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Eswatini shuts down Facebook to quell protests

– – The Eswatini government has asked leading telecom operator MTN, to shut down social media giant Facebook. The government wants to curb pro-democracy protests that have been going on for months amid calls for political reforms. Social media platforms have been accused by the government of “irresponsibly” spreading misinformation, which was “contributing to the violent attacks and events around… Read More
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Nigerian banks block MTN from banking channels

– – Nigerian banks have blocked MTN from their banking channels following a feud over fees charged for the service. MTN had reduced the banks’ commission from an average of 3.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent using USSD for banking services. The feud has left millions of subscribers unable to recharge their phones using the USSD services on MTN… Read More
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Uganda: Hackers steal billions from telcos and banks

– – Investigations have begun into an electronic fraud incident in Uganda leading to the loss of billions of shillings. Unidentified hackers broke into the systems of Pegasus Technologies, a company that integrates mobile money transactions between telcos, banks, and other local, regional, and international money transfer services to steal billions of shillings. Leading telcos, Airtel and MTN Uganda, as… Read More
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South Africa: Vodacom, MTN ordered to lower data prices

South Africa’s Vodacom Group and MTN Group have been ordered by the country’s Competition Commission to lower data prices. The two companies could face prosecution if they do not agree with the order in the next two months to lower data prices. The watchdog launched an investigation in August 2017 following a request from the minister of economic Development. There… Read More