Asia-AfricaEurope-1 Consortium picks Infinera’s ICE6 solution

13 June 2022

Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) Consortium, which owns one of the world’s largest consortium cable systems, has selected Infinera’s ICE6 coherent 800G solution Infinera to boost connectivity across European, Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets.

Optical networking solutions business Infinera says AAE-1’s submarine upgrade will double the current capacity, providing in excess of 100 Tb/s and making it the largest-scale submarine upgrade in history.

AAE-1’s cable system spans 25,000 kilometres of submarine and terrestrial networks, connecting 19 countries led by a consortium of 19 leading operators. Infinera has been charged with increasing its submarine network capacity and provide diverse, resilient connectivity across the three continents.

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LIT introduces additional 800Gbps fibre capacity in Kenya

13 June 2022

David Eurin, LIT

David Eurin, LIT

Pan-African internet services provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT), formerly Liquid Telecom, has entered into an agreement with PEACE Cable Company to introduce 800 gigabytes of additional subsea capacity in Mombasa.

The former will use its 100,000 kilometres of terrestrial fibre to improve the availability and quality of high-speed Internet connectivity across Africa.
“While acting as a new global internet route between Asia, Europe, and the USA, the additional capacity will help increase the proliferation of faster and more affordable internet, cloud, and cyber security services to the African people and businesses,” LIT said in a statement.

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MTN invests US$51.1m to upgrade Western Cape infrastructure

10 May 2022

MTN South Africa will invest R749m (US$51.1m) to upgrade its network infrastructure and deploy new ones in the Western Cape. The telecom operator wants to spend the money on improving network availability, increasing data speeds and expanding its 5G footprint.

The move is part of the company’s program to upgrade its entire South African network (MONZA), which is already 68 percent complete, with another 1,350 sites to be finalized by the end of the year. Some of the money will be spent on building 179 5G telecom sites in the Western Cape. Paul Newman, MTN’s managing director for Western Cape operations, says R10.5 million will be spent on repairing damage caused by vandalism in the province and R64 million on installing new batteries.

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Disruptive satellite player to service Africa by 2028

06 April 2022

Rivada Space Networks (RSN) a disruptive new company with a licence for 4,000MHz of spectrum, will this year launch constealltions of 600-low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites, which will eventually connect to telecoms operators and enterprises across Africa.

The Germany-based company is aiming to start launches in 2024 and complete the constellation in 2028. It plans to put the satellites 1,000km above the Earth, in polar orbits with 25 satellites in each orbital plane.

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