Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has refuted claims that hackers infiltrated its servers and obtained the personal details of at least 61,000 registered voters. This comes after reports from the Directive of Criminal Investigators (DCI) were released, saying that the directive has arrested a 21-year old fraud suspect...
Safaricom's plans to expand into Ethiopia have hit a complication as a US State financier is threatening to recall its loans to a Safaricom-led consortium following an escalation of armed conflict in the horn of Africa. The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) says that acts of violence against civilians...
Visa has announced a new partnership with the International Bank of Somalia (IBS Bank) to launch Somalia's first Visa card payment services in the country. According to Tech Cabal, Somalia has been making significant headways into "reawakening" its financial entities. Since the collapse of its government in 1991, Somalia has...
SEACOM, a leading pan-African ICT service provider, is expanding to bring its software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) services to Kenyan businesses, offering reduced connectivity costs, increased security, agility, and local support to customers. SEACOM’s experience with ICT infrastructure in Africa is extensive; the company launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system...
Infinix has officially launched its latest entry-level device in Kenya - the Infinix Hot 10i. The Hot 10i is the ultimate device in the Hot 10 series from the Hong Kong-based smartphone retailer. Others in the series include the Hot 10, Hot 10T, Hot 10 Play, Hot 10 Lite and...
Kenyan taxpayers will now reportedly spend millions of shillings on the acquisition of laptops to enable members of the country's national assembly to participate in virtual meetings if lawmakers approve a new report recommending methods for the House to find ways around COVID-19 disruptions. According to Business Daily, the taxpayer...
The Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria (FIRS), has instructed banks in the country to freeze the accounts of South African-based media entertainment firm MultiChoice Africa and its subsidiary in Nigeria, for allegedly breaching agreements and denying access to their records for auditing. MultiChoice Africa is a widely known entity...
A new amendment in Kenya's Finance Act of 2018 sought to change taxing on telephone and internet services from 15% to 20%. The change is set to go live today, 1 July. The amendment has seen criticism in the country since its first announcement because a large majority of Kenyans...
The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant that is currently causing a massive third wave of infections in South Africa may cause the fourth wave of infections in Kenya over the next two months. This is according to Kenya's Health Ministry. First identified in India and the cause of significant desolation...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe socio-economic impact in East Africa. While the region has escaped the worst of the health impact - infection and mortality rates are comparatively low next to those of Europe - the impact on businesses, communities and households has been devastating. With the exception of...
Ethio Telecom is partnering with Ericsson to expand its 4G services into the South West region of Ethiopia during 2021. A decisive move that correlates with Ethiopia's plans into introducing international investors and partners into their monopoly-laden and virtually untapped telecoms space. The service provider will use Ericsson Radio System...
Previously, IT News Africa reported that vivo had announced the launch of its new flagship V21 smartphone in Kenya. Yesterday, global smartphone brand vivo finally launched its V21 smartphone in the country. The device is the latest in vivo's longstanding V-series smartphones. This move comes after the brand partnered with the UEFA...
Social media mega-corp Facebook said on Wednesday that it had removed a network of fake accounts in Ethiopia targeting domestic users ahead of general elections next week in the country. The company said that the network was found to be linked with Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency (INSA). Posting mostly...
Kenyan users are reporting on social media that they are being signed up as members of political parties in the country without their knowledge or consent via the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP). Many are finding the developments baffling: https://twitter.com/echenze/status/1405859277315756035 As of yet, there is no clear answer for...
Upcoming Kenyan food delivery startup Kune has closed a pre-seed funding round at $1-million in investments. The startup, which seeks to prepare and deliver freshly-made, ready-to-eat meals at affordable prices, will look to use the capital boost to scale its on-demand services before its planned launch in August later this...
The Ethiopian government has announced a new tender process to begin the sale of a 40% stake in the state-owned telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom. The sale is still in its very early stages with the selection of a successful bidder expected only at the end of a significantly lengthy process. According...
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