Africell preparing to upgrade to 5G-ready networks across Africa

10 May 2021

Africell Holding is preparing to upgrade to 5G across the continent, in a bid to keep up with some of its African competitors. The group signed a multi-million US dollar agreement with wireless transport solution provider Aviat Networks, which will upgrade Africell Holding’s telecom networks and prepare them to migrate to the 5G when needed.

“With escalating demand for high-speed mobile Internet services in our markets, and with 5G in our sights, we sought an approach that offers us fast deployment, maximum flexibility, and lowest TCO,” said Younes Chaaban, CTO at Africell Holding. “Aviat’s backhaul and DCSG solution was the clear choice to meet all these challenges and support the rapid network growth of our transmission network well into the future.”

The deployment of the solutions will begin in Q2-2021.

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Ericsson and Unitel sign network expansion frame agreement

07 May 2021

Amílcar Safeca, administrator and chief technical officer at Unitel S.A. and Nora Wahby, VP and head of Ericsson west Africa and Morocco

Amílcar Safeca, administrator and chief technical officer at Unitel S.A. and Nora Wahby, VP and head of Ericsson west Africa and Morocco

Unitel and Ericsson have signed a three-year frame agreement for the supply of Ericsson Radio System solutions as well as core solutions and related services in Angola.

Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson will deliver a transformation to Unitel’s existing 2G/3G/4G Radio Access Network (RAN) and core infrastructure, as well as prepare the service provider for future 5G services in Angola.

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South Sudan launches first ever 4G internet bandwidth

14 April 2021

South Sudan has introduced its first ever 4G internet service that will boost connectivity in a country that previously relied on 3G broadband width since winning independence from Sudan in 2011.

Baba Medan Konyi, deputy minister of information and broadcasting, welcomed the launch of 4G internet services by Zain telecom services and said it resulted from concerted efforts of the government and Zain over the past years.

“It’s the right time to have 4G internet since government is implementing the peace agreement, it will make communication easy among the people as we are going to disseminate messages of peace across the country,” said Konyi during the launch in the capital, Juba.

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TheAngle and ABS extend partnership in MENA region

14 April 2021

Satellite operator ABS and specialised network integrator TheAngle have extended their partnership in the MENA region, serving customers across the ABS’ MENA coverage at 75 degrees East. 

The expanded and upgraded services focus on the provision of secure and reliable communications services for government, military institutions and energy companies - oil and gas. For such industries, satellite remains strategic and the preferred solution to ensure quality communications, notably from/to remote locations and offshore facilities.

In general demand for satellite services in the MENA market remains robust, driven by increased activities in the traditional verticals of corporate data services and governmental applications, key applications carried over ABS satellites and TheAngle networks.

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