STL introduces 5G and WiFi 6-ready, cloud-native software portfolio to enable telco shift to 'XaaS' models

06 July 2021

STL's new offering

STL's new offering

Digital networks integrator Sterlite Technologies (STL) Wednesday launched its new Network Software portfolio - the NSW 2.0 - offering a multi-tenant, cloud-native, microservices-based architecture and hyper-scaler approach to help telcos tap into the Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) market.

The NSW 2.0 portfolio also supports multi-vendor plug-and-play components using a standardized TM-Forum compliant API suite to help telcos monetize 5G, WiFi 6, along with Business As Usual functions, according to an official statement.

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Mauritius launches first satellite

02 July 2021

Mauritius became the latest African country to have a presence in space, following the successful launch of a CubeSat – MIR-SAT1 on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.

MIR SAT, which stands for Mauritius Imagery and Radiotelecommunication Satellite, is a nano satellite (a term reserved for any satellite with a mass from 1kg-10kg. Once it is deployed and begins orbiting Earth, the ground station at the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) in Ebene will be able to contact it a few times a day.

Data the MRIC receives will help the Indian Ocean nation with disaster management and prevention. The ground station will also allow the receipt of data and telemetry from other satellites.

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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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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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