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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Could US ban signal the end for ZTE?

01 May 2018

The US Government has banned companies and individuals in the country from exporting products to Chinese telecoms giant ZTE. 

On 16 April 2018, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed a denial of export privileges in response to what it claimed was ZTE’s “repeated false statements”.

The order prohibits any business or individual in the US to participate in any type of export transaction with the company.

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Asia-Africa-Europe 1 now ready for service

03 July 2017

The submarine system is said to follow a route similar to the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’.

The submarine system is said to follow a route similar to the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’.

What’s been described as the largest subsea cable system to launch in almost 15 years has now gone live.

Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) stretches 25,000km and is the first high-capacity cable system to link all of the major Southeast Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East.

It connects Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand with Malaysia and Singapore, then onwards to Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

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Asian operators connect to Djibouti Data Center to expand into Africa

30 December 2016

Two Asian operators will use the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) as a strategic hub for their pan-African expansion.

Early last December, China Telecom Global (CTG) announced that the centre will help facilitate its network expansion, co-location, and submarine fibre cable access services in East Africa. 

Built to Tier III standards, the DDC serves as a major meeting point for submarine cable systems including the new SEA-ME-WE 5 (Southeast Asia-Middle East – Western Europe) cable which was launched at the end of 2016.

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