Michael Malakata

SpaceX to shuttle in Starlink connectivity in Zambia

Time frame of under six months announced, with development expected to escalate country’s position in the digital economy.
Michael Malakata
1:40

South Sudan ups its connectivity game with new fibre deal

Country has announced an MoU with Djibouti to lay fibre network between the two countries via Ethiopia.
1:50

COMESA urges governments to subsidise telecoms infrastructure

Regional bloc expresses concern over high cost of mobile phone services, including data, and emphasises infrastructure sharing as a solution.
1:40

Access, literacy and gender disparity slow Malawi’s Fintech fitness

CEO of the Bankers Association of Malawi lauds buy-in from banks, roll out of technology, but cautions the need for financial literacy and more access to services.
1:40

Nigeria suspends new excise duty on telecoms – for now

Planned 5% excise duty will be reviewed by a committee chaired by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami.
1:50

Liberia wants biometric control over 2023 elections

Country’s National Elections Commission (NEC) confirms intention to deploy biometric-based voter identification system.
1:30
Sep 1, 2022

Safaricom Ethiopia pilots customer network in Dire Dawa

Rollout is a pre-cursor to the company’s national network launch scheduled for October 2023.
1:40

Zambia presses ahead with controversial US$210m CCTV camera project

Despite announcing a stop to all pending digital projects, the country’s government has made an exception with the safe city initiative.
2:00

Zambia’s gov’t to formalise working group tasked to save Zamtel

Leaked letter from officials confirms intention to inaugurate working group.
2:20
Aug 25, 2022

Malawi: Malcel readies to take on Airtel, TNM

Country’s newest operator is home-grown and has committed to invest US$280-million in its operations.
1:50
Aug 18, 2022

Malawi’s TNM enforces 20% increase in tariffs

The increase on price of voice and data services is effective from today.