Africa set to welcome new 10,000km subsea telecom system

10 May 2021

The construction of Africa-1, a new 10,000 km subsea telecom system connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe, has begun.

Current members of the consortium are Etisalat, G42, Mobily, Pakistan Telecommunication Company, Telecom Egypt and ASN, with other parties expected to join soon.

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ViaLite releases Blue OEM 1U Chassis

19 April 2021

New from ViaLite

New from ViaLite

ViaLite Communications has added a Blue OEM 1U chassis to its RF over fibre product range.

The chassis has the capacity to hold up to eight ViaLite Blue OEM modules and is typically used for satellite and broadcast installations, as well as satellite news gathering (SNG) and outdoor broadcast truck operations at sporting events etc.

This product was designed to operate as a transmitter, receiver or both, as a means of supporting uplink and downlink operations. It is a 1U high chassis, supports high throughput operations and enables signal transmission across distances where it is not possible to use coaxial cables.

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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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Outages affect WIOCC clients across Africa

14 April 2021

The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) said its network operation centre (NOC) reported interruptions to numerous client services between Djibouti and Marseille, on the SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable, disrupting voice, data and internet across Africa February 16.

WIOCC’s team began carrying out restoration solutions on alternative routes for those customers most in need and WIOCC completed its restoration solutions by Friday 19.

However, by February 21, WIOCC’s NOC again witnessed multiple client services go down on the route between Djibouti and Marseille, this time caused by a problem on the Europe India Gateway (EIG) subsea cable. In addition to cutting some of the client services that had been restored from SMW5, the issue also affected a further set of clients across eastern and southern Africa.

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