South Africa inks telecom regulation agreement with the US

10 May 2021

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the US signed a virtual memorandum of understanding agreement that covers the exchange of ideas in the area of telecommunications regulation and policy. 

According to ICASA president Keabetswe Modimoeng, the non-binding agreement “is a momentous collaboration that illustrates the confidence that our global counterparts have in ICASA. This collaboration places the Authority on solid ground to achieve international best practices, cutting-edge regulatory approaches and further validates South Africa’s standing in the global ICT arena.” 

The deal is against a backdrop of American attempts to unite the telecom markets of Europe, Africa and even Asia against Chinese tech giant Huawei. South Africa has always been unwavering in its support for the company. 

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Africell preparing to upgrade to 5G-ready networks across Africa

10 May 2021

Africell Holding is preparing to upgrade to 5G across the continent, in a bid to keep up with some of its African competitors. The group signed a multi-million US dollar agreement with wireless transport solution provider Aviat Networks, which will upgrade Africell Holding’s telecom networks and prepare them to migrate to the 5G when needed.

“With escalating demand for high-speed mobile Internet services in our markets, and with 5G in our sights, we sought an approach that offers us fast deployment, maximum flexibility, and lowest TCO,” said Younes Chaaban, CTO at Africell Holding. “Aviat’s backhaul and DCSG solution was the clear choice to meet all these challenges and support the rapid network growth of our transmission network well into the future.”

The deployment of the solutions will begin in Q2-2021.

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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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Ericsson and Unitel sign network expansion frame agreement

07 May 2021

Amílcar Safeca, administrator and chief technical officer at Unitel S.A. and Nora Wahby, VP and head of Ericsson west Africa and Morocco

Amílcar Safeca, administrator and chief technical officer at Unitel S.A. and Nora Wahby, VP and head of Ericsson west Africa and Morocco

Unitel and Ericsson have signed a three-year frame agreement for the supply of Ericsson Radio System solutions as well as core solutions and related services in Angola.

Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson will deliver a transformation to Unitel’s existing 2G/3G/4G Radio Access Network (RAN) and core infrastructure, as well as prepare the service provider for future 5G services in Angola.

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