The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting technology in Tanzania has started to accrue benefits since it was decided to migrate in phases from last December.
The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa revealed over the weekend in Dar es Salaam when talking to a delegation from Zambia who visited the ministry to learn how Tanzania successfully migrated to the digital system.
Soul Food Ministries International (SFMI) in Ghana said it has trained another 900 young people in the use of ICT through its 'free for all' training initiative, which has been running since 2009, GNA reported.
Eddie Letsa, General Overseer of SFMI, said the aim is to provide young people with employable skills in IT. He said the project is a non-denominational training package intended to improve the welfare of young people in society. To date, over 4,000 peoples have benefited from the courses, which cover a range of software programs and hardware training.
The Zimbabwean cellular operator Econet Wireless is targeting 100% network coverage in the country by 2015, up from around 74% currently and just 13% three years ago. The firm says the dollarisation of the economy, which saw the local Zimbabwe dollar replaced by the US dollar under a multi-currency system in 2009, and improving political stability have helped create a sound platform for investment in infrastructure.
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has teamed up with Orient Bank and Warid Telecom to come up with an efficient tax payment method where taxpayers can have the comfort of clearing their taxes through the mobile money platform.
The Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) has issued a decision approving Telecom Namibia’s proposed takeover of cellular operator Powercom (trading as Leo) provided the buyer meets certain conditions aimed at ensuring fair competition in the market. The NaCC stipulated that the shareholding structure of Telecom Namibia and the country’s mobile market leader Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) must be ‘separate and independent’ within two years (by 24 April 2014).
The Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom says its subsidiary in Algeria, Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), which offers mobile services under the brand name Djezzy, will appeal fines totalling DZD99 billion (USD1.3 billion) which have been imposed for alleged breaches of foreign exchange regulations. A senior executive at Djezzy is also facing a criminal sentence as part of the same court judgement. Algerian authorities first filed the case against Djezzy in 2010.
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) announced that it has disconnected over 1,300 illegal television subscribers and five suspects were arrested. The subscribers were disconnected for unauthorized transmission of copyright protected broadcast signals of Multichoice (DSTV), HiTV and MyTV cable television stations, which took place in the Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.
The US government is to extend technical assistance to Kenya in developing ICT strategies on universal access and broadband.
According to an agreement signed between the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and USAID, the US Government shall assist CCK in developing strategies to stimulate universal access to ICT services in underserved and un-served areas of the country.
News organisations and blogs globally are reporting that the hacker responsible for leading attacks on the Zimbabwe government’s (and other countries as well) websites following the Wikileaks stir in December 2010, Sabu (real Hector Xavier Monsegur), was turned into FBI informant when he was arrested in August last and has helped the US government penetrate the Anonymous hacker group.