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Another move that could affect the ongoing technological Cold War has been done when Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne made the announcement of Ottawa's "intention to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada's telecommunication systems."
Hisham Mahran, Chief Enterprise Line Business Officer in Orange Egypt, said that the company will finish implementing the first phase of Orange Egypt’s NAC (New Administrative Capital) data center and it will be delivered on time. This announcement came two years after Orange signed a US$135 million contract with the administrative capital for urban development (ACUD) to establish the largest data center in Africa within the NAC, located 45 kilometers from Cairo.
Safaricom decided to slow down the 5G rollout in Kenya and focus on the 4G network. According to CEO Peter Ndegwa, the decision was motivated by the high cost of 5G phones which retail prices exceed Ksh100,000.
The world is going digital, and Africa is no exception. Digital and new technologies are profoundly changing societies, daily lives, and ways of working. With fast-growing economies and an ever-expanding network of connectivity, the African continent has embraced the digital revolution in many ways. The developments of digitalization are the greatest technical challenges of our time; however, we must keep sustainability at their core. New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) can contribute to making our lives more sustainable. For example: enabling us to use smart devices such as phones and tablets through voice commands or touch screens instead of keyboards. A question arises: Do digitalization and sustainability complement each other? Is technical progress the only answer to a future-friendly development of our digital society?
Three decades ago, the mobile phone landscape looked drastically different than it does today. The mobile phone market has evolved since 1993 and the competition has been fierce as companies created amazing products to stay ahead of the pack. Back then, Motorola was one of the first companies to begin selling mobile phones with a market share up to 57.9%, according to Gartner, IDC, financial filings research. They were known for producing affordable phones which were easy to use, making them popular with consumers who were just getting started with mobile technology. In addition, Nokia was another popular brand — and the only serious competitor for Motorola with a 41.8% market share — that produced many different types of phones over time including flip phones and smartphones.
Ethio telecom has been a pioneer in telecom service providers within Africa. The company has introduced the latest technologies to help support socio-economic development of Ethiopia from its establishment to date, playing an enabling role in the overall development of the nation in all weathers.
To power its operations over the next three years, Vodacom announced its objective to diversify its energy mix by purchasing energy from renewable sources. “Our new energy consumption target is one of the many ways we are tackling our own environmental impact, as we understand that South Africa cannot transition to a sustainable, climate-resilient, low-emissions economy. Only if everyone plays their part,” stated Takalani Netshitenzhe, director of external affairs for Vodacom South Africa.
elev8 education, a leading global digital skilling and transformative education partner announced it had joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training Partner program. Through this program, elev8 will deliver cloud computing skills training, developed and maintained by AWS, to organizations and learners in Nigeria and Rwanda.
Satellite company SES reported a solid set of first-quarter operating results. The company delivered a strong operational performance in its networks business. Their video business continues to deliver long-term value for customers as demonstrated by the most recent deal announced with long-term partner Sky UK, valued at around €85 million.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed issuance of the final letters of award of the fifth generation (5G) spectrum licenses to MTN and Mafab Communications, winners of the 3.5GHz spectrum auction conducted by the Commission in past December.
An established and accomplished engineer and manager; multilingual standardization expert and holder of 23 patents, Tunisian born Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is currently chief of the study groups department of ITU secretariat’s Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland where he is responsible for the organization and management of the ITU-T study groups, focus groups, global standardization initiatives, joint coordination activities, and their secretariat.
Telecom Review Africa conducted an exclusive interview with Eng. Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO of Benya Group, to discuss Benya’s milestones and its efforts to support the innovative emerging projects in the Middle East and Africa.
Along the sidelines of the Telecom Review Leaders' Summit 15th edition, Eng. Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO, Benya Group, and Toni Eid, founder of Telecom Review Group and CEO of Trace Media International, had an exclusive interview discussing the company's corporate strategy and its position in smart city development and telecom infrastructure advancement, as well as Mekky's outlook on the future of the ICT industry in Africa and the Middle East.