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Huawei, ZTE to develop high-speed Internet in Algeria

Chinese telecommunications manufacturing giant Huawei on Tuesday signed an agreement with Algerian telecommunications operator Algerie Telecom (AT) to develop very high-speed Internet service, Algeria's state news agency reported. According to Algeria Press Service, the partnership agreement is aimed at deploying optical cabling terminates at homes and companies.

Read More – China


Jamii Telecom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya apply for extension of 4G trial permits

Three companies have applied to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) for extensions to their 4G trial licenses, the Daily Nation reported. The LTE licenses of Jamii Telecom and Airtel Kenya expired before they could launch the services commercially.

Read More – Telecompaper


 Ethiopian Airlines goes fully digital

Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, has fully digitalized all its business processes like aircraft maintenance and flight operations, commercial operations and finance.

Read More – Ghana News Agency


Airtel Uganda launches 4GLTE Telecommunications Technology

Airtel Uganda has launched a 4GLTE mobile telecommunications technology. The upgrade to 4GLTE comes with a significant countrywide investment made by Airtel Uganda in setting up 404 LTE sites in Kampala and 126 sites upcountry.

Read More – All Africa


Nigeria’s Investment in ICT sector hits $70bn – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said that investment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has hit 70 billion dollars. According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, in 16 years since the Digital Mobile Licences (DML) were issued, investment in the sector has hit about $ 70 billion from a mere $50 million in 2001.

Read More – Vanguard


UAE’s AI investments rise by 70 pct in last three years

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a major oil supplier seeking to transform itself into a digital economy, has seen investments into Artificial Intelligence (AI) growing by 70 percent over the past three years, UAE state news agency WAM reported. The value is projected to reach 33 billion dirhams (nine billion dollars) by the end of 2017, WAM cited the Ministry of Economy in the Gulf state as saying.

Read More – Xinhua


Computing giant IBM buys up Israeli start-up Cloudigo

American computer hardware behemoth IBM Watson is buying up Israeli start-up Cloudigo, its founder said on LinkedIn over the Rosh Hashanah holiday weekend. It remains undisclosed how much IBM paid for the Israeli data center company but it is likely to be a multi-million-dollar transaction given the hubbub around the announcement. Neither Cloudigo founder Eran Gampel nor an IBM spokesman would comment on when the deal will be finalized.

Read More – Jerusalem Post


Costa Coffee tests drone delivery service in Dubai

Costa Coffee has successfully tested its drone delivery service in Dubai. Following a survey that showed 82% of its UAE customers would like to receive drinks or beverages using the technology, the London-based brand undertook a one-day trial of its ‘coffee-copter' in its Jumeirah Beach Road drive thru store. Orders were made by phone and delivered to beach-goers with 15 minutes, according to the coffeehouse company.

Read More - Arabian Business


Saudi Arabia set to lift ban on internet calls 

Saudi Arabia will remove its ban on internet phone calls, in a bid to stimulate online business as the kingdom looks to boost non-oil revenue. All online voice and video call services such as Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s WhatsApp that satisfy regulatory requirements will become accessible.

Read More – Reuters


Huawei to launch 5G Services in Oman soon

Chinese technology firm Huawei is in the process of launching 5G in Oman, according to an official at Huawei Oman. Speaking to the Times of Oman, Huawei's chief executive officer for the Sultanate Leo Hong said although the technology will take time to be implemented, Huawei aims to start the process soon.

Read More – Albawaba


Djezzy expands LTE footprint to 25% of Algerian population

Veon's subsidiary Djezzy announced that the reach of its LTE services has improved to 25 percent of the Algerian population. The operator said that it now covers 10 million people across 24 of the country's provinces or wilayas.

Read More – Telecompaper


Gabon to bring internet and mobile services to 2700 rural villages

Gabon’s telecom regulator Arcep announced the official launch of a new Universal Service program aiming to connect 2,700 villages still without internet and mobile services. The Universal Service initiative has already started with a project to cover 29 villages in partnership with Gabon Telecom, which is on track to bring coverage to the population by the end of the year.

Read more – Telecompaper


GE signs $25mn partner with HP enterprise for digital solutions across Middle East, Africa & Turkey

Partnership over three years will bring Cyber Security and other GE Digital solutions to the Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA & T) region, targeting critical industrial operations. The cyber security solutions at the heart of the agreement will enable regional stakeholders to move forward with the journey of digital transformation in a secure environment. Solutions are in line with MEA government priorities and national agendas to move into the digital era securely, protecting assets and infrastructure.

Read more – GE News


Minister of Telecommunications confirms commercial launch of 4G this month

Yasser Elkady, the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, announced the imminent launch of 4G. The head of the national telecoms sector said that mobile very high-speed technology will be made available to the consumer during this month of September.

Read more – Extensia


Vodafone suspends internet connectivity in Cameroon

Following a directive issued by the Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, Vodafone Cameroon has confirmed it has suspended its internet services in the country until further notice. Authorities in Cameroon are making moves to compel Vodafone to apply for its own license. Since it began operations in 2016, Vodafone had been using the license issued to Northwave SARl which was subsequently acquired by Afrimax Group to create Vodafone Cameroon. This arrangement, according to authorities, is illegal.

Read more – Business World Ghana


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