Telecoms developments in Africa – February 2017

  Project increases access to broadband The African Development Bank Group approved a loan of €31,4-million and a grant of €12,5-million to the Republic of Niger to finance the national component of the Trans-Saharan fibre-optic backbone (DTS) project. The project will increase access to broadband services to Nigeria and Chad. The 1510 km long optic […]

Telecoms in Africa – September 2016

  Connecting 13-million more in rural Tanzania The GSM Association (GSMA) launched an active infrastructure sharing initiative in East Africa, between mobile network operators (MNOs) Airtel, Millicom and Vodacom. The MNOs will launch six 3G pilot sites across Tanzania to test the sustainable provision of mobile broadband services to 13-million people in rural areas of […]

Telecoms developments in Africa – July 2016

  Broadband for southern Africa Avanti Communications Group signed a two-year contract extension with Imarasat, to enable growth in consumer, SME and enterprise markets across 14 countries in southern Africa. The company will target SME markets in countries such as Kenya. Roughly 1,1-million Kenyan SMEs contribute 45% to its economy. Nearly 75% of them don’t […]

Telecoms developments in Africa – May 2016

  Connecting Africa and South America Angola Cables S.A and NEC Corporation said that the contract to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), a subsea fibre optic cable system to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere, has come into force. SACS is scheduled to go live by mid-2018. The project cost $160-million […]