Number of new cables connecting Africa growing massively, says report

11 May 2022

Africa gained new undersea cables with a combined construction cost of U$12bn from 2016- 2021, with the continent continuing to benefit from new investment for years to come, according to a report.

TeleGeography, a global telecommunications market research and consulting firm, has published its new Submarine Cable Map and Africa Telecom Map for 2022 and projects that subsea cable spending will strengthen as hyperscalers shift their position from generating demand to generating supply.

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New e-platform saves the lives of mothers

10 May 2022

Tanzania has launched a system dubbed “M-Mama” that uses a mobile platform to connect pregnant women in rural areas to emergency transport in a bid to reduce maternal deaths.

The country’s president Samia Suluhu Hassan introduced the system dubbed “M-Mama” that uses a mobile platform to connect pregnant women in rural areas to emergency transport in a bid to protect pregnant and postpartum women.

Funded by Vodacom Tanzania in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the platform was introduced as a pilot in Shinyanga and Sengerema in 2017 where it helped a total of 12,000 mothers and children and reduced deaths caused by lack of emergency transport.

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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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Algérie Télécom modernises infrastructure for a better quality of service

08 April 2022

The Algérie Télécom Group, which has four subsidiaries, has launched a series of measures to modernize its infrastructure to improve the quality of internet and telephone services, said group chief executive officer Khaled Zarat.

Speaking to Algérie Presse Service, Zarat said the operator is required to significantly improve the quality of service, through the deployment of the latest technologies to ensure among other things a stable network for continuity of service ensuring the required performance for any kind of need.

“To do this, major projects have been initiated and launched in recent years in view of the digital transformation through the modernization of the access network and the gradual switch to the Internet very high speed through the fibre network FTTH (fibre to home),” he added.” It is also the increase in the capacity of the transport network and the securing and redundancy of metropolitan loops of the national backbone, the densification of the 4G network and the construction of a network of national data centre housing the appropriate infrastructure to international standards capable of supporting the digital transformation “so requested and expected by our customers,” he said.

 

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