Safaricom switches on 5G technology across Kenya

KENYA – Leading telecommunication company Safaricom has announced the launch of trials for the trail-blazing 5G technology for its customers which will begin with both individual and enterprise customers in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega towns in Kenya. As part of its trial, the company plans to expand the number of such 5G sites to more than 150 across nine towns over the next 12 months. The primary objective during the trial period will be to establish if customers can enjoy speeds of up to 700 Megabits per second, with…

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Nokia gets selected by Togocom to deploy 5G in Togo

TOGO – Nokia, a Finnish multinational telecommunication, has announced that it has been selected by African mobile operator, Togocom in a three-year deal to deploy 5G in Togo. In the capital city Lomé, the 5G network has already been launched, the first time a 5G network has been deployed in West Africa. The deal, which also sees legacy 2G, 3G and 4G networks enhanced, will strengthen Togocom’s market-leading position in Togo and future-proof its infrastructure for the next-generation of digital services for Togolese citizens. The deal sees Nokia provide equipment…

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Nokia appoints veteran Sari Baldauf as Group Chair to drive transition into the future

FINLAND – Nokia, a Finnish multinational telecommunication, information technology, and consumer electronics company has said that it plans to appoint its former networks chief Sari Baldauf as Group Chairperson. Baldauf, 64, will be succeeding Risto Siilasmaa who will step down after eight years in the job and will become one of the most high-profile female executives in the telecoms industry globally. Siilasmaa, 53, played a central role in revamping Nokia from cellphone maker with a network arm into a top three telecom equipment maker globally. Ms Baldauf faces the task…

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Nokia partners Ethiopian universities to train students on latest technology

ETHIOPIA – Nokia, Finnish multinational telecommunications, information technology and consumer electronics company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two leading universities in Ethiopia to promote digital skills and innovation. According to CNBC, Nokia will collaborate and provide high-level technical skills to students of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in line with rapidly changing market needs. As part of the agreement, Nokia will work with the two universities to provide tailored training and coaching programs and share the latest technical and business…

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Jumia partners with over 50 brands to expand it authorized distributors

KENYA – Jumia, an online shopping firm, has partnered with over 50 brands to launch their Official Online Stores with Jumia Mall, allowing customers to purchase their favourite products exclusively from authorized distributors. It has also signed a new partnership deal with the Postal Corporation of Kenya (Posta) that will grow the e-commerce firm’s pick-up points across the country in the wake of today’s launch of “Mall for Brands” concept. The mall service promises same-day delivery of products. The deal with the State agency will see the Africa-focused e-commerce platform…

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