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International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, announced its $25 million investment in Convergence Partners' Digital Infrastructure Fund to help strengthen broadband infrastructure and improve online access to digital services in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

Read more: IFC invests $25 mln for improved digital connectivity in Africa

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat opened the Egyptian African Telecom Regulatory Training Center (EG-ATRC), an affiliated center to the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in Smart Village, in the presence of NTRA Executive President Hossam El-Gamal.

Read more: ICT minister opens EG-ATRC, an affiliated center to the NTRA

Joining South Africa’s MTN and Kuwait’s Zain in South Sudan’s telecom market is the newly-launched Digitel Network, the first domestically-owned telecom operation in the country. Its inauguration ceremony was led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit with the aim to bring mobile connectivity to remote areas across the country.

Read more: South Sudan launches first local telecom operator

The ICT Authority (ICTA) in Kenya has initiated setting a 630 km fibre-optic cable to deliver internet to under-served areas of northwest of the country. The new cable is being funded jointly by the government and the World Bank under the East Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Program (EARTTDFP).

Read more: The ICTA installs 630 km of fiber in northern Kenya

To connect Africans living in underserved areas with reliable mobile connectivity, fixed satellite solution and professional service provider, iSAT Africa and SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions have joined forces to provide new 4G connectivity first via SES’s O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation to subsequently migrate and expanded to SES’s next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, in 2022. The development is the result of a three-year partnership agreement signed by the two companies.

Read more: SES Networks and iSAT Africa agree to revolutionise 4G connectivity across Africa

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) brought together national broadcasters and regulators from across Africa and its neighbouring countries to coordinate their spectrum use and identify new frequencies to avoid harmful interference as services expand.  A series of key regional frequency planning and coordination meetings, aimed at helping African countries expand the reach of their FM (frequency modulation) radio broadcasting services.

Read more: New FM frequencies sought for smooth broadcasting in Africa

Following the Senate investigative hearing which gave the Fifth Generation (5G) technology a clean bill of health, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken a major proactive regulatory step by inaugurating a committee to develop the Information Memorandum (IM) for the auction of 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum band which will be used for early deployment of 5G services in the country.

Read more: The NCC set to issue 5G spectrum

EI-Technologies MENA by Neo-Dis.com, a leading CRM partner providing technology consulting services and multi-cloud implementation in the Middle East and North Africa, has recently bagged new business deals after signing contracts in four industries, abetted by momentum in its digital, cloud, and platform segments, to push their digital transformation strategies forward.

Read more: EI-Technologies MENA scores multiples deals to promote their digital transformation strategies

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