Introduction of Enkudo's new premium digital services to Ooredoo Tunisia

07 July 2021

Enkudo extended its coverage in the Middle East and became fully integrated with Tunisian mobile network operator Ooredoo.

Describing itself as "an agile and growing master aggregator", Enkudo partnered with Ooredoo’s business team for the launch of premium digital services with a timely technical integration.

“Enkudo is an agile and flexible team that gets the job done," said the Ooredoo Tunisia head of innovation. "They designed landing pages both in Arabic and French languages to meet the needs of the Tunisian market. In addition, they offer the most relevant digital services to our subscriber base.”

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WIOCC extends connectivity to new locations in SA

01 July 2021

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) has extended its national hyperscale network in South Africa with 30 new points of presence (PoPs).

Part of a multi-billion-rand investment, the PoPs are along the country’s southern coastline, on a new 1,700km terrestrial link between the cities of Durban and Cape Town.

WIOCC said it will also mean more affordable connectivity to coastal towns from Somerset West, Grabouw, Caledon and Swellendam in the Western Cape, through to Doonside, Kingsburgh and Isipingo in KwaZulu Natal.

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Deutsche Telekom upgrades telecom sites

01 July 2021

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has built up 5G capacities at 75 locations across Germany, the operator said in a release.

The company added that it had implemented Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) to upgrade these LTE sites and has created additional LTE capacities at 173 locations.

DT also noted that its 5G network currently reaches around 80% of the German population, while LTE population coverage is now 98.6%. It had previously said that its technical teams have already upgraded a total of 45,000 antennas for 5G services during 2020. The German telco expects its 5G network to reach 90% of the country’s population by the end of the year.

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Orange to lay off 485 employees

01 July 2021

Orange Spain business will lay off up to 485 employees in the coming weeks, citing years of shrinking income amid Spain’s hypercompetitive and increasingly low-cost telecommunications sector.

The France-headquartered operator had already signalled that competition in Spain - its second-largest market - was a long-term trend in the region after posting worse-than-expected results in the first quarter.

Orange, like a number of other players, has been facing growth issues separate from the pandemic’s impact as the sector, which has spent extensively on infrastructure such as fibre-optic cabling, scrambles to fund its upgrade to next-generation 5G networks.

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