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A look at African ICT News regionally

In every technology publication I open, every business symposium I attend, every CIO roundtable I facilitate, we hear about the next wave of change branded “Cloud”. CIO’s are warned that this wave is building up like a tsunami and will change the information technology landscape as we know it today,...
In a move aimed at increasing the use of voice calls from mobile phone devices, Airtel Nigeria and Nokia have partnered to launch the Lumia 520 in the country. The new hand device is aimed at increasing the smart phone penetration in the West African country and help boost...
In a move seen as a major coup for Botswana's Information Communications and Technology sector, the country's government has inked a new MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Abu Dhabi for ICT knowledge sharing and capacity building. According to government officials in Botswana, the agreement also includes a commitment on both sides to...
Despite a major boost in overall mobile penetration in Ghana, the county’s telecommunications regulator announced that the country had seen a drop-off in the total number of data subscriptions in the country through the end of July. According to the National Communications Authority (NCA), the overall data subscribers fell...
The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) revealed that, in conjunction with government and other stakeholders, it is in the final stages of preparing new legislation against cyber-crimes in the country. To date, Tanzania has no laws governing cyber-crimes. The bank is co-operating with government officials and stakeholders to drive forward three bills of legislation that...
Internet service provider Liquid Telecom completed Zimbabwe’s first direct fibre connection to the West African Cable System (WACS), which will provide the Southern African nation with an alternative route for internet traffic. "The link has been commissioned to the WACS landing station near Cape Town providing Zimbabwe with an alternative...
Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the establishment of a strategic partnership with MMI Holdings Limited (MMI), a leading insurance-based financial services company listed on the South African stock exchange, the JSE. This new agreement eases Airtel...
MTN Nigeria has announced a partnership with online store Jumia to change the online commerce landscape in the country and make it easier for users to purchase items online. According to a statement from MTN Nigeria, the partnership is also an effort to increase online activity and generate purchases via the...
In a move to help university students better manage their student tuition fees and other university related finances, mobile service provider MTM Cameroon this week launched a Mobile Money payment system for academic institutions. According to the company, the Mobile Money service will allow students to pay all fees and tuition. “The Mobile Money service...
MWEB Business has launched a Cloud-based service that frees corporates from the expense and hassle of setting up, operating and maintaining a dedicated data centre – without compromising on data security or the flexibility and control of their IT infrastructure. According to Derek Hershaw, CEO of MWEB ISP, the new...
Software AG, a multi-national enterprise software company, has officially opened its new state-of-the-art premises in Bryanston, Johannesburg.  The new office signifies Software AG South Africa’s realised and anticipated business growth in the local market. “We outgrew our previous premises due to sustained increases in our business revenues, customer base and...
Morocco’s telecommunications regulator, ANRT, has announced that it has authorized the country’s three mobile phone operators to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots for “the purpose of spreading broadband Internet use across the Kingdom.” The move has been praised by experts who believe Morocco’s growth and economic future depends largely on how quickly...
The Vice President of Botswana, the Honourable Dr Ponatshego H. Kedikilwe opened a meeting on Friday 06 September of the Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to agree common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating...
Tanzania is home to a growing economy. The government and tax efforts are moving slowly in order to help develop infrastructure for the budding East African country. On Friday last week, the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) announced that it had collected some TZS 4.7 billion (approximately $2,5 million) in three weeks...
As the battle over mobile phone supremacy in Kenya continues, Airtel Kenya did the surprising thing last week and increased its call rates. The move sees the per minute rate increase from KES 3.60 to KES 4.02 for both on- and off-net calls. The move has been criticized across the customer...
The third edition of MTN Ghana's Internet Festival (IFEST) 2013 was launched yesterday in Accra, Ghana. The IFEST celebrations involve a month-long educational drive on the relevance of internet usage on everyday lives and for identifiable professionals such as doctors, lawyers, teachers and bankers, among others. An Opera Mini Challenge will...
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