The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC, announced the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa subsea cable system.
Wholesale and Capacity
PCCW Global has launched a new IX-as-a-Service (IXaaS) that makes it easier, faster and more flexible to order, provision and pay for IX services from some of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges (IXs).
The share of the Middle East’s international bandwidth deployed by hyperscalers rose to 7% by the end of 2020—a 100% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2016, according to TeleGeography, a global telecommunications market research and consulting firm.
GO announced a €25 million investment in LaValette, a new submarine cable that directly connects Malta to France, Egypt, and beyond, and will be a part of PCCW Global’s Pakistan East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) project.
Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler, and Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company are collaborating and establishing a new deployment for GBI at the Equinix data center in Oman.
MTN GlobalConnect and CAMTEL have joined forces to establish a strategic partnership that will see the commercialisation of four submarine cables in the West and Central sub-region of Africa. The partnership will improve connectivity in Cameroon and support the increasing demand for internet capacity.
The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) issued an order to direct Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar to implement specific wholesale charges for 2021, 2022, and 2023; aiming to maintain a competitive, fair, and developing telecom sector in Qatar.
From 19 in 2012 to 46 in 2020, the number of African internet exchange points (IXPs) has increased by 58 percent over the past eight years. With more than half of the countries in the region having an IXP, the most developed internet ecosystem is in South Africa with 80 percent of localized traffic, followed by Kenya and Nigeria with 70 percent each.
Sparkle announces its collaboration with Google to build the Blue and Raman submarine cable systems that set a new reference in terms of diversification, scalability, and latency to communication routes between Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
Bulk Infrastructure, the Nordic’s leading provider of ultra-scalable, highly-connected, and sustainable data centers and dark fiber networks announced that Norwegian-based systems integrator and software developer Innit doubled the data center capacity at its Bulk’s Oslo Internet Exchange (OS-IX) facility.