Etisalat acquires additional stake in Maroc Telecom

10 September 2021

Etisalat increased its ownership in Etisalat Investment North Africa (EINA) to 100% by acquiring the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development’s 8.7% stake in EINA, boosting its effective ownership in Maroc Telecom Group to 53% from 48.4%.

The acquisition cost of about US$505m is subject to change according to prevailing market conditions such as foreign exchange rates prior to the transaction completion, Etisalat said. The investment will be funded through bank loans.

 

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ISAT and SES partner for 4G services in east Africa

10 September 2021

UAE-headquartered ISAT Africa and Luxembourg’s SES have penned a three-year agreement to provide 4G services in east Africa.

The new service will be available first via SES’s O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation to subsequently migrate and expanded to SES’s next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, in 2022.

Through SES’s highly flexible and scalable O3b mPOWER system that can deliver low-latency high-speed connectivity services from tens of megabits to multiple gigabits per second to a single site, iSAT Africa can scale its network to meet anticipated extensive connectivity demands. The fibre-like connectivity will equip iSAT Africa to enable local mobile operators to deploy 4G services to close the digital divide.

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Avanti partners with Clear Blue in solar energy deal to expand telecoms coverage

10 September 2021

Avanti and Clear Blue partner in Africa

Avanti and Clear Blue partner in Africa

UK-based satellite firm Avanti has partnered with Canadian solar energy specialist Clear Blue Technologies to roll out telecoms coverage in parts of Africa.

Under the terms of the deal, both companies will help enable mobile network operators and tower companies to deliver rural network coverage to areas across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Connecting Nigeria’s unconnected

08 September 2021

Satellite broadband service YahClick and its partner Hughes Network Systems have partnered with core telecommunications services provider Global Communications Extension Services (GCES) to provide satellite connectivity for 9mobile in Nigeria.

YahClick, a service offered by global operator Yahsat, said its partnership with GCES will bring satellite connectivity to hundreds of cellular backhauling sites, delivering 9mobile with what is described as a reliable and robust means of rural connectivity across its entire Nigerian operations.

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