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In Malawi, Residents Use Debit Cards, Mobile Money, To Pay For Water

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Mayamiko Nkoloma, a Malawian lecturer in Telecommunications at the University of Malawi has changed the lives of city dwellers in Lilongwe.

The 2018 ITU telecom world global SME award winner for the greatest social impact developed an electronic system, iMoSyS, that allows residents to pay for water at kiosks electronically.

His product, the e-Madzi (e-water) requires residents to use their credit cards or MoMo to pay for water.

The project has been implemented in communal water points in peri-urban areas. The initiative can, however, limit the have-nots’ access to water. Social activists have criticized the innovation saying that it robs residents of the right to water.

Apart from kiosks, the innovation is now being used in homes for personal water consumption.

Those who support the innovation say it has helped them stop paying for water stolen or lost before reaching their homes.

Meanwhile, residents say the innovation helps them minimize spread of Coronavirus because they don’t have to exchange cash while paying for the water.

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Rwanda Partners With Tek Experts To Recruit, Train 1000 Technical Support Engineers For Its Kigali Support Center

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The Government of Rwanda, through Rwanda Development Board (RDB), has partnered with Tek Experts, a global provider of deep technical IT support services and professional services, to set up a technology support center in the country. 

The partnership with Tek Experts will support Rwanda’s goal of talent development in the ICT sector as the company will recruit and upskill professionals at scale.

Tek Experts has a target to employ 1,000 technical support engineers and management staff at the new Kigali center.

From this location, Tek Experts’ team of engineers will provide technical support services internationally to customers of some of the world’s largest technology brands.

The government will support Tek Experts to widen access to technical jobs for existing talent that require additional skills gap training to align with world-class standards.

In combination, this collaboration will develop the country’s IT ecosystem by adding a new segment to its IT offerings.

This new segment will focus as much on deep technical skills as it will on excellent customer experience. 

RDB CEO, Clare Akamanzi said that global outsourcing, and in particular, IT enabled services is a key sector for Rwanda’s economic transformation. While still a nascent sector in Rwanda, it holds significant potential for the creation of decent jobs and service export revenue.

She added that it is a constantly evolving, multi-billion-dollar industry.

“Developing the sector to its full potential in Rwanda is a key priority to RDB and receives the necessary government support and attention to increase competitiveness, remove barriers and bring in frontier investors, such as Tek Experts,” Akamanzi said.

Steve Heffron, Tek Experts’ CEO, expressed the company’s enthusiasm for the strategic partnership with the Rwandan government. 

He said Tek Experts is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our employees and the communities where we operate. This agreement with the Rwanda Development Board directly supports that objective.

“We will continue to invest in Rwanda because of the incredible pool of diverse technical talent and infrastructure which allows us to support the largest tech brands in the world. With the addition of our new office in Kigali, we intend to create up to 1,000 new technology jobs. We will also conduct a mass digital upskilling initiative, in partnership with our sister training company Elev8, to have an even greater impact.” (www.elev8.com)

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MTN To Invest US$1.5B To Expand Broadband Access Across Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria plans to invest 640 billion naira, approximately US$1.5 billion, over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country, in line with the federal government’s 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan and in support of MTN Group’s strategy, Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

“Nigeria is one of our most important markets. We have a proud history of partnering with Nigeria and Nigerians to drive faster and more inclusive growth through digital transformation,” said MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Mupita after a three-day visit to Abuja and Lagos, in which he met a number of key stakeholders.

These included President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Pantami;  Executive Vice Chairman Prof Umar Garba Danbatta; as well as Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele.

The MTN Group President – who was accompanied by MTN Group Chief Financial Officer Tsholo Molefe, MTN Nigeria Chairman Ernest Ndukwe and MTN Nigeria CEO Karl Toriola – reiterated MTN’s support for Nigeria’s plans to secure 90% broadband population coverage by 2025.

This aligns with MTN Group’s belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life and our work to extend digital and financial inclusion across Africa.

The delegation welcomed Nigeria’s plans to auction 500MHz of 5G spectrum: five blocks of 100MHz in the 3500MHz band, which Mupita said would facilitate accelerated broadband access.

He said MTN Group’s plans to sell down 14% of MTN Nigeria to Nigerian investors were well advanced and this would happen as soon as conditions were conducive. MTN Nigeria, in which MTN Group has a 78,8% stake, sought to have the largest retail shareholder base on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, where it has a market capitalisation of 3.4 trillion naira (US$8.2 billion).

“To mark the 20th anniversary of MTN’s operations in Nigeria, MTN Nigeria plans to build a new flagship headquarters in Lagos,” concluded Mupita.

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Pegasus Spyware Can Access Everything On Your Phone

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Pegasus is a software that can directly hack into your phone and access all information stored there and thereby enabling the attacker to track their targets.

This sofrware Developed by NSO Group Technologies, an Israeli technology cybersecurity firm.

Pegasus spyware allows the controller (a person who has injected the spyware) access to the infected smartphone’s microphone, camera and one can even gain access to messages, emails, and collect location data too.

According to a Kaspersky report, Pegasus even allows you to listen to encrypted audio streams and read encrypted messages. Basically, the hacker has access to the entire phone.

The Kaspersky report also mentions that Pegasus was discovered in 2017 thanks to Ahmed Mansoor, a UAE human rights activist, who happened to be one of its targets.

He received several SMSs which he believed to contain malicious links and then took his phone to cybersecurity experts from Citizen Lab who, with the help of another cybersecurity firm Lookout, found it to be spyware (later dubbed Pegasus).

However, the origin of the spyware can be traced back to 2016. It affects both Android and iOS devices.

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