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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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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US firm Vantage to construct US$1.02b state-of-the-data centre in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – US-based provider of hyperscale data centres, Vantage Data Centres, has announced the beginning of construction on its new R15 billion (US$1.02 billion) state‐of‐the‐art data centre campus in South Africa, reports IT Web. In a press statement, the company says the first phase of the 80MW campus is scheduled to come online in the third quarter of 2022 and will be based in Waterfall, Gauteng. The announcement comes after another US-based multinational Oracle also revealed it is set to build a data centre facility in Johannesburg – it’s…

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Vodacom super app VodaPay goes live

SOUTH AFRICA – Vodacom’s VodaPay Super App has officially gone live and is available to customers on any mobile network. Developed by Vodacom’s fintech arm, Vodacom Financial and Digital Services, the new app provides an ecosystem of third-party services that allow consumers to do everything from peer-to-peer payments to sending money and ordering takeaways, or making grocery purchases. Vodacom first announced the app in June 2021, when it invited developers and businesses to join its ecosystem by building their own “Mini Programs” on the mobile platform. The App is backed by Chinese-owned online payment…

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Teraco completes phase one of Cape Town data center

SOUTH AFRICA – Vendor-neutral data center and interconnection services provider Teraco Data Environments, has completed the multibillion-rand first phase of Cape Town 2 (CT2), its new hyperscale data center in Brackenfell, Cape Town, the largest data center in the Western Cape. The data center is positioned for cloud providers and enterprises in telecoms, financial services, e-commerce, logistics, and retail. The completion of CT2 phase one follows the August 2021 announcement that Teraco had completed construction of its JB3 data center facility, located within the Isando Campus in Ekurhuleni, east of…

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Ethiopia invites bids for second telecoms license

ETHIOPIA – Telecommunications regulator Ethiopian Telecommunications Authority, has invited a request for proposals for a second national telecoms license. Marking the next phase of the widely heralded liberalization of Ethiopia’s telecoms market, the second license (License B) is due to be issued in January 2022, introducing a third telecoms operator to compete alongside Ethio Telecom and the Global Partnership for Ethiopia (Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC), and help boost the digital transformation in the country. Since winning the first license (License A) in June 2021, the Global Partnership for Ethiopia has quickly…

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Huge Group sells its minority stake in software company Adapt IT

SOUTH AFRICA – Investment holding company Huge Group, has sold the shares it acquired as part of its earlier aggressive pursuit of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed software services group Adapt IT. The move sees the company abandoning its efforts to play a role in the future of Adapt IT. Adapt IT, which published its 2021 financial results on 28th September 2021, confirmed that Huge Group had sold the 1.9% of the group it acquired through its unsolicited share-swap offer to Adapt shareholders. Adapt IT is now very likely to be acquired…

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2Africa becomes world’s longest subsea cable system

SOUTH AFRICA – The 2Africa consortium, comprising of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, has announced the addition of a new segment – the 2Africa PEARLS branch – extending to the Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and into India. This extension will bring the total length of the 2Africa cable system to over 45,000 kilometres, making it the longest subsea cable system ever deployed. Now connecting three continents, Africa, Europe and Asia terrestrially through Egypt, 2Africa creates unique connectivity by adding vital landing locations in Oman…

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Absa Bank to establish 66 computer labs in schools across Kenya

KENYA – Absa Bank Kenya PLC has kicked off an ambitious digital literacy enhancement program targeting to establish 66 computer labs in schools across the country. The bank is investing Kshs 23 million (US$208,276) in the nationwide project that is being spearheaded in partnership with Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and will see 1,500 computers donated to different schools in the coming months. The two organizations rolled out the initiative at the Kikuyu Township Primary School by donating 20 desktop computers that are fully networked and fitted with relevant software…

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