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Nigerian government reveals partnership deal with Omatek Computers

Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s trade and investments minister, has revealed the government will partner with computer manufacturing company Omatek in a bid to promote indigenous technology. The minister disclosed this after a tour of Omatek’s facilities at its headquarters in Lagos.

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Cameroon declines proposed MTN and Orange rates

Cameroon regulator Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART) has refused to accept proposed mobile tariffs pitched by operators MTN and Orange for authorisation based on dissatisfaction over suggested off-peak discounts.

 This follows ART appeals to operators to decrease mobile service fees for off-peak times, with specific reference to voice calls, to make communication in the West African country more affordable.

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Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Benefits From Digital Migration

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.

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Ghanaian church trains 900 more young people in IT use

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.

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Econet aims for 100% mobile coverage in Zimbabwe within three years

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. 

 

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Uganda: mobile tax payment system

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.

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Namibian - Leo takeover gets conditional approval from comptroller

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).

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Vimpelcom’s Algerian unit Djezzy hit with USD1.3bn fine

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.

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NCC wants to eradicate piracy

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.

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Nigeria airline introduces e-payments

West Africa’s oldest aviation company Aero Contractors has introduced a mobile payment system on the Universal Message Object (U-MO) platform.

U-MO is a mobile money service enabling users to make and receive payments, and conduct other financial transactions on their mobile phones.

This service enables users pay for their Aero flight tickets via their mobile phones.

According to Aero MD Akin George, “This new service is going to revolutionise how people purchase their airline tickets and what they expect from their airline.”

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