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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CETel expands coverage

08 February 2019

CETel, the Germany-based provider of managed end-to-end communications solutions, says it will deliver “fibre-like” connectivity into Africa utilising O3b’s medium Earth orbit satellite constellation.

Under a long-term contract signed last November, the company said it will support a “leading” communications and technology solutions provider to further expand its network across the continent.

The unnamed company will serve various vertical markets, such as mining, enterprise, construction, telecoms/ICT and government.

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Mavenir open RAN alliance

08 January 2019

USA - Mavenir, which specialises in software-based and cloud native network solutions for service providers, is hoping to challenge the traditional radio vendors with the formation of a new alliance.

The company reckons its Open RAN partner ecosystem provides more options and makes it easy for operators to deploy an innovative, flexible cloud-based open RAN solution.

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