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Asiacell Selects Ericsson Services for Superior User Experiences

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Asiacell has selected Ericsson services and solutions to expand its network coverage and enhance end-user experience in Iraq. Signed on July 11, 2019, the agreement presents a continuation of a long-term partnership to enhance Asiacell’s network performance across the country.

This agreement builds on previous success in network performance in western Iraq provinces which resulted in improved network coverage and end user experience while solidifying customer loyalty.

Under this agreement, Ericsson will provide network design and optimization as well as expansion services, using state-of-the-art tools and expertise to deliver the best user experience to Asiacell’s customers and ensure efficient handling of traffic during mass events.

Ericsson’s services and network solutions meet the challenges of today’s multi-channel, multi-platform world by delivering top network performance and coverage for superior customer experience. Ericsson will also offer round-the-clock network monitoring, problem restoration and performance enhancement services.

Amer Sunna – Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director of Asiacell says: “Users expect the highest levels of network quality which ultimately depend on successful and reliable connectivity. In order to be equipped with the latest network solutions, we are partnering with our long-standing partner Ericsson to utilize their proven international experience.”

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa says: “With the rising demand for ultra-high definition and more immersive services at an all-time high, it is vital that service providers facilitate consistent, high quality and seamless connectivity.

Ericsson’s AI-based network optimization is designed to improve network performance with completely new levels of speed, scalability and effective results. Our continued partnership with Asiacell enables the delivery of superior digital experiences to users by giving them the ability to stream live in addition to other interactive communication services and social networking.”

Ericsson’s state- of-the-art Network Design and Optimization solutions, part of its Managed Services offering, blend existing know-how from multiple complex engagements with next-generation Artificial Intelligence and Automation with the aim of maximizing end-user experience in service provider’s networks.

The agreement was signed at a dedicated technology event by Ericsson and Asiacell at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Slemani, Iraq – showcasing innovative demos that are pushing the limits of mobile network technology, particularly in the fields of AI, 5G and cloud.


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Right of Way: Experts to Discuss Next Steps for Broadband Internet Penetration for Africa

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#StartupSouth, which educates, connects and attracts funding to founders and Startups within the South-South/South-East is hosting top Industry professionals and Government officials to a virtual event  on May 29, 2020 to discuss next steps towards Scaling Broadband Internet penetration in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

Right of Way: Experts to Discuss Next Steps for Broadband Internet Penetration for Africa

This followed the recent announcements of  per linear meter Right of Way charge review by different states in the cohtry.

Right of Way Charge Per Meter of Fiber Optics Cabling is considered one of the most vexatious and biggest hindrances to growth in the industry. Panelists will discuss challenges, solutions and next steps towards broadband Internet Penetration in Africa.

Panelists include Steve Song  (Fellow at Mozilla Foundation and Lead at NSCR – the organization behind the Africa Broadband map website) and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe – former Manager, Galaxy Backbone and Chief Information Officer, Kaduna State Government. Others are Bradley Shaw – Regional Manager, Middle East & Africa at NuRAN Wireless, Akintunde Oyebode – Special Adviser, Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ekiti State and more.

Speaking about the event, Uche Aniche – convener of #StartupSouth – said, “the event will enable professionals. Public officials and Investors to come together and discuss a way forward. You will recall that this was the central theme of our conference (#StartupSouth5) in Uyo last year. We expect more states to adopt this policy, but, more importantly, we want to see them do so in a very sustainable manner that ultimately unlocks the true benefits to citizens.


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Liquid Telecom Eyes Datacentre Expansion in Nigeria, Ghana

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Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman of the Liquid Telecom Group, confirmed that plans are at an advanced stage to enter West Africa and said: “We have secured land to build the largest datacentres in Nigeria and Ghana.”

Server racks in server room data center. 3d render

Masiyiwa’s confirmation was included in an announcement by Africa Data Centres, the pan-African network of interconnected, carrier-and cloud-neutral datacentres, that its deal to acquire a Tier IV datacentre in Johannesburg from Standard Bank has been unconditionally approved by the South African Competition Commission.

Africa Data Centres, part of the Liquid Telecom Group, believes the acquisition will prove highly disruptive to the South African datacentre and co-location market, and added that the facility is available on an open-access basis, giving every modern technology-driven enterprise the confidence to innovate and grow.

Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres, said the facility will redefine the datacentre experience for regional, continental and global customers. “The acquisition marks a significant extension to Africa Data Centres’ pan-Africa network of interconnected, carrier and cloud-neutral datacentres.”

Jörg Fischer of Standard Bank added, “Standard Bank is extremely pleased to have completed this historic milestone with Africa Data Centres, which is aligned with the Bank’s cloud-first digital transformation strategy. Our digital vision is to bring innovation into every aspect of the bank’s IT systems, transform the employee experience and in turn enable a consistently rich and rewarding customer experience.”

In line with all Africa Data Centres’ facilities, the Johannesburg site will also operate on a fully carrier-and cloud-neutral basis.

The unveiling of this remarkable facility coincides with an unprecedented level of demand from national, continental and global customers, expecting the highest levels of quality, security and reliability, according to the companies.

In response to this demand, Africa Data Centres has also started work on a further 10MW IT capacity facility at its Midrand campus.


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CWG Plc Records Profit Before Tax of N634M in 2019 Financial Year

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CWG Plc, the Pan-African Information and Communications Technology Company and Nigeria’s largest system integration company has released its audited full-year financial statement for the period ended December 2019.

The results showed positive improvements from 2018 audited financial statements, as it increased its gross revenue by 23.4 percent to N9.6 Billion in FY 2019 from N7.8billion in 2018.

However, Net Assets grew by 67.4 percent to N192million from N115million in the previous year.

The growth in revenue and profit was achieved with a reduced OPEX of 23 percent over 2018 financial year.

CWG Plc closed 2019 with a positive EBITDA at N892million, PBT N634million and ended that year with a Profit after Tax of N73 million.

CWG Plc is one of Nigeria’s leading players in the Hardware and IT enterprise solution industry.

As part of its efforts to step up its operational value, it got its shares listed on the Nigerian stock exchange a few years ago.


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