflix™ specifically? Netflix™ now provides their own speed test servers so you can readily calculate the quality of the video stream.   How much speed do I need? These are guidelines only and are based on single user / single device use. Streaming video—standard…

Genius Hid A Morse Code Message In Song Lyrics

Genius hid a Morse code message in song lyrics to prove Google was copying them. “Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” Gross said. To catch Google, Genius watermarked lyrics with the help of apostrophes, alternating between straight and curly single-quote…

The Cypherpunks Tapping Bitcoin Via Ham Radio

Recalling the difficulty the Soviets had jamming American radio transmissions, Elaine Ou, a blockchain engineer and her colleague Nick Szabo, a well-known digital currency researcher, devised a plan to bypass the Great China Firewall by sending bitcoin transactions via ham radio. Read the full Wired™ article here.