‘Convenience outweighs risk for Africa’s mobile users’ - KnowBe4 report

10 May 2021

Africa’s mobile users are increasingly concerned about the mobile risks and the potential for digital identity theft, this is not stopping them from using their favourite messaging platforms and applications, a report has found.

Research carried out by KnowBe4 among over 700 smartphone users in Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria and Morocco.

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Zambia: Beeline wins fourth mobile licence

10 May 2021

Beeline Telecom has been granted a licence to commence mobile phone operations in Zambia.

The operator will be required to commence operation within the next six months and failure to which, unless determined otherwise by the Zambian Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the licence will be revoked.

“This was in line with its regulatory mandate under the ICT ACT No. 15 of 2009, which includes the promotion of competition in the ICT sector,” said Patrick Mutimushi, director general of ZICTA. “In September, 2020, the watchdog invited, through the request for proposals, applications for a network license under the international market segment and a service licence under the national market segment with associated resources.”

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South Africa inks telecom regulation agreement with the US

10 May 2021

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the US signed a virtual memorandum of understanding agreement that covers the exchange of ideas in the area of telecommunications regulation and policy. 

According to ICASA president Keabetswe Modimoeng, the non-binding agreement “is a momentous collaboration that illustrates the confidence that our global counterparts have in ICASA. This collaboration places the Authority on solid ground to achieve international best practices, cutting-edge regulatory approaches and further validates South Africa’s standing in the global ICT arena.” 

The deal is against a backdrop of American attempts to unite the telecom markets of Europe, Africa and even Asia against Chinese tech giant Huawei. South Africa has always been unwavering in its support for the company. 

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Zonful Energy, GSMA target rural penetration

10 May 2021

Zimbabwe-based solar power company, Zonful Energy, is on a drive to increase mobile internet adoption and usage for rural communities in the southern African nation, which have previously lagged behind.

The company, awarded a grant as part of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said it is aiming to reduce the internet usage gap through providing affordable mobile services.

Zonful Energy will be introducing the Pay As You Go model to enable low income earning customers to access smartphones upon payment of a small deposit and settle the balance over a stipulated period of time.

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