Communications Africa weekly digest - 6th - 10th November

j cadmus Flickr for CAF 307(Image source: j cadmus/Flickr)Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Communications Africa, from 6th - 10th November 2017

Liquid Telecom partners with pan-African Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute 

Liquid Telecom has announced it will become a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner with pan-African network reach when the Microsoft Azure cloud platform is available in 2018. Click here to read the full story.  

Konnect Africa brings Wi-Fi to rural African communities 

Konnect Africa, the Eutelsat-owned satellite broadband service provider, has introduced SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service, as part of its initiative to bring digital opportunities to the Africans, particularly rural people of Africa. Click here to read the full story. 

YahClick and AfricaCom: Satellite broadband is driving socio-economic change 

In a new report, YahClick and AfricaCom have provided an in-depth case study series on the key developments of satellite broadband technology, featuring the successes and major milestones it has reached in bridging the digital divide. Click here to read the full story.  

LTE subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa rise to 310mn by 2023 

The Ericsson Mobility Report projects that LTE subscriptions will rise by 47 per cent from 30mn in 2017 to 310mn by 2023 in sub-Saharan Africa. Click here to read the full story.  

Nokia and Vodacom join forces to shape the future of 5G in South Africa 

Nokia and Vodacom have partnered to deploy 5G technology across South Africa to enable Vodacom to enhance digitalisation for the benefit of companies and individuals. Click here to read the full story.  

Angola Cables expands footprint in South Africa 

Plans are underway for Angola Cables to launch a Point of Presence (PoP) in Cape Town before the end of the year. Click here to read the full story.  

African start-ups enter World Bank Group digital acceleration programme 

Twenty African digital start-ups will take part in the XL Africa residency, a new initiative of the business accelerator rolled out last April by the World Bank Group’s infoDev programme. Click here to read the full story.  

Intersat launches teleport services in Nairobi 

Global satellite operator Intersat has launched iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams, offering broadband Internet across sub-Saharan and South Africa. Click here to read the full story. 

Spacecom's AMOS-17 satellite completes critical design review 

Operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, Spacecom has announced that its AMOS-17 communication satellite has successfully completed its Critical Design Review (CDR). Click here to read the full story.  

Number of mobile broadband connections set to double over next five years 

Mobile data is expected to be the biggest growth driver in the African telecoms market, with the number of mobile broadband connections on the continent set to more than double over the coming five years, according to Ovum’s new Forecaster data service. Click here to read the full story.  

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