Jolting hammer blows, the sounds of iron bars under a workman’s blowtorch, the odor of fresh cement: at the foot of the three-story building rising in the Bacongo district of the Congolese capital, a sign tells visitors that a “National Data Centre Construction Project in Brazzaville” is happening here.

Read more: African Development Bank Funds New Data Center to Enhance Digital Sovereignty in Congo

VOX Solutions, a frontrunner in comprehensive A2P voice and messaging monetization solutions, unveils a groundbreaking partnership with Orange, the largest mobile operator in Burkina Faso. The partnership between Vox Solutions and Orange Burkina Faso forms an exclusive direct connectivity alliance, guaranteeing the secure and dependable transmission of A2P messages to Burkina Faso's clients and international enterprises. The common objective is to safeguard mobile interactions from the rapidly escalating risks of message fraud and artificial traffic inflation (AIT).

Read more: Orange Burkina Faso Taps VOX Solutions as its Exclusive Gateway for International A2P SMS and Voice

The telecommunications regulatory bodies of Liberia and Ghana have initiated discussions to establish free roaming between the two nations. According to the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), this initiative marks the first step towards a system where mobile phone users in both countries will be charged local rates during their visits. If the countries reach an agreement, carriers will need to develop commercial solutions to implement these agreements cost-effectively, in line with ECOWAS regulations.

Read more: Liberia and Ghana Pursue Free Roaming Deal to Cut Phone Charges

Niger and Togo are poised to ink a free-roaming pact, enabling travelers to access electronic communication services seamlessly between the two nations. This development follows similar agreements between Togo and other states like Mali and Benin. Benin and Togo initiated their free roaming deal in October 2023, scheduled to commence in January 2024.

Read more: Niger Intends to Establish a Free-Roaming Agreement with Togo

Humanitarian and rights organizations urgently call for the restoration of telecommunications in Sudan amidst a worsening humanitarian crisis. Over 94 groups, including members of the #KeepItOn coalition, emphasize the need to re-establish telecom services nationwide to save lives.

Read more: Urgent Call to Restore Telecommunications in Sudan

South Africa's telecom regulator, ICASA, has released draft plans for managing radio frequency spectrum. These include a Radio Frequency Migration Plan (RFMP) and an International Mobile Telecommunication roadmap (IMT-R), now open for public consultation. ICASA states that these drafts aim to ensure proper coordination and alignment of radio frequency spectrum allocation in South Africa.

Read more: South Africa’s Regulator Releases Draft Spectrum Plans

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