Liberian government investigates regulator after internet lockdown

19 July 2019

The Liberian government said it will investigate the country’s regulator following complaints of an internet and social media blackout during recent civil protest action.

People took to the streets of Monrovia June 7th in protest at corruption and economic decline.

A complaint was lodged by Grand Bassa County District 5 representative Thomas Goshua and the House of Representatives instructed its committee on posts and telecommunications to investigate the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA)

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Vodacom Congo looks to reverse 2G licence order

19 July 2019

Vodacom Congo, the largest operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has petitioned the country’s top administrative court to reverse a government order withdrawing its 2G licence.

A directive signed by telecommunications minister Emery Okundji in April threatens to disconnect some of Vodacom Congo’s 11.8 million customers who’ve yet to switch to 3G and 4G. The same is true for people living in remote areas not yet covered by the faster data services.

A first hearing of Vodacom Congo’s complaint against the telecommunications ministry has taken place in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

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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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Avanti brings high-speed satellite broadband to Angola

19 July 2019

Avanti chief executive officer, Kyle Whitehill (inset), said: “HYLAS 4, the latest addition to our satellite fleet, was launched to complete our coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Avanti chief executive officer, Kyle Whitehill (inset), said: “HYLAS 4, the latest addition to our satellite fleet, was launched to complete our coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

 

Avanti Communications, the UK-based operator, has penned a five-year agreement with MGI Global Services which enables the latter to provide high-speed satellite broadband services across Angola, South Sudan and Chad.

The new partnership will improve the penetration of reliable satellite broadband in these three countries, and significantly increase access to the internet.

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