A roundup of African tech news in the region and the continent

Here is a summary of the African tech news this week with coverage of the regional and continental news. The top headlines this week take a look at the partnership between Facebook and Liquid Intelligent technologies, Hyundai has been contracted to supply electric trains in Tanzania. We have these headlines and more.

Facebook partners with Liquid to extend Africa Fiber Network: Facebook Inc. and Africa’s largest fibre company, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, are extending their reach on the continent by laying 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles) of fibre in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The move will make Facebook one of the biggest investors in fibre networks in the region. The cable will eventually extend the reach of 2Africa, a major sub-sea line that’s also been co-developed by Facebook, the two companies said in a statement Monday.

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Deployment of smartphones, app aims to improve food and nutrition security in Kenya: Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development has partnered with Egerton University in Kenya and the Australian startup AgUnity to adopt a blockchain-based smartphone app that will help diminish barriers to consumption of nutritious vegetables.

The app, known as AgUnity’s Version 3 App or V.3 App, tracks African indigenous vegetables from the producer to the end consumer. Information about how these vegetables are grown, transported to the market, or processed rarely makes it to the final buyer, which impedes sales. Availability, knowledge of growing practices and vegetable safety, and transparency in transactions also contribute to their limited profitability and demand.

Hyundai to supply Tanzania’s first electric trains: Hyundai Rotem has won a 335.4 billion ($296 million) contract to supply 80 electric multiple units (EMUs) and 17 electric locomotives to the Tanzania Railway Corporation. The vehicles will be Tanzania’s first electric trains and will be supplied by 2024, according to the company Tuesday.

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Continental tech news

Eswatini government shuts down internet amid violent pro-democracy protests: In a fashion typical of African governments, authorities in the Kingdom of Eswatini have ordered network providers in the country to cut off access to the internet as a nationwide protest continues to rock the small southern African kingdom.

Demonstrations demanding reforms to the country’s absolute monarchy started during the weekend and things turned violent overnight on Tuesday as security forces fired gunshots and tear gas to disperse protesters, multiple reports show. 

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