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Eswatini – formerly Swaziland – has become the first, and possibly last, country in Africa to sign a pledge to join the outgoing Trump administration’s anti-China “Clean Network” programme. The “Clean Network” agreement means Eswatini has agreed not to procure 5G network infrastructure from Chinese vendors, including Huawei Technologies, that the US alleges have links to...

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Tigo Tanzania has relaunched its merchant payment solution service as way to digitalise the country’s retail ecosystem. Chief Officer for Mobile Financial Service (MFS) at Tigo Tanzania, Angelica Pesha said that the objective of relaunching the service is to digitalise the payment channels in Tanzania. “The local market is characterised by significant population growth, youthful...

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Facebook’s recent attempt to update WhatsApp’s privacy policy has left many users concerned and searching for a more ‘secure’ messaging platform, like Telegram. This move has sparked what Telegram founder, Pavel Durov, says is “the largest digital migration in human history” after the platform saw a massive increase in active users. In a recent statement, Durov...

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Cameroon authorities are on high alert following threats by separatists to sabotage telecommunications infrastructure and disrupt the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 football tournament in Limbe, located in the restive English-speaking part of the country. In a memo sent to military chiefs in the region, a copy of which has been seen by ITWeb...

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In line with its operational and financial recovery plan adopted since 2013, La Poste is investing in the connectivity segment. The public company is counting on it to bring value-added services to a new niche of consumers. The French company Eutelsat Communications has signed a framework agreement with its distribution partner InterSat for the provision of...

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In 2020, the world changed overnight in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As more organisations adopted and accelerated digital strategies – and with most of us relying on the internet to go about our everyday life – cybercriminals were presented with a huge range of new opportunities to exploit. This year will be no different....

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As part of its commitment to ensuring access to affordable broadband connectivity in Africa’s underserved populations, Tizeti (www.Tizeti.com), West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider is rolling out its 4G LTE network in Edo State, with monthly fixed broadband costs pegged at four thousand Naira ($8). With this move, millions of people in Edo State previously outside...

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While authorities in Uganda have restored internet connectivity five days after it was shut down across the country ahead of the general elections, digital rights organisation NetBlocks estimates the cost of the downtime to digital services (including mobile money) could be in the region of US$9-million. The internet was restored 18 January after President Yoweri...

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MTN has debunked any link between 5G and COVID-19, saying the myth has been discredited globally by scientists. The company says it will continue to work to raise awareness and direct its efforts to combat the pandemic and support customers and society. In recent weeks, SA has seen an increase in campaigns spreading dangerous myths...