Sudatel announced plans to deploy ultra-broadband network across Sudan. With the cooperation of Nokia, trials will launch in Khartoum first to test the vendor’s 4.5G Pro, 4.9G and 5G mobile technologies in addition to its fixed FTTH portfolio aiming to uphold the mobile and residential broadband experience in the country.

Read more: Sudatel to deploy ultra-broadband services in Sudan

Telecom Egypt announces that its 50% owned subsidiary, Egyptian International Submarine Cables Company (EISCC), has executed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E (OTMT) for the purchase of OTMT's shareholding of its subsidiary Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable for a total value of USD 90 million. The transaction aims to be concluded in 60 days, after the fulfillment of all conditions precedents.

Read more: Egyptian operator expands its submarine cables network

Industry partners, MTN South Africa and Ericsson have validated the technological prowess of fifth generation (5G) wireless technology in the first demonstration of its kind in Africa. A live feed from a car on a skid pan took place at the Gerotek testing facility in Pretoria, mounting terminals in a vehicle on a live 5G network trial, using 100MHz of spectrum in the 28GHz band.

Read more: MTN and Ericsson achieve first of its kind 5G demonstration in Africa

Telecom Egypt and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – E (ADIB  - Egypt) announced the  signing of  a  US$200 million short-term  facility  from the  African  Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) to finance working capital and investments in Telecom Egypt's infrastructure.

Read more: Telecom Egypt signs US$200 million financing deal with African Export-Import Bank

Uganda’s telecommunications regulator said it is investigating the local unit of South Africa’s MTN Group following discontent on social media about its mobile money policies. In fact, dozens of MTN subscribers in Uganda accused the operator on Twitter of making it nearly impossible to cancel a mobile money transaction made in error.

Read more: Uganda telecoms regulator to investigate MTN mobile money policies

China Telecom Global (CTG), a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited - one of the world's largest providers of integrated telecommunication services, and Liquid Telecom, a leading pan-African telecoms group, announced the signing of a historic strategic partnership whereby the two companies will collaborate to provide Africa and Asia with industry-leading network solutions and services.

Read more: Historic partnership between major Asian and African telecoms services providers

Telecom Egypt and Huawei announced the signing of a US$200 million long-term financing with Chinese financial institutions including the Bank of China and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure).  Huawei facilitated providing competitive financing conditions to Telecom Egypt to finance the roll-out of the 4G network and the deployment of transmission and core networks. The tenor of the facility is 48 months with a grace period of 24 months. 

Read more: Telecom Egypt obtains financing facilities for 4G network rollout

Egyptian telecommunications operator Orange Egypt has appointed Yasser Shaker as its new CEO. The decision was announced by the Board of Directors of the company following its monthly meeting. The incoming CEO will officially commence his roles and responsibilities with Orange Egypt as of May 1st.

Read more: Orange Egypt appoints Yasser Shaker as new CEO

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