GSMA creates Africa and Asia digital inclusion fund

06 April 2020

Mobile industry group GSMA has launched the Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion, designed to increase mobile internet adoption and usage among those who have coverage but are not using it in in Africa and Asia.

It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Germany, the GSMA and its members. 

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Joint venture to provide satellite broadband services across Africa

08 November 2018

Hughes Network Systems and Yahsat have agreed to form a new joint venture to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East and south-west Asia.

The two companies plan to work together to provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed internet services. 

While Hughes has bought a 20 per cent stake in the joint venture for USD100m, Yahsat has not disclosed the value of its investment.

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ThinKom partners with Telesat and SES to test Ka-band phased array antenna system

08 November 2018

ThinKom’s ThinAir Ka2517 phased array antenna system will be used for over-the-air testing on Telesat’s LEO satellite over the next few months.

Aero terminal connectivity using ThinKom’s ThinAir Ka2517 phased array antenna system has already been successfully demonstrated using SES’ O3b MEO satellites.

ThinKom Solutions and Telesat will jointly develop a Ka-band enterprise user terminal for Telesat’s planned low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites.

As an initial step in the process, ThinKom’s ThinAir Ka2517 phased array antenna system will be used for over-the-air testing on Telesat’s phase 1 LEO satellite over the next few months.

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Nokia expects to earn EUR3 for each 5G mobile phone

08 November 2018

Nokia says the licensing rate for mobile phones that use its 5G SEP standard essential patents (SEPs) portfolio will be capped at EUR3 per device.

In a press statement issued in late August, the company described itself as a “long-term innovator” in the development of fundamental technologies for wireless communications, and said it has made “significant” contributions to the development of related standards for more than two decades.

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