A bit of M&A news, and three vendor network deployment projects:
SEACOM has announced a deal to acquire infrastructure assets from Uganda’s Africell. The pan-African service provider continues to expand its terrestrial footprint, complementing the subsea cable along east Africa that they started with. The purchase includes 760km of fiber in and around Kampala as well as a 250 square meter data center. The company recently also bought a metro fiber footprint in Kenya.
Nokia has signed up Zain KSA for a network enhancement project. The arrangement will see Zain KSA deploy a range of Nokia gear and software to upgrade its infrastructure across Saudi Arabia. They will look to expand coverage and lower latency, leveraging Nokia’s AirScale Radio, WAvence Microwave, NetaAct, and EdenNet SON.
Amdocs and Samsung have been busy in the education vertical down in Washington DC. The two have announced the deployment of a CBRS-based network across the campus of Howard University in support of the IT consultants at WAZ Wireless. The deployment leverages 3.5-3.7GHz spectrum and is part of an ongoing collaboration between Samsung and Amdocs which leverages Samsung’s RAN technology with Amdocs’ design, integration, deployment, and management services.
And 6WIND has picked up a project backed by France and Germany. The two countries are targeting 5G private networking for business parks or campuses that aren’t on the radar of the public mobile network operators. They have pledged €17.7 in support of four cross-border cooperative projects, for which 5WIND will supply its secure virtualized routing and security software. Other partners include Highstreet Technologies, Xelera Technologies, Alsatis, AW2S, and Spectronite.
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