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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Liberia wants biometric control over 2023 elections

Country’s National Elections Commission (NEC) confirms intention to deploy biometric-based voter identification system.
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.

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.

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

Leaked letter from officials confirms intention to inaugurate working group.
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.
Aug 18, 2022

Malawi’s TNM enforces 20% increase in tariffs

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