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mCash will relaunch soon in Nigeria thanks to the collaboration of Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS), MTN Nigeria, sixteen banks and major mobile telcos. The mobile payment platform was first launched in 2016 with the aim of making low-value retails payments and extending e-payment options to low-income buyers and sellers whose transactions are made in cash.

Read more: Nigeria’s mobile payment system is back

E-marine, the leading company in providing marine engineering and installation services for submarine cables in the region, bagged a contract from Huawei Marine Networks to install the “Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System” (MARS), which covers a distance of 700 km connecting two islands in the Indian Ocean.

Read more: E-marine to deploy MARS cable between East African islands

The “free roaming” project has finally started between the G5 Sahel countries. It is a process of removing telecom roaming charges between the G5 Sahel countries: Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad. The permanent secretariat of this regional cooperation and development body has adopted a roadmap for 2019, which will be presented to the various Heads of State.

Read more: G5 Sahel countries put an end to roaming charges

Central Bank of Egypt is on its way to attaining its digital transformation aspirations by digitizing 100 million documents using scanners from Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business, with the aim of scanning another 500 million documents over the next 5 years. The digitization of documents has resulted in a number of benefits including huge cost savings in terms of storage space, quick and easy document retrieval and completion of certain processes in a few minutes as opposed to weeks.

Read more: Central Bank of Egypt embarks on digital transformation journey

On the sidelines of the second edition of the Google for Nigeria event which was held in Lagos, Google announced that it will deploy 200 Wi-Fi terminals in 2019 across fives Nigerian cities: Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan. The equipment will be installed in markets, bus stops and bus stations, shopping centers, universities and more. More than 10 million people will be covered by high-quality Internet services, said Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Google Nigeria country director.

Read more: 200 Wi-Fi terminals in Nigeria in 2019

A new technology hub that has been created in the heart of Lagos represents the burgeoning technology and innovation scene - that is attracting significant investment and interest from global giants - that recognize the opportunities presented by this emerging market of young, connected Africans.

Read more: Silicon Valley identifies Africa as new tech frontier

Amr Talaat has been appointed the Minister of Communications and Information Technology since June 2018, to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly. Talaat possesses over 30 years of solid experience in communications and information technology areas, with a wide experience in developing and implementing strategies across a wide spectrum of activities in Egypt.

Read more: A new ICT minister assumes his duties in Egypt

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