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Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe at Parliament

Malawi Government levies tax on Internet/SMS

The Malawi Government has announced that it will levy a 10 percent excise duty on mobile phone text messaging as well as all data transfers, including internet and similar services. Read more
BTV runs pilot ahead of switchover BTV runs pilot ahead of switchover Botswana Television, through the Department of Broadcasting Services, will run a pilot test for Botswana Television’s digital readiness ahead of its June 17 switchover. 
Nigerian fuel scarcity threatens telecoms  Nigerian fuel scarcity threatens telecoms The ongoing fuel scarcity in Nigeria, where many enterprises rely on generators to stay operational, is threatening the delivery of telecoms services.
Ghana’s 800km fibre optic backbone commissioned Ghana’s 800km fibre optic backbone commissioned Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned an 800km Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic backbone which runs through 20 districts.
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Workonline Communications offers free IPv6 transit to ISPs

Friday 29 May
INTERNET
In a move to accelerate the deployment of IPv6 in Africa, leading specialised terrestrial network service provider Workonline Communications is offering 100 Mbps of free IPv6 transit to qualifying AfriNIC LIR members. »

Over 200 applications for Safaricom Spark venture fund

Friday 29 May
INNOVATIONS
Over 200 Kenyan start-ups have submitted enquiries and applications for the Safaricom Spark Venture Fund, with applications now going into the short-list phase.»

NCC commits N11m to lawn tennis league

Thursday 28 May
DEVELOPMENT
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has committed N11million to lift the game of lawn tennis in the country.»

Fibre solutions will enhance connectivity, says WaveTek

Thursday 28 May
INTERNET
The Managing Director, WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr Ken Spann has said the fibre solutions of the firm will enhance connectivity which will improve the quality of service in the country.»

HomeSend named Best Payment Product in Africa

Thursday 28 May
VALUE ADDED SERVICES
HomeSend, an international transfer hub created by MasterCard, eServGlobal and BICS, has been named “the Best Payment Product in Africa” at the Asian Banker Middle East and Africa Awards.  »

Airtel connects Machakos police

Thursday 28 May
INTERNET
Bharti Airtel has connected Machakos Police station in Kenya to the internet for free.    »

Ghana Telecom Awards confirm Vodafone Ghana leader in mobile internet

Thursday 28 May
MOBILE
Industry players and analysts at this year’s Ghana Telecom Awards were not surprised when Vodafone Ghana was adjudged the ‘Mobile Broadband Provider of the Year’.»

GTBank, Etisalat partnership marries innovation, creativity

Wednesday 27 May
VALUE ADDED SERVICES
Etisalat Nigeria says its partnership with GTBank is a marriage of innovation and creativity, adding that it will help promote the financial inclusion drive of the federal government of Nigeria. »

Egyptian tech firms expand African footprint with potential deals worth $7m

Wednesday 27 May
GOVERNMENT
Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) helped setting out a number of partnership protocols and concluding business agreements between Egyptian companies and 17 leading African telecom companies, financial institutions and ICT enterprises, in 6 different African countries.»

Deaftronics and EmPowered nominated for Tech-I competition

Wednesday 27 May
INNOVATIONS
The Botswana Innovation Hub has announced the nomination of two technology entrepreneurship start-up companies, Deaftronics and EmPowered as semi-finalists in the Technology Idea (Tech-1) 2015 competition. »

Airtel Kenya aids Bungoma community midwives programme

Wednesday 27 May
DEVELOPMENT
Bharti Airtel has partnered with Fountain Africa Trust to launch a community midwives program to support expectant women, new mothers and newborns in Bungoma County, Kenya.»

MTN Ghana named Telecoms Company of the year

Wednesday 27 May
TELECOMS
MTN Ghana emerged the winner in categories like Mobile Operator of the Year, Mobile Money Service of the Year, Customer Service Company of the Year and Cloud Company of the Year at this year’s Ghana Telecoms Awards. »

Accra to become first ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Africa with Microsoft CityNext applications

Tuesday 26 May
GOVERNMENT
Microsoft Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and African Descent signed an agreement to make the city of Accra in Ghana Africa’s first ‘Centre of Excellence’, through the use of Microsoft’s CityNext applications. »

Kenyans can now pay taxes via Airtel Money

Tuesday 26 May
VALUE ADDED SERVICES
Airtel Kenya now allows  Kenyan citizens across the country to inquire for KRA services, generate KRA payment reference number (PRN or an e-slip/invoice number) and make quick simple payments through Airtel Money. »

Vodacom promotes e-Learning in public, private schools

Tuesday 26 May
DEVELOPMENT
Vodacom Business Nigeria hosted fifty-six students from the S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School, Ikate Elegushi on a special tour of the company’s facilities to learn about the cloud computing and the technology behind e-learning.»

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