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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Omantel Wholesale connects Asia and Africa

30 December 2016

SRG-1 connects Oman to Pakistan with onwards connectivity to Central Asia and China.

SRG-1 connects Oman to Pakistan with onwards connectivity to Central Asia and China.

Omantel Wholesale is interconnecting the Gulf to Africa (G2A) and Silk Road Gateway-1 (SRG-1) cable systems to deliver ultra-low latency networking between Asia and Africa. 

SRG-1 connects Oman to Pakistan with onwards connectivity to Afghanistan, China, Iran, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

There are two cable landing points in Pakistan – Karachi and Gwadar. These then connect to MultiNet’s long haul fibre network with several connection points throughout the country, such as in Lahore and Islamabad. 

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