Zonful Energy, GSMA target rural penetration

10 May 2021

Zimbabwe-based solar power company, Zonful Energy, is on a drive to increase mobile internet adoption and usage for rural communities in the southern African nation, which have previously lagged behind.

The company, awarded a grant as part of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said it is aiming to reduce the internet usage gap through providing affordable mobile services.

Zonful Energy will be introducing the Pay As You Go model to enable low income earning customers to access smartphones upon payment of a small deposit and settle the balance over a stipulated period of time.

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Africa set to welcome new 10,000km subsea telecom system

10 May 2021

The construction of Africa-1, a new 10,000 km subsea telecom system connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe, has begun.

Current members of the consortium are Etisalat, G42, Mobily, Pakistan Telecommunication Company, Telecom Egypt and ASN, with other parties expected to join soon.

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Africell and Aviat ink major 5G deal

07 May 2021

Wireless transport solutions expert Aviat Networks has agreed a multi-million agreement with mobile operator Africell to provide a 5G-ready end-to-end disaggregated transmission network across the continent.

The new network will be designed, installed, and maintained by Aviat and will include Aviat WTM 4000 and WTM 4800 Multi-band point-to-point radios and CTR microwave switches, and disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSGs).

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Connecting Europe with Africa

14 April 2021

EllaLink, the firm behind the 6,000km optical submarine cable linking Europe and South America, said it will also connect Portugal and Morocco in a similar fashion.

The company said it has “completed the marine installation of the lowest latency transatlantic cable system between Europe and Latin America.” By extension, the established infrastructure will allow for establishing a sub-nautical cable connecting Europe and Morocco.

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