Zambian watchdog grants Beeline launch extension until June 2022

14 December 2021

Beeline Telecom, Zambia’s fourth mobile licensee, has a deadline of June 30 2022 for its commercial launch.

The operator was issued its operating licence in February 2021 by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA). Under the terms of the licence, Beeline was obliged to launch services within six months of receiving this permit or risk having it revoked.

However, ZICTA admitted the procurement of equipment and installations has made it difficult for Beeline to commence operations within the original timeframe. As a result, the regulator has offered Beeline an extended grace period, acknowledging that it has faced challenges.

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Cambium Networks tech enables Lnet to serve 60,000 subscribers in Libya

08 December 2021

Cambium Networks, a global provider of wireless networking solutions, has deployed ePMP fixed wireless broadband technology to connect more than 60,000 residential, business and enterprise customers in Libya.

The ePMP network is composed of more than 1,500 Access Points (AP) installed on more than 250 tower locations and serves densely populated urban and suburban locations.

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Burkina Faso mobile internet disrupted following anti-government protests

06 December 2021

Mobile internet connectivity in Burkina Faso has been down for a week and shows no signs of resuming as protestors call on president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré to resign over the wave of killings by militants.

A report on newswire Reuters said the death toll from the latest attack on security forces and civilians this month has climbed to more than 50, sparking protests against the government. On Saturday, mobile internet connectivity went down as the protests raged.

NetBlocks which monitors disruptions to telecommunications connectivity said on Monday in a statement and on Twitter that “mobile internet remains disrupted in Burkina Faso as of Monday,” with surveillance data confirming that “service was cut” from 10:30 pm on Saturday night.

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Airtel Africa and Unicef in multi-million dollar partnership to scale-up digital learning

06 December 2021

Airtel Africa and global children’s charity Unicef signed a five-year “multi-million dollar” partnership to scale-up digital learning for children across 13 African countries.

The move is part of the global Reimagine Education initiative launched by Unicef last year to generate public and private sector investment in digital learning and help children catch up amid the pandemic.

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