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  • Egypt state firm entering thriving mobile sector

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 Telecom Egypt looks to cash in on mobile sector but some fear its exemption from price hike in mobile services may be part of broader pattern of unfair privileges. As Egypt's mobile operators thrive, national-owned Telecom Egypt is entering the market in an effort to boost national revenues. In a country with additional mobile phone subscriptions than residents, Egypt's only fixed-line operator is hoping to get in on the action with its new mobile service, WE.
  • Internet restriction in Cameroon's Anglophone region hitting 60-day mark

    CAMEROON, 2017/11/27 The internet cut in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions is entering the 60th day according to activists tracking the shutdown. The government on September 30, 2017 placed restrictions on access to social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and whatsapp. This was despite a government statement saying that no such plans were to be implemented. September 30 was the eve of a symbolic declaration of independence by the two Anglophone regions. At the time a heavy security deployment across the regions was as well in place, subsequent clashes between separatists and security forces lead to deaths, injuries and mass arrests.
  • Enforcing Corporate Governance Code in Telecoms Sector

    NIGERIA, 2017/11/27 The renewed sensitisation campaign on the adoption of the mandatory corporate governance code in the telecoms industry, will drive the increase in the sector, writes Emma Okonji
  • South Africa’s Eskom asks McKinsey, Trillian to return $117MN

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/10/17 South Africa’s Eskom has asked consultancy firms McKinsey and Trillian to pay it back 1.6 billion rand ($117 million), saying that an internal inquiry had found that the national power utility’s decisions to make the payments were unlawful. “The interim findings from Eskom investigations into the circumstances surrounding payments made to both the companies point to certain decisions by Eskom, and resultant payments, as being unlawful,” Eskom said on Thursday.
  • CAMTEL, Orange Cameroon in tug of war

    CAMEROON, 2017/10/16 Cameroon Telecommunications company, CAMTEL is accusing Orange Cameroon of refusing to refund the FCFA 1.6 Billion they owe. Enlightening reporters in Yaounde on Tuesday on the accusation, Philemon Zo’o Zame, Managing Director of the Cameroons Telecommunication Regulatory Agency said, CAMTEL which has monopoly of the optical fibre, had deprived Orange Cameroon from the optical fibre on October 6. This according to Director had provoked perturbations on the Orange network operation for 24 hours.
  • Digital IQ for African companies track global averages – but South Africa is at risk of falling behind

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/04 Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with a lot of chief executives not from presently on fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their world peers in a lot of measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or better. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. These are some of the highlights from the 10th edition of PwC’s World Digital IQ survey (http://APO.af/FZSmmw), with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC (www.PwC.com) started this research a decade ago. Tielman Botha, Digital Lead for PwC South Africa, says: “Today, the scope and scale of digital-driven change has grown significantly, and organisations have invested a lot of time and money to keep up.
  • Kenya, Nigeria & S. Africa: biggest winners of Google's Africa tech training

    KENYA, 2017/09/09 Alphabet Inc’s Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them additional employable, its chief executive said on Thursday. The U.S. technology giant as well hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a company spokeswoman said. Google’s pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people.
  • Submarine cable deployed in Angola to link Africa to South America

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/09 The project of deploying the initial submarine telecommunication cable in the South Atlantic ocean linking Africa to South America has been launched in Angola’s capital Luanda. The launch of the fibre-optic South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) follows months of marine survey that was completed by multinational telecommunications company Angola Cables in April.
  • Kenya awards major contract for construction of core infrastructure for smart city

    KENYA, 2017/09/06 In early July the government contracted Italian construction firm ICM to build roads, water and sewerage systems for the $14.5bn smart city project, which is under way 60 km south of Nairobi. The KSh40bn ($390m) transaction covers engineering, procurement, construction and financing. Work has by presently begun on the sewer system and access road, inclunding internet, power and water infrastructure, according to Victor Kyalo, principal secretary at the Ministry of ICT. Government plans to establish Kenya as the “silicon savannah” received a boost with the awarding of a $390m arrangement to build key infrastructure for Konza Technopolis, a master-planned property development targeting Kenya’s ICT sector.
  • Cybersecurity in spotlight as Ghana pushes ahead with ICT development

    GHANA, 2017/08/01 Ghana has stepped up efforts to bolster its fast-growing ICT sector with the signing of a new transaction strengthening cybersecurity protections. n June the Bank of Ghana (BoG) announced it had contracted a private provider, whose name has not from presently on been made public, to help fasten the data of all banks registered under its system.