Mozambique disaster sees PCCW Global and TSF connect

19 July 2019

One VSAT communications system was installed in Matarara, from which relief operations to surrounding communities were conducted

One VSAT communications system was installed in Matarara, from which relief operations to surrounding communities were conducted

 

PCCW Global and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) have received official recognition from the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) for their combined and ongoing mission to provide critical communications services following the two tropical cyclones which recently hit the country. 

One VSAT communications system was installed in the Matarara coordination centre, from which relief operations to five surrounding communities were conducted.

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New Airtel tower aids rural village

19 July 2019

Communities in the Mulaba Village, Sengerema District in Mwanza Region, Tanzania now have communication services thanks to a newly-built communication tower by Airtel Tanzania in partnership with the Universal Communication Services Access Fund (UCSAF).

Albert Richard, chief operating engineer at the UCSAF said that the government has been at the forefront of making sure that telecom companies extend their services to most parts of the country.

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Malawi operators witness connectivity problems during elections

19 July 2019

Malawi Telecommunications and fibre-optic network operator SimbaNet last month joined the list of African service providers that have experienced disrupted internet connectivity during crucial election periods. 

The internet providers saw service interruptions as results from the general election came in on Tuesday May 21st. It is understood the disruption lasted six hours in some cases.

According to reports, the suspension came after a tight election in which president Peter Mutharika was seeking a second term in office. 

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Zimbabwe officials consider data rollover

19 July 2019

Government officials in Zimbabwe are mulling over the introduction of data rollover to cut costs for customers who are struggling with declining disposable income.

Mobile data currently costs about one US cent per megabyte per second in the country, according to the country’s ICT Ministry. However, consumers believe the cost is too high, especially after inflation hit 75% in April.

“I personally wouldn’t see any problem on data rollover,” said Zimbabwe’s ICT minister, Kazembe Kazembe. “We need to do our best to protect consumers.”

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