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Connecting the next billion

Bridging the digital divide

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Internet connectivity is a critical accelerator of socio-economic development across the continent. Bridging the digital divide and connecting the unconnected is a key priority for the UN, the wider international community, African governments, businesses and people. Join MNOs and ISPs, global tech giants, rural and remote access solutions providers and digital inclusion experts to tackle issues including availability, affordability and applicability. Explore business and partnership models that make rural connectivity more financially viable, learn about innovative technologies designed to increase connectivity and discuss the role of policymakers and regulators in creating an enabling environment to support Africa’s connectivity champions.

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Malawi gets community Wi-Fi boost from Liquid Telecom and Mbora
Malawi gets community Wi-Fi boost from Liquid Telecom and Mbora

Malawian social enterprise Mbora is joining forces with Liquid Telecom to provide free connectivity to community hubs in the country.

Mbora's ambition is to help people living and working in rural areas to get Internet access. Liquid Telecom will be providing its managed VSAT connectivity services to connect Mbora's community hubs.

The first community hub is now live in a lakeside village near Mangochi, Malawi, a four-hour drive from the country's capital, Lilongwe. Mbora is aiming to build 150 hubs encircling Lake Malawi and to expand across the region.

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Nokia and Djezzy implement ultra-high network capacity technology in Algeria
Nokia and Djezzy implement ultra-high network capacity technology in Algeria

Nokia has successfully completed a trial with Algerian mobile operator Djezzy, using microwave carrier aggregation technology to support increased demand for capacity.

The trial utilized Nokia’s Wavence microwave transport solution with an ultra-high capacity of 8.5Gbps over a distance of nearly 6 kilometers. With its reduced latency and high capacity, the solution will allow Djezzy to deliver compelling experiences to its 14.2 million subscribers.

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Telma launches commercial 5G in Madagascar
Telma launches commercial 5G in Madagascar

Telma Madagascar has become the first operator to launch a 5G commercial network in the island country in the Indian Ocean. The 5G network is powered by Ericsson equipment and is now live in Madagascar's capital of Antananarivo and the city of Toamasina.

"5G will transform how we use and adopt technology and will have a huge impact on businesses and society in Madagascar," said Telma Madagascar CEO, Patrick Pisal-Hamida, about the launch.

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