MOU Signed To Boost Africa’s Cybersecurity Capabilities

AFRIPOL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Group-IB, a cybersecurity firm headquartered in Singapore, at AFRIPOL’s headquarters in Algiers committed to fighting cybercrime in Africa. AFRIPOL is an institution of the African Union tasked with enhancing the collaboration among police forces of AU Member States to prevent and combat transnational organized crime, terrorism,...

SA Connect phase two roll out continues

Budget 2024: The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) will continue to roll out phase two of government’s ambitious broadband project South Africa Connect (SA Connect). This is according to National Treasury’s Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) document that coincides with the 2024 budget speech. Finance minister Enoch Godongwana is today presenting his 2024...

South Africa aims to connect 21,878 public institutions to the internet in the next three years

The South African government plans to connect more than 21,878 public institutions in the country to the Internet over the next three years in partnership with mobile operators. The project was revealed earlier this week by Mondli Gungubele, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies. The institutions covered by the new project are: public basic education...

Benin: SBIN will not pay entry duties and taxes on equipment for its national Internet network project

The Beninese Digital Infrastructure Company (SBIN) will benefit from an exemption from entry duties and taxes on equipment for the project to extend its telecoms network throughout the national territory. The public company was granted approval for the specific investment regime for the said project during the Council of Ministers on Wednesday February 14. The...

CMC Networks connects Cerba Lancet Africa

CMC Networks, a data connectivity provider, has partnered with Cerba Lancet Africa, a clinical pathology and medical diagnosis company, to enable digital health innovation across key African markets. CMC Networks is providing Cerba Lancet with a suite of solutions, which includes SD-WAN, Microsoft Azure Peering Service (MAPS), and zero-trust security. CMC Networks claims that its...

NuRAN Wireless negotiates $15 million loan to finance construction of 800 additional sites in Africa

Canadian telecoms infrastructure provider NuRAN Wireless is on track to secure a $15 million loan to finance the construction of 800 additional telecoms sites in Africa. The company announced on Tuesday February 6 that it had received a non-binding letter of intent to this effect from a development financial institution (DFI) whose identity has not...

Nigeria seeks partners at World Economic Forum to improve internet connectivity

Among other investments, Nigeria needs 1.5 to 2 billion US dollars to ensure its complete optical fiber coverage. This is expected to help narrow the gap in internet quality and access in the country. Bosun Tijani (photo), Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place from Monday...

Nigeria launches initiative to promote broadband uptake

The Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy has established the National Broadband Alliance for Nigeria (NBAN) to encourage collaboration in broadband development and adoption, as well as to position Nigeria at the forefront of the global digital economy. Dr. Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, announced the project on Sunday...

Togocom secures cash for network upgrade

Togolese operator Togocom secured XOF36 billion (US$60.2 million) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to fund the upgrade of its infrastructure including the expansion of its 4G network. “At Togocom, we are very proud of playing a key role in the acceleration of the country’s digital transformation and improved connectivity for all Togolese citizens, wherever...

Guinea: restriction of access to the Internet and social media caused the country to lose $47.4 million in 2023

Universal and affordable access to the Internet is one of the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. However, for various reasons, certain countries deprive their populations of the Web for periods sometimes exceeding a month. Citing a “security problem”, the Guinean government has restricted access to the Internet and social media such as WhatsApp,...

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