Egypt's ministry of planning and economic development plans to raise the contribution of the telecommunication and information technology sector in the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) to 5% by 2025, from an expected target of 2.6% for fiscal year (FY) 2020/2021, minister of planning and economic development Hala El-Said has revealed, according to state news reports.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the opening of a new regional sales center of excellence (CoE) in Cairo, Egypt, to serve the Middle East and Africa region. The sales hub will build on strong growth opportunities in the digital economy and will respond to customer demand for secure connectivity, remote work solutions, data analytics capabilities and as-a-service solutions. HPE will also launch an accompanying recruitment drive in the region.
Egypt’s Aswan governorate will receive a number of projects, including the construction of 81 mobile towers to support the communications service, and the connection of fiber-optic cables to 110,000 homes, in addition to developing 44 post offices.
SES announced Microsoft as the first cloud provider customer for its next-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) system – O3b mPOWER. Microsoft plans to leverage the MEO high-performance connectivity services to showcase its Azure Orbital solutions that integrate satellite connectivity with Azure services. Microsoft will use SES’s current MEO to provide connectivity now before migrating to O3b mPOWER next year.
Teraco Data Environments Proprietary Limited, Africa’s largest vendor-neutral data center and interconnection services provider, has completed the JB3 data center facility, located within the Isando Campus in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC, announced the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa subsea cable system.
Telecommunication services in Seychelles will get a boost from a new cable system that will be leased by Intelvision, a local service provider, with support from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) has called on Kenya’s mobile industry regulator to boost the country’s spectrum provision by at least two gigahertz (GHz) to maximize 5G potential and minimize environmental impact.
To enable more Africans to take advantage of digital offerings in a new world defined by the Covid-19 pandemic, West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet and voice service provider, Tizeti (www.Tizeti.com), has launched new connectivity offerings.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has signed a new project agreement worth $13 million with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to boost the country’s eGovernment expansion.