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.
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.
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.
Together with local partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libya, and Nigeria, DE-CIX is establishing new internet exchanges in Africa to increase the access and quality of the Internet on the continent.
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.
Tanzanian telecom operators will soon be able to conduct 5G mobile network trials. The Minister for Information, Communications, And Information Technology, Nape Nnauye, announced that the doors are now open for investors willing and able to invest in 5G, the ultrafast broadband.
The communications regulatory authority of Namibia (CRAN) has launched a national SIM card registration awareness campaign to educate the public on the importance of the registration of SIM cards in Namibia.
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.
Africa Data Centres, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, has been named 'Carrier Neutral Data Centre of the Year' at this year's Beacon of Information and Communication Technology (BoICT) awards.
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."