Somalia: internet services restored after four-day outage

18 November 2020

Internet services have been fully restored in central and southern parts of Somalia, following a four-day shutdown that cost the country’s economy millions of dollars.

The Horn of Africa nation’s main internet services provider, Hormuud Telecom, said that the problem was fixed and apologised to all customers impacted.

This latest outage came after the submarine fibre optic cables suffered a major disruption due to the rough waves of the Indian Ocean.

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Egyptian quartet acquire new frequencies

16 November 2020

Telecom Egypt said that the NTRA accepted its financial and technical offer for additional spectrum

Telecom Egypt said that the NTRA accepted its financial and technical offer for additional spectrum

The Egyptian telecoms regulator has awarded Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr new telecom frequencies for an estimated cost of  US$ 1.1bn. 

Vodafone said it acquired 40 MHz of 2.6 GHz TDD spectrum from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), with a 10-year licence term through to 2030. Payments will be through instalments over three years, with an initial payment of US$270m upon receipt of the spectrum and two other payments of US$135m due in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

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Durban residents fight against 5G towers being built on their property

04 September 2020

Community leaders in Berea, a ridge above the city of Durban, have railed against a proposed government law that would allow network service providers to build 5G towers and other electronic communication devices on any private and public land.

The draft proposal, which was gazetted by Stella Ndabeni-Abarahams, minister of communications and digital technologies, is part of the government’s expansion into the 5G network.

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Cassava and Liquid join forces to launch new Wi-Fi finder

04 September 2020

Cassava Fintech International (CFI) and Liquid Telecom Group (LTG) have joined forces to develop a service aimed at accelerating digital and financial inclusion in Africa.

Through the newly launched Sasai WiFi Finder, the partners plan to establish an expansive network of data access points across the continent and build ‘Africa’s Missing Network’ by partnering with broadband providers, internet service providers and local community hubs.

The service, which is set to be rolled out across thousands of hotspots across Africa, can be accessed through an intuitive and easy-to-use in-application feature on the Sasai super application, where users can identify hotspots where they can access affordable data.

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