City threatens action against Paratus

04 September 2020

Paratus is also under fire for allegedly trying to block the municipality’s plans to provide free internet to residents

Paratus is also under fire for allegedly trying to block the municipality’s plans to provide free internet to residents

The City of Windhoek has threatened to send in its security forces on Paratus Telecom if it does not stop installing its cables around the Namibian capital.

The two have been arguing for months as both continue to implement their plans to penetrate a telecommunications industry currently dominated by MTC and TN Mobile. 

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Liquid Telecom provides VSAT connectivity to new ISP in Malawi

03 July 2020

Pan-African telecom group Liquid Teleco is providing its managed VSAT connectivity services to mbora, a new social enterprise in Malawi.

The operator  provides people living and working in rural areas with free connectivity at a community hub. It has also built a super app to help increase digital inclusion by providing access to useful and relevant information and services online including finance and healthcare. Content and service organisations are able to use the app as a marketplace to reach important food-producing farming and fishing communities in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

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Angola Cables reports major growth

25 June 2020

Telecom multinational Angola Cables recorded a 170% growth in traffic on its IP Network in the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period last year, the company said.

Despite a significant portion of this growth being attributed to the surge in demand following the lockdown regulations imposed by many governments in curbing the spread of Covid-19, additional traffic has also resulted from the opening and upgrading of points of presence in the main global traffic exchange locations in recent months said Angola Cables, CEO, António Nunes.

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2Africa subsea cable announced by global and African partners

25 June 2020

China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC have all joined forces to build 2Africa, which they said will be “the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region”.

The parties have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (“ASN”) to build the cable in a fully funded project which is designed to enhance connectivity across Africa and the Middle East. At 37,000km long, 2Africa will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects and will interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia) and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa. The system is expected to go live in 2023/4, delivering more than the total combined capacity
of all subsea cables serving Africa today, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps on key parts of the system. Furthermore, 2Africa will deliver much needed internet capacityand reliability across large parts of Africa, supplement the fast-growing capacity demand in the Middle East and underpin the further growth of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband access for hundreds of millions of people.

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