In a significant move to address the evolving landscape of ICT and telecommunications, both the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) are concentrating their efforts on effectively responding to changes in the industry. Key policy issues in today's digital world were at the forefront of discussions between ATU Secretary General John Omo and Dr. Cosmas Zavazava, Director of the ITU Development Sector (BDT).

Read more: ITU and ATU Discuss ICT Advancements in Africa

With the first AWS Wavelength Zones in Morocco and Senegal, customers can build applications using AWS services installed within Orange’s network to securely process and store data locally and deliver low-latency user experiences. Organizations in the public and private sector will be able to leverage AWS Wavelength infrastructure and services to take advantage of the security, scalability, and reliability of AWS.

Read more: Orange Middle East & Africa and Amazon Web Services Partner to Deliver Advanced Cloud Technologies

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has met with the Founder and Director of HMD Global—maker of Nokia phones—Jean-Francois Baril. They discussed the company’s plans for expanding in Egypt, increasing manufacturing operations, and exporting Nokia regular cell phones and smartphones from the Egyptian Silicon Industries Corporation (E-SICO) plant in New Assiut Technology Park.

Read more: ICT Minister and Nokia Discuss Local Mobile Manufacturing and Exporting

TowerCo of Africa Tanzania (TOA Tanzania), a leading provider of passive telecom infrastructure, is excited to announce the execution of a $30 million financing agreement with British International Investment (BII), the United Kingdom's development finance institution and impact investor.

Read more: TOA Tanzania Secures $30M to Enhance Telecom Infrastructure and Connectivity

The Government of Ghana, Ascend Digital, K-NET, Radisys, Nokia, and Tech Mahindra, with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) AT Ghana and Telecel Ghana, announce their partnership on a new shared infra-Next-Gen InfraCo. (NGIC). This collaboration aims to deliver affordable 5G mobile broadband services across Ghana. The Next-Gen Infrastructure Company (NGIC) has been awarded 5G license and expected to launch 5G services across Ghana within the next six months, followed by expansion to other parts of Africa.

Read more: Global Partnership for Africa's First 4G & 5G Shared Mobile Broadband

More women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are now using mobile internet, with a total of 1.5 billion (66%) women connected. In 2023, an additional 120 million women accessed the internet through mobile devices. Mobile internet remains the main way people in LMICs access the internet, making up 84% of broadband connections in 2023. However, there are still 785 million women who are not connected, with around 60% of them living in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more: Mobile Internet Use Among Women in LMICs Surges by 120 Million

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, has partnered with SATCOM Technologies to explore new satellite communications opportunities in Zimbabwe.

Read more: Yahsat Collaborates with SATCOM Technologies to Provide Cutting-edge Satellite Communication...

A mesh monitoring network formed by 20 differently configured TCI Model 709 compact spectrum monitoring systems (SMS) will be deployed to strengthen the NTRA’s ability to manage and optimize its telecommunications services. These capabilities will be especially critical as the NTRA has recently licensed Egypt’s first 5G network.

Read more: SPX Communication Technologies Secures Second Contract with Egypt’s National Telecommunications...

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