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As part of the launch of operations in the country, Safaricom is constructing a prefabricated data center in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Anwar Soussa, managing director of Safaricom Ethiopia, said the company's first data center has arrived in Addis and the company is working on its network rollout.

Read more: Ethiopia to put up pre-fab data center


This year, Kenya's telecom regulator is set to deploy its 5G network on a pilot basis. Matano Ndaro, director of licensing, compliance and standards at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), announced that the regulator has developed a roadmap that outlines strategies to facilitate the deployment of this project. CA will start authorizing the first 5G pilot projects this year, then release the required spectrum bands and finally issue commercial 5G licenses.

Read more: Kenya plans to deploy 5G by 2022

SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions and smart network company Marlink, have signed a multi-year, multi-million-euro deal, which will enable Marlink’s customers to access SES’s next-generation medium earth orbit constellation (MEO) – O3b mPOWER, the two long-term partners have announced.

Read more: SES signs multi-year, multi-million-euro deal with smart network company

Phase3 Telecom, Africa’s leading independent aerial fibre optic network infrastructure and telecommunications services provider, has called for enhanced partnership of stakeholders in Information Communication Technology for infrastructural growth. This, the company believes, will accelerate development on the continent. This call was made recently at the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) “ICT Growth Conference” in Lagos.

Read more: Nigeria: A call for ICT stackeholders to partner and accelerate infrastructural growth

Facebook and Instagram may be shut down across Europe, parent company Meta has said. The issue comes down to European data regulations that prevent Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, from transferring, storing and processing Europeans’ data on US-based servers.

Read more: Meta may halt services in Europe over data-sharing dispute

Acronis, the global leader in cyber protection announced the availability of a new Acronis cyber cloud data center in Lagos, Nigeria. The new data center, one of the 111 new data centers being deployed by the company, gives service provider partners access to a full range of cyber protection solutions upon which they can build new services while delivering faster access, constant data availability, and data sovereignty to their clients. 

Read more: Global leader in cyber protection launches Nigeria's first cloud data center

As smartphones have become the norm worldwide, they have also replaced desktops/laptops as the preferred mode of accessing the internet. According to the numbers presented by StockApps.com, 54.86% of global web traffic came through mobiles in December 2021. Nigeria registered the highest share of mobile web traffic among nations covered in the analysis at 82.63%.

Read more: Nigeria records the highest mobile web traffic

MainOne, the leading provider of connectivity solutions for businesses in West Africa is empowering enterprises to adopt cloud technology by connecting businesses across the region directly and privately to public cloud service providers.

Read more: MainOne expands global Cloud Connect services to drive business digital transition in West Africa

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