Raxio Group expands its Africa footprint with Ivory Coast’s first carrier-neutral data center

IVORY COAST – Raxio Group, a pan-African data centre developer and operator, has invested in the first carrier-neutral Tier III data centre in Ivory Coast as it looks to expand its African footprint. The data centre developer and operator has revealed it will invest in ‘Raxio Abidjan’, which will be the latest facility of Raxio’s expanding network across Africa.  Earlier this year 2021, Raxio moved into Mozambique as part of its expansion and will now extend this to Ivory Coast with the development of the new data centre. Raxio Abidjan is being…

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MTN to invest US$218m Series II Bond proceeds in network expansion

NIGERIA – Following approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), MTN Nigeria has launched the book build in respect of the Series II 10-Year Fixed Rate Bond (Series II Bond) and have concluded plans to invest the proceeds from the book launch, which amounts to US$219 million in its network expansion drive, reports This Day. The telco had successfully raised US$268.2 million through the Series I bond in May 2021 and is set to raise US$487.6 million through Series II. This is just as the company has revealed that…

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Telecom Egypt secures US$500m loan to support its capital expenditure

EGYPT – Telecom Egypt has announced obtaining a new US$500 million medium-term syndicated loan to be used to support its capital expenditure and refinance existing short-term facilities. According to Telecom Egypt, First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and Mashreq Bank PSC were mandated as Joint Coordinators, Underwriters, Bookrunners, and Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers of the facility, similar to the medium-term syndicated loan obtained in October 2018. It added that FAB is also the Facility Agent for the transaction and Mashreq the designated Account Bank and the Documentation Agent. “I am very…

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Orange inaugurates digital center in Abidjan

CÔTE D’IVOIRE –  French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating an “Orange Digital Center” in Abidjan, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation, attended by the highest political and administrative authorities from Côte d’Ivoire Spread over 1,200m2 for Côte d’Ivoire, the Orange Digital Center brings together the four strategic programs of the Orange group, namely: a coding school Orange Digital Academy, a FabLab Solidaire – part of the Orange Foundation’s digital manufacturing spaces, an Orange Fab start-up accelerator and Orange Ventures Africa, the…

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Africell opens high-tech data center in Angola

ANGOLA – Mobile network operator Africell has taken another major step towards launching services in Angola by opening a data centre in Luanda, a facility resulting from substantial financial investment and will be the cornerstone of Africell’s network in Angola, providing a platform for a digital ecosystem for mobile users, entrepreneurs and innovators. “The opening of the data centre is a significant milestone,” said Christopher Lundh, CEO of Africell Angola.  “We want to lead a digital transformation. Africell is investing in technology that will provide Angola with faster, more affordable and more…

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Liquid announces new Asia-USA global internet transit route via Africa

DRC- Leading pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced the launch of its shortest terrestrial fiber route between the East to the West coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, Kenya to Muanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With the completion of this route, Liquid establishes a new global Internet transit route between Asia and the USA through Africa, avoiding high-risk bottlenecks in the Middle East and Europe. The new route will also serve tens of millions of people in Africa’s landlocked cities, towns, and villages. Access to high-speed connectivity is…

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Djibouti Telecom breaks ground on new Cable Landing Station

DJIBOUTI – To meet the ever-growing demand and network resiliency requirements, Djibouti Telecom has begun construction of a new cable landing station (CLS) in Djibouti City. Due to be completed in April 2022 the new Cable Landing Station will be a neutral digital port which will provide an open access cable landing service to submarine cable operators for a neutral, safe and secure landing in Djibouti City. With a network comprised of 8 operational subsea cables and 5 on-project cable systems, Djibouti Telecom is positioned as a centre for telecoms…

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Liquid and Microsoft partner to launch a video conferencing platform

ZIMBABWE – Pan-African technology group, Liquid Intelligent Technology, has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to launch a videoconferencing platform, OneVoice, which will allow Microsoft Teams to dial a landline or mobile phone. The new product comes at a time internet-based calling is gaining in popularity as people conduct more of their business online through platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the OneVoice platform, Liquid will allow Microsoft customers around the world to integrate telephone plans in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa,…

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Oracle to build its first African data centre in Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA – Global software giant Oracle has announced that it has chosen Johannesburg as the site of its first African data center. Johannesburg will be among the 14 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America that the company says it plans to open cloud regions to support strong customer demand for Oracle Cloud services. Upcoming cloud regions include Milan (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France), Spain, Singapore (Singapore), Johannesburg (South Africa), Jerusalem (Israel), Mexico, and Colombia. Additional second regions will open in Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.), Saudi…

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Atlas Tower Kenya to invest US$48.9m on 4G towers installation

KENYA – Telecommunications infrastructure firm Atlas Tower Kenya is investing US$48.9 million to install 4G towers, targeting mobile network operators Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya, reports Business Daily. The telcos are in a race to cover most of the country with the fourth generation (4G) broadband cellular technology to attract and retain subscribers using smartphones. Atlas, owned by Kalahari Capital LLC and Adrian Group Limited, will fund part of the investment using loans from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). “The total project cost is estimated at US$48.9 million (Sh5.4…

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