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Tanzania will introduce a digital tax this year, the country's finance minister said, in a move targeting global internet giants offering services in the East African nation. The 2% tax will come into effect in July and follows similar attempts by other countries to force US multinational tech companies to pay at least a portion of their revenues in local tax.

Read more: Tanzania Imposes New Digital Tax

Minister of Communications and Digitalisation in Ghana, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said in a statement at the end of the Girls-In-ICT Initiative celebration in Ahafo that the SIM card registration deadline will not be extended in the country. According to the government official, unregistered SIM cards will be effectively deactivated by late July 2022. Owusu-Ekuful believes subscribers and cell phone users have had enough opportunity and time to register their SIM cards, so, she advised cell phone users who have not yet registered to do so.

Read more: Ghana Gives Ultimatum for SIM Card Registrations

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has implemented a new traffic monitoring and revenue assurance system to stem financial leakages from telecom services. The new tool will also be used to curb fraudulent activities in the telecoms sector, such as illegal call routing.

Read more: POTRAZ Launches a New Monitoring System

Africa data centres, part of the Cassava Technologies Group, a pan-African technology group, announced building a 30MW data centre facility in Accra, Ghana. The new facility will lay the groundwork for the company’s hyper-scale partners to expand digital services and solutions to more countries in West Africa and will make Africa data centres the largest provider in West Africa, with facilities in Nigeria, Togo and Ghana. 

Read more: New 30MW data centre facility in Ghana to help bridge Africa’s digital divide

elev8, a leading partner in global digital skilling and transformative education initiatives for enterprises and governments, has appointed Dr. Rutendo Hwindingwi as its new Regional Director for Africa. Dr. Rutendo is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has over 25 years of experience in the technology and consulting industry.

Read more: A New Regional Director to Lead elev8 in Africa

Another move that could affect the ongoing technological Cold War has been done when Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne made the announcement of Ottawa's "intention to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada's telecommunication systems."

Read more: Canada 5G Ban: An 'unfortunate political decision'

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