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World Bank Group's private sector, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), announced plans to invest up to US$160 million in Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia (STE), to enable the operator to finance its capital expenditures to provide quality telecom services in Ethiopia.

Read more: IFC to Invest $160 Million in Safaricom Ethiopia

Orange Egypt, the leading network for integrated communications services, announced its partnership with TOD, MENA’s leading OTT platform for sports and entertainment. This partnership reflects Orange Egypt’s keenness to partner with major international companies specializing in digital content to meet the current customer demands and enhance their viewing experience.

Read more: Orange Egypt Partners With TOD to Deliver Digital Content and Meet Customer Demands

MTN Sudan has announced the implementation of a new data analytics and AI solution to unify and correlate mobile operator and subscriber data into a single 360-degree view (enabling real-time decisioning). The roll-out of this new data platform, powered by LigaData, will accelerate MTN Sudan’s digital transformation strategy with the advanced use of data analytics.

Read more: MTN Sudan Unveils Its New Real-Time Data Analytics and AI Solution

Mobile operator Safaricom Ethiopia announced the upcoming construction of a new data center in Addis Ababa. The company signed a land sub-lease agreement with Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) to build a new Tier-III quality “telco-cloud data center” in the latter’s ICT Park outside the capital, and is reportedly investing around $60 million into this project.

Read more: Safaricom to Build a Third Data Center in Addis Ababa

Telkom, South Africa’s third-largest cellular network provider, has termed the government’s proposed move to switch off 3G wireless technology by March 30, 2025, as “unrealistic.” The government published the country’s draft new policy on the broadband spectrum, which included plans to shut down the 2G network by June 2024, while the shutdown of the 3G network is scheduled for March 30, 2025.

Read more: Telkom Plans to Shut Down 3G by 2025

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) kicked off an open 5G pilot in the lead-up to its highly anticipated commercial launch. The company, which intends to launch 5G services in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri, is testing the next-generation network infrastructure. Customers with certain enabled devices will be allowed to connect to and try out the new service where coverage is available.

Read more: MTN Nigeria Launches 5G Network in Seven Cities