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In 2020, mobile networks supported the economic resilience of a large part of the African population in the face of Covid-19. The pandemic, which has increased the importance of telecom services, has accelerated the investment of operators in improving coverage and quality. The World Association of Telephone Operators (GSMA) estimates that telecom operators will invest $...

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From 2019 to 2020, the Internet penetration rate in Cameroon did not exceed 40%. The government, aware of the importance of digital technology in its post-Covid economic recovery, has decided to invest to further develop this sector at the heart of several development issues. Through the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank granted a loan...

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Canadian mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions provider NuRAN Wireless has connected 48 telecommunications sites in Cameroon in a deal it projects will yield better-than-expected return. The tower and related equipment went live recently and “has already begun to generate significant traffic,” according to NuRAN officials. NuRAN plans to deliver 242 sits as part of...

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Over the past sixteen months, the government of Nigeria has succeeded in combating disinformation, carrying out international benchmarking and developing a national 5G policy. Faced with this increasingly clear horizon, some telecom companies are already impatient. According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the deployment of 5G could take place in January 2022. Ubale...

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MTN Nigeria is eager to participate in Nigeria’s 5G licensing process. Mohammed Rufai, MTN Nigeria’s Chief Technical Officer, told ITWeb Africa that the operator is excited about the opportunities that 5G represents and announced plans to invest US$1.45-billion in expanding broadband access. The operator said its plans will rely on the country’s telecommunications regulator, the...

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Zimbabwe has launched the third phase of its US$71-million national mobile broadband project, initiated to improve local internet infrastructure and services. The project is a collaboration between Huawei and state-owned telecommunications firm, NetOne, and is funded through the Export-Import Bank of China. On completion 345 base stations will be installed, increasing the telco’s mobile broadband...

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Earlier this year, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso announced investments to increase the rate of broadband penetration in the country. This is one of the priorities for national development on which the Ministry of the Digital Economy is already working. The Burkinabé government is currently preparing a project to develop Internet connectivity in urban areas. It...