Nokia and Algeria’s Djezzy implement ultra-high network

25 August 2020

Nokia said it successfully completed a trial with Algerian mobile operator Djezzy, using microwave carrier aggregation technology to support increased demand for capacity.

The trial utilised Nokia’s Wavence microwave transport solution with an ultra-high capacity of 8.5Gbps over a distance of nearly 6 kilometers. With its reduced latency and high capac- ity, the solution will allow Djezzy to deliver compelling experiences to its 14.2 million subscribers.

“This is an important trial that delivers ultra-high capacity granting Djezzy a solid solution for Mobile Backhaul,” Eric Bourland, chief digital and technology officer at Djezzy Algeria. “We believe this fast deployment of microwave carrier aggregation will help us achieve our goal of boosting eMBB. It also allows us to improve our network capacityin order to meet the growing mobile traffic demand in Algeria.”

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Orange Money arrives in Morocco

20 April 2020

Orange Maroc has launched its popular mobile money service, Orange Money, in Morocco.

The operator received approval for the servicelast summer from Morocco’s Bank Al-Maghrib and Orange Money will now allow Moroccans to make payments, pay for phone recharges remotely and transfer money using their mobile phones. Users will have access to a mobile wallet backed by their phone number and can withdraw money from the Orange Money wallet at approved points of sale.

Mobile users from any telecom operator can access the service by simply downloading the mobile application. Orange Money first launched in 2008 in Côte d’Ivoire and it has since spread throughout the African continent, enabling 45 million customers in 17 countries access to financial services. This new launch makes Morocco the 18th country to have access to the service aimed at increasing financial inclusion in Africa.

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Ghana's largest operators get additional temporary spectrum

20 April 2020

Accra, Ghana's capital

Accra, Ghana's capital

The Ghanaian telecommunications regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) has temporarily granted Vodafone and MTN Ghana – the nation's two largest operators – additional spectrum.

The grant will cover a three-month period and it is understood that it will come at no extra cost to the operators.

Ghana has decided to take this emergency measure to help operators cope with a significant increase in internet traffic expected during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.

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Avoid unnecessary video calls, says Ghana’s regulator

17 April 2020

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has released 10 pointers to consumers on the responsible and rational use of telecom networks as well as the internet, during this period of the coronavirus crisis.

According to the umbrella organisation that regulates and promotes the interests of telecom firms in the west African nation, the advice needs to be adhered to in order to ease communication during this period. It has also asked that consumers avoid unnecessary video calls, not only during rush hours but at all times.

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