MTN GlobalConnect has significantly advanced its position as a leader in Pan-African fibre networks and platforms with strong 2021 results. On a mission to expand African connectivity and leading the journey is CEO Frédéric Schepens, who remains compelled and driven to create both social and economic benefits in Africa. Telecom Review Africa has spoken with Fred to dig deeper and capture the story behind MTN GlobalConnect’s performance.

Read more: MTN GlobalConnect's 2021 strong performance in action

e& approaches Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) to discuss increasing its shareholding in the Saudi Arabia-based telco to 50% plus one share. This can be done by means of a preconditional partial tender offer, pursuant to the M&A regulations issued by the Kingdom’s capital market authority (CMA).

Read more: e& initiates discussion to increase shares in Mobily

Etisalat UAE, part of e& (former Etisalat Group), in collaboration with Ericsson and Huawei, announced the successful deployment and testing of the first E2E live multi-vendor voice over new radio (VoNR) ecosystem worldwide. The launch marks an important milestone for the UAE’s digital transformation objectives.

Read more: e&, Ericsson, Huawei deploy first E2E live multi-vendor VoNR ecosystem

Zain KSA and Huawei released the joint innovation achievement on the first 5G LAN network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which means that Zain KSA is capable of commercial deployment and large-scale replication of 5G private networks.

Read more: Huawei, Zain KSA join hands for MENA’s first 5G LAN network

Maroc Telecom was awarded "Best in Test" in umlaut’s mobile and fixed broadband benchmark with an overall score of 836 points in mobile network benchmarking and 496 points in fixed broadband benchmarking.

Read more: Maroc Telecom grasps ‘Best in Test’ in umlaut’s mobile and fixed broadband benchmark

Ooredoo has been selected by FIFA and the supreme committee for delivery and legacy to provide a global network connecting Doha to different points of presence in Europe – London and Frankfurt – and Singapore in Asia.

Read more: Ooredoo is the official global connectivity services provider for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The e& led consortium consisting of E-Vision, a part of e& life, and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, announced the signing of a binding agreement to acquire a majority equity stake of circa 57% in STARZPLAY ARABIA, a leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) and streaming service provider in MENA.

Read more: e&’s E-Vision, ADQ acquire 57% stake in MENA’s leading SVOD provider

In line with its strategy to develop the experience of its 5G technology across Saudi Arabia and accelerate its progress in adopting futuristic, 5G-powered features and applications by making innovative value-added investments, Zain KSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia. The MoU aims to carry out preliminary collaboration plans in the sustainable development of the infrastructure network by upgrading it with advanced 5G technology capabilities to roll out innovative solutions and services that can benefit businesses as well as individuals. Signed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona, this MoU aligns with Zain KSA’s approach in establishing strategic partnerships with globally leading tech giants that can help unlock new opportunities, expand its digital services portfolio, and contribute to the social development of individuals as well as the growth of businesses.

Read more: Zain KSA, Nokia sign MoU to unlock the full potential of 5G

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