ICT and Technology News and Developments

  • Facebook is rolling out a suite of new products to expand its capabilities in video chat. The company today announced Messenger Rooms, a tool for starting virtual hangouts with up to 50 people and allowing friends to drop in on you whenever they like. It’s also doubling the capacity of video calls on WhatsApp from four people to eight. https://bit.ly/354LCh0
  • Mozambique’s National Institute of Communications of Mozambique (INCM)- Communications Regulatory Authority [RECOM], has announced a raft of exceptional measures addressing issues in its remit during the Covid-19 pandemic. The INCM has exempted from all fees the acquisition of short numbers used to publicise Covid-19 preventative measures, and also suspended the cancellation of any postal and telecommunications licenses which expire during the state of emergency. https://bit.ly/2Sbh9c5
  • Telecommunication operators are struggling to keep up with the rise in voice and data traffic that has led to congestion on all the networks. Some of the operators say that the congestion was caused by the remote work by many Nigerian companies and lockdown in states with high incidents of COVID-19. They are seeking a directive form the Nigerian Communications Commission that would allow network operators to share spectrum to ease the congestion. https://bit.ly/2VEKL3O
  • Information and Communication Technology experts have emphasised the need for traders and consumers to embrace online shopping platforms as a way of maintaining trade while averting coronavirus. This is coming at a time the government is putting restrictions on trading especially in main markets in the country and prohibiting production of some products such as beer that has raised an uproar among private sector players. https://bit.ly/2zwRlAE
  • E-commerce platform Jumia Kenya and Twiga Foods have signed a partnership agreement that will enable shoppers on the platform to buy fresh produce as well as processed foods distributed by the farm produce aggregator. https://bit.ly/2Y8gQTg
  • The American Tower Corporation earned KES 2.8 billion (approx. USD 27.3 million) last year for leasing telecommunications infrastructure to firms such as Airtel Kenya. Its revenues jumped nearly fourfold from the KES 741 million (approx. USD 7 million) the company generated in 2018 as more firms leased its towers. https://bit.ly/2KBDN9a