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Africa’s 5G rollout gains speed

Africa’s 5G rollout gains speed

MONTHS after Egypt awarded its first 5G license to Telecom Egypt in a 15-year deal, the operator has partnered with Nokia to accelerate the rollout and deployment of 5G technology across the country. A statement from Telecom Egypt on July 15 described the partnership as one that would “revolutionize the country’s telecom landscape by introducing the transformative power of 5G to cities such as Alexandria, Giza, Luxor and Aswan.” “Both our consumer and enterprise customers can look forward to enhanced mobile broadband and exciting new applications that leverage the speed and low latency of 5G technology,” Mohamed Al Fowey, Telecom…
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5G connections in Africa to increase 50-fold by 2028

5G connections in Africa to increase 50-fold by 2028

GROWING adoption of 5G technology across Africa is set to drive a staggering 47-fold increase in subscriptions in the next five years, not counting North Africa, according to a recent report. According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report 2023, 5G subscriptions will grow from a relatively modest base of 3 million last December to a forecasted 140 million by 2028. However, the figures mask the full impact of 5G growth in Africa as they exclude North African statistics. In its latest report, Ericsson bundles North African figures with those of the Middle East, presenting a joint forecast that doesn’t clearly…
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Telecoms towers burnt in S.A by 5G protesters

Telecoms towers burnt in S.A by 5G protesters

ABOUT three telecommunications towers belonging to Vodacom and MTN were burnt this week following a resurgence in conspiracy theories which link the emergence of COVID-19 to 5G technology, South Africa's communication minister has said. The towers were burnt and destroyed between Tuesday and Wednesday this week in KwaZulu-Natal province, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said in a statement and also urged police to arrest those responsible "for this anarchy". "It is regrettable that the much-needed network infrastructure is being destroyed ... mobile telephony is crucial in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic," she said. There was…
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‘5G COVID-19 conspiracy theory baseless and fake’

‘5G COVID-19 conspiracy theory baseless and fake’

A conspiracy theory linking 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the coronavirus is baseless and fake, South Africa's telecom regulator has said after towers in KwaZulu-Natal province were torched last week. Reiterating the regulator's position, the chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Keabetswe Modimoeng in a statement urged people "not to be swayed by these conspiracy theories that are hell-bent on bringing instability and fear within the nation." This came after about four towers belonging to Vodacom and MTN were burnt and destroyed between Tuesday and Wednesday last week in KwaZulu-Natal province following a…
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South Africa’s telecoms regulator pushes back spectrum auction again

South Africa’s telecoms regulator pushes back spectrum auction again

SOUTH Africa's telecoms regulator has pushed back the announcement of the qualifying bidders for its long-awaited auction of new spectrum by a month to March 23, just a week before the sale had been due to be completed. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it was completing a contract with the external auctioneer who will oversee and manage the process, and the auction would now start on March 31 rather than finishing then. Allocation of high-demand spectrum is seen as key to expanding broadband services, especially 5G, in Africa's most industrialised economy, where the high cost of…
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