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Infinera announced that Orange deployed spectrum capacity with Infinera’s submarine solution on its MainOne submarine cable, a new network built to provide large-scale international capacity to support the development of a digital ecosystem in West Africa. Built upon Infinera’s fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) on the XTS-3600 platform, Orange was able to significantly increase its regional capacity as well as improve the resilience of its submarine cables to provide its customers with enhanced connectivity and access to affordable new services.

Read more: Infinera upgrades spectrum capacity on MainOne submarine cable for Orange

West African island nation Cape Verde has begun construction of a technical station and terminal to house the EllaLink submarine cable at Praia by the end of 2020. Cape Verde had announced in 2018 plans to connect to the new fibre optic cable in order to strengthen internet connectivity in the country.

Read more: New country to connect to EllaLink submarine cable

Ecobank has extended its zero-charge fee for digital money transfers below N5,000 till the end of September this year. In addition to the free USSD session fee currently enjoyed by Ecobank customers, users of Ecobank Mobile, Ecobank Online, USSD - Ecobank *326# can continue to enjoy zero fee charge for digital money transfers below N5,000. New customers can also benefit from this by opening an Xpress account from the comfort of their homes by simply dialling *326#.

Read more: Ecobank Nigeria eases digital money transfers

Zimbabwe abruptly suspended all mobile money transactions, the most widely used platform to make and receive payments in the crisis-ridden country, claiming the move would tackle crime and economic sabotage. The government also suspended all trade on the country's stock exchange, which it accused of being complicit in illicit financial activities.

Read more: Zimbabwe suspends mobile banking

Nigeria has announced that it aims to launch a new earth observation satellite that will replace NigeriaSat-2 which has been in orbit since 2011. According to the director of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Francis Chizea the country aspires to strengthen its space capabilities.

Read more: Nigeria set to launch new satellite

PCCW Global today announced that its Console Connect Software-Defined Interconnection® (SDI® ) platform is now available in many more data centers via an extended collaboration with Global Switch, a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale carrier and cloud neutral data centers in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Read more: PCCW inaugurates Console Connect in all Global Switch data centers worldwide

As part of its vision to transform its economy, the Republic of Sudan announced a new commitment to accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments. By joining the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance, the government commits to increasing financial inclusion and transparency, taking steps to build an economy that benefits all citizens.

Read more: Sudan commits to transition to digital payments

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