Sparkle partners with Nigeria’s Ciudad for high-Speed international connectivity

13 June 2022

Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy, has been selected by Nigerian operator Ciudad, one of Africa’s fastest growing telecommunication companies, to provide high-speed international IP connectivity.

Operating as OneData Nigeria, Ciudad is an alternative internet service provider with a market presence in six cities.

Sparkle’s global IP Transit backbone Seabone - the first International Tier-1 backbone in Africa and among the top five worldwide - at its point of presence in Lagos, helps Ciudad gain low latency and high-speed access to the global Internet.

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Number of new cables connecting Africa growing massively, says report

10 June 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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Mascom launches 5G sites in capital

07 March 2022

Mobile network operator Mascom has launched four 5G sites in Botswana’s capital Gaborone as part of plans to roll out 111 sites across the country before year-end.

The nation’s minister of transport and communications Thulagano Segokgo said 5G is part of accelerators, including artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, big data and IoT, used to catalyse the digital economy for the country.

“Digital transformation is broadening and mixing business boundaries in all sectors, which will increase both diversity and uncertainty. With 5G’s network design concepts and integrative capabilities, it’s possible to combat these uncertainties,” Segokgo added.

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‘Sub-Saharan mobile financial services use more than triples in six years’ – Ericsson report

06 December 2021

Nearly half of all consumers in sub-Saharan Africa use mobile financial services in 2021 –more than a three-fold increase in the last six years – according to a new Ericsson Consumer and Market Insight report.

Titled “Mobile Financial Services on the Rise”, the report also highlights the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mobile financial services uptake, with 54% of consumers surveyed saying that they use mobile financial services transactions more now. Some 70% are more positive towards mobile financial services as a preferred contactless alternate to cash.

The report research, conducted by Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab early this year, surveyed 3,200 consumers across six sub-Saharan African countries to assess the growth of mobile financial services in light of technology and infrastructure gains across the region, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic impact on financial behaviou

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