Paratus rolls out fibre services in Namibian city

19 July 2019

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Andrew Hall, managing director at Paratus Namibia

Paratus Telecommunications in Namibia has introduced its fibre packages to businesses and residents in the city of Gobabis.

The company is offering capped and uncapped packages starting from N$620 for 100Mbps and N$785 for 10Mbps.

Paratus has completed a national fibre project, connecting from the WACS landing station in Swakopmund eastward to the border of Botswana, serving Gobabis and other towns en-route.

The city’s council representative, councillor Liberius Kalili said he was “proud” to have Paratus come forward and address the requirement for businesses and residents to move into the digital age with fibre-optic cable solutions.

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Telecom Egypt signs agreement for PEACE cable system

14 June 2019

Telecom Egypt has signed a landing party agreement worth USD45m with Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable International Network and PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, the Hong Kong telecom service provider. 

The company clarified that PEACE is a 12,000 km long cable system with landings in Pakistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya and France that provides open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customer base. 

“The PEACE cable will cross Egypt through new diversified terrestrial routes between the Zafarana and AbouTalat cable landing stations, where Telecom Egypt will provide PEACE with brand new state of the art landing facilities,” said the Egyptian firm. 

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Fixed broadband subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa tipped to grow three-fold in 2023 – Ovum report

16 May 2019

Fixed broadband subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are tipped to multiply three-fold to 17 million in 2023, from the current levels of 6.6 million, according to Ovum, a London-based global technology research and advisory firm.

The report, called Fixed- Wireless Access Broadband Drives Development in sub-Saharan Africa, said that the region’s legacy of poor fixed-network coverage represents a significantly large and untapped market for broadband service providers. However, strong demand for broadband connectivity in SSA is not being adequately addressed by wireline technologies such as XDSL and fibre.

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Dark Fibre Africa opens Zimbabwe office

26 April 2019

Open-access fibre telecommunications firm Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has marked its first network expansion into markets outside South Africa, by opening an office in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

The new Harare hub will be headed up by Simon Chimutsotso, who has “extensive experience” in rolling out telecoms infrastructure in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. DFA said it plans to roll out a highspeed fibre network in Zimbabwe, which will be made available on a wholesale open-access basis.

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