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Last week, at a monthly meeting with the Rwanda Blockchain Community, Paula Ingabire, the Rwandan minister of ICT and Innovation, said that part of the department’s next budget will be allocated to new technology projects such as blockchain. Robotics or artificial intelligence (AI), big data projects will also benefit. The investment announced by Paula Ingabire is...

It was one of the biggest technology stories of 2019. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks crippled several South African Internet service providers this year. Now the industry is fighting back. The administrators of the Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban Internet exchanges — known as Jinx, Cinx and Dinx — said they are “taking firm and co-ordinated action...

Google is pumping major investments into Africa, with its most noteworthy new ventures being the roll-out of free public Wi-Fi hotspots and a new high-speed undersea cable to boost Internet connectivity. South Africa and Nigeria — the continent’s two biggest economies — are getting a significant share of the investment. Nigeria became the first country in...

Multinational telco Angola Cables, a connectivity provider within Brazil’s wholesale market, has partnered with DE-CIX, an established Internet Exchange (IX) operator, to offer premium interconnection services to a variety of neutral IXs for operators and datacentres across Latin America. The objective of the partnership is to expand capabilities and boost internet providers’ businesses via the...

South African tech company, Axon Wireless announced on Wednesday, 30 October 2019, that it has launched Africa’s first ‘tap and go’ system for mobile SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card registration. Ivory Coast is the first country on the continent where mobile users can comply with KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements by simply placing their national...

Government has invited Indian high-tech giants to explore business opportunities and set up shop in the information communication and technology sector in the country. Deputy Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Jenfan Muswere, extended the invitation last Friday while in India where he attended the Millennial India International Chamber of Commerce, Industry...

Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has confirmed it will impose a 5% tax on e-commerce transactions, effective in 2020. Babatunde Fowler, FIRS chairman described the tax as “a practice that actually should be in existence” and said the organisation is working with banks to ensure that the fee is automatically deducted at the point...