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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ZTE launches its Cybersecurity Lab Europe in Brussels

10 July 2019

The lab is declared open

The lab is declared open

Chinese tech giant ZTE has furthered its commitment to improving security for the ICT industry by opening its Cybersecurity Lab Europe in Brussels, Belgium. 

Located in the administrative and political heart of the EU, the cybersecurity Lab Europe will provide a much wider range of access to the external security verification of ZTE’s products, services and processes and will facilitate the external cooperation in the security field with stakeholders.

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Safaricom's CEO Collymore dies

01 July 2019

Clound management systems are overtaking DBMS - report

Collymore was 61


The chief executive officer (CEO) of Kenyan telecom company Safaricom, Bob Collymore, has died at the age of 61.

A British businessman born in Guyana, Collymore had been suffering from an acute form of leukemia and passed away while at home on the morning of July 1st. 

He was well known in Kenya and east Africa for championing M-Pesa to Kenyans, the mobile money transfer platform that began as texting money between users, but has now evolved to cover billions of financial transactions in the country.

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Avanti and Vox sign master distributor deal

01 July 2019

Avanti has signed a major strategic deal

Jacques Visser


Avanti Communications has signed a three-year master distributor agreement on its HYLAS 4 and HYLAS 2 satellites with South African end-to-end integrated ICT, infrastructure provider and telecom firm Vox.

Under the terms of the deal, Vox will use Avanti’s satellite fleet - which provides full coverage across sub-Saharan Africa - to deliver a cost-effective and reliable high-speed broadband service to the remotest areas of the continent.


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