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SEACOM partners Ciena to expand terrestrial network, to drive web-scale services across Africa

SEACOM partners Ciena to expand terrestrial network, to drive web-scale services across Africa

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced a partnership with Ciena, a US-based a global supplier of telecoms networking equipment, software and services, to expand its terrestrial network and upgrading capacity on key submarine links. This partnership with Ciena will help SEACOM deliver new network solutions to service providers across the continent and


Kenya Power develops TBU for its Fibre Optic Business

Following the issuance of a Network Facility Provider – Tier 2 License by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), Kenya’s national electric utility company, Kenya Power has announced it has developed a telecommunications business unit (TBU) for its fibre optic business. Kenya Power aims to deliver a complete line of telecommunications products to CCK-licensed application


ShowMax, MWEB offer customers free Internet and SVOD contents

Armed with the knowledge that cost of high-speed Internet access is a major hindrance to the adoption of Internet TV/video-on-demand services, subscription-based video-on-demand service (SVOD), ShowMax has announced a partnership with MWEB, an Internet service provider in South Africa to give customers free ADSL (Internet) and complimentary access to ShowMax. The offer is available until


SEACOM to provide high-speed Internet to more tech hubs in East Africa

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced it will be providing high-speed Internet (20Mbps) connectivity to more technology hub in East Africa. Hive Colab and Outbox, tech hubs which support developers and entrepreneurs who develop products for Uganda’s burgeoning technology industry, will benefit from SEACOM’s kind gesture. “This investment in bandwidth


2016 Budget: Aso Rock’s Internet infrastructure to gulp NGN136.9 million

The 2016 budget proposal presented before the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari two weeks ago indicates that, out of the NGN39 billion budgeted for the Presidency, NGN139.9 million has been earmarked for the purchase of Internet and IT-related equipment in Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power. A breakdown of the figure


Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System Goes Live

In August last year, TechLoy reported that Huawei Marine Networks commenced the installation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS). MainOne, a leading telecoms and network services provider in West Africa, has announced that the high capacity submarine cable system has gone live. The submarine cable system, which connects Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroon, will


Telecom service provider, Somcable launches LTE in Somaliland

Somcable, a major communications service provider in East Africa has announced the launch of commercial LTE (Long-Term Evolution) in Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia. Somcable has deployed the LTE-Advanced network alongside a fiber optic network (GPON), which will enable it offer high-speed, fixed and mobile broadband services to commercial and residential customers. “Somcable is


EasyTaxi partners Telkom Kenya to offer customers mobile Internet in transit

Easy Taxi, a mobile taxi hailing service has announced a partnership with telecommunication service provider, Telkom Kenya to offer its customers in Nairobi mobile Internet every time they take any of their affiliate cabs. As a result of the partnership, four Orange branded Easy Taxi affiliate cabs will have the Orange ‘Domino’ mobile Internet device


Internet Service Provider, SimbaNET Partners Tata Communications to Drive Business Growth in East Africa

SimbaNET, a leading provider of Internet connectivity to businesses in Eastern Africa has announced a partnership with Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™ to provide technology and communication solutions for businesses growing ICT requirement in East Africa. The partnership will see Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan companies provided with access to


Telkom partners Showmax to launch zero-rated data streaming

Telkom, a leading telecommunication service provider in South Africa has announced a partnership with Showmax, a subscription-based video-on-demand (VOD) service to provide customers with zero-rated data for streaming content. The offer applies only to Telkom’s new and existing Summer Unlimited users, who will be provided with unlimited data to stream content on Showmax. In addition,


Liquid Sea to Build Subsea Cable Linking Africa to the Middle East

Liquid Sea, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liquid Telecom, has announced it has started a project to build a new subsea cable linking Africa to the Middle East that will provide superfast Internet connectivity to those regions. The subsea cable, which will be about 10,000km, will run from South Africa to the Middle East and will


African Research Associations Partner GÉANT for High-Speed Internet all over Africa

African research and education network associations, UbuntuNet Alliance, ASREN and WACREN have announced a partnership with their European counterpart, GÉANT to provide dedicated high-speed Internet all over Africa. The project, named AfricaConnect2 and costing about €26.6 million, will see the development of high-capacity Internet networks across the entire African continent and connect them to GÉANT


Google’s Project Link Brings Better Wi-Fi To Kampala

Project Link, an initiative to bring super-fast and reliable Internet access to drive business growth across Africa, has announced it is bringing better Wi-Fi to residents of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. To achieve this, it is launching a Wi-Fi hotzone network to improve the quality and affordability of wireless access – a key need to

Nokia-Alcatel acquisition deal passes China’s antitrust process

China has graced Nokia’s proposed deal to acquire French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion ($17.6 billion), following some set legislation control trust process. According to the East Asian country’s ministry of Commerce, some terms were laid down that Nokia had to meet by early December before the acquisition could be approved, including the use


Facebook teams up with Eutelsat to bring internet connectivity to Africa using satellite tech

Facebook has announced it’ll be partnering Eutelsat, a French Communication firm on a new initiative to make Internet connectivity available in Africa using satellite technologies. Eutelsat and Facebook will be utilizing the “entire broadband payload” on the future AMOS-6 satellite to build a dedicated system that’ll supply connectivity to 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The


Google expands Project Link to Ghana

Google, a US-based multinational technology company has announced it has expanded Project Link to Ghana as it seeks to provide faster and more reliable Internet access to the populace. Google, through Project Link, builds fibre-optic networks, making it possible for local providers to connect more people to the Internet and each other. In Ghana, the

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Bharti Airtel, Liquid Telecom signs fibre deal

Bharti Airtel, a leading multinational telecommunications company has announced it has signed a fibre deal with Liquid Telecom, an independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. The fibre deal enables Airtel Africa operations to leverage Liquid Telecom’s existing 20,000km-long fibre network across eastern, central and southern Africa, as well as


MTN set to launch fibre-to-the-home in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

MTN Group, a Johannesburg-based multinational telecommunication company has announced it plans to launch fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in La Lucia, an affluent suburb in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The fibre-to-the-home project, which will deliver Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps, will connect about 439 homes to MTN’s high speed fibre network before the end of October when


Smile Telecoms raises US$365million in Funding Round to Finance Debt, Expand Coverage in Africa

Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited, a Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) broadband provider company which owns and operates 4G LTE broadband networks in the 800MHz band in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, has raised US$365million for debt and equity financing. Smile Telecoms will use the funds raised to complete a “multi-protocol label switching” network, establish a