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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has recognized Cellulant (Cellulant.com) Nigeria among the 2020-2021 NDPR Audit Compliant Organizations. NITDA was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordinate general IT development. The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), issued in January 2019 under Section 6 (a,c) of the NITDA Act 2007, is the current national law on data protection in Nigeria. It applies to public and private sector processing of personal data within and outside Nigeria.

Read more: Cellulant recognized as a data privacy organization in Nigeria

Amdocs, leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, announced that it has partnered with Vodacom Group (Vodacom), a leading African connectivity, digital and financial services company, to create an African center of excellence (COE).

Read more: Vodacom Group, Amdocs partner to create African center of excellence for next-gen customer...

OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, confirmed its successful deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This latest launch, the Company’s twelfth overall and ninth since December 2020, brings OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to 394 satellites. This represents over 60 percent of OneWeb’s planned 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

Read more: OneWeb successfully lifts 36 satellites, counting a total of 394 to date

In Liberia, the House of Representatives is considering a bill that would amend certain provisions of the 2007 telecommunications law. Submitted by Liberian president George Weah, the bill aims to amend the management of the national telecom operator, the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), formerly Libtelco, and ensure its smooth and proper functioning.

Read more: Liberia seeking to amend portions of 2007 telecommunications act

Amr Talaat, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Sherif Elwy, the managing director and vice chairman of the Arab African International Bank (AAIB), witnessed the signing of a protocol establishing a partnership between the Information Technology Institute (ITI) of the AAIB and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), and AAIB, aiming to upskill and qualify young people to increase their chances of getting a job at AAIB in different technology domains.

Read more: MCIT, ITI, and AAIB sign cooperation protocol to upskill and qualify young people

SoftwareONE Holding AG, a leading global provider of software and cloud technology solutions, announced a multi-year strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate their customers’ cloud journeys. Through this comprehensive agreement, SoftwareONE and AWS will collaborate to accelerate the adoption of AWS services and solutions globally across all industries, supported by joint investments into go-to-market and delivery capabilities. 

Read more: AWS to accelerate SoftwareONE’s cloud journey in a multi-year partnership

The National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA) has initiated procedures to boost the efficiency of basic telecommunications services in Sinai Peninsula. NTRA has actually started to finance establishing and operating cell sites for 30 urban areas as well as 4 major roads, with an overall length of 112 km and at a total cost of EGP 513 million.

Read more: NTRA boosts telecom efficiency in Sinai Peninsula, spending more than EGP 500 million

Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta has announced that the government intends to introduce a 1.75% tax on electronic financial transactions (e-levy) in the 2022 budget. He said this was to “widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector”. The levy will cover all electronic transactions, including mobile money, bank transfers and other remittances, merchant payments. It will be borne by the sender, except for inward remittances, which will be borne by the recipient.

Read more: Ghana to introduce new e-levy on electronic transactions

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