Tech & Telecom

Vodafone sells down stake in South Africa’s Vodacom

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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

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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

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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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Vodafone launches service line for hearing impaired

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Vodafone Ghana, a mobile network provider, has launched a dedicated customer service line for the hearing impaired in the country. The initiative, known as Super Care, forms part of Vodafone’s compliance measures in connection with the government’s digital- inclusion project. The service will enable the hearing and speech impaired to have access to services provided by the network without any ...

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Government to make ICT education accessible to all

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Government is committed to providing schools in deprived communities with functional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) driven educational systems to respond to the challenges of modern science and technology. According to Mr. Vincent Odotei Sower, Deputy Minister of Communication, Government had stepped up efforts at restocking schools’ ICT laboratories to make the study of the subject easy and accessible to ...

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Ministry to deploy drones to track illegal fishing

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The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has resorted to the use of drones to monitor and clamp down on illegal fishing in the country’s waters. The technology, which will be part of a robust surveillance system, will also help to track foreign vessels that are operating illegally in Ghanaian waters. The sector Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, disclosed ...

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