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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Re-scheduled events

30 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a number of key African events to be postponed or cancelled for 2020. See below to find out the latest. African Wireless Communications will upate this page the minute we receive more information, so stay tuned.

East Africa Com will take place in Nairobi, Kenya 14-15 September 2020

West Africa Com will take place in Dakar, Senegal 30 September – 1 October 2020

5G – Next Digital Revolution will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa 7-8 October 2020

Digital Infra Africa will now take place in Cape Town, South Africa 4-6 November 2020

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Uganda Telecom gets new administrator

06 January 2020

Former Uganda Law Society boss, Ruth Sebatindira, is the new administrator of cash-strapped operator Uganda Telecom.

The company was originally placed in receivership in April 2017, following a dispute between the company and the country’s ministry of finance over unpaid dues, as its debts rapidly out stripped its asset base.

It is understood that at the point it was placed into receivership, Uganda Telecom had debts and liabilities of around US$245m, whilst its asset base was valued at only US$40m).

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni previously stated that the former government owned telco was a victim of corrupt officials who sort to strip the company’s assets and pay themselves exorbitant salaries.

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Comtech snaps up UHP Networks

11 December 2019

Comtech Telecommunications has entered into an agreement to acquire UHP Networks, a provider of disruptive satellite ground station technology solutions, for a purchase price of approximately US$40m.

Founded in 2005, UHP is based in Canada and has developed technology that has helped transform the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) market.

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