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Start-up telecommunications services provider One Wireless has announced plans to deploy macro Wi-Fi solutions to “Wi-Fi blanket’ Botswana, covering several cities including Francistown, Gaborone, Kasane, Maun and Palapye. The company says the wireless technology, also known as ‘mass Wi-Fi’, guarantees a faster internet speed, and will benefit the public as well as IOT, OTT service...

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The Namibian capital has been engaged since 2017 in a digital transformation project. But its completion within the allotted time meets some disturbances. In a leaked investigative report, internal auditors in the municipality of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, reveal numerous irregularities in the implementation of the local fiber optic monetization project initiated last year by...

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On Tuesday, 16th February at 19:16 UTC, the WIOCC Network Operation Centre (NOC) observed interruption to a significant number of client services between Djibouti and Marseille, France on the SeaMeWe5 submarine cable, affecting voice, data and internet services in multiple countries across eastern and southern Africa. Once it was determined that fault repair would require a subsea...

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Namibia’s Internet penetration rate is still well below 50%. The government is working to reduce this gap which could hamper its post-Covid economic recovery efforts. PowerCom, a specialist in providing ICT infrastructure and equipment, has started building new telecom towers across Namibia. This subsidiary of the 100% state-owned mobile telephone operator, Telecom Namibia, plans to invest 5.4...

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The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has awarded contracts to five companies to roll out telecommunications mobile network infrastructure and services in 101 sub-locations of the country. The project is being done via the Universal Service Fund (USF), which aims to provide communications in under-served and unserved areas. Safaricom, Airtel Kenya, American Towers Company (ATC)...

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MTN Uganda has launched its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services for home users, adding to its existing range of business fibre services. Fibre access is available in selected areas of Kampala and other main cities. While the MTN website has still to confirm pricing, a report from Techjaja says that a 10Mbps service for home users will cost UGX179,000...

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President Félix Tshisekedi’s digital development policy is taking shape in DR Congo. A new high-speed telecoms infrastructure will soon cross the country.  On Tuesday February 2, the Egyptian company Benya Capital and the Congolese Post and Telecommunications Company (SCPT) finalized the contract to deploy 16,000 kilometers of optical fiber across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The...