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Heading into 2022, telecom companies have an even larger role to play as the fifth generation of wireless technology begins to gain traction among enterprises and consumers alike. 5G deployment has been on the fast track with nationwide efforts done to achieve mainstream adoption. In fact, in four-year time, 4.41 billion people will be able to use 5G services. This represents 53% of the world population, according to an analysis by Bankr.

Read more: The next G wave: 6G is coming soon

Telecom operators was forced to expand their data capacities due to the pandemic. According to GSMA, the mobile internet penetration rate was 28% in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 compared to mobile penetration of 46% because of the high smartphone prices rate.

Read more: High smartphones prices hinder internet spread in Africa

It has been revealed on the sidelines of GITEX 2021 that the Egyptian government is in the midst of setting the legal framework for the frequencies and licenses for 5G in order to begin proper deployment of 5G especially since it is an advanced technology that will bring a new breath to the Egyptian economy and improve the services received by the end-user.

Read more: Egypt to draft 5G spectrum and licenses regulations

Google announced that it would invest $1 billion in boosting Africa's internet access and startup scene, as the tech giant eyes a youthful market increasingly armed with smartphones.  Spread over five years, the investment includes funding for Google's Equiano subsea cable - a major private infrastructure project aimed at ramping up Africa's high-speed connections.

Read more: Google provides fund to boost the 4th industrial revolution

Netscout systems INC, a leading provider of security, service assurance, and business analytics, and Africa's leading broadband internet provider Seacom, today announced a strategic alliance to provide managed DDoS and security services to enterprise customers throughout Kenya and South Africa, as well as to wholesale customers utilizing Seacom’s subsea and terrestrial networks.

Read more: Seacom and Netscout to manage DDoS services in Kenya

To improve telecoms coverage on five strategic national roads, Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) announced a financial bundle of $20.6 million. The telecoms regulator stated that a limited call for tender will be available soon for authorized companies to start and operate telecom base stations in the country.

Read more: Egypt’s telecom regulator provides fund to upgrade national roads

Total international internet bandwidth now stands at 786 Tbps, representing a four-year CAGR of 29%. Among all countries, Africa experienced the most rapid growth of international internet bandwidth, growing at a compound annual rate of 45% between 2017 and 2021.

Read more: Africa leads international internet bandwidth growth in 2021

A service agreement was signed by the Egyptian government through the National Company for Telecommunications Services (NCTS) with the high-speed satellite internet service provider Hughes Network Systems. NCTS will have access to many solutions including two Hughes Jupiter System gateways, a network management system, to provide connectivity in rural areas via the Tiba-1 satellite.

Read more: Tiba-1 to provide broadband connectivity to remote and rural areas in Egypt

Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company (LPTIC) and telecom infrastructure provider Retelit Med signed an agreement which holds a 50% stake, covering the provision of strategic, technological and technical expertise to LPTIC subsidiaries LITC, an international wholesale operator, and Hatif Libya, a fixed-line operator. This support will help the country to progress in digital transformation.

Read more: LPTIC launches new projects to digitize Libya

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