Construction of Africa-1 sub-sea cable system commences

AFRICA – The construction of Africa-1 sub-sea cable, which is a fibre optic submarine telecommunications cable system connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe has begun according to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), a world leader in submarine network systems. Backed up by a consortium made up of Etisalat, G42, Mobily, Pakistan Telecommunication Company and Telecom Egypt, with more companies expected to join in the near future, the 10,000 km sub-sea cable will deliver 8 fibre pairs to connect Africa and the Middle East eastward to Pakistan and westward to Europe. The system…

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Maroc Telecom posts a 9-month turnover of US$3Bn buoyed by international operations

MOROCCO – Moroccan telecommunications operator Maroc Telecom has posted a turnover of more than MAD 27.49 billion ($2.99 billion) during the first nine months of 2020, a 0.7% rise compared to a similar period in 2019. According to Maroc Telecom, its unwavering financial position is as a result of the strong resilience of international activities, which partially offset the decline in turnover in Morocco. Revenues from activities in Morocco during the first 9 months of 2020 were significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, plummeting 3.6% to settle at about MAD…

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Ethiopia receives 12 bids from major telecoms for two telco licences

ETHIOPIA – 12 major telecom operators have shown interest in two licences that the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) plans to award to multinational mobile companies, breaking the state monopoly. On its statement ECA said it has received complete information and expression of interest from the Global Partnership for Ethiopia (a consortium of telecom operators made of Vodafone, Vodacom, and Safaricom), Etisalat, Axian, MTN, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company, Telkom SA, Liquid Telecom, Snail Mobile, and the two non-telecom operators, Kandu Global Telecommunications and Electromecha International Projects. The prospective bidders were given…

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