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Malawi to launch study on Mobile Money

Malawi is to launch into a study on how it can establish an autonomous Mobile Money Coordination Group (MMCG) that shall operate beyond the life of the current United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Mobile Money Programme.

Under the Mobile Money Accelerator Program (MMAP) FHI 360 launched a USAID-funded project in October 2012 which focuses on scaling usage of mobile money to boost financial inclusion.

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MainOne to open West Africa’s biggest data centre

MainOne has officially broken ground for what it says will be West Africa’s biggest Tier III + Data centre.

The plan for the MainOne Data Centre, the largest of its kind in West Africa at 1,500 square meters with a 600 rack capacity, was unveiled at the ground breaking ceremony in the Cable Landing Station in Lagos.

The event was witnessed by dignitaries including representatives from LASG, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Captains of Industry, the media and company stakeholders.

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Dimension Data extends AccessKenya offer

Dimension Data has announced that its offer to AccessKenya shareholders has been extended by one day, as a result of the Idd-ul-Fitr public holiday last Friday.

AccessKenya said in a statement that this means AccessKenya shareholders have until Thursday 15 August to complete their Offer Acceptance Forms if they wish to accept Dimension Data’s Ksh3 billion bid to take over 100% of the shares of AccessKenya.

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Dimension Data extends AccessKenya offer

Dimension Data has announced that its offer to AccessKenya shareholders has been extended by one day, as a result of the Idd-ul-Fitr public holiday last Friday.

AccessKenya said in a statement that this means AccessKenya shareholders have until Thursday 15 August to complete their Offer Acceptance Forms if they wish to accept Dimension Data’s Ksh3 billion bid to take over 100% of the shares of AccessKenya.

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Microsoft set to launch youth portal in Nigeria

As part of its far-reaching 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft will be partnering with The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS), a social enterprise organisation, to develop a national website, helping Nigerian youth and jobs seekers to make a successful transition into the world of work.

The website will be in English, and provides resources ranging from online career guidance, employability and entrepreneurship training, to specific work experience and job opportunities.

The Future Awards next week will be used as the springboard to launch the portal.

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Sierra Leone’s fibre-optic infrastructure project still on track

Julius Kamara, the project coordinator of the West African Regional Communications Programme (WARCIP-SL), a project within Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) created to provide the infrastructure for the landing of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable in the country, has announced that although recent delays have hindered the fibre infrastructure development project, the programme is still on track.

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Nigeria ISPs kick against NCC moves to sell 2.3GHz band

Nigerian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have kicked against moves by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to sell the remaining spectrum in the 2.3 gigahertz (GHz) band, arguing that such a move will further compound the misery of operators licensed and currently operating within the band. The operators are Mobitel, Spectranet and Direct on Personal Computer (DoPC).

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Safaricom clarifies election role

Safaricom has issued a statement clarifying its role in the election, saying its VPN had 100% uptime in the areas it covered. This comes in response to ‘public concern’ over technical glitches during the election.

Safaricom noted that it was one of several service providers contracted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission “IEBC” to provide network connectivity for the electronic transmission of electoral results.

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