Egyptian regulator approves usage of new frequencies for mobile networks to improve services by 2022

06 December 2021

Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) green-lit the usage of new network frequencies for Vodafone, Etisalat, and WE and is expecting an improvement in network services by early 2022, it said.

The three network providers will run their services at 40 MHz of 2.6 GHz on the Time Division Duplex Spectrum, a new frequency band that is expected to expand the capacity of networks and improve services.

Minister of communications and information technology Amr Talaat explained that the step aims to improve the quality of telecommunications services. It is also designed to help keep pace with the heightened demand for network services in the Egyptian market and support Egypt’s digital transformation.

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MTN selects partners to expand OpenRAN

02 July 2021

South African operator MTN has picked five partners to launch an open radio access network (OpenRAN) in Africa to expand 4G and 5G services more quickly and cheaply.

The network provider said it aimed to roll out OpenRAN by the end of 2021 with its partners, Voyage, India’s Tech Mahindra and US-based firms Altiostar, Mavenir and Parallel Wireless.

A radio access network (RAN) connects individual devices to other parts of a network through radio connections. Previously, network equipment provided by Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and other firms was largely proprietary, making it difficult to mix.

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Juniper Networks and NEC build new network for SA FWA provider

01 July 2021

Juniper Networks and NEC have built the first commercial network in South Africa to be driven by segment routing, the companies said.

Built for Herotel, the country’s largest fixed wireless service provider, the project was part of a significant network upgrade initiative.

Herotel chose to build its new IP network based on segment routing principles, augmenting traditional MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) techniques. Segment routing means fewer network elements are involved, avoiding slow response to sudden network changes. It also supports the application QoS (Quality of Service), mapping specific applications and end users to preferential network service paths.

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Ghana set for enhanced internet access

18 June 2021

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and broadband infrastructure provider CSquared have made an agreement that will involve leasing of the former’s excess fibre capacity to mobile network operators and internet service providers in the west African nation.

According to local reports, the agreement will enable the deployment of broadband infrastructure to deliver high-speed data services to businesses and homes, with a particular focus on remote areas.

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