Journey to a digital Africa

08 October 2021

Jean-Luc Vuillemin, executive vice president, international networks, Orange examines the role of submarine cables in bringing connectivity to Africa

The global need for connectivity is continually increasing. Beyond the ability to communicate with one another, connectivity is now relied upon as the means to access education, employment, healthcare and even democracy.

This trend, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has only served to highlight the disparities between developed nations and those with less comprehensive digital infrastructure. Despite marked improvements over the last decade, development and access to digital technology remains a key challenge for Africa. There is a growing need for the ongoing investment from operators for improved reliable, secure and high-quality connectivity to contribute to the populations’ digital inclusion and help stimulate the countries’ digital economy.  And it all drills down to the infrastructure which makes this transformation possible.

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Zamtel targets seven million subscribers by 2023

06 October 2021

Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel) is to target seven million subscribers by the end of 2023, almost double its current base of 3.7-million.

The company’s chief exectuvie officer Sydney Mupeta said the target represents an increase of 20%, from the current 20% to 40%.

He added that the company has invested in network capacity to enable it to carry the anticipated increase in traffic.

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GT invests in Gabon

06 October 2021

Moov Africa – Gabon Telecom (GT) has unveiled plans for an investment programme of more than 10bn CFA francs (US$18m) to bring coverage to swathes of Gabon using 3G and 4G technology.

The operator’s cash injection will cover 141 villages as well as main roads throughout the country. GT said it aims to bring broadband to everyone and to reduce the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

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Mauritania to tighten internet control

06 September 2021

Freedom of expression is expected to be more restricted in Mauritania, where the country’s leader says he wants to fight hate messages on the internet.

President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazouani revealed his intention to strengthen control over online content. He said the various state departments are already looking at updating legal texts to more effectively regulate the use of the web in the country.

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