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Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) announced that it has achieved net zero carbon emissions across all of its own operations. Through its partnership with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, VMMEA gathered and assessed available data under Scope 1 (direct), Scope 2 (indirect energy), and Scope 3 (indirect value chain) to calculate its group-wide total emissions. The emissions calculations were used to create and implement sustainable processes for the year-on-year reduction of VMMEA's overall emissions.

Read more: Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa achieves net zero carbon emissions in 2021

Vodafone Group and ITU, the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies, launched an initiative to address the global digital divide. In line with the Broadband Commission Global Targets 2025 on affordability and connectivity, the new Working Group’s aim is to provide an additional 3.4 billion people the ability to access and use the internet through a smartphone by 2030.

Read more: Vodafone, ITU to address global mobile internet access gap

As part of its contribution to the first phase of the Decent Life project, Telecom Egypt is connecting fibre-optic networks to about 1,413 villages in 52 towns in 20 governorates to develop the information infrastructure and ensure the access of high-speed Internet services to the Egyptian countryside, including the access of the fiber-optic network for more than one million buildings, comprising more than 3 million housing units, according to state agency news report.

Read more: Telecom Egypt’s fibre-optic networks to connect 1,413 villages in 20 governorates

MTN South Africa network will be the first mobile operator in Africa to provide 5G access to customers from the Philippines through its international roaming agreement with the Philippines’ leading mobile services provider, Smart Communications.

Read more: MTN, Smart extend 5G roaming of Philippines to South Africa

Nokia broke new grounds with Vodafone Turkey with a regional demonstration of a 1Tb/s (terabit per second) per channel coherent transmission over its live optical network with a capacity increase of 150% over a single channel coherent transmission, and the ability to scale network capacity up to 70Tb/s per fiber.

Read more: Nokia, Vodafone Turkey achieve new heights in optical transmission capacity

Telkom Kenya is currently preparing its connection to the Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine fiber optic cable to further strengthen its capabilities in this area, noting that the company is planning to have the whole operation completed by the end of 2021.

Read more: Telkom to connect to PEACE submarine cable by year-end

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