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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Kenyan auditor raises concerns over fibre optic network management

14 April 2021

Kenya’s auditor general has voiced concerns over the country’s National Fibre Optic Backbone (NOFBI) project over nebulous tendering processes.

In 2018/2019, the State Department of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) paid Chinese tech giant Huawei Sh1.7bn for the construction of the second phase of NOFBI. Nancy Gathungu said the taxpayers’ resources could have been lost in the project.

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Nexign helps CSPs

14 April 2021

Nexign, the business support system (BSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, has completed the large-scale digital transformation project that addresses the challenges of CSPs globally, including the Middle Eastern and African regions.

The company claims that technologies and methodologies introduced in the Unified Billing project help CSPs of any size reduce TTM for new digital services by up to five times, simplify cooperation with partners and optimise costs for support of billing systems.

Having completed the Unified Billing project for MegaFon –provider of digital opportunities that operates in Russia, Tajikistan, the Republic of Abkhazia and South Ossetia – Nexign said it has proven it can bring measurable value to CSPs’ business and help them facilitate transformation.

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South Sudan launches first ever 4G internet bandwidth

14 April 2021

South Sudan has introduced its first ever 4G internet service that will boost connectivity in a country that previously relied on 3G broadband width since winning independence from Sudan in 2011.

Baba Medan Konyi, deputy minister of information and broadcasting, welcomed the launch of 4G internet services by Zain telecom services and said it resulted from concerted efforts of the government and Zain over the past years.

“It’s the right time to have 4G internet since government is implementing the peace agreement, it will make communication easy among the people as we are going to disseminate messages of peace across the country,” said Konyi during the launch in the capital, Juba.

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