Bharti Airtel to sell 950 towers in Congo to Helios

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel Africa on Thursday said it will sell 950 mobile towers in Congo to telecom infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) but did not disclose the deal size.

New Africa-1 MEA-Asia Submarine Cable Link Confirmed

APACDeveloping Telecoms — Five operators spanning Africa, the Middle East and South Central Asia will construct a new 17,000 km submarine cable system connecting the three regions. The operators signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa, with further carriers expected to join the consortium.

New subsea cable to connect ME, Africa and Asia #cloud

APACTrade Arabia — MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have partnered to construct a new submarine cable system which will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central Asia. The consortium-funded “Africa-1” submarine cable system will also provide onward connectivity to Europe.

Omantel’s fibre-optic cable set to revolutionise telecom in East Africa

APACTimes of Oman — Muscat: Omantel, the Sultanate’s leading provider of integrated telecommunication services, has joined in a consortium with several East African telecommunications providers to lay the Gulf to Africa (G2A) undersea fibre-optic cable, which is set to revolutionise connectivity from Oman to East Africa, including Ethiopia and Somalia.’s-fibre-optic-cable-set-to-revolutionise-telecom-in-East-Africa

The Asia-Africa-Europe cable (AAE-1) lands in Myanmar

MyanmarManila Bulletine — The Asia-Africa-Europe cable system (AAE-1) cable landed in Myanmar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, according to China Unicom, the landing party in Myanmar for the cable. The Chinese carrier is in charge of building the new cable landing station in Ngwe Saung, Myanmar.

Djibouti Data Center and ChinaNetCenter expand in Africa

ChinaDatacenter Dynamics — ChinaNetCenter, the cloud platform provider, is partnering with the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) network in east Africa to improve the end-user internet experience across the region for its customers. The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has concluded a cooperation agreement with ChinaNetCenter which will build a content delivery network (CDN) service node in the DDC which will bolster its end-user Internet access experience within Africa and its global network.

Reliance Jio’s AAE-I submarine cable system gets green ministry’s approval

IndiaIB Times — Reliance Jio Infocom, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani Group’s Reliance Industries (RIL), has received environmental clearance to build the Indian part of the 20,000 km submarine cable linking Africa to South Asia. The Asia Africa Europe One (AAE-1) cable system is being built by a consortium of 17 global telecom service providers.

Reliance Jio to spend $6 million on submarine cable system project: Report

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Infocomm would spend $6 million to connect India to the biggest global next-generation submarine cable system at the Mumbai suburban beach, media reports said.  The submarine cable system is called Asia Africa Europe One, or AAE-1, and is capable of carrying 177 terabit of data and is currently being built by 18 consortium partners.

Tata Communications to sell Neotel stake to Vodafone South Africa arm

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Tata Communications has submitted documents for the restructured transaction for selling majority stake in its subsidiary Neotel’s fixed line assets to Vodafone’s South Africa subsidiary, Vodacom. Tata Communications on November 23 had said shareholders of its majority-owned South African telecom firm Neotel and Vodafone South Africa are in discussion over a revised transaction structure of the deal.

China Unicom seals deal to expand Cameroon’s telecom capacity

ChinaChina Daily — YAOUNDE – Chinese mobile communication company China Unicom has signed an agreement with its Cameroonian counterpart to cooperate on improve link between the Central African country with the rest of world. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of China Unicom Yimin Lu signed the agreement with the General Manager of Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) David Nkoto Emane for deploying a submarine optical fibre cable to link Cameroon in Central Africa with Brazil in South America.

Xiaomi looking to start Africa sales in the autumn

ChinaWant China Times — After entering emerging markets such as India and Brazil, leading Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is gunning for the African market as early as September, reports the Shanghai-based China Business News. Xiaomi reportedly will introduce the Xiaomi 2 and 4 smartphones to African counties, priced at US$160 and US$320, respectively.

Viettel reaching out over Africa

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel’s mobile signal and optical cables are gradually covering more parts of Africa, with three networks already in place: Nexttel in Cameroon, Lumitel in Burundi, and Halotel in Tanzania. Its foreign investment in the continent is thriving. Only a short period after obtaining license it has quickly developed its infrastructure in the three markets.

Huawei procurement in Ghana hits US$305m

ChinaWant China Times — Global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions company, Huawei Technologies Limited of China, has cumulatively spent a total of US$305 million on procurements in Ghana, an official of the company has said. This expenditure has also yielded over 4,000 jobs in related industries in the country, Archur Zhou, Director of Business Department at Huawei Ghana, disclosed during the launch of the maiden edition of Africa Mobile and ICT Expo to be held here next month.

Chinese telecom firm Huawei supports Ghana’s ICT modernization

ChinaACCRA, June 12 (Xinhua) — Global technology giant Huawei has been supporting efforts by the government of Ghana to modernize the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and maximize its benefits to the country. The ICT firm is leading the country’s efforts to replace its existing data center with the construction of a new state-of-the- art facility. The first phase of the new data center financed by China EXIM Bank at 20 million U.S. dollars is almost complete and will enable businesses, store their data, host websites, protect data and perform active directory and other data related activities in a safe and advanced environment.

Huawei powers Kenya’s mobile money platform

ChinaChinese telecom firm Huawei said on Wednesday its mobile money platform is supporting the M-Pesa service for Kenyan mobile firm Safaricom after it successfully migrated 12.8 million active subscribers overnight. Huawei said migrating the service to its open, secure, flexible and high performing platform has realized the goal of “bringing M- Pesa home” to Safaricom users. Safaricom is partly owned by British firm Vodafone and the Kenyan government.