PEACE extends to South Africa

30 March 2020

PCCW Global and PEACE Cable International Network have partnered to extend the Pakistan East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system to southern Africa.

The PEACE South extension will boost bandwidth and have an important impact on connectivity from its current African landing point in Mombasa, Kenya, all the way to South Africa. This will open new Southern African Development Community (SADC) and east African markets to cable partners.

PEACE South will also provide alternative routes for existing systems, connecting southern Africa to Europe and Asia with newer, faster high-bandwidth technology and assisting the region to improve internet usage and reduce the cost of connectivity.

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Algeria and Mauritania in fibre optic link up

18 February 2020

Algeria has completed a 75km cross-border fibre-optic network link with Mauritania.

The deployment of the section was announced by Algeria’s minister of post, telecommunications, technology and digitalisation, Houda Imane Faraoun.

Algeria is progressively forging links with other markets, having recently completed a 440km terrestrial fibre route over its southern border into Niger in November of last year.

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Nigerian telecom services ‘one of the best in the world’

18 February 2020

The quality of telecom services provided by Nigerian operators is up there with the best in the world, according to the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators (ALTON).

Its chairman, Engr Gbenga Adebayo, also said despite the extremely high operating costs of providing such services in the west African nation, the telecom industry is the only sector in which prices have remained stable.

“In the first place, we make bold to state that the quality of telecoms services in Nigeria is amongst the best in comparable jurisdictions,” Adebayo said in a statement.

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ETC looking for $1.3m funding boost

18 February 2020

A global network of organisations working to provide shared communications services for humanitarian emergencies needs US$1.3m to operate effectively in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2020.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) requires the funds mainly for the purchasing of relevant equipment, which will support the Telecommunications Security Standards (TESS) recommendations to enable emergency responders to communicate in deep field areas in the conflict prone CAR.

One planned exercise is the radio programming training for United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations (NGO) staff in the city of Paoua and to deploy radio and satellite equipment, as recommended by TESS.

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