Spacecom chosen by Senegalese post post authority as ISP

11 November 2020

Spacecom has signed a multi-year contract with La Poste, the Senegalese Post Authority, which will see the former migrate the latter from its current satellite provider to the AMOS-17 and will utilise the authority's existing VSAT equipment, "assuring a quick and cost-effective process".

The communication will be via the AMOS-17’s Ku band beam and will connect La Poste’s VSAT sites to its HUB in Dakar.

Spacecom will be providing La Poste with over double its current capacity, which will not only serve its 200 remote post offices, but will provide the rural population access to Internet services for their own use. This vast increase in capacity is a huge leap forward, allowing La Poste to bridge the digital divide by providing additional services and applications to its rural customers throughout the country.

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Togo: new regulatory boss named

27 October 2020

Michel Yaovi Galley has been appointed director general of Arcep (Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts), an institution responsible for regulating the electronic and postal communications sector in Togo.

Formerly technical advisor in charge of digital transition projects, Galley will take the head of the structure, following a decree dated October 15, 2020.

The regulator’s prerogatives include managing and controlling state-approved telephone operators, issuing licenses for independent networks and managing radio-electronic frequencies.

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Kenya deploys 630km of fibre optic up north

26 October 2020

Northern Kenya's Rift Valley province will soon be covered by broadband, courtesy of 630km of optical fibre are being deployed there, under the supervision of the ICT Authority.

With funding of nearly US$28m from the government and the World Bank, the broadband telecoms network will benefit the counties of Turkana, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega.

It will also strengthen the existing, recently rehabilitated fiber optic network between the towns of Eldoret and Nadapal.

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Uganda: Roke and Facebook supply affordable internet access

26 October 2020

Roke Telkom, a Ugandan public service provider for voice and data communications services, has announced a partnership with global social networking giant Facebook to launch a new internet service programme.

The new Roke Express Wi-Fi service aims to take high-speed internet connections to millions of Ugandans at a lower cost. Roke said that, according to a Uganda Communications Commission 2019 report, only 23% of a population of more than 44 million Ugandans were internet users.

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