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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Somalia: internet services restored after four-day outage

18 November 2020

Internet services have been fully restored in central and southern parts of Somalia, following a four-day shutdown that cost the country’s economy millions of dollars.

The Horn of Africa nation’s main internet services provider, Hormuud Telecom, said that the problem was fixed and apologised to all customers impacted.

This latest outage came after the submarine fibre optic cables suffered a major disruption due to the rough waves of the Indian Ocean.

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Egyptian quartet acquire new frequencies

16 November 2020

Telecom Egypt said that the NTRA accepted its financial and technical offer for additional spectrum

Telecom Egypt said that the NTRA accepted its financial and technical offer for additional spectrum

The Egyptian telecoms regulator has awarded Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr new telecom frequencies for an estimated cost of  US$ 1.1bn. 

Vodafone said it acquired 40 MHz of 2.6 GHz TDD spectrum from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), with a 10-year licence term through to 2030. Payments will be through instalments over three years, with an initial payment of US$270m upon receipt of the spectrum and two other payments of US$135m due in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

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