Globalstar Satellite IoT device deployments double in a year

17 November 2020

Globalstar Europe Satellite services said specialist reseller Traksat has deployed over 1,200 Globalstar-enabled safety and tracking devices for humanitarian organisations in Africa and worldwide.

Prominent NGO Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is deploying SPOT Gen3 satellite messengers and SmartOne Solar IoT tracking devices to protect relief workers and support operations in several African nations. International Rescue Committee, rescue.org, headquartered in New York, uses SPOT Gen3s in numerous African countries to safeguard and track relief workers. ACTED is similarly using SPOT Gen3s in Niger.

Traksat reports dramatic uptake of its NGO-centric solution with Globalstar technology as its backbone. The number of Traksat-provided devices being used to support humanitarian efforts has doubled in the last 12 months

Traksat reports dramatic uptake of its NGO-centric solution with Globalstar technology as its backbone. The number of Traksat-provided devices being used to support humanitarian efforts has doubled in the last 12 months

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BEAC responds to Cameroon’s plans

17 November 2020

The Bank of Central African States (BEAC) has responded to Cameroon’s plan to utilise telecom services to automate the collection of import duties and relevant taxes on mobile phones and other electronic devices. 

Officials had set October 15, 2020 as the date to roll out a new collection platform managed by Artificial Intelligence Technology (ARINTECH) SARL.

The platform was expected to be interconnected with the servers and network systems of mobile network operators in Cameroon.

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Tunisia targets 2022 for 5G launch

16 November 2020

Tunisia tipped 2022 to be the year the north African nation launches commercial 5G services.

Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem, the minister of communication technologies and digital economy, told media that “the launch of 5G services is only possible from 2022” in Tunisia.

“According to the initial results of a study prepared by an international consulting firm under the auspices of the National Telecommunications Authority, the launch of 5G services is possible only from 2022,” Kraiem told reporters at the opening of Tunisia Digital Summit in late October. “After the launch of the specifications, by the end of 2021, pilot experiments will be conducted by the three telephone operators Tunisie Télecom, Ooredoo and Orange.”

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Madagascar: Telma’s 5G network suspended

04 September 2020

Madagascar’s Communication Technology Regulatory Authority (ARTEC)blocked the 5G network open to the general public by operator Telma.

It has sealed all equipment related to the technology, which Telma disputes. The telecoms company is accused of having overstepped the scope of the experiment granted to it.

On July 1, 2020, Telma announced the commercial launch of its 5G services, in partnership with Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson. The company indicated that it was making Madagascar “the first African country to benefit from the new generation of mobile connectivity”.

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