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Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) to drive digital transformation and the knowledge economy for socio-economic development across the continent. The two parties will leverage the power of telecommunications, including 5G networks, to connect the unconnected and identify innovative use cases, as well as business models. In addition, the MoU will lay ground for both organizations to better help governments shape telecom policy, develop talent and promote inclusion and diversity. This includes women, as well as the underprivileged in both rural and urban areas.

Read more: Nokia collaborates with ATU for a better digital transformation and knowledge economy in Africa

Nokia and Vodacom South Africa are working together to transform the operator’s nationwide optical transmission network through Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset hardware to deliver high capacity transmission. Through a recent field trial, the companies achieved the highest data transmission rates and performance across their live optical network, demonstrating a significant increase in transmission network capacity for Vodacom South Africa.

Read more: Nokia and Vodacom accomplish a superfast transmission optical network for 5G

Tech giant Huawei will build a research, development, and innovation center in Tunisia, announced President of Huawei North Africa Terry He during a meeting with President Kais Saied.  According to Terry, Tunisia meets all the criteria to become a technology hub in Africa.

Read more: Huawei set to build an innovation center in Tunisia

Huawei is keen to be at the forefront of addressing the issues of sufficient, affordable, and reliable energy supply within Africa. At a recent virtual digital power event, Huang Su, director of Huawei Southern Africa Digital Power Business, emphasized that digital and intelligent technologies can be of great help to bridge the energy gap.

Read more: Huawei supports green Africa with digital power solutions

Nokia has come together with multiple stakeholders, including Safaricom, UNICEF, and the Kenyan Ministries of Education and ICT, to connect close to 90 schools to the internet in Kenya. Serving an estimated 32,670 students, both rural and disadvantaged urban settlements have benefitted from the initiative. Supporting digitization and digital literacy, the initiative is in line with the Kenyan Government’s plans to scale broadband connection to all schools by 2030.

Read more: Nokia, Safaricom, and UNICEF bring connectivity to school children

According to published Q2 2021 results of Nokia, top-line strength continued in the second quarter, with constant currency net sales up 9% year-on-year, driven by growth across all business groups. Moreover, important progress was seen in line with the company’s three-phased strategy where Mobile Networks strengthened its competitiveness with AirScale radio and baseband launch and Network Infrastructure continued to gain share in the first half with +20% sales growth in constant currency.

Read more: Nokia’s strong start to 2021 continued in the second quarter

Nokia and Vodafone have launched a jointly developed machine learning (ML) product, running on Google Cloud, to quickly detect and remediate network anomalies before they impact Vodafone customers.

Read more: Nokia and Vodafone roll out new machine learning product for network anomalies detection

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