Facebook adds three countries to undersea cable project

06 October 2021

The Seychelles is one of three countries added to the project

The Seychelles is one of three countries added to the project

A consortium made up of US social networking giant Facebook and its telecommunications partners has added the Seychelles, the Comoros, and Angola as branches to the cable project, named 2Africa.

It brings to 26 the number of countries on or near Africa’s coastline which will be touchpoints for the high-speed internet project.

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MTN walks away from Ethiopia

10 September 2021

MTN Group has pulled the plug on its attempt to secure an operating licence in Ethiopia as it recorded a major drop in net profit for the first half of the year (H1).

The South Africa-based operator declared it would not participate in the Horn of Africa nation’s latest tender to find a second new entrant, having had its initial bid rejected in May.

Following its initial failure to secure a licence, MTN chief executive officer Ralph Mupita indicated the company would consider another attempt if licence terms were tweaked to include mobile money.

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Egypt helps Libya to rebuild telecoms services

08 September 2021

The government of Egypt is coming to the aid of its neighbour, Libya, by helping to rebuild the telecommunications services due to the damage caused by the country’s civil wars of the past decade.

Amr Talaat, the country’s minister of communications and information technology (ICT), met Faisal Ahmed Qarqab, chairman of the Libyan Telecoms Holding Company, to discuss collaboration, according to media reports.

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Cameroon regulator’s new model to become highly efficient by 2025

08 September 2021

Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) is working on a new regulatory model “to become a robust, innovative and performing institution by 2025”.

The ART indicated that with this fundamental transition, it would be able to optimally contribute to the achievement of president Paul Biya’s ambitions for “the strategic sector of electronic communications” during the current presidential term.

This new regulatory model is being developed in a country that needs to prepare for the integration of the 5G technology, which is 10 to 100
times faster than the 4G, and efficiently anticipate the emergence of new technological innovations.

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