The Libyan United International Company (LUIC), one of the newly established private sector companies working in the field of communications, recently inked a deal with Medusa Submarine Cable System. The goal is to connect Libya to the Medusa fiber optic submarine cable, which links several Mediterranean countries.
Kenya has inaugurated its first smartphone assembly plant in Machakos, aiming to produce cost-effective devices for the local population. The East Africa Device Assembly Kenya Limited (EADAK), a collaboration between local mobile network operators and international device manufacturers, will oversee the production.
Sierra Leone's telecommunications companies have reached an agreement with the government to adjust the pricing for their voice and Internet data services. Under the new arrangement, the minimum charge for mobile voice calls has been raised to 1.63 NLe from the previous 0.95 NLe, while the maximum charge for mobile voice calls is now set at 1.86 NLe, up from 1.1 NLe. Additionally, the fixed rate for mobile data services has been increased from NLe 15 to NLe 20.
The Zimbabwean central bank has suggested eliminating the 2% tax on mobile money and digital transactions, potentially benefiting both operators and customers. This move aims to promote electronic payments in the country.
Tizeti, a Nigerian startup specializing in providing wireless internet connectivity through solar-powered networks, has announced securing an undisclosed loan from the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund (NIDF), a subsidiary of Chapel Hill Denham.
The Ugandan government is collaborating with China to establish essential infrastructure aimed at ensuring universal internet access.
Mozambique's Communications Regulatory Authority (INCM) launched an initiative called "Internet nas Escolas" (internet in schools). The project aims to provide high-speed internet connectivity to around 300 schools across the country, in partnership with satellite internet service provider Starlink.
Mauritius has recently launched a SIM card registration initiative, encompassing both new card purchases and the re-registration of existing ones. The government's objective is to ensure that each SIM card holder's identity is duly linked to their card.
In a sign of the challenges posed by the current global economic landscape, mobile operators worldwide are experiencing a noticeable decrease in their investments. This downturn comes as a result of the intricate interaction between economic uncertainties and evolving consumer behaviors.
Tatenda Mavetera - minister of information and communication technology, postal services, and courier in Zimbabwe - has unveiled a government initiative to offer free public internet access to the population. While the Minister didn't provide specific details about the project, she emphasized its potential to enhance citizens' information accessibility and boost e-commerce in the country.