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The telecoms regulator in Nigeria has set up a department for the digital economy. Responsible for promoting the federal government’s vision for the sector, it will use the digital economy policy document to carry out its mission.  The Communications Commission of Nigeria (NCC) has set up a department for the digital economy. NCC Director of Public Affairs...

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Nearly 20 years ago, the Tanzania launched an ambitious programme to help the nation reach a middle-income economy status by 2025. This week, the World Bank announced that Tanzania had finally reached the middle-income category; five years ahead of the initial timeline proposed by the government. Tanzania has been able to reach this category due...

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African countries have rolled out a groundbreaking mobile-based public communications platform that takes advantage of big data analytics to provide more than 600 million mobile phone users and governments across the continent with the latest public health information regarding the Covid-19 disease. Dubbed The Africa Communications Information Platform (ACIP), the initiative is a two-way information...

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Satellite communications company OneWeb has confirmed a consortium of the UK government and Bharti Global as the winning bidders in the company’s court-supervised sale process. The deal is expected to completed by Q4, pending approval from OneWeb creditors, the Bankruptcy Court and applicable regulators. The consortium has committed to provide more than USD 1 billion...

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Major telecoms in Africa jointly with health ministries, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have launched a continental public health mobile platform that will provide advice, especially on the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative dubbed Africa Communications Information Platform (ACIP) is based on a partnership between ECA, Africa Centres for Disease Control and...

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BlackRock recently acquired 42.7 million shares in the French group Orange, and is now its fourth shareholder. The American asset management firm is also active in other leading telecommunications companies in Africa, including MTN Group. The American firm BlackRock declared having crossed on June 25, 2020, the threshold of 5% of the capital of Orange. It now...