Uganda: Roke and Facebook supply affordable internet access

18 November 2020

The new Roke Express Wi-Fi service aims to take high-speed internet connections to millions of Ugandans at a lower cost

The new Roke Express Wi-Fi service aims to take high-speed internet connections to millions of Ugandans at a lower cost

Roke Telkom, a Ugandan public service provider for voice and data communications services, has partnered with global social networking firm Facebook to launch a new internet service programme.

The new Roke Express Wi-Fi service aims to take high-speed internet connections to millions of Ugandans at a lower cost. Roke said that, according to a Uganda Communications Commission 2019 report, only 23% of a population of more than 44 million Ugandans were internet users.

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Telecom Egypt and Ericsson sign deal for international gateway migration

18 November 2020

The deal was signed during a video conference by TE managing director and CEO Adel Hamed and president of Ericsson in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, Fadi Pharaon

The deal was signed during a video conference by TE managing director and CEO Adel Hamed and president of Ericsson in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, Fadi Pharaon

Telecom Egypt (TE) and Ericsson signed a cooperation agreement that will see the former’s international portal modernised using the latest technologies.

The upgrade will contribute to improving the quality of TE’s services, and achieve its aspirations towards developing the basic network, in addition to meeting customers’ future requirements.

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Benin’s ISP Isocel raises €6m for network expansion

18 November 2020

ISP Isocel has secured a loan of €6m from French investment bank Bpifrance to expand its fibre optic network to more locations across Benin’s economic hub, Cotonou.

First announced in June 2018 and targeted at business and high-end residential customers, the project was expected to be completed in 2020, but has now been extended to 2021.

“Isocel will deploy by the end of 2021, 500km of optical fibre in Benin through the implementation of the project called Isocel Next Generation Access Network (INGAN),” the company said in a statement. With this project, Isocel is renewing its commitment to offer very high-speed internet in order to meet the increasingly growing demand for user bandwidth.”

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Kenya deploys 630km of fibre optic up north

18 November 2020

Northern Kenya’s Rift Valley province will soon be covered by broadband, courtesy of 630km of optical fibre are being deployed there, under the supervision of the ICT Authority.

With funding of nearly US$28m from the government and the World Bank, the broadband telecoms network will benefit the counties of Turkana, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu..

It will also strengthen the existing, recently rehabilitated fibre optic network between the towns of Eldoret and Nadapal.

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