Starlink gains approval for Zimbabwe operations

29 May 2024

Starlink will launch commercial operations in Zimbabwe after receiving approval from the president of the Republic Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Starlink will provide Zimbabweans with high-speed internet services using its low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. The company plans to launch its services from the third quarter of 2024 if it obtains the necessary authorizations. Prices for the service for Zimbabwe are not yet available.

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44% of SSA households utilise free satellite TV

29 May 2024

Free satellite is one of the most important ways to reach a significant audience in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In the region, 44% of households, around 110 million households in 2023, have access to free satellite television, according to Dataxis.

Television channels understand the importance of being accessible free of charge on satellite to reach a significant audience in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, France 24, the most followed channel in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa according to the Africascope 2023 study, is present both on paid platforms and free by satellite.

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Google announces new cable linking Africa and Australia

24 May 2024

Google has announced a new fibre optic route linking Africa and Australia to increase the reach and reliability of digital connectivity in Africa.

The infrastructure is called Umoja. The terrestrial part of the network is built in partnership with Liquid Intelligent Technologies. This will connect Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. From there, a submarine link will be established to reach Australia via the Indian Ocean.

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ADB funds new Congo data centre

23 May 2024

The African Development Bank will fund the construction of a data centre in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The project will be supported by Euro52.47 million from the African Development Bank and Euro14.5 million from the government of the Republic of Congo, totalling Euro66.55 million. This project includes the installation of 600km of fibre optic cable on major interconnecting routes with Cameroon (341km) and the Central African Republic (281km) via the Congo River, and the construction of the data centre.

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