Tech & Telecom

NCR applauds regulator for boost to telcos to spread 3G


The Network of Communications Reporters (NCR) has lauded the National Communication Authority (NCA) for permitting all telcos to use their 900MHz spectrum to deploy Universal Mobile Telecommunication Systems (UMTS) and offer affordable third-generation (3G) services in the unserved and underserved areas. The NCA recently announced that it was going to authorise telcos to use their 900MHz spectrum band for free. ...

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iPhone X couldn’t topple Galaxy Note 8

iPhone X

Weeks before Apple announced the iPhone X, Samsung threw down its own top-tier challenge: the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung’s most feature-packed phone also introduces its first dual-camera setup, a pretty good portrait mode and the signature S Pen stylus found on every Note phone. It’s an excellent device for power users who want to do everything they can do on ...

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NCA yet to approve Tigo, Airtel merger

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The proposed merger between Airtel and Tigo is expected to linger until such a time that the two companies complete the necessary regulatory processes with the National Communications Authority (NCA). The two entities officially announced the decision to merge in March 2017. But latest information from the NCA indicates that the process is yet to be completed, six months after ...

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Vodafone sells down stake in South Africa’s Vodacom


Vodafone has sold down its stake in South African subsidiary Vodacom by 5.2 percentage points, it announced on Wednesday, sending the African mobile firm’s share price down by more than 6 percent. The sale of 90 million shares for 14.85 billion rands ($1.15 billion) in a private placement reduces Vodafone’s stake in Vodacom to 64.5 percent. The sale follows Vodafone’s ...

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First digital service for ECG prepaid power launched


Cellulant, a multinational payments company has launched “Mula”, a payments platform that has revolutionized payments in Ghana by providing the first digital payments service for ECG prepaid. Before the launch of Mula, ECG customers needed to visit an agent nearby their home to buy power credit. This experience proved difficult and inconveniencing customers when power credit would run out sometimes ...

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Ghana pushes ahead with ICT development


Ghana has stepped up efforts to bolster its fast-growing ICT sector with the signing of a new deal strengthening cybersecurity protections. In June the Bank of Ghana (BoG) announced it had contracted a private provider, whose name has not yet been made public, to help secure the data of all banks registered under its system. The deal comes amid increasing ...

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Ghana to join Digital Migration Platform in 2018

Ghana would switch on to the Digital Migration platform in 2018 and not September, 2017 as promised. The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who announced this at a two-day National Forum on Content and Digital Migration in Accra, said the government was planning to engage a consultant to review the entire process before switching on to the process next ...

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FDA introduces online drug safety reporting system

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has introduced an online reporting system known as the Safety Watch System (SWS) to enable health workers to report on safety issues related to drugs, vaccines and other regulated products to the authority. The system is to ensure pharmacovigilance and also to improve timely reporting of suspicious food and drugs safety breaches to the ...

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Experts working out clear policy on Innovation Ecosystem – Minister

The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has started the process of developing an Innovation Ecosystem to power sustainable national development, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, the sector Minister, has said. Speaking at the Citi FM Innovation Summit, held in Accra as part of the Citi FM Business Festival, the Minister said a team of experts, including the Dean ...

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TUC calls for due diligence in Airtel-TiGo merger

The Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has urged the government to ensure that there was due diligence on the Airtel – TiGo merger; so that the state does not lose. Mr Eric Amoadu-Boateng, the Deputy Head, Organisation Department of the GTUC, said there was the need for government to check the tax records of each of the two companies before ...

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