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Yahsat plans satellite system for Middle East, Africa

To meet growing demand, offerings will include voice, data, video and Internet connectivity for governments and commercial clients

Security claims blocking Africa telecom deregulation

Citing unspecified security concerns, Southern African governments are shying away from deregulating international telecommunications gateways.

Cellphone company launches African recycling program

In an attempt to meet fears that cast-off mobile phones are posing an increasing toxic risk in the developing world, Nokia has launched a recycling initiative in East Africa

World Bank’s $1 billion to spur Africa IT

Government officials and industry insiders have high hopes for the World Bank's additional US$1 billion investment, announced this week, in the development of the information and communication technology infrastructure in Africa over the next five years.

Celtel gets $320M loan for African expansion

The World Bank's International Financing Corp. loaned Africa's second-largest mobile telecommunications company, Celtel International BV, US$320 million for expansion in five countries on the continent.

African nations take joint approach to new network

Three regional economic blocs in Africa are now taking a joint approach to the Comtel telecommunications project, which had stalled as individual countries developed their own infrastructures.

Africa broadband protocol set for June

A critical mass of countries are expected to ratify the e-Africa Commission's regional telecommunications protocol by the end of June, paving the way for implementation of broadband interconnection projects on the continent. The e-Africa Commission is part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and chartered by the African Union to build and develop the continent's information and communications technology infrastructures.

Kuwait’s MTC sets up $10.5B Africa investment fund

Mobile Telecommunication Company Group (MTC) of Kuwait is setting up a US$10.5 billion investment fund to expand mobile telecom operations in Africa through Celtel International.

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