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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'Blocking of phone calls a growing problem'

23 March 2020

Call blocking by South Africa’s biggest network operators is negatively impacting many local telecoms customers who are finding they cannot always successfully complete phone calls, according to Anthony Engelbrecht, technical director at independent telco, Huge Networks.

He said that some clients of SA’s many Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecoms networks such as Huge Networks, Connection Telecoms and dozens of others are increasingly finding that calls they place are not reaching the intended telecoms user.

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Asteroid lands in Mombasa

18 February 2020

Located Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved internet interconnection in east Africa

Located Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved internet interconnection in east Africa

Asteroid International, the global interconnection platform innovator, has launched a state-of-the-art and highly automated Internet Exchange Point (IXP) solution in Kenya’s oldest city.

Located in the modern, hyper connected, carrier neutral icolo facilities in Mombasa, the Asteroid IXP will enable much improved internet interconnection in east Africa and support the region’s strong digital growth.

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Mobilis gets Mali nod

18 February 2020

Algérie Télécom subsidiary Mobilis is ready to become the latest player to enter Mali, having been awarded an operating licence to deploy services nationwide.

The award – which includes rights to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services – was confirmed by Modibo Arouna Touré, Mali’s minister of the digital economy and communication, under a provisional agreement with the government.

Although the final terms are yet to be negotiated regarding the setting up of a new subsidiary for Algérie Télécom, Touré said company officials are expected in Mali ‘in the coming weeks’ to ‘sign documents and concretise the latest steps, including financial, and start construction work of the network’.

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