Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has said that 1,300 villages will be linked with fibre-optic cables at a cost of about EGP 5.6bn.
As part of the strategy launched in 2020, Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) issued a list of the 21 most important consumer rights to which telecommunications companies operating in the country must abide by. This step comes focuses on raising user satisfaction rates and making them aware of their rights.
Botswana said it has abandoned plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) among the country’s three mobile phone operators after more than six years of preparation. Minister of Transport and Communications, Thulaganyo Segokgo, told Parliament the initiative would not proceed as an operator network readiness assessment study had shown that it was not feasible.
The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has called for deliberate efforts by stakeholders toward achieving the target of nationwide deployment of fibre coverage.
Nigeria is a key African market, says Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres. “This region is hungry for digitisation and to pave the way for our hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa, Africa Data Centres’ construction of a 10-megawatt data centre in Lagos is well underway."
A Soyuz rocket took off from a cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East and deployed 36 Florida-built OneWeb internet satellites into orbit. Another batch of OneWeb satellites will launch next month, continuing the build-out of a planned fleet of 648 spacecraft to provide global broadband services.
The Luxembourg Government and SES’s fully-owned affiliate SES Techcom launched the second phase of the SATMED telemedicine project that will run into 2024. Enabled by satellite, SATMED is designed to connect doctors and nurses based in remote locations to the outside medical world, providing access to the platform’s cloud applications for e-training, virtual consultations, management and storage of medical data records, and video conferencing.
The first two Airbus-built Pléiades Neo imaging satellites have arrived at Cayenne airport, French Guiana and are now en route to the European Space Centre in Kourou.
The Uganda cabinet approved the project to build a satellite station in the country, its main objective will be developing Uganda’s space capabilities in a well-coordinated and harmonized manner.
In his report presented to Ethiopian parliamentarians, PM Abiy Ahmed disclosed the country’s plan to sell up to 40 percent of shares in the state-owned telecom monopoly Ethio Telecom by July.