Telecom Namibia invests in smart city fibre

01 February 2023

Telecom Namibia has signed a partnership agreement with OMDis Town Transform Agency (OMDis) to deploy 67.6km of optical fibre in Oranjemund at a total cost of N$12 million, as part of a project to transform the town into a smart city.

“A smart city requires connectivity between citizens, service providers and government,” said said Amanda Hauuanga, deputy chair of the board of Telecom Namibia. “Telecom Namibia understands the central role connectivity plays in a smart city ecosystem and therefore we believe we are the most appropriate partner to help OMDis transform Oranjemund into a smart city with all things digital.”

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Ethio Telecom restores connectivity for 27 towns

01 February 2023

Ethio Telecom has restored telecommunications services in 27 towns in the Tigray region, including the capital Mekele. This follows the company’s repair of 981km of optical fibre out of the 1,800km damaged during the conflict that has plagued the region for two years.

Maintenance works are continuing to restore telecom services to areas of Tigray that still lack access to such services.

The partial restoration of telecom services in Tigray came a few weeks after the signing of a ceasefire agreement which put an end to the conflict which had opposed since November 2020 the regular army of Ethiopia and the forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The agreement provides for the restoration of basic services which have been cut in the region since the beginning of the war. While the government is committed to respecting the terms of the agreement to guarantee a lasting peace, no timetable has yet been put in place for this.

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Fibre optic consultation launched

01 February 2023

The Mauritanian Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernization of the administration has launched consultations on fibre optic infrastructures. These meetings, which saw the participation of telecommunications operators, aim to improve the quality of telecom services provided to the population.

The consultations come at a time of increasing criticism of the quality of services provided by telecommunications operators in the country. According to the government, the poor quality of telecom services is mainly due to weak infrastructure and the lack of coordination between operators.

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2Africa cable lands in Gqeberha

23 January 2023

2Africa cable lands in Gqeberha

2Africa cable lands in Gqeberha

 The 2Africa subsea cable has landed at the Vodacom network facility in Gqeberha, South Africa.

This is the first submarine cable landing in the Eastern Cape region, and promises greater internet capacity, acceleration of connectivity across the province and support for South Africa’s growing digital economy.

The 2Africa Consortium includes eight international partners, China Mobile International, Meta (Facebook), MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, center3 (stc), Telecom Egypt, Vodafone/Vodacom and WIOCC, who have partnered to build 2Africa. Launched in May 2022, the subsea cable project aims to significantly increase the capacity, quality, and availability of internet connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world.

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