Vodacom DRC and Mondia launch 'first-of-its-kind' maternal health service in country

02 March 2021

Vodacom DRC and Mondia launch maternal health service

Vodacom DRC and Mondia have launched a maternal health service

Vodacom DRC and Mondia, a private mobile technology company, have rolled the Mum & Baby maternal health service across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The free-of-charge mobile health intervention service that provides Vodacom DRC subscribers with maternal, neonatal and child health information designed to encourage good health practices amongst pregnant women, mothers, partners and caregivers. Mondia creates Mum & Baby's tailored content in the local language, and includes expert articles, videos and information-sharing SMS messages.

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Kenya: Alphabet’s Loon deflates

19 February 2021

Alphabet’s Loon, the stratospheric balloon internet access service in Kenya is to return to earth.

The project is shutting down across the globe after nine years of exploration and final pilot.

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Ooredoo hires Ericsson to modernise network for 5G

19 February 2021

Ooredoo Group has hired Ericsson to modernise the operator’s networks across its global portfolio, including its operations in Algeria and Tunisia.

In a statement, Ericsson said the five-year-long partnership will let Ooredoo use its 5G radio, core and transport products and services, a move it said would open the door for end-to-end 5G support “to digitally transform and modernise” Ooredoo’s mobile networks.

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ZTE completes Mauritania fibre network construction

19 February 2021

Chinese tech giant ZTE has completed construction of Mauritania’s national fibre optic network.

The whole of the northwest African nation is now crossed by optical fibre, which was deployed as part of the regional communications infrastructure program in west Africa, funded by the World Bank. It was introduced to help accelerate the country’s digital transformation.

The 1,760 km long high-speed telecommunications infrastructure is a backbone made up of urban loops and an international network interconnection. In terms of international network interconnection, Nouakchott, the capital and largest city in Mauritania, serves as the landing point for the ACE submarine cable system.

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