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Somalia’s Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology (MPTT) has announced that the National ICT Policy and Strategy has been approved by the Cabinet. The five-year policy provides the framework needed to leverage the benefits of ICT to support the social and economic development of the country. It outlines the development and enhancement of ICT across Somalia over the period 2019-2024 and...

Ahead of the publication later on Monday by the Competition Commission of its final report flowing from its inquiry into the data services market, communications regulator Icasa has said there is insufficient competition in aspects of the delivery of mobile broadband in South Africa. In a discussion document (PDF) on its market inquiry into mobile broadband services in...

Government allocates ZWL$341.7-million towards ICT research and development. Zimbabwe’s Finance Ministry has allocated ZWL$341.7-million (approximately US$942,249,67) towards ICT, with research and development, and ‘modernisation’ listed as priorities. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said the funds will go towards developing the Smart Zimbabwe 2030 Master Plan and assist in the roll out of the national e-government program. The Smart...

Nigerian telecoms operators, among other businesses, face fresh challenges as well as opportunities once the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is implemented. However, stakeholders said adequate preparations for the challenges would put the businesses at a vantage position to profit from the opportunities. SAMSON AKINTARO reports In July, President Muhmmadu Buhari signed the Africa Continental...

The African giant network provider, MTN has clarified the controversy surrounding the end-user billing for financial transactions through USSD channel. Following the suspension of the initiative by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), MTN Nigeria discloses its plans on the USSD controversy. According to a statement issued by the company, it is ready to engage with stakeholders...

Mobile services have had an important and positive impact on developing countries where they are the main means of connecting to the internet. However, mobile services have capacity constraints. They use limited radio frequency spectrum, which means that mobile data typically has usage limits. They also have high prices per unit (per gigabyte), which results...