Humanitarian and rights organizations urgently call for the restoration of telecommunications in Sudan amidst a worsening humanitarian crisis. Over 94 groups, including members of the #KeepItOn coalition, emphasize the need to re-establish telecom services nationwide to save lives.

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South Africa's telecom regulator, ICASA, has released draft plans for managing radio frequency spectrum. These include a Radio Frequency Migration Plan (RFMP) and an International Mobile Telecommunication roadmap (IMT-R), now open for public consultation. ICASA states that these drafts aim to ensure proper coordination and alignment of radio frequency spectrum allocation in South Africa.

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Jolting hammer blows, the sounds of iron bars under a workman’s blowtorch, the odor of fresh cement: at the foot of the three-story building rising in the Bacongo district of the Congolese capital, a sign tells visitors that a “National Data Centre Construction Project in Brazzaville” is happening here.

Read more: African Development Bank Funds New Data Center to Enhance Digital Sovereignty in Congo

The Ministry of Investment of the UAE and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy of the Republic of Kenya have signed an Investment Memorandum establishing a framework for investment cooperation in the field of digitalization and technology.

Read more: UAE and Kenya to Advance Digital Infrastructure and AI Initiatives

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) introduced a new regulation to improve the quality of services provided by mobile network operators, despite demands for services. It sets standards that these companies must adhere to, ensuring better quality services for consumers. Penalties are also provided.

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Niger and Togo are poised to ink a free-roaming pact, enabling travelers to access electronic communication services seamlessly between the two nations. This development follows similar agreements between Togo and other states like Mali and Benin. Benin and Togo initiated their free roaming deal in October 2023, scheduled to commence in January 2024.

Read more: Niger Intends to Establish a Free-Roaming Agreement with Togo

The Ugandan government aims to significantly reduce the monthly cost of internet bandwidth provided through its fiber optic national backbone infrastructure. Within a year, the plan is to lower the cost from $35 to $5, marking an 86% reduction. This announcement came during the signing of a memorandum of understanding with MasterCard by Godfrey Kabbyanga, the Minister of State for ICT.

Read more: Ugandan Government Aims to Decrease Internet Bandwidth Costs

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