Nokia, Safaricom and UNICEF partner to connect schools to the internet across Kenya

KENYA – 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. Both rural and disadvantaged urban settlements have benefitted from the initiative, which also supports digitization and digital literacy and the initiative aims to ‘connect the unconnected, with the ultimate goal of supporting the Kenyan Government’s plans to scale broadband connection to all schools by 2030. The connected schools are spread across rural and informal urban settlements in Kenya, serving…

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Solar-based internet provider Tizeti launches new connectivity offerings

NIGERIA – Tizeti, a West Africa’s solar-based internet and voice service provider, has launched new connectivity offerings to enable more Africans take advantage of digital offerings in a new world defined by the Covid-19 pandemic. The new products encompass the company’s commitment to widening the broadband envelope in Nigeria with more robust internet plans, expanding coverage, especially in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, and a focus on accelerating internet availability across the continent with a new venture fund. “The global pandemic expedited the need for technology to be more agile,…

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Ecoband partners Workonline Communications to boost Ghana’s internet ecosystem

GHANA – Ecoband Networks, a telecoms company, has partnered with Workonline Communications, an innovative pan-African Network Service Provider to boost Ghana’s internet ecosystem. Workonline, a wholesale provider of Internet connectivity services, announced its presence in Ghana in 2020, just as the number of Internet users in Ghana breached 15 million in the country.   Ecoband was chosen by Workonline as a provider of dark fibre infrastructure services to assist with Workonline’s connection from its point of presence at PAIX to the cable landing station. PAIX operates Ghana’s leading carrier-neutral data centre,…

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SoftBank and Smart Africa ink MoU for affordable broadband solutions in the continent

RWANDA – Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank and Smart Africa Secretariat (Smart Africa) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop solutions that enable affordable broadband across Africa. Specifically, SoftBank and Smart Africa will work to provide accessible and affordable internet connectivity to Africa’s underserved regions, and effectively “bridge the digital divide”. The news forms part of Smart Africa overall goal to double broadband penetration in Africa to 51% by the year 2025 and as such, the alliance is working to implement the Bulk Capacity Purchase Project, an initiative…

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Viasat Inc. gets grant of full suite operating licenses in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Viasat Inc., a global communications company, in partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has announced it has been granted a full suite of operating licenses in Nigeria. Viasat has been granted the Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, VSAT license and  three Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM) licenses—in order to bring high-quality satellite internet connectivity to Nigerian communities where limited or no internet service is currently available. The NCC granted Viasat multiple licenses to operate within the 28GHz Ka-band satellite frequency band. The 28GHz Ka-band spectrum has enabled…

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